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The Department of Biological Sciences prepares students for career opportunities in professional studies and further graduate studies in areas related to biological sciences and neuroscience.  Many graduates pursue careers in state and federal agencies, health care, private industry, research, and teaching. The program strives to develop a clear and unbiased method of critical and logistic thinking, an appreciation and understanding of the natural world, and knowledge of biological principles required to make intelligent and effective decisions.  We offer four different graduate degree programs: Master of Science (MS) in Biological Science MS in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Faculty The Department of Biological Sciences is comprised of dedicated and well‑prepared faculty with diverse educational backgrounds and areas of research specialization. Small class sizes for graduate courses ensure that students interact closely with faculty in the learning experience. All faculty have published in their respective fields, and they maintain active research involvement.  Scholarly involvement and continuous professional development in research keeps the faculty current and able to offer exciting research opportunities to the students in a variety of areas.  The Department’s faculty are involved not only with individual research projects but also participate in joint collaborative research themes, for example in neuroscience.  The students have the opportunity to select their projects from these various arenas. Facilities The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in the Science Center (original) and the Mishoe Science Center.  The Department consists of 11 active research laboratories, a common biotechnology-equipped laboratory, six laboratory classrooms with prep rooms, faculty offices, a science reading room, an animal room, and a research greenhouse.  These facilities provide strong support capabilities in teaching and research areas of modern Biology.  The faculty have active research programs that are funded by research grants in various areas of biology but especially in plant biotechnology, cancer, and neuroscience. In addition, the department is a cosponsor of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium. The herbarium is the largest collection of preserved plant materials at any historically black institution in the country and the only such collection on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Department of Biological Sciences has a dedicated and well-prepared faculty with diverse backgrounds and areas of specialization. All faculty have published in their respective fields, and they maintain active research involvement. The faculty are serious and talented teachers. The small class size insures that students interact closely with faculty in the learning experience. Scholarly involvement in research keeps the faculty current and able to offer exciting research opportunities to the students in a variety of areas. Admission Requirements For admission to the graduate degree programs in Biology, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Biological Science or a related field from an accredited college or university. Applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 with 3.00 minimum in the major. Complete applications will undergo competitive review, with priority review for those applications received by March 15. Fall admission only.  Application must include official scores (not be more than five years old) on the Graduate Record Examination (General Test), Personal Statement, Resume, and three letters of reference. Click here for Graduate Admissions https://www.applyweb.com/desug/ Degree Requirements Master of Science (MS) Degree Program in Biological Sciences The MS Degree Program in Biological Sciences is designed to prepare students for further advanced study in biology.  Faculty with expertise in various areas (ranging from molecular and cellular biology to systemic biology and to ecological systems) have expanded the breadth of scientific backgrounds of students desiring to advance their careers in industry and government or to prepare themselves for other professional endeavors. The degree requirements include, and emphasize, a thesis based on mentored research that is conducted in an individual laboratory in the department, or an approved research laboratory. The program requires 30 DSU graduate credits and is designed for completion by full-time students within two years. Click here for the curriculum for a Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences. Master of Science (MS) Degree Program in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience The MS Degree Program in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience is a specialty degree program designed to prepare students for advanced study in the area of neuroscience. The program capitalizes on the neuroscience expertise of a number of faculty who are active in this area of research. The degree requirements include and emphasize a neuroscience-based research thesis based on mentored research conducted in one of our neuroscience research laboratories. This program is supplemented by a partnership with Drexel University.  The program requires 33 graduate credits, including taking two classes at Drexel University, and is designed to allow completion over a two‑year period on a full‑time basis. Click here for the curriculum for a Master of Science Degree in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. Doctoral Degree Program (PhD) in Neuroscience The PhD Degree Program in Neuroscience is a specialty degree program designed to prepare students for professional careers in the area of neuroscience.  The degree requirements include and emphasize a neuroscience-based research dissertation based on mentored research conducted in one of our neuroscience research laboratories.  To become a candidate for the PhD, the student must complete all courses and pass a qualifying exam.   Areas of Specialization for Current Research Faculty within the Department of Biological Sciences Dr. Anthea Aikins - Microbiology Dr. Harb Dhillon - Neurophysiology and behavior in D. melanogaster and C. elegans Dr. Vincent Fondong - Plant biotechnology Dr. Michael Gitcho - Mammalian models for Alzheimer's research Dr. Melissa Harrington - Electrophysiology Dr. Y. Hwan Kim - Parkinson's Disease modeling Dr. Hakeem Lawall - Parkinson's Disease modeling Dr. Karl Miletti-  Cancer biology Dr. Murali Temburni - Neurophysiology and synaptic synchronization      
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Faculty Profile


Interim Chair:
Charlie Wilson, Ph.D. 
 
Professors:
Harbinder Dhillon, Ph.D.
Vincent Fondong, Ph.D.
Melissa Harrington, Ph.D.
Andrew Lloyd, Ph.D.
Clytrice Watson, Ph.D.
 
 
Associate Professors:
Sabrina McGary, Ph.D.
Cynthia van Golen, Ph.D.
Charlie Wilson, Ph.D.
 
Assistant Professors:
Anthea Aikins, Ph.D.
Michael Gitcho, Ph.D.
Y. Hwan Kim, Ph.D.
Hakeem Lawall, Ph.D.
Karl Miletti, Ph.D.
Murali Temburni, Ph.D.
 
Visiting Professors
Derrick Scott, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors
Leonard Davis, Ph.D.
Richard Driskill, M.S.
Robert MacBride, Ph.D.

 

 

Bachelor's Programs

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Dear new DSU student: WELCOME to the Department of Biological Sciences at Delaware State University! We look forward to helping you achieve your career goals by working with you to optimize your college experience and building a strong academic foundation for your future.  During orientation we will provide you with important departmental information and learn about your career goals so that your academic schedule for the upcoming year can be established.  You will be regularly advised by the CMNST Advisement Center and /or a Departmental Faculty Advisor so that your courses are adjusted to complement your career goals, and any curricula changes as you progress through the program.  We regularly provide students with presentations on the exciting opportunities and resources available within Biological Sciences, on the DSU campus, and on professional opportunities external to DSU. The Department has a commitment to providing all undergraduate students with the scientific knowledge and research opportunities that are essential components of a strong education as you prepare for a professional career.  Our philosophy is to provide the opportunity and support so that each student develops integrative thinking, hands-on operational skills, and the broad-based knowledge needed for success in the global society.  One of the key components of your success will be your own commitment to the academic program and we will encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunities available here at DSU from the very first day.  We utilize a variety of teaching styles ranging from larger lectures in the first year to smaller class sizes with integrated laboratories in advanced courses.  The common focus in all courses is to develop problem-solving and critically thinking through an understanding concepts, fact learning, and interactive discussions.  Our faculty is dedicated to supporting your goals and helping you succeed. The Department has recently upgraded its curricula into two majors – BS in Forensic Biology and a BS in Biological Sciences.  The BS in Biological Sciences has three tracks:  Health Professions  (typical for Medical, Dental, professional schools) Biomedical Research  (typical for research careers – graduate and professional schools) General Biology  (technical jobs and includes a sub-focus to prepare for teaching high school biology) This uniquely structured unified curriculum uses a common set of core courses for all curricula that is highly effective for preparing students for varied careers.  The curriculum provides a strengthened set of core course to prepare our students for competitive careers while giving each student the flexibility to either in-depth study (specialize) or a diverse knowledgebase (generalize) as well as an easier transition to another biology curriculum-track if ones career goals change as they progress through college As the faculty in Biological Sciences have continued to expand their research programs, this allows participation in research projects, the centerpiece of successful scientific careers.  All students are required to do a Capstone research project, and are encouraged to become involved in research projects as early as possible to develop a strong scientific foundation.  A key component of becoming an effective biologist and critical to successful preparation for a career is curricular enhancements.  The Department hosts scientific seminars by outside experts, workshops on learning, a Heath Professions Advising Committee that includes career information, mentoring and tutoring.  Welcome and best regards,   Charlie Wilson, PhD Chair, Department of Biological Sciences   Back to College Home Page

Mathematical Sciences Graduate Course Descriptions

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS MTSC-500. FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 3:3:0 This course is specifically designed to bridge undergraduate and graduate study in mathematics. It is an introduction to abstract ideas, proofs, set theory, relations, and number systems and their connections.   Prerequisites: MTSC-252. Credit, three hours. MTSC-503. MATHEMATICS TEACHING METHODS I 3:3:0 This course is the first of a two (2) part sequence designed to provide weighty consideration of some of the major topics in middle and secondary school mathematics education. Emphasis will be on epistemological, pedagogical, social, psychological, effective teaching, classroom management, and cultural concerns as well as the teaching profession. This course is also a study of methods and materials used in teaching mathematics and will expose students to current educational theory and reform organizations. Through research, practice, and presentations, students will take an active role in the instruction and development of materials for this course.   Prerequisites: MTSC-252, MTSC-313, MTSC-341, MTSC-241 and MTSC-203.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-504. MODERN GEOMETRY 3:3:0 The course covers Menelaus and Ceva’s Theorem, Cross Ratio, Elementary Transformations, Euclidean Constructions, and Non-Euclidean Geometry. The course illustrates to the students the strength of deductive reasoning in proofs involving Euclidean axioms and transformation theory. The student will also be familiar with Non-Euclidean Geometry.   Prerequisites: MTSC-303 with minimum grade of .C..   Credit, three hours. MTSC-505. MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 3:3:0 The course is designed to examine the logical foundations of mathematics. Formal systems are shown to model real life relationships, and these formal systems are studied and analyzed using mathematical methods and rigor. The results of the study show both the inherent limitation of reasoning and at the same time the richness of what can be expressed and proven.   Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-313.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-511. INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT ALGEBRA 3:3:0 The course is concerned with the basic theory of some of the important algebraic systems such as groups, rings and fields with emphasis on homomorphism, isomorphism, integral domain, extension fields, and Galois groups.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-521. GENERAL TOPOLOGY 3:3:0 The purpose of the course is to give the students the basic concepts of topology and lead them to algebraic topology. The course also presents as a related discipline to the proper understanding of various branches of analysis and geometry. The students should become familiar with topological spaces, point-set topology and homotopy theory.   Prerequisites: MTSC-451, MTSC-452.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-531. NUMBER THEORY 3:3:0 The course, Number Theory, is an introduction to the study of basic properties of integers which allows one to demonstrate how various areas of mathematics play a role in the study of properties of natural numbers. The course is flexible and fundamental enough to be taken by Math and Math Ed Majors.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-541. ADVANCED PROBABILITY THEORY 3:3:0 The course covers the mathematical structure of probability theory with applications of the theory from a wide variety of experimental situations.   Prerequisites: MTSC-253 with a minimum grade of .C..   Credit, three hours. MTSC-551. ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3:3:0 The purpose of the course is to present techniques of solving ordinary differential equations. The students should become familiar with Boundary Value Problems, Systems of Ordinary Differential Equations, Phase Diagrams, and Stability.   Prerequisites: MTSC-351.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-561. REAL ANALYSIS I 3:3:0 The purpose of the course is to cover the basic material that every graduate should know in the classical theory of functions of a real variable and in measure and integration theory. To provide the students with the background in those parts of modern mathematics which have their roots in the classical theory of functions of a real variable. These include the classical theory of functions of a real variable itself, measure and integration, point-set topology, and the theory of normed linear space.   Prerequisites: MTSC-402 with a minimum grade of .C., or its equivalent.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-562. REAL ANALYSIS II 3:3:0 This course is the extension of real analysis I. The purpose of the course is to further provide students the background of modern mathematics. The course is to cover the theories of (improper) Riemann integrals and a brief introduction of Lebesgue integrals, the theories of pointwise and uniform convergence of sequences of functions, and the theories of infinite series of functions.   Prerequisites: MTSC-561 with minimum grade of .C., or its equivalent.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-571. COMPLEX ANALYSIS 3:3:0 This is a first-semester course at the graduate level, in the field of Functions of one (1) Complex Variable. The rigorous approach adopted herein will set a firm foundation for leading the students to the next level of Complex Analysis. To prepare the student for further studies in the field of Complex Analysis. To provide the students with sufficient background for various applications of Complex Analysis physical and engineering disciplines.   Prerequisites: MTSC-471.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-621. FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS 3:3:0 The course gives students an introduction to Metric Spaces, Hilbert Spaces, and Banach Spaces with emphasis on Hilbert Spaces.   Prerequisites: MTSC-561.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-631. OPERATIONS RESEARCH 3:3:0 The course is designed to expose students in computer science to linear, nonlinear, and integer programming, simplex method, duality theorem, transport and other application problems, and different optimization methods and techniques. The topics to be covered include: Optimization problems; the subject of Operations Research; Linear programming; Simplex method and duality theorem; Integer programming; Nonlinear programming; Optimization techniques; Applications; and MATLAB Optimization Toolbox.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-641. COMBINATORICS 3:3:0 The student will be introduced to the theory involved in combinatorial reasoning. The two (2) combinatorial theories of enumeration and graph theory will be developed. Students will apply combinatorial reasoning to problems in the analysis of computer systems, in discrete operations research and in finite probability.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-643. STATISTICS 3:3:0 The course provides students with the fundamental theory of statistics. The students will be familiar with descriptive and inferential statistical methods, theory, and applications.   Prerequisites: MTSC-541 with minimum grade of .C..   Credit, three hours. MTSC-651. PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3:3:0 The course is designed to acquaint students to Classifications of Partial Differential Equations, Methods of Solution for the Wave Equation, Laplace’s Equation, and the Heat Equation.   Prerequisites: A second course in Ordinary Differential Equations.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-661. NUMERICAL ANALYSIS 3:3:0 The student should become familiar with advanced techniques for solving numerically large problems in Linear Algebra. In particular, students should become familiar with the effects of ill conditioning, and of ways in which special information about matrices, such as sparsity can be used. An important part of all of this is the consideration of error from various sources and ways of controlling its accumulation.   Prerequisites: MTSC-313.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-699. THESIS OR DIRECTED PROJECT 6 3:3:0 A student may register three (3) or six (6) hours thesis with the approval of his/her thesis advisor.   Credit, three to six hours.    Back to Dept Home   Back to College Homepage       

Bachelor's Programs

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Bachelor's Programs in the Department of Mathematical Sciences Delaware State University's Department of Mathematical Sciences provides students with a course of study directed toward establishing a solid understanding of mathematical theory and its relation to other fields of study. Bachelor's degree program offerings are available in: Mathematics Mathematics Education   Back to College Home Page Back to Department Home Page

Bachelor's Programs

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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry!   The faculty and staff of the Chemistry Department strive to provide students with a sound foundation in fundamental principles of chemistry for those who wish to concentrate in chemistry. Students are prepared for professional careers in medical, dental, or other health professional schools; teaching; and future graduate study. The following tracks are available: Chemistry Chemistry Pre-Professional   Back to Department Home Page Back to College Home Page
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Course Descriptions for Chemistry

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  CHEMISTRY (CHEM) (24)   CHEM-100. INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY 4:3:3 A course covering the basic concepts of chemistry. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-101. GENERAL AND ELEMENTARY ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I 4:3:3 This course is the first in  two-semester  sequence in  a comprehensive study of the chemical and physical properties of matter including the fundamental principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis. Topics include atomic theory and bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, and states of matter.  The course is designed for science and other majors which require a thorough understanding of the current content knowledge in the fundamentals of chemistry.   Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer 1 Corequisites: MTSC-121, MTSC-122 or MTSC-251 or MTSC-131. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-102. GENERAL AND ELEMENTARY ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II 4:3:3 This course is the second  in  two-semester  sequence in  a comprehensive study of the chemical and physical properties of matter including the fundamental principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis. Topics include solutions, kinetics, equilibria, free energy, electrochemisty, and an introduction to specific areas in chemistry.  The course is designed for science and other majors which require a thorough understanding of the current content knowledge in the fundamentals of chemistry.   Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer 2 Prerequisites: CHEM-101. Corequisites: MTSC-121, MTSC-122. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-107. CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES 4:3:3 A unified study of the fundamentals of general chemistry and the elements of organic and biochemistry. (Not recommended for majors in the Biological Sciences, or for Pre-Medical students.) Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: High school Chemistry or its equivalent. Corequisites: MTSC-101, MTSC-102 or MTSC-103 or MTSC-121 and MTSC-122. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-191. UNIVERSITY SEMINAR I – CHEMISTRY 1:2:0 University Seminar is a two-semester, General Education course sequence designed to provide students with the essentials for a smooth transition to college life and academic success. Academic skills will be developed. These skills include critical reading, thinking, listening, writing, speaking, and using the library, the Internet, and word processing. Values clarification, coping with peer pressures, and the impact of a healthy lifestyle will be addressed. Opportunities will be provided for self-evaluation and growth in basic learning strategies as well as personal and career goals. Knowing the history of the University, feeling connected to the institution, and sharing a common educational experience with other freshmen are important goals of this course. Credit, one hour.   CHEM-192. UNIVERSITY SEMINAR II – CHEMISTRY 1:1:0 University Seminar is a two-semester, General Education course sequence designed to provide students with the essentials for a smooth transition to college life and academic success. Academic skills will be developed. These skills include critical reading, thinking, listening, writing, speaking, and using the library, the Internet, and word processing. Values clarification, coping with peer pressures, and the impact of a healthy lifestyle will be addressed. Opportunities will be provided for self-evaluation and growth in basic learning strategies as well as personal and career goals. Knowing the history of the University, feeling connected to the institution, and sharing a common educational experience with other freshmen are important goals of this course. Credit, one hour.   CHEM-202. FORENSIC CHEMISTRY 4:3:3 Theory and principle in the isolation and identification of drugs using chromatographic and spectroscopic methods. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-101, CHEM-102. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-203. WATER CHEMISTRY – BASIC PRINCIPLES 4:3:3 Essentials of water chemistry with emphasis on the principle methods of testing water and wastewater. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-101, CHEM-102, MTSC-121, MTSC-122 or MTSC-105 and MTSC-106. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-205. ELEMENTARY ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 4:3:3 A course covering nomenclature, properties and reactions of the simpler classes of organic compounds. (Not recommended for majors in the Biological Sciences or for Pre-Medical students.) Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-101, CHEM-102. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-301. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4:3:3 Structure, synthesis, and reactions of the principle classes of organic compounds with stress on stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopic properties. Laboratory practice in the separation, identification, and synthesis of organic compounds. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-101, CHEM-102. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-302. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 4:3:3 Structure, synthesis, and reactions of the principle classes of organic compounds with stress on stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopic properties. Laboratory practice in the separation, identification, and synthesis of organic compounds. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-101, CHEM-102, CHEM-301. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-303. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I 4:3:3 A quantitative study of the fundamental physiochemical principles of matter as applied to gases, liquids, solids, and solutions, with illustrative laboratory experiments. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-301, CHEM-302, MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-304. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II 4:3:3 A quantitative study of the fundamental physiochemical principles of matter as applied to gases, liquids, solids, and solutions, with illustrative laboratory experiments. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-301, CHEM-302, MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-305. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 4:3:3 Principles of gravimetric, volumetric, potentiometric, and spectrophotometric analysis. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: Eight (8) credit hours of General Chemistry, MTSC-121, MTSC-122 or MTSC-105, MTSC-106. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-306. INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS 4:3:3 Theoretical principles and chemical applications of instrumental methods of analysis. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-301, CHEM-302, and CHEM-305, MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-308. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 4:3:3 A study and characterization of the fundamental concepts in inorganic chemistry which includes atomic structure, periodicity, and the nature of chemical forces and structure. The chemistries of transition metals, S fillers and P fillers, and organic metallic compounds. Laboratory practice in synthesis of pure inorganic substances. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Corequisites: CHEM-304. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-310. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY 4:3:3 The analyses of water, soil, plant, and animal tissues for various parameters including trace organics and metals using classical and instrumental methods of analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM-302. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-401. ORGANIC QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS 3:2:3 Spectroscopic and chemical methods of identification of organic compounds in the pure state and in mixtures. Two (2) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-301, 24-302, 24-306. Credit, three hours.   CHEM-402. ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3:3:0 Advanced study of the structures of organic compounds, organic reaction, and their mechanisms. Synthesis of selected organic compounds using advanced preparative methods. Three (3) lectures and per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-301, CHEM-302, CHEM-303, CHEM-304. Credit, three hours.   CHEM-403. BIOCHEMISTRY 4:3:3 The structural and metabolic relationship of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, and coenzymes. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-301, CHEM-302, CHEM-303. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-404. ADVANCED PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 3:3:0 Advanced treatment of thermodynamics, the elements of quantum and statistical mechanics, chemical kinetics, and selected topics. Three (3) lectures per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-303, CHEM-304. Credit, three hours.   CHEM-405. INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH 3:0:9 Independent investigation of a research problem under the supervision of a staff member. A research report and presentation is required. Three (3) three-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisites: Senior status in Chemistry. The course may be repeated with the consent of the Department Chair. Credit, three hours.   CHEM-406. SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY 3:3:0 Topics of current interest in analytical, organic, inorganic, physical, or biochemistry. Prerequisites: Senior status in Chemistry. The course may be repeated with the consent of the Department Chair. Credit, three hours.   CHEM-407. SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY 1:1:0 Reports, study, and discussion of current literature in the fields of chemistry. An oral presentation is required. One hour per week. Credit, one hour.   CHEM-409. WATER CHEMISTRY – ADVANCED TECHNIQUES 4:3:3 Theory and application of modern chemical instrumentation to water analysis. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-203. Credit, four hours.   CHEM-460. CHEMICAL LITERATURE 1:1:0 Use of the chemical library, chemical journals, reference works, other technical publications, assembling and data use, and computer-assisted literature searches. One lecture per week. Credit, one hour.   CHEM-462. CHEMICAL TOXICOLOGY 3:3:0 A study of the adverse effects of chemical substances. Course includes the general principles of toxicology, the toxicology of systems, toxic agents, environmental toxicology, forensic toxicology, applications toxicology, and the effects of toxic substances on reproduction and the body. Credit, three hours.   CHEM-469. POLYMER CHEMISTRY 3:3:0 An introduction to the chemistry of macromolecules including biological molecules, plastics, and other important classes of industrial polymers. Prerequisites: CHEM-301,CHEM4-302. Credit, three hours.   Back to Department Homepage Back to College Homepage

Graduate Course Descriptions

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    24-501. ADVANCED LABORATORY TECHNIQUES. Advanced techniques and sophisticated equipment used in the preparation and/or purification of chemical compounds. Two lectures and one 150 minute laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 301-302, 306 and 308 or equivalent courses. Credit, three hours. 24-502. PHYSICAL METHODS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Advanced methods in inorganic preparations and compound analyses via physical methods. Two lectures and one 150 minute laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 301-302, 303-304, 306 and 308 or equivalent courses. Credit, three hours. 24-503. PHYSICAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY. Advanced methods in the study of biochemical molecules and the use of physical methods in their investigations. Two lectures and one 150 minute laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 301-302, 303-304, 306 and 403 or equivalent courses. Credit, three hours. 24-504. PHYSICAL METHODS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Advanced studies in organic preparations and reactions, and chemical analyses via physical methods. Two lectures and one 150 minute laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 301-302, 303-304, 306 or equivalent courses. Credit, three hours. 24-505. INORGANIC SOLUTION CHEMISTRY. A study of the chemical kinetics of chemical forces and their effects on structure and reactivity of coordination compounds. Two 75 minute lectures per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 308 or equivalent. Credit, three hours. 24-506. STRUCTURAL INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Detailed discussions of the nature of chemical forces and their effects on structure and reactivity of coordination compounds. One 150 minute lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 308 or equivalent. Credit, three hours. 24-507. THEORY AND APPLICATIONS OF SPECTROSCOPY. A presentation of molecular spectra and structure correlations demonstrating the use of IR, Visible UV, NMR, and AA. One 150 minute lecture per week. Credit, three hours. 24-508. THEORY AND APPLICATIONS OF CHROMATOGRAPHY. Investigations of the separation and identification of substances via packed and capillary column gas chromatography. HPLC and GLC using various detectors. One 150 minute lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 306 or equivalent. Credit, three hours. 24-509. THE CHEMICAL BOND. The study of electronics in atoms, molecular orbitals bonding in organic compounds, and "d" valence orbitals. One 150 minute lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 308 or equivalent. Credit, three hours. 24-510. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. The analyses of water, soil, plant and animal tissues for various parameters including traces organics and metals using classical and instrumental methods of analysis. One lectures 150 minute per week. Credit, three hours. 24-511. SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY. Advanced topics in the various fields of chemistry. Topics may vary from year to year. One 150 minute lecture per week. Credit, three hours. 24-516. QUANTUM CHEMISTRY. The wave equation and approximate treatments of the hydrogen molecular ion, the hydrogen molecule, diatomic molecules, and polyatomic molecules. Two 75 minute lectures per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 301-302, 303-304 or equivalent courses. Credit, three hours. 24-518. MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY. The use of molecular symmetry and group theory to study rotational, vibrational, and electronic spectra of molecules. One 150 minute lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 301-302 or equivalent. Credit, three hours. 24-519. APPLICATIONS OF SPECTROSCOPY. An introduction to chemical research. The use of spectroscopy as a research tool and a review of the literature in this area will be conducted. Projects may be assigned. Two 75 minute lectures per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 507 or equivalent. Credit, three hours. 24-520. ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. An advanced study of reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and organic chemical bonding. One 150 minute lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 301-302. Credit, three hours. 24-521. BIOCHEMISTRY. An advanced study of biochemical reactions and reaction mechanisms. One 150 minute lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 403 or equivalent. Credit, three hours. 24-540. ADVANCED METHODS OF TEACHING CHEMISTRY. Discussions and problem solving sessions concerning improved techniques of teaching high school chemistry. Two 75 minute lectures per week. Credit, three hours. 24-552. TECHNIQUES IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. A study of the use of physical measurements in determining composition, structures, and properties of matter. Two lectures and one 150 minute laboratory per week. Credit, three hours. 24-556 557. SEMINAR. Presentation of current topics and/or research by faculty and students. One lecture per week. Credit, one hour. 24-560. CHEMICAL LITERATURE. Use of the chemistry library, chemical journals, reference works, other technical publications, assembling and data use, and computer assisted literature searches. One lecture per week. Credit, one hour. 24-562. CHEMICAL TOXICOLOGY. A study of the adverse effects of chemical substances. Course includes the general principles of toxicology, the toxicology of systems, toxic agents, environmental toxicology, forensic toxicology, applications toxicology and the effect of toxic substances on reproduction and the body. One lecture per week. Credit, one hour. 24-569. POLYMER CHEMISTRY. An introduction to the chemistry of macromolecules including biologically molecules, plastics, and other important classes of industrial polymers. One 150 minute lecture per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 301-302. Credit, three hours. 24-573. ADVANCED PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. An introduction to the thermodynamics of large molecular collections and the quantum statistics of these systems. One 150 minute lecture per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 303-304. Credit, three hours. 24-590 591. RESEARCH AND THESIS. Publishable research work by students and the writing and defense of a thesis. Credit, three hours each.

Ph.D. Program in Applied Chemistry

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  Introduction Delaware State offers one of the few Applied Chemistry Ph.D. programs nationwide, and the only one in the state of Delaware. Students have an opportunity to stand out in a specialized field, developing marketable expertise that advances their career prospects. Doctoral candidates immerse themselves in research, taking advantage of the department’s advanced lab facilities and technology, as well as the experience of our high-achieving faculty. Delaware State’s traditional research emphases lie in hydrogen storage, polymer chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental chemistry. However, each doctoral candidate is encouraged to pursue his or her own interest. Students get every opportunity to shine, establishing their credentials as independent researchers, writers, and analysts. Professional Preparation The Applied Chemistry Ph.D. opens the door to leadership positions in a wide range of industries. Graduates possess superior laboratory, research, and analytical skills, along with a track record of independent research. This extremely marketable degree can lead to employment in professions 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 spectrometer instrumentation for flame and flameless atomic absorption, dispersion infrared and FTIR ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers high performance liquid chromatograph with data collection system electroanalytical system X-ray powder diffraction unit Thermal gravimetric analyzers  

Department of Biological Sciences

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Department of Biological Sciences
Mishoe Science Center

Chair's Office: SC 122
Phone: 302-857-6150
Fax: 302-857-6512

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Featured Biologists: The DSU MARC Scholars and Dr. Anthea Aikins (MARC Director) Congratulations to Dr. Anthea Aikins and ALL of the MARC Scholars! All four student representatives received awards for their presentations at the 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle, Washington. The NIH-funded MARC U*STAR program provides support for high-achieving undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level. Representing the DSU MARC U*STAR Program are: Gabriel B. Mpilla;  Developmental Biology and Genetics Xenia Davis:  Social and Behavioral Sciences Marissa L. Arnell:  Molecular and Computational Biology Yassmine S. Zerrad;  Developmental Biology and Genetics The Department of Biological Sciences provides a strong foundation in both traditional and modern areas of biology for students preparing for careers in the biological sciences. Careers for our typical graduates span the spectrum from professional study at graduate, medical, dental, or other health-related schools to technical positions in biology-related fields in industry or government. In partnership with the College of Education, we also prepare students for teaching careers in the field of biology. All majors in Biological Sciences are afforded the opportunity to focus their education on their specific career goals through the selection of elective courses while affording the flexibility to adjust that goal with all curricula having common core courses and requirements. Each student is expected to perform a research project as a graduation requirement (Capstone) and to participate in journal clubs, summer internships, and attend seminars. The goals of the Department enable students: To develop a clear and unbiased method of investigative thought; To develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the natural world; To develop a knowledge of biological principles that a modern citizen needs to make intelligent and effective decisions and adjustments to the demands of life; To be competent in communicating ideas and concepts; To succeed in advanced study and diverse careers requiring bioscience expertise. Curriculum Options in Biology BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJOR (BS): Biology is the study of living systems and includes how they are organized, how they function, how they grow, and how they interact with their surroundings. The organizational structure of our degree program provides the same foundation for all our concentration areas and utilizes electives to provide the flexibility to prepare students for their specific career. The concentration areas include: Health Professions, Biomedical Research, and General Biology. A unique component of the BS degree in the General Biology concentration is the ability to teach biology on the secondary level. At DSU, you complete your biology (BS) degree by selecting biology electives that meet the teacher preparation requirements so that you become "highly-trained" and then complete a one-year Masters degree in teaching (student also receives an MAT degree with teaching certification). FORENSIC BIOLOGY MAJOR (BS): Forensic Biology is the application of the scientific principles, methods and techniques to situations of legal importance. The DSU Forensic Biology degree is a cross-campus partnership to provide the diverse skills required of an investigator and requires students to take the 5 core courses in biology, 2 courses related to criminal justice, 5 courses in chemistry, one course each of statistics, psychology and digital photography in addition to their general education requirements. The DSU Forensic Biology degree is based on a foundation of biological principles that is overlaid with 6 forensic courses that will provide students with the theoretical background and basic laboratory skills needed to pursue a career in forensic biology and related fields. *Note: All students in the Biological Sciences pursuing a bachelor's degree (BS) at DSU are required to complete the General Education program as required of all students. In addition, all majors in Biological Sciences must complete core courses in Biology 101-102, 210, 215, 310, a research project, and biology-based seminar courses. The specialization is in the flexibility of an additional 18 credits of student-selected advanced Biology courses (see specific degree concentrations). These elective courses are chosen with close faculty advisement. A grade of "C" or better is required in all Biology courses and any courses within CMNST. In addition, the biology major must complete 5 courses in Chemistry, 2 in Physics, and meet Mathematics requirements.     MINOR in BIOLOGY: For a minor in biology, eighteen (18) hours are required, distributed as follows: Biology 101-102, 210 and six (6) hours of electives. MINOR in FORENSIC SCIENCE:  At DSU, a Minor in Forensic Science is available across most departments in the University. Depending on the student's major, a varied number of courses need to be taken. In principle, this minor will require students to take courses in biology, forensic science, courses related to criminal justice, a course in statistics, and courses in chemistry (the specific courses will depend on the student's major). DEPARTMENTAL CLUBS AND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS:  The department has three student run clubs, each with different missions: Health Professions Student Organization, Forensic Biology Club, and Biology Club. All biology majors are encouraged to participate in at least one of these organizations. CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: The department has very active full-time and part-time graduate students in multiple research disciplines. Click HERE to view their profiles.   Links to Affiliated Websites Grant Writing Strategies (website created by Dr. Harrington) Delaware Chapter, Society for Neuroscience   Useful Links for Biology Majors Undergraduate Internships (external to DSU) Graduate Programs (external to DSU)         Back to CMNST Home Page
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Faculty Profiles

Interim Chair:

Dr. Charlie D. Wilson
SC 148
302-857-6519
cwilson@desu.edu

Graduate Program Director:

Dr. Sabrina McGary
SC 122B
302-857-7464
smcgary@desu.edu

 

Professors:
 
Dr. Harbinder Dhillon

SC 100
302-857-7374
hsdhillon@desu.edu
 
Dr. Vincent Fondong

SC 130
302-857-7377
vfondong@desu.edu
Bio
 
 
Dr. Melissa A. Harrington
SC 159
302-857-7117
mharrington@desu.edu
 
Dr. Andrew Lloyd
SC 150
302-857-6518
alloyd@desu.edu
 
Dr. Clytrice Watson (Interim Dean, CMNST)

SC 122
302-857-7485
cawatson@desu.edu
Bio

Associate Professors:

Dr. Sabrina McGary
SC 122B
302-857-7464
smcgary@desu.edu
 
Dr. Cynthia van Golen (Chair, Health Professions Advising)

SC 110
302-857-6516
cvangolen@desu.edu
Bio
 
Dr. Charlie Wilson (Interim Chair)

SC 148
302-857-6519
cwilson@desu.edu
 

Assistant Professors: 

Dr. Anthea Aikins
SC 103
302-857-6407
 
Dr. Michael Gitcho
SC 156
302-857-6835
 
 
Dr. Y. Hwan Kim 
SC 109
302-857-6524
 
 
 
Dr. Hakeem Lawal
SC 107
302-857-6507
 
Dr. Karl Miletti-Gonzalez
SC 101
302-857-6893

 
Dr. Murali Temburni
SC 101
302-857-6510

Adjuncts:

Ms. Joanne Clendaniel

 
Departmental Assistants:
 
Ms. Diane Camper - Computer Specialist
GH 101
302-857-6528
dcamper@desu.edu

Ms. Veronica Ernst


302-857-6527
vernst@desu.edu

Mr. Gabriel Jimenez

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302-857-7375
gjimenez@desu.edu

Ms. Shonda Poe- COBRE Project Coordinator


302-857-.6546
spoe@desu.edu

Emeritus Professors:

Dr. Leonard G. Davis

Dr. Robert MacBride

rmacbride@desu.edu

Mr. Richard Driskill

rdriskill@desu.edu
 

Senior Secretary:

Ms. Tiffany Harris
SC 122
302-857-7217
tharris@desu.edu

 

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Minor in IT

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  The core courses required of students who are seeking a minor in IT are as follows:   25-213 Discrete Mathematics I 3 35-261 Computer Science I 4 35-262 Computer Science II 4   and at least 12 additional hours of IT courses. 23       IT minor elective courses:   20-310 Data Mining 3 20-311 Data Warehousing 3 20-312 Programming Applications for Netscape Servers 3 20-313 Web Design and Implementation 3 20-314 Visual Basic 3 30-315 Multimedia Computing 3  

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