Natural Sciences
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Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences division at Denison promotes scientific literacy for all students to prepare them to become more effective critical consumers of scientific information.

Minor
Astronomy
ASTR-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Astronomy Swasey Observatory

Our study of astronomy is aided by the 1909 Swasey Observatory, housing a 9-inch refracting and two 8-inch reflecting telescopes; and the 1995 Olin Hall planetarium, housing a Zeiss ZKP3 projector.

B.A., B.S.
Biology

Our facilities include a modern building with “smart classrooms” and dedicated research spaces, a greenhouse, and a 350-acre biological reserve and field station within walking distance of campus.

Biology
BIOL-316
Virology is a course that will examine the diversity of plant, animal, and bacterial viruses....
Biology
BIOL-336
Invertebrates constitute more than 97% of all animal species on Earth....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-317
This course in inorganic chemistry investigates the structural and bonding models of molecules using concepts of symmetry and molecular orbitals....

Extensively renovated in 2011, Ebaugh Laboratories is designed for advanced hands-on learning with plenty of opportunities to join professors in their research or to conduct research of your own.

B.A., B.S.

Our Beowulf Cluster, with 16 high end workstations, is used for designing and developing parallel programs using a message passing programming model.

Computer Science
CS-375
A study of computer network architecture and protocols....
Computer Science
CS-372
A study of the principles of operating systems and the conceptual view of an operating system as a collection of concurrent processes....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-200
A broad survey of the geologic aspects of environmental issues, emphasizing human interactions with the geologic environment....
Geosciences
GEOS-400
A B.S. major in Geosciences must register for an approved summer field course offered by any one of a number of universities....

The C.L. Herrick Geologic Society is a student-run organization dedicated to exposing students to professional opportunities in the earth sciences.

B.A., B.S.

Mathematics is a creative process, not a mechanical one. For example, the discovery of calculus was a great feat of mathematics, but applying calculus to find the acceleration of an object is not.

Mathematics
MATH-121
A one-semester introduction to single-variable differential and integral calculus and selected topics in multi-variable calculus....
Mathematics
MATH-329
An introduction to complex numbers, analytic functions, derivatives, singularities, integrals, Taylor series, Laurent Series, conformal mappings, r...
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-499
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
NEUR-401
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course....

NERD is a fun club for those interested in Neuroscience Education and Research at Denison. NERD members range from the newest undergraduate students to full professors.

B.A., B.S.

Olin Hall has experimental apparatus, like tunable lasers, optical and infrared spectrometers, and ultra-high vacuum equipment. There’s also a machine shop staffed by a full-time instrument maker.

Physics
PHYS-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
Physics
PHYS-361
Prerequisite: Consent of chairperson....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-231
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in organizational psychology....
Psychology
PSYC-260
A survey of psychological and biological aspects of sexuality....

Students participate in empirical research as part of their coursework. Topics for research courses range from infancy and child development to adult development and aging—and everything in between.