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Physics Education

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With skilled science teachers in high demand throughout the United States, Physics Education graduates enjoy outstanding career opportunities. That’s especially true for students who earn their degree at Delaware State --- we have a reputation for excellence in teacher preparation, so our students have a competitive edge in the job market. Many of our Physics Ed majors have jobs waiting for them upon graduation, and they get recruited by school districts throughout Delaware and, at times, out of state. The Physics Education program combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience. Students develop superior teaching skills by completing more than 20 credit hours of education-related coursework spending an entire semester as a student teacher in a real-world classroom The program also covers the full range of basic subject matter in physics, with coursework in mechanics, optics, astronomy, magnetism, thermodynamics, and nuclear physics. Graduates enter the work force with mastery over the material, as well as the ability to make physics interesting, exciting, and relevant to 21st-century high school students. Professional Preparation The Physics Education program meets all standards of the National Science Teacher Association and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Students learn the most current approaches to the teaching of science at the high school level, while learning techniques in classroom management educational psychology the use of technology in the classroom Faculty Physics faculty at Delaware State are highly committed to undergraduate education. Our professors teach their own courses and spend many hours in direct, one-on-one interactions with students. They also are accomplished researchers engaged in high-level inquiries for major funders such as NASA, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation. The physics faculty is extremely diverse, uniting scholars from Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America. Research and Experience Physics Education majors at Delaware State gain practical classroom experience during the senior year, spending a full semester in a student-teaching placement. They also have opportunities to get involved in on-campus laboratory research. Students are encouraged to apply for internships, interact with scholars and professionals via seminars, and take part in peer activities.    

Physics

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  The study of physics must be rigorous, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating — and it’s not at Delaware State. Our Bachelor of Physics degree combines first-rate academics with a spirit of mentorship and inclusion. We welcome undergraduates into the community of scientists, offering plenty of face time with full professors and support from peers and graduate students. Students get an opportunity to participate in research projects work with high-level instrumentation such as spectrometers, cryogenic systems, lasers, and high-pressure systems use sophisticated computer modeling and simulation programs pursue a wide range of specialized interests, including atomic physics, high-pressure physics, solid-state physics, and optics receive peer instruction and tutoring innovate and pursue their own ideas under the direction of a faculty member Our program is designed to provide graduates with the competence, as well as the confidence, to pursue careers or advanced degrees in physics. Professional Preparation Physics graduates from Delaware State have an outstanding track record, both in the job market and in advanced degree programs. Those who choose to go directly into the work force can market a range of professional skills that include research experience critical/analytical thinking excellent computing skills familiarity with current technology and instrumentation Our graduates find good opportunities in such industries as telecommunications, fiber optics, manufacturing, aerospace, and health sciences. Faculty Physics faculty at Delaware State are fully committed to undergraduate education. Our professors teach their own courses and spend many hours in direct, one-on-one interactions with students. They also are accomplished researchers engaged in high-level research for major funding agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health (NIH). The physics faculty is diverse, uniting scholars from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. Research and Experience All physics majors perform an independent, self-directed research project as part of their senior capstone course (titled “Theoretical and Experimental Research”). They also have the opportunity to gain research experience by working in a support role at the Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA), a top-flight research facility housed on the Delaware State University campus. Throughout their four-year education, students in the Physics department have the opportunity to interact with physicists from academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector via guest seminars,  job fairs,  etc.    

Information Technology

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The Information Technology (IT) major involves more creativity than you might think. Students prepare for careers as technology design and management professionals, learning to integrate hardware, software, network components, and other technology into information systems. The program offers a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience. Students develop critical thinking and communication skills, as well as an appreciation for the social implications of computing. They graduate with an ability to devise creative IT solutions that empower scientists, artists, inventors, and organizations. Professional Prep IT majors gain hands-on experience with installation, configuration, maintenance, and security. They can use up to 12 credit hours on industry-approved certification courses that improve their marketability. The program prepares students to become effective, confident professionals with outstanding problem-solving skills and an ability to work well within diverse groups.  Faculty The department maintains a very low student to faculty ratio (about 10 to 1), so students enjoy a lot of direct interaction with their professors. Faculty come from many academic backgrounds — not only computing but also areas such as applied physics and mathematics. Some of the current areas of research include networking with application to virtual machine migration; data mining with application in both information and homeland security; development of methods to use image-based biomarkers to assess breast cancer risks; digital compression with application in video transmission over low-bandwidth media; and specialized domains in scientific computing. Research and Experience IT 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.    

Computer Science

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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.    

Curriculum for (MA) in Biology Education

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    The Master’s Degree Program in Biology Education is designed for secondary or middle school teachers who desire a course of study which is strongly based in Biology, yet includes coverage of current areas of significance in Science Education. The program curriculum requirements are currently being updated with state review.  It is designed to allow completion over a three-four year period on a part-time basis. The curriculum for an MS degree in Biology-Education is: Currently under review for upgrading.

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

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