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Graduate Program in Chemistry

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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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Graduate Program in Chemistry
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Applied Chemistry M.S. (Thesis or Non-Thesis)

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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 subject matter, including core biology courses anatomy physiology organic chemistry biochemistry physics neuroscience immunology pharmacology mathematics writing and communication 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 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 Biotechnology

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  Introduction Biotechnology is one of the most exciting areas in scientific research — and Delaware State encourages students to get in on the action. The Biotechnology track of 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. This interdisciplinary degree involves coursework from the Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, and Computer Science departments. It culminates in an independent research project, on a subject of the student’s own choosing. Advances in biotechnology 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 Biotechnology program 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 the Biotechnology track complete an independent research project for their Senior Capstone course. Additionally, most biotechnology majors get invited to join research teams made up 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 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. 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.          

Combined BS and MS in Biology Education

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Introduction Under Delaware State’s unique Biology Education program, students can acquire two degrees in five years: a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, plus an M.A. in Teaching (MAT) earned during an optional fifth year. This attractive pair of qualifications is in very high demand, as the United States faces a critical shortage of highly qualified science teachers. Students who complete the entire five-year program are recruited by school districts throughout Delaware, as well as in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and points beyond. Biology Education majors enjoy the same intensive, hands-on experience that’s offered in the General Biology program, as well as the same opportunities to participate in research. In addition, the MAT component includes a full semester of student teaching experience, plus a sequence of courses in classroom management, adolescent development, and instructional techniques. Students graduate with deep understandings of current scientific issues and the ability to make those subjects accessible, exciting, and relevant to 21st-century students. Professional Preparation Students who complete the entire five-year program in Biology Education can become licensed teachers in the state of Delaware upon graduation. They develop professional teaching skills in core subjects such as general biology, cell biology, and molecular biology, as well as cutting-edge scientific material such as genetics and environmental issues. Students who choose not to pursue the MAT can graduate in four years with a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences. These students can continue to graduate school, or find entry-level positions in biology-related fields such as health care, pharmaceuticals, environmental regulation, product development, or natural resources management. 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 career foundations. Research and Experience At Delaware State, undergraduates in the biology program are encouraged to get involved in research. When research opportunities arise, undergraduates do more than simply wash test tubes; they play active, often significant roles in the research process. There are active inquiries on campus in such fields as neuroscience, anatomy, physiology, cancer, DNA analysis, plant breeding, and gene manipulation.  

Chemistry Preprofessional

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  Introduction The Chemistry Preprofessional major prepares students for careers outside chemistry — particularly in the health sciences. The program covers all the coursework required for admission to most health-related postgraduate schools, including medicine dentistry optometry osteopathic medicine pharmacy biotechnology Delaware State provides undergraduates with wide latitude to pursue independent research. Students enjoy the opportunity to design their own studies, analyze results, and present their findings — while gaining valuable preparation for graduate school or the work force. Professional Preparation Students who graduate with a Chemistry Preprofessional degree are equipped for a wide range of careers. Their laboratory, research, and analytical skills are sought after by employers within a number of rapidly growing industries. These employers include pharmacies drug manufacturers hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices energy firms environmental companies law enforcement laboratories Faculty Members of the Delaware State chemistry faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Because the department is small and intimate, instructors can provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and establish solid foundations for graduate school and career development. Research and Experience The Delaware State chemistry department encourages undergraduates to get involved in research. The university hosts nine chemistry research labs and three multipurpose labs, all equipped with high-end instrumentation and advanced computer technology. Undergraduates often play significant roles in the research process. Delaware State’s research emphases include hydrogen fuel cells, forensic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and pharmaceuticals. The department maintains a very active student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The chapter provides opportunities for students to present research findings, interact with professional chemists and researchers, take field trips to chemistry-related companies, and more.      

Chemistry

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Introduction Delaware State takes a hands-on approach to teaching chemistry. Our students spend less time in the lecture hall than students at other institutions do, and more time in the research lab. We encourage undergraduates to get involved in research projects early on, working alongside senior faculty and graduate students. In addition, all seniors in the chemistry program conduct an independent research project and present their findings to classmates and faculty. Delaware State’s chemistry department has an innovative research program, specializing in areas such as renewable energy, forensic science, pharmaceuticals, and health care. We have an intimate department with small class sizes, so chemistry students enjoy a lot of direct interaction with their professors. Above all, chemistry majors develop practical lab and research skills that can help them compete successfully for jobs and graduate-school placements. Professional Preparation A sizeable portion of Delaware State’s chemistry graduates pursue advanced scientific degrees. Graduates who choose to go directly into the work force can find employment in chemistry-related fields such as environmental regulation / research pharmaceuticals product development health care energy natural resources science writing Faculty Members of the Delaware State chemistry faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Because the department is small and intimate, instructors can provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and establish solid foundations for graduate school and career development. Research and Experience The Delaware State chemistry department encourages undergraduates to get involved in research. The university hosts nine chemistry research labs and three multipurpose labs, all equipped with high-end instrumentation and advanced computer technology. Undergraduates often play significant roles in the research process. Delaware State’s research emphases include hydrogen fuel cells, forensic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and pharmaceuticals. The department maintains a very active student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The chapter provides opportunities for students to present research findings, interact with professional chemists and researchers, take field trips to chemistry-related companies, and more.    

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