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-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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-334
This course is a comparative study of how humans and other animals perform their life-sustaining functions....
Biology
BIOL-201
The study of cellular structure and function from a molecular perspective....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-451
Laboratory research for qualified seniors working under faculty supervision....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-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-210
A survey of the geologic history of planet Earth....

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....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-450
This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in neuroscience at the advanced level....
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-400
Current topics in physics. May be repeated. (Spring Semester)...
Physics
PHYS-470
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic methods used to teach physics....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-452
Must have taken or be taken concurrently with Psychology 370....

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.