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.

Minor
Astronomy
ASTR-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Astronomy
ASTR-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
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-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Biology
BIOL-220
This is the second of a three course sequence for biology majors, minors, and some affiliated majors....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-400
A pass/fail course used to track all chemistry and biochemistry majors' completion of the required senior interview....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-427
This course will explore the art of modern organic synthesis....

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-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
Computer Science
CS-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-223
This course is intended to give the student experience with advanced GIS applications....
Geosciences
GEOS-401
An advanced seminar or problem-oriented course which involves a semester-long investigation of such topics as field techniques in geosciences, adva...

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-120
Variable topics involving: mathematical methods for the Natural and Social Sciences and Mathematical Problem Solving....
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-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-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Physics
PHYS-100
Designed principally for students not contemplating a major in the sciences, but who nevertheless wish to develop their ability to figure things ou...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-221
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in social psychology. Must be taken concurrently with 220....
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.