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-399
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-104
This course for non-majors is intended to promote scientific literacy and oral communication....
Biology
BIOL-326
In this course we will explore the evolutionary relationships and histories among the major groups of plants, both terrestrial and aquatic....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-300
A pass/fail course used to track all chemistry and biochemistry majors' completion of the required third-year departmental assessment exam....

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-349
Students will apply their theoretic background, together with current research ideas to solve real problems....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-270
This course will provide students with an introduction to the world's oceans....
Geosciences
GEOS-361
Individual readings and laboratory work in a student's field of interest within the Geosciences....

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-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
Mathematics
MATH-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-450
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in neuroscience at the advanced level....
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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Physics
PHYS-245
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in physics at the intermediate level....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-304
The study of significant and contemporary psychological topics and perspectives at the advanced level....
Psychology
PSYC-271
This course provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in health psychology....

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.