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-452
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-451
For seniors desiring to work on an advanced research problem....
Biology
BIOL-300
A pass/fail course used to track all biology majors' completion of the required assessment exam covering the Biology core....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-258
A study of the major chemical processes and molecular species that characterize living organisms....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-451
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-315
This course is a capstone experience in oral and written communication for mathematics and computer science majors....
Computer Science
CS-391
An introductory course in both hardware and software aspects of robotics....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-210
A survey of the geologic history of planet Earth....
Geosciences
GEOS-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-361
Mathematics
MATH-123
An accelerated introduction to the calculus of single variable functions....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....
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-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
Physics
PHYS-125
This course is designed for first-year students who intend to major in physics or pre-engineering....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-361
Psychology
PSYC-410
This course examines major issues in psychology as they have been addressed throughout its history, from the writings of the Greek philosophers to ...

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.