Natural Sciences
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Natural Sciences

Our division is composed of rigorous, experiential programs with cutting-edge curricula. Integrated lab components provide exceptional training in problem solving, experimental design & communication. We offer premier experiences in year-round, collaborative student-faculty research.

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The Denison planetarium was built in 1995, has a dome-shaped ceiling screen that measures 8-meters (26 feet) across, and contains a computer-controlled Zeiss ZKP3 planetarium projector.

The study of physics at Denison is distinguished by advanced laboratories, where students design and conduct individualized experiments.

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-327
In this course we will explore the world of insects and their interactions with other species....
Biology
BIOL-380
This course builds on BIOL 202 and completes an in-depth survey of evolutionary theory with emphasis on processes that drive organismal change....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-212
A study of the chemistry of the atmosphere, natural water, and soils with a special focus on acid precipitation, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion,...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-343
An examination of the physical properties of chemical systems from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view....

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-215
This course aims to enhance mathematics and computer science students' proficiency and comfort in orally communicating content in their discip...
Computer Science
CS-309
Computation has gained a strong foothold in modern biology....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-402
An advanced seminar or problem-oriented course which involves a semester-long investigation of a global perspective in such issues as ocean resourc...
Geosciences
GEOS-308
An introduction to the study of fossil invertebrates with emphasis on preservation, taphonomy, diversity trajectories through geologic time, evolut...

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-102
An introduction to statistical reasoning and methodology....
Mathematics
MATH-231
A continued study of Linear Algebra with applications to linear differential equations and mathematical models in the physical and social sciences....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....
Neuroscience
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....

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-330
A first course including solutions of the Schroedinger Equation for some elementary systems, followed by an introduction to the more abstract metho...
Physics
PHYS-305
A course in classical mathematical physics designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the methods and procedures of physical ana...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-350
This course explores the relationships between the brain and nervous system and behavior, and includes topics ranging from neuroanatomy and pharmac...
Psychology
PSYC-240
This course offers a systematic introduction to "normal" human personality and addresses both historical and contemporary approaches to t...

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.