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-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
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-313
In this course we investigate the biology of vertebrates....
Biology
BIOL-362
A research problem (library, field, or laboratory) that provides the opportunity for the qualified student to extend his or her interest beyond the...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-452
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision....
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-375
A study of computer network architecture and protocols....
Computer Science
CS-119
Students meet weekly to solve a challenging programming problem. Strategies for solving problems will be discussed....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Geosciences
GEOS-311
Study of the deformation of the Earth's crust....

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-357
A study of vector calculus, Fourier series, and Fourier transforms together with applications to ordinary and partial differential equations and ma...
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-499
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Neuroscience
NEUR-401
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course....

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-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
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-211
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in infant and child development....

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.