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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.

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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-327
In this course we will explore the world of insects and their interactions with other species....
Biology
BIOL-313
In this course we investigate the biology of vertebrates....
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM-317
This course in inorganic chemistry investigates the structural and bonding models of molecules using concepts of symmetry and molecular orbitals....
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...

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-109
This course is an introduction to computational problem solving....
Computer Science
CS-339
A survey course of topics in Artificial Intelligence including search, formal systems, learning, connectionism, evolutionary computation and comput...
B.A., B.S.
Geosciences
GEOS-305
A systematic study of surface water pathways from rain to rivers, groundwater flow, groundwater resources and groundwater chemistry....
Geosciences
GEOS-270
This course will provide students with an introduction to the world's oceans....

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-337
This course involves mathematical modeling of real-world problems and the development of approaches to find optimal (or nearly optimal) solutions t...
Mathematics
MATH-332
A rigorous analysis of the structure and properties of abstract groups, rings, fields, and vector spaces. Prerequisites: Math 210, 231....
Concentration Only
Brain
NEUR-200
A survey of the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience, covering the "basics" of Neuroscience....
Neuroscience
NEUR-400
A continuation of NEUR 200. Designed for juniors and seniors....

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-122
This calculus-based course is designed to provide a thorough quantitative coverage of the foundations and concepts of Physics and its approach towa...
Physics
PHYS-406
A course extending the work of PHYS 306 to include more general boundary value problems, additional implications of Maxwell's equations, and t...
B.A., B.S.
Psychology
PSYC-246
Provides the student with research experience on problems of current interest in adolescent development. Must be taken concurrently with PSYC 245....
Psychology
PSYC-210
Psychological development through late childhood and preadolescence....

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.