Natural Sciences
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Natural Sciences

Our division is composed of rigorous, experiential programs with cutting-edge curricula. Integrated lab components provide exceptional training in problem solving, experimental design & communication. We offer premier experiences in year-round, collaborative student-faculty research.

Minor

The Denison planetarium was built in 1995, has a dome-shaped ceiling screen that measures 8-meters (26 feet) across, and contains a computer-controlled Zeiss ZKP3 planetarium projector.

The study of physics at Denison is distinguished by advanced laboratories, where students design and conduct individualized experiments.

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-220
This is the second of a three course sequence for biology majors, minors, and some affiliated majors....
Biology
BIOL-210
This course, the first of the three-course majors core sequence, is designed to introduce students to principles of molecular and cellular biology,...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-446
This course will explore the chemistry and physics behind monolayers and the interfacial phenomena that control the behavior of these single molecu...
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-420
This course develops and explores the methods for determining biomolecular structures: NMR spectroscopy, molecular modelling and molecular dynamics...

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-271
In this course, students study a variety of data organization methods, and implement and analyze the efficiency of basic algorithms that use these ...
Computer Science
CS-372
A study of the principles of operating systems and the conceptual view of an operating system as a collection of concurrent processes....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-311
Study of the deformation of the Earth's crust....
Geosciences
GEOS-200
A broad survey of the geologic aspects of environmental issues, emphasizing human interactions with the geologic environment....

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-341
A study of single variable, multi-variable, and stochastic probability models with application to problems in the physical and social sciences....
Mathematics
MATH-242
Statistics is the science of reasoning from data....
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-201
A one semester overview of mathematics applied to physical systems, with extensive use of examples from introductory and intermediate physics....
Physics
PHYS-330
A first course including solutions of the Schroedinger Equation for some elementary systems, followed by an introduction to the more abstract metho...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-216
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in adult development. Must be taken concurrently with 215....
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.