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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Biology
BIOL-327
In this course we will explore the world of insects and their interactions with other species....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-449
An in-depth exploration of modern topics in the field of nucleic acids....
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-371
In this course, students study in depth the design, analysis, and implementation of efficient algorithms to solve a variety of fundamental problems...
Computer Science
CS-173
A study of intermediate level computer science principles and programming techniques with an emphasis on abstract data types and software engineeri...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-240
This course examines the Earth resources that humans exploit, including (but not limited to) fossil fuels, uranium, metals, water and soil, from bo...
Geosciences
GEOS-314
This course is an introduction to sedimentary processes and sedimentary rocks....

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....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-299
A general category used only the evaluation of transfer credit....
NEUR-499
A general category used only in 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.

Physics
PHYS-201
A one semester overview of mathematics applied to physical systems, with extensive use of examples from introductory and intermediate physics....
Physics
PHYS-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-246
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in adolescent development. Must be taken concurrently with PSYC 245....
Psychology
PSYC-210
Psychological development through late childhood and preadolescence....

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.