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-315
This is an introductory course in microbiology emphasizing the general structure, occurrence, habitats, and types of bacteria, viruses, and eukaryo...
Biology
BIOL-310
This course is a comprehensive study of wetland ecology, management, and policy....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-427
This course will explore the art of modern organic synthesis....
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,...

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-275
Graphs are mathematical structures that are used to model a great variety of phenomena ranging from the internet to social networks to phylogenetic...
Computer Science
CS-281
The Introduction to Computer Systems course provides a perspective into how computer systems execute programs, store information, and communicate....
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-260
An introduction to the atmosphere and its complex dynamics on local to global scales....

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-322
A study of general topological spaces, including interiors, closures, boundaries, subspace, product, and quotient topologies, continuous functions,...
Mathematics
MATH-331
In this course, we will study counting techniques for discrete collections of objects....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....
Neuroscience
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....

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-320
Selected topics from thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical methods. This course normally will be offered in alternate years....
Physics
PHYS-306
A course in the theory of electromagnetic interactions, including the sources and descriptions of electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equa...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-370
An introduction to techniques of data analysis, interpretation, and presentation....
Psychology
PSYC-230
This course considers the application of psychological theory and methodology to problems of organizations and the functioning of individuals and g...

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.