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-312
This course is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to pursue experimental and theoretical work in one or more of the areas of Modern...
Astronomy
ASTR-311
This course is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to pursue experimental and/or theoretical work in one or more of the areas of Mod...
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-350
Genomics is the study of genomes, the entire collection of genetic information found in a specific organism....
Biology
BIOL-370
Conservation Biology requires the broad use of biological disciplines such as ecology, physiology, genetics, and animal behavior, as well as apprec...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-361
Laboratory (or library) research, in consultation with a member of the chemistry faculty. Offered to juniors and seniors....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-343
An examination of the physical properties of chemical systems from both macroscopic and microscopic points of view....

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-349
Students will apply their theoretic background, together with current research ideas to solve real problems....
Computer Science
CS-339
A survey course of topics in Artificial Intelligence including search, formal systems, learning, connectionism, evolutionary computation and comput...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-362
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-210
An introduction to proof writing techniques....
Mathematics
MATH-215
This course aims to enhance mathematics and computer science students' proficiency and comfort in orally communicating content in their discip...
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-405
A course extending the work of PHYS 305 to include the more general formulations of classical dynamics and to relate these to modern theoretical ph...
Physics
PHYS-312
A course in the theory and practice of physical research with emphasis on the understanding and use of present-day research instrumentation....
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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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.