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-361
Prerequisite: 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-350
Genomics is the study of genomes, the entire collection of genetic information found in a specific organism....
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-420
This course develops and explores the methods for determining biomolecular structures: NMR spectroscopy, molecular modelling and molecular dynamics...
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-377
A study of the design, implementation and application of database management systems....
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-211
An introduction to the minerals and rocks that make up the Earth, and how those materials influence the processes that operate within and on the su...
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-124
A continuation of the study of single variable calculus, together with an introduction to linear algebra and the calculus of multivariable function...
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-401
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course....
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-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-451
Must have taken or be taken concurrently with Psychology 370....
Psychology
PSYC-331
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in cognitive psychology. Must be taken concurrently with 330....

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.