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  Computer science majors at Delaware State learn more than how to write code. They also develop career-advancing skills such as communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving. Students are encouraged to explore new ideas and technologies, as well as to find new uses for existing computer science technologies. Small class sizes ensure that students can work closely with faculty and tailor their education to their own interests. The senior capstone project enables computer science majors to broaden their horizons and apply their expertise in fields such as business, science, education, social services, or entertainment. Nearly every industry relies on computers, so graduates from this major enjoy a wide range of job opportunities. Professional Prep Computer Science majors work with standard technology that is widely used across many industries and disciplines. Students learn to program in multiple languages using multiple paradigms design and integrate all elements of computer systems, including networks, hardware, and software work with databases, algorithms, and operating systems participate in off-campus internships explore cutting-edge areas such as data mining, digital compression, and virtual machine migration design computing-based solutions to problems in various disciplines conduct computing-based research evaluate the social implications of computing Faculty Delaware State’s computer science faculty draw upon a wide range of national, ethnic, and professional diversity. Professors have extensive experience not only in computing but also in areas such as applied physics and mathematics. They are dedicated teachers who take a personal interest in each student, offering mentorship and career guidance. They also are active researchers with contacts in business, health care, defense, aerospace, multimedia, and other disciplines. Research and Experience Computer science majors have excellent opportunities to engage in internships and get research training in many different fields. Recent students have interned with developers in the commercial sector, federal agencies such as the Department of Transportation and the National Science Foundation, and scientific institutions such as NASA and Oak Ridge National Labs. Students also have opportunities to secure cooperative work-study arrangements that last a year or run through the summer and fall semesters.    

PhD Program in Optics

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Delaware State University is one of only about a dozen institutions nationwide to offer a Ph.D. in Optics — and it is the only HBCU to do so. Our doctoral candidates enjoy extraordinary research opportunities at the Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA), an NSF-funded lab housed on campus. Ph.D. candidates collaborate with world-class researchers at CREOSA on groundbreaking work in such areas as laser spectroscopy biophotonics experimental quantum optics optical interferometry nanophotonics data mining (in collaboration with the Department of Information Sciences) In this unusually robust research environment, doctoral students can produce high-caliber original research that leads to publications, funding opportunities, industry partnerships, patents, and academic recognition. Professional Preparation Ph.D. candidates at Delaware State University engage in a full range of activities to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, and/or the nonprofit sector. These include conducting independent research working with state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation developing professional academic networks via conferences, publications, and research partnerships establishing industry contacts submitting papers for publication applying for grants and other sources of funding Faculty Faculty at Delaware State University are superior researchers and highly committed educators. Our professors spend many hours in direct, one-on-one interactions with students. They also are accomplished investigators engaged in high-level inquiries for major funders such as NASA, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and NIH. Research and Experience Established in 2006 through a National Science Foundation CREST grant, CREOSA conducts high-level research with applications in areas such as medicine, homeland security, telecommunications, the environment, and computer science. Current research projects underway at the Center include Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Photothermal Lens Spectroscopy Optical Solitons (in collaboration with the Department of Mathematical Sciences) Single-Molecule Spectroscopy Electromagnetically Induced Transparency, and Slow & Fast Light Optical coherence tomography Data Mining of Spectroscopy Data Nanophotonics Biomedical Electronics The Ph.D. in Optics Program will have a deep focus in the areas of laser spectroscopy, biophotonics and nanophotonics, and develop many challenging and exploratory projects based on optical nanotechnology and its applications to aid the health related sciences. Students in the Ph.D. program will be required to complete a dissertation and an oral defense of it. The Ph.D. Program in Optics has a typical duration of four to seven years for full-time students. The program will be the first of its kind in the State of Delaware and the region and amongst about a dozen institutions in the nation that offer a Ph.D. in optics. Furthermore, it is designed to be linked with other related research and academic programs in the region, as well as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in and around Delaware. The foundations for the Ph.D. Program in Optics — which was established in 2008 — were laid by the DSU Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA). Given the interdisciplinary opportunities that optics presents, students in the Ph.D. Program in Optics will have the same opportunities. Interested students, researchers and engineers can obtain more information by contacting the DSU Department of Physics at 302.857.6659

MS Degree in Applied Optics

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Delaware State University houses one of the region’s premier research facilities in applied optics — the Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA). Students in our Master’s degree program in Applied Optics collaborate directly with CREOSA researchers, who conduct groundbreaking work in areas such as laser spectroscopy atomic and molecular optics optical interferometry biophotonics nanophotonics data mining In this unusually robust research environment, Master’s candidates work with faculty on team-based projects, while designing and executing independent, self-directed research. The program culminates in a research thesis and oral defense.   Professional Preparation Master’s degree candidates at Delaware State University engage in a full range of activities to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, and/or the nonprofit sector. These include conducting independent research working with state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation developing professional networks with other academic researchers establishing contacts with potential employers in industry Faculty Optics faculty at Delaware State are superior researchers and highly committed educators. Our professors spend many hours in direct, one-on-one interactions with students. They also are accomplished investigators engaged in high-level inquiries for major funders such as NASA, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and NIH. Research and Experience Established in 2006 through a National Science Foundation CREST grant, CREOSA conducts high-level research with applications in areas such as spectroscopy, atomic and molecular optics, biomedical imaging, homeland security, telecommunications, the environment, and computer science. Current research projects underway at the Center include Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Photothermal Lens Spectroscopy Optical Solitons Single-Molecule Spectroscopy Electromagnetically Induced Transparency and Slow & fast Light Optical coherence tomography Data Mining of Spectroscopy Data Nanophotonics The Master of Science in Applied Optics will focus on the emerging areas of laser spectroscopy, biophotonics and nanophotonics which play a critical role in advancing technologies such as telecommunications, homeland security, computing, medical diagnosis, environmental sciences and disease management and treatment. In addition to placing particular emphasis on the emerging areas of nano- and bio-photonics, and student in this MS program will take part in many challenging and exploratory projects based on optical nanotechnology and its applications to aid the health related sciences. Students in the MS on Optics Program will be required to complete a research thesis an oral defense of it. The MS in Applied Optics has a typical duration of two to three years for full-time students. The foundations for the M.S. Program in Applied Optics — which was established in 2008 — were laid by the DSU Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA). Given the interdisciplinary opportunities that optics presents, students in the MS Program in Applied Optics will have the same opportunities. Interested students, researchers and engineers can obtain more information by contacting the DSU Department of Physics at 302.857.6659

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  Objectives Master of Science in Applied Chemistry (Thesis or Non-Thesis) The Master of Science Degree Program in Applied Chemistry is a specific degree program designed to provide the student with a broader understanding of the areas of chemical laboratory practices and advanced concepts for the educator. Courses will enhance the student's professional skills and capabilities for dealing with the complex laboratory hardware common to the chemical industry. Additionally, the student will be informed of recent trends in research, industrial, and environmental chemistry. Students involved in teaching will be exposed to the latest innovations in computer technology as related to laboratory practices and safety. This program is designed for individuals employed in industrial or educational positions, as well as those planning to enter such positions. Course descriptions Admission and Degree Requirements: Master of Science Degree in Applied Chemistry For admission to this program applicants must have a B.S., B.A., or B.T. in a science area (Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Science Education, etc.) with a minimum 2.5 overall grade point average. Applicants should have at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in Chemistry including two semesters in Organic Chemistry, eight (8) hours in Physics, and six (6) hours in Mathematics. General GRE scores must be submitted. Students not meeting the minimum requirements may be accepted into the program with provisional status upon departmental approval. Degree Requirements The Master's Degree in Applied Chemistry Program require the completion of thirty (30) credit hours. Thesis Research (6 credit hours) is required in the Master of Science in Applied Chemistry (Thesis) Program. Specific course requirements are available upon request. Facilities During the 1995 Fall Semester, the department obtained approximately 19,000 ft of additional space of a new science facility shared with the departments of biology and physics. The chemistry area includes nine (9) spacious research laboratories, a 900 ft2 instrument laboratory, computer laboratory, work room with a refrigerated walk-in laboratory, seminar and chemistry resource rooms, six faculty offices and a department suite offices. The department has a wide selection if modern instruments and equipment to support teaching and research. Available equipment include  gas chromatographs with a variety of detectors, a head space auto sampler for gas chromatograph, a gas chromatograph /mass selective detector/infrared detector/computer system; 400 mHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; and instrumentation for flame and flameless atomic absorption, dispersion infrared and FTIR, and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers;  high performance liquid chromatograph with data collection system; and electroanalytical system.
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Applied Chemistry M.S.

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  Introduction In Delaware State’s Applied Chemistry master’s program, students develop specialized expertise and targeted preparation for careers in chemical-related industries. Designed for professional chemists and educators, and for people seeking to enter those fields, the program emphasizes current trends and technologies. Students gain mastery over laboratory processes and hardware, research frontiers, and problem-solving techniques. Delaware State is one of the few institutions in the country to offer graduate degrees in Applied Chemistry. Our faculty, facilities, and coursework are uniquely tailored to this specialized discipline. Graduates acquire advanced knowledge that translates directly to the professional application of chemistry in the workplace. Professional Preparation The Master’s program in Applied Chemistry enables students to demonstrate their abilities as self-directed researchers and problem-solvers. They build up highly marketable credentials that enable them to gain employment, or promotion, in industries such as medical research drug manufacturing renewable energy environmental protection and restoration biotechnology Faculty The Delaware State chemistry faculty boasts a number of accomplished researchers. Faculty members have secured major grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Department of Energy and other national funders to do ground-breaking research in areas such as hydrogen fuel cells, forensic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and pharmaceuticals. In addition to offering research opportunities and guidance, DSU professors help graduate students establish professional and academic networks to support their careers. Research and Experience Delaware State has nine chemistry research labs and three multipurpose labs, all equipped with high-end instrumentation and advanced computer technology. Students have access to equipment such as gas chromatographs with a variety of detectors a head space auto sampler for gas chromatograph a gas chromatograph /mass selective detector/infrared detector/computer system nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers instrumentation for flame and flameless atomic absorption, dispersion infrared and FTIR ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers capillary electrophoresis unit microwave digestion/extraction system high performance liquid chromatograph with data collection system electroanalytical system X-ray powder diffraction unit Thermal gravimetric analyzers Laser light scattering spectrometer      

Health Professions Concentration

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Introduction The Health Professions track of the BS degree in Biological Sciences offers complete preparation for medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary schools, as well as other careers in health care. The program’s coursework includes a full range of pre-professional foundational subject matter, including core biology courses anatomy physiology organic chemistry biochemistry physics neuroscience immunology pharmacology mathematics writing, critical thinking, and communication of scientific concepts Delaware State’s biology department goes out of its way to provide its undergraduates with opportunities to perform hands-on lab work and research. These activities enable students to build up their credentials for medical or other professional schools, or to gain valuable experience that prepares them for careers in medical research, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, product development, and other health-care professions. Professional Preparation The demand for doctors and other health care professionals is growing throughout the United States, so graduates of the Health Professions program enjoy a broad array of career options and opportunities. They may go on to become doctors physician assistants pharmacists medical researchers laboratory analysts public health administrators veterinarians dentists college or university faculty Faculty Members of the Delaware State biology faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Attentive and accessible, they go out of their way to cultivate students’ interest in biology, research, and the health care professions. Our instructors provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and lay solid foundations for graduate school and career development. Research and Experience All undergraduates in Delaware State’s biology program are required to complete an independent research project before graduation.. In addition, many choose to play a role on research teams made up of senior faculty and graduate students. Delaware State has active inquiries in such fields as neuroscience, anatomy, physiology, cancer, DNA analysis, and gene manipulation. When research opportunities arise, undergraduates do more than simply wash test tubes; they play active, often significant roles in the research process. The skills they gain through this experience offer invaluable preparation for advanced degrees and/or health-care careers.        

General Biology Concentration

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  Introduction Compared to students at other institutions, biology majors at Delaware State spend less time in the lecture hall and more time in the research lab. Undergraduates can get involved in research projects as early as their sophomore year, often working directly with full faculty. In addition, by the end of their senior year all students in the biology program have designed and conducted their own independent research project and presented their findings to classmates and faculty. The strong commitment to research exemplifies Delaware State’s hands-on approach to teaching biology. Our undergraduate students develop practical lab and research skills that will serve them throughout their academic and professional careers. They also get a lot of personal interaction from professors, thanks to our small class sizes. At Delaware State, students don’t merely study biology — they practice it. Professional Preparation For many biology majors, Delaware State is the first step in an educational sequence. A significant portion of our graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, biology, veterinary science, or other scientific disciplines. However, with a BS degree in the General Biology track, graduates can choose to go directly into the work force can find employment in biology-related fields such as environmental regulation / research product development health care biotechnology or bioinformatics pharmaceuticals natural resources science writing Faculty Members of the Delaware State biology faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Attentive and accessible, they go out of their way to cultivate students’ interest in biology, research, and the sciences. Our instructors provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and lay solid foundations for graduate school and career development. Research and Experience At Delaware State, undergraduates in the biology program are encouraged to get involved in research. In addition to completing an independent research project, as required for their Senior Capstone course, students routinely get invited to join research teams made up of senior faculty and graduate students. Senior researchers on campus are currently involved in projects in such fields as neuroscience, cancer, DNA analysis, plant breeding, and gene manipulation. When research opportunities arise, undergraduates do more than simply wash test tubes; they play active, often significant roles in the research process. The skills they gain through this experience offer invaluable preparation for advanced degrees and/or scientific careers.

Biological Sciences — concentration in Biomedical Research

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Introduction Biomedical research is one of the most exciting areas in scientific research — and Delaware State encourages students to get in on the action. This concentration in the BS degree in Biological Sciences enables students to get involved in significant research projects, working on cloning, DNA analysis, gene manipulation, and other cutting-edge subjects. Students gain hands-on lab experience and develop practical skills that can help them succeed in graduate school and the job market. Advances in research have extraordinary potential to address global problems in health care, food production, energy, the environment, and more. So graduates of this program can really make a difference, while building great careers for themselves. Professional Preparation Graduates of Delaware State’s Biomedical Research concentration possess the academic background, practical laboratory skills, and research experience to compete successfully for jobs and graduate school placements. Our students go on to careers in government, medicine, private industry, and public/private research laboratories, in fields such as environmental regulation / research plant engineering pharmaceuticals product development health care natural resources management science writing Faculty Members of the Delaware State biology faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Attentive and accessible, they go out of their way to cultivate students’ interest in biology, research, and the sciences. Our instructors provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and lay solid foundations for graduate school and career development. Research and Experience All students on this research track complete an independent research project for their Senior Capstone course. Additionally, most students are invited to join research teams comprised of senior faculty and graduate students as early as the sophomore year. When research opportunities arise, undergraduates do more than simply wash test tubes; they play active, often significant roles in the research process. The skills they gain through this experience offer invaluable preparation for advanced degrees and/or scientific careers.

Forensic Biology

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Introduction Delaware State offers one of the few Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology degrees in the United States. This increasingly important discipline involves the use of biological knowledge and laboratory techniques in law enforcement, criminal justice, homeland security, and related fields. Our Forensic Biology degree is a cross-campus partnership, with required coursework in criminal justice, biology, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, and photography. We also work closely with forensic biology professionals and agencies, placing heavy emphasis on practical, hands-on experience. Students develop the diverse set of skills that professional investigators need, learning to perform DNA analysis analyze crime scenes conduct cause-of-death investigations write up and present test findings Professional Preparation With a Bachelor’s in Forensic Biology, graduates can compete for entry-level jobs with a variety of employers, including state or federal crime labs medical examiner’s offices private firms that do testing and analysis agencies and firms related to homeland security In addition, students with a Forensic Biology degree are prepared to pursue a graduate degree in biology, or to enter medical school or another advanced degree program. Faculty Members of the Delaware State biology faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Attentive and accessible, they go out of their way to cultivate students’ interest in biology, research, and the sciences. Our instructors provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and lay solid foundations for graduate school and career development. Research and Experience The Forensic Biology program partners with law enforcement agencies, Dover Air Force Base, and other organizations in the local community, enabling students to gain first-hand experience and interaction with professionals in the field. With approval of their Academic Advisor, some students are selected to participate in an internship as their Capstone project instead of a research project, giving them the experience to observe / learn in an actual crime laboratory. In addition to the standard university curriculum, students take courses from local forensic experts. In these courses they learn basic science, research, and analysis techniques involved in the Forensic Biology profession, with particular emphasis on DNA analysis. They also develop the ability to present data, prepare figures and slides, create posters, and organize information.          

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