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-451
Prerequisite: Physics 312 or consent of chairperson....
Astronomy
ASTR-340
Independent work on selected topics at the advanced level under the guidance of individual staff members....
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-345
This course will be an in-depth examination of fundamental cellular functions, with an emphasis on how disturbances in these functions lead to dise...
Biology
BIOL-309
As large and complex data sets have become more prevalent in biology, computer algorithms for analyzing the data have become critical, driving the ...

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-339
A survey course of topics in Artificial Intelligence including search, formal systems, learning, connectionism, evolutionary computation and comput...
Computer Science
CS-403
Topics may include Graphics, Neural Networks, Computer Graphics, Neutral Networks, Advanced Algorithms, Network Security or other subjects of curre...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-112
Current topics include: Rare Earth - Building a Habitable Planet. What does it take to build a planet that harbors intelligent life?...
Geosciences
GEOS-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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....
Mathematics
MATH-231
A continued study of Linear Algebra with applications to linear differential equations and mathematical models in the physical and social sciences....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of 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-345
Topics will be chosen according to the interests of the staff member offering the course from such areas as energy, the solid state, laser physics,...
Physics
PHYS-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-341
This course offers experience in conducting research on sensory processes and perception....
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.