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-451
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
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-341
This course is a study of concepts in immunology, focusing on the cellular and molecular aspects of the immune system in humans and other animal mo...
Biology
BIOL-340
In this course we study the proximate and ultimate causes of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-451
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-452
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision....

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-337
This course involves mathematical modeling of real-world problems and the development of approaches to find optimal (or nearly optimal) solutions t...
Computer Science
CS-377
A study of the design, implementation and application of database management systems....
B.A., B.S.
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....
Geosciences
GEOS-111
An introduction to the study of the Earth: how it formed, how it evolved, how Earth systems interact to produce the environment in which we live, h...

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-122
This course will explore three major topics of mathematics: linear algebra, probability and statistics, and Markov chains....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-450
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in neuroscience at the advanced level....
Neuroscience
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....

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.

B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-452
Must have taken or be taken concurrently with Psychology 370....
Psychology
PSYC-241
Provides the student with research experience addressing problems of current interest in the study of personality....

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.