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Curriculum for Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)

    The PhD Degree Program in Neuroscience provides students with an opportunity to earn a doctoral degree in the fast-growing and opportunity-rich area of biology. While DSU provides students with a comfortable, familiar and nurturing environment in which they can pursue their Ph.D. in Neuroscience, the program also has linkages with faculty researchers at the University of Delaware and the A.I. duPont Children's Hospital that provide opportunities for DSU students to access a broad range of research training with high-profile investigators working at the cutting edge of neuroscience research. Our Ph.D. program brings together students and faculty throughout the state making it a truly inter-institutional program. As students of the only biology-based neuroscience degree program in the state, DSU students will be recruited by neuroscience researchers at all institutions, while our specialized neuroscience graduate courses and seminars will be attractive to students in UD's biology and psychology graduate programs who are interested in neuroscience. In addition to providing opportunities to students, DSU's neuroscience Ph.D. program will contribute to scientific workforce development in Delaware by offering new educational and research training opportunities to state residents. Neuroscience Research at DSU Currently, DSU has fourteen faculty conducting neuroscience research in three departments; faculty at DSU are supported by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), other governmental agencies, and private foundations. Degree Requirements of the Neuroscience PhD Program Coursework The program will require at least 60 credit hours, with 40 from coursework. Qualifying examination Students are required to take a two-part qualifying examination in which part I consists of a written examination covering material related to the coursework taken within the first two years. In part II, the students must write and defend a research proposal choosing from a list of topics generated by the faculty. For those not successfully completing the examinations, some of these courses can be applied to one of our master's degrees, if the student so chooses. Teaching Requirement Each student, upon achieving candidacy, is required to complete the teaching strategies course and to teach the equivalent of 4 credit hours, or one lecture course, before completion of the degree program. Research Dissertation A research dissertation must be presented and successfully defended as part of the requirements for graduation. Financial support Students in the PhD program typically will be supported with tuition scholarships, research and/or teaching assistantships so that they may focus full-time on their studies and research. Core courses:    Course # Course Name     Graduate Course Credits BIOL-503 Introduction to Neuroscience 3 BIOL-505 Experimental Design and Biostatistics 3 BIOL-612 Neurochemistry 3 BIOL-622 The Physiology of Excitable Cells 3 BIOL-610 Functional Anatomy From Neuron to Brain       3 BIOL-535 Current Techniques in Biology 2     Foundation courses (must take two of these three (3) choices):   Course # Course Name  Graduate Course Credits BIOL-520 Cell Biology 3 BIOL-521 Molecular Biology 3 Select one from below:   BIOL-650 or CHEM-521 or CHEM-621       Biological Mechanisms - 3 credits   Advanced Biochemistry - 3 credits   Bioorganic Chemistry - 3 credits 3   Seminar courses (required):   Course # Course Name  Graduate Course Credits BIOL-590 Professional Development I 2 BIOL-591 Professional Development II 1 BIOL-700 Current Topics I 1 BIOL-701 Current Topics II 1 BIOL-603 Strategies for Effective Teaching in Biology       1 BIOL-604 Scientific Integrity 1     Electives:   Course # Course Name  Graduate Course Credits BIOL-xxx Electives (at least three (3), with advisor's approval) 9     Research:   Course # Course Name  Graduate Course Credits BIOL-690, 691, 692 Thesis Research 3 (each) BIOL-800 Dissertation Research 8 (at least)   Total credit hours for graduation: 60   Suggested Electives for Neuroscience doctoral program (3 credits each)*:   Course # Course Name Course # Course Name BIOL-511 Pharmacology BIOL-605 Cell Morphogenesis BIOL-515 Behavior BIOL-625 Immunology BIOL-575 Molecular Genetics & Genomics BIOL-651 Proteins: Structure and Function BIOL-600 Molecular Endocrinology BIOL-653 Nervous System Disorders   or, the third Foundation course *In addition to the electives listed above, other courses at DSU or UD may count towards elective credits pending prior approval by the dissertation advisor and departmental graduate programs committee or Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at DSU

Department of Chemistry


Chemistry Department
Luna I. Mishoe Science Center South, Room 314
Phone: 302.857.6530
Fax: 302.857.6539

The Chemistry Department strives to provide a sound foundation in chemistry for students wishing to concentrate in chemistry; to prepare students for professional careers and for graduate study: to provide a proper sequence of courses for those students preparing to teach chemistry in the secondary school or preparing to enter medical, dental, or other health professional schools; and to meet to needs of the students wishing to secure a knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry. Majors in chemistry are expected to affiliate with the Delaware State University Chapter of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates during their freshman year and to maintain their affiliation as long as they are registered in the department. Students who select a major offered by the Department of Chemistry must complete the general education program as required of all students. Specific courses required for the various curriculum options are indicated below. Curriculum Options CHEMISTRY: For students preparing for professional careers in chemistry and for graduate study; the department offers a curriculum which meets the standards adopted by the American Chemical Society for undergraduate professional education in chemistry. The requirements for a major in this program are fifty-three (53) hours, distributed as follows: Chemistry 101-102, 210-211, 303-304, 305, 306, 308, 403, 405 and 407, and nine (9) hours of electives, distributed as follows: six (6) hours in advanced chemistry and three (3) hours in advanced mathematics or physics, or nine (9) hours in advanced chemistry. In addition a chemistry major must take PSYC 201; Mathematics 251-252; and Physics 211-212. Chemistry majors with biochemical interest are also required to take Biology 101-102. CHEMISTRY PRE-PROFESSIONAL: For students preparing to enter medical, dental, or other health professional schools and who desire to concentrate in chemistry, the department offers a pre-professional curriculum in chemistry. The requirements for a pre-professional major in chemistry are forty (40) hours, distributed as follows: Chemistry 101-102, 210-211, 303, 305, and 403, 405, 407, plus four (4) hours of advanced chemistry elective. In addition, a pre-professional major must take Biology 101-102, 210, 215; plus three (3) hours of advanced biology elective; Mathematics 241, 251-252; and Physics 201-202 or 211-212, PSYC 201, and SCCJ 101. CHEMISTRY MINOR: A student who desires a minor in chemistry must complete at least eighteen (18) hours in chemistry, distributed as follows: Chemistry 101-102, 210-211 and an elective, at 300 level or higher. *A chemistry major who makes a score of 560 or higher on the College Board Achievement Test in a foreign language prescribed in the curriculum option, either prior to entering Delaware State University or during the freshman or sophomore year of residence at the University, will be considered to have satisfied the foreign language requirement for the baccalaureate degree in chemistry. Request more information   Back to College Home Page

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Faculty Profile

Dr. Cherese Winstead Casson
SCS 314

Dr. Andrew J. Goudy, Dir, Hydrogen Storage Research Center
SCS 326
Associate Professors:
Dr. Peter DiMaria
SCS 304
Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai
SCS 306
Dr. Qiquan Wang (pdf)
SCN 246
Dr. Bizenuh Workie
SCS 322

Assistant Professors:
Dr. Young-Gi Kim
SCS 300
Dr. Dula Man
SCS 300/301/302
Dr. Daniela Radu
SCS 306
Dr. Cherese Winstead Casson
SCS 314
Departmental Assistants & Research Associates:
Mr. Todd Campbell, Departmental Assistant
SCN 261
Mr. Gregory Hopkins, Departmental Assistant
SCN 244
Ms. Rohina Niamat, Research Associate
SCS 314
Dr. Weiping Song
SCS 300
Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Qiquan Wang
SCN 246

Department of Physics and Engineering


Luna I. Mishoe Science Center South
Room 216 SC
Fax: 302.857.7482

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Overview and Welcome Message The mission of the Department of Physics and Engineering is to provide a quality high education and training in physics and engineering to students of diverse background. The students are prepared to achieve professional success and leadership status, opening opportunities to a highly demanding multidisciplinary market. The Department of Physics and Engineering is also home to the Optical Sciences Center for Applied Research (OSCAR), a major research center specializing in optical sciences and their broad applications. The center houses the Center for Research and Education in the Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA),  an NSF-CREST center, and the Center for Applied Optics for Space Sciences (CAOSS), a NASA URC center.  Undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students with keen interest in, among others, optics, lasers, imaging, photonics, and space sciences are invited to apply to our programs with possibility to receive financial support, one-on-one faculty mentoring, training in state-of-the-art technologies, and opportunities for professional development. We look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to welcome you to our department and university community.     UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED Physics Degree Program: The program provides students with well-rounded physics education to enable their entry into careers or graduate programs in a broad range of physics fields.  The Physics degree program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics. Engineering Physics Degree Program: The Engineering Physics program is a multidisciplinary program that seeks to train its students with a broad-based foundation in fundamental engineering and physics principles with the depth of disciplinary knowledge needed to succeed in a career in engineering or related fields. Engineering Physics majors can choose from three tracks including: Electrical Engineering Bioengineering Optical Engineering The Engineering Physics degree program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics. Physics Education: The program prepares students to gain the physics and science content necessary to obtain certification to teach at the middle and high school levels PHYSICS/ENGINEERING PHYSICS MINOR: A student who desires a minor in  Engineering physics must complete Physics 201 and 202, and twelve (12) additional hours of physics/Engineering courses with the approval of the department. GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED MS Applied Optics-Thesis Option MS Applied Optics-Non-Thesis Option MS Physics-Thesis Option MS Physics-Non Thesis Option MS Physics Teaching PhD Optics     Back to College Homepage    

Faculty Profile


Dr. Noureddine Melikechi
VP for Research / Dir. OSCAR Center
Office: A303, OSCAR Building, Lab: A338
Dr. Essaid Zerrad
Office: SC 241, Lab: SC230
Associate Professors:
Dr. Hacene Boukari
Office: A308, lab:A332, OSCAR Building
Dr. Gour S. Pati
Office: A210, Lab: A233, OSCAR Building

Dr. Thomas A. Planchon (faculty research webpage)

Director of the Graduate Program
Office: A312, Lab: A336, OSCAR Building
Dr. Mukti Rana
Office: SC216A, Lab: SC205
Dr. Deborah Santamore
A204, OSCAR Building

Dr. Renu Tripathi
Office: A212, Lab: A234, OSCAR Building

Research  Associate Professor:
Dr. Yuri Markushin
Office: A106, Lab: A130, OSCAR Building

Assistant Professors:
Dr. M. Amir Khan
Office: A213, Lab: A238, OSCAR Building
Dr. Qi Lu
Office: A211, Lab: A236, OSCAR Building

Dr. Sokratis Makrogiannis
Office: A206, OSCAR Building

Dr. Jun Ren
Office: SC204, Lab: SC 225

Mrs. Amal Juracka, Department Assistant
SC 216B
Technical Secretary:
Mrs. Rose Shields
SC 216


Department of Computer and Information Sciences


Mishoe Science Center North
Room 330
Ph: 302.857.6640
Fax: 302.857.6552


Dept of CIS courseware gains certification from National Security Agency





 Click here to learn more about our Graduate Program in Computer Science. About Us... The Department of Computer and Information Sciences is a small but growing academic unit. The CIS Department prides itself in its diverse student body, faculty, and staff. The Department currently has about eighty CS and IT undergraduate majors, eight full-time faculty members, and one lecturer, a Senior Secretary, and a laboratory coordinator/system administrator. There are three smart instructional classrooms, a smart equipped student computer laboratory, and a smart equipped collaborative learning space. The Department houses six research laboratories and has invested in hiring young energetic faculty rooted in computer science but with strong research interest in various interdisciplinary areas as well as cyber security. Computing is a pervasive field and as such, research in computing often crosscuts across various different disciplines. It is this interdisciplinary nature of computing that makes it so attractive to students and researchers. Our faculty members maintain research collaborations across various disciplines within DSU and as well as other institutions such as University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, Boston University, Emory University, and University of Nis in Nis, Serbia as well as collaborations with industry, such as Lockheed Martin. Faculty members work on research problems in agriculture where they use bioinformatics to help in mapping the common bean genome. They also work with neuroscientist to help model and understand various neurological conditions. We have faculty working on modeling breast tissue to help in the fight against breast cancer. There is also ongoing work in medical health informatics with a laboratory currently being constructed that will utilize robots, cameras, and various other sensory devices and apply machine learning techniques to study and design home healthcare systems. Faculty members in the CIS Department have developed techniques in analyzing spectroscopic data from Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) experiments carried out in the Optics Center at DSU. Our graduate and undergraduate students are engaged in research and research training with the faculty members and their collaborators. Our students participate in writing journal and conference papers and present at national and international conferences. Students are also encouraged and expected to apply for various internships and summer research experiences. In addition to the course work, all these activities focus on building problem solving, critical and computational thinking, communication, and lifelong learning skills. These skills are essential to a successful career in life. Our faculty members are young, energetic, approachable, and excited about working on your academics and research as well as mentoring you through to graduation. Being a small Department, personalized attention and mentoring through various stages of your matriculation at DSU is engrained into the very fabric of our culture. Our students get trained on various platforms and various operating systems, all while remaining technology and vendor agnostic. We are continuously modifying and improving our programs of study to ensure that future students have the necessary skills to forge meaningful contributions to the profession and society. Students will have much opportunity to shape their future while pursuing a program of study with the CIS Department. Along with all these opportunities and a semester long research project (senior capstone), our students find employment prior to or right after graduation. Recent examples are Software Developer for U.S. Department of Justice, IT Specialists Intel and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cyber Security Specialist at USDA, Cyber Security and Privacy Consultant for IBM, and Project Manager at Intel to name a few. Our students also have gone on to pursue graduate studies at other Universities, such as North Carolina State University, Rutgers, and MIT.   Back to the College Home Page

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Faculty Profile

Dr. Marwan F. Rasamny
SCN 330B
Dr. David D. Pokrajac (pdf)
GH 104
302-857-7053/7412 (lab)

Associate Professors:
Dr. Gary F. Holness
SCN 342
Dr. Kam Kong (pdf)
SCN 334B

Dr. Zhongyan Lin
SCN 332D
Dr. Janko Milutinovic
SCN 334C
Dr. Tomasz G. Smolinski (pdf)
SCN 344
302-857-7951/7218 (lab)
Assistant Professors:
Dr. Xiali Hei
SC 334D

Mrs. Shilpa Patel
SCN 332B

Lab Coordinator/System Administrator:
Mr. Andrew Hobbs
SCN 332F

Senior Secretary:
Mrs. Sherron Stevens
SCN 330

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