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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

MS Degree in Applied Optics

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

Curriculum for Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Neuroscience

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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 PhD 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 PhD program brings together students and faculty throughout the state making neuroscience 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 PhD 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 thirteen faculty conducting neuroscience research in three departments, with three new faculty members with neuroscience research committed to join the biology department in fall 2008. Faculty at DSU are supported by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), the Veterans Administration and private foundations. Degree Requirements of the Neuroscience PhD Program Coursework The program will require at least 60 credit hours, with 36 from coursework. Qualifying examination Students are required to take a two-part qualifying examination in which part I consists of a written examination covering any 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. 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 will be supported with tuition scholarships, research and teaching assistantships so that they may focus full-time on their studies and research. Courses required for PhD in Neuroscience:   Course # Course Name   23-520 Cell Biology 3 23-521 Molecular Biology 3 23-505 Experimental Design and Biostatistics 3 23-690 Thesis Research I 3 23-5xx Introduction to Neuroscience 3 23-590 Professional Development I 2 23-590 Professional Development II 1 23-610 Functional Anatomy From Neuron to Brain       3 23-622 The Physiology of Excitable Cells 3 23-xxx Strategies for Effective Teaching in Biology 3 23-xxx    Scientific Integrity 3 23-700 Current Topics I 1 23-701    Current Topics II 1 23-xxx Neuroscience Electives (3) 9 23-800    Dissertation Research 3 xx-xxx Electives, including Research, and courses at our partner institutions (maximum 3 for 9 hours) 19     60   Partnership with University of Delaware and the Nemours Foundation The Nemours Foundation associated with the A.I. duPont Children's Hospital has an active basic neuroscience research program, but no graduate program. The University of Delaware has neuroscientists scattered across six departments, but the only neuroscience graduate program is the Behavioral Neuroscience PhD program in the Psychology Department. DSU's neuroscience program will bring together neuroscience faculty across the state into a research training network. Six researchers at the Nemours Foundation and 16 faculty at UD have expressed interest in being part of a neuroscience research and education network and serving as mentors for students in DSU's PhD program. Both UD and A.I. duPont Hospital are less than one hours drive from DSU, and all three institutions have videoconferencing capabilities making joint seminars, classes and an inter-institutional research training program easily managed. Current DSU faculty with Research Related to Neuroscience   Name Dept Research area Dr. Melissa Harrington Biology Multielectrode physiology with invertebrate and mammalian cell culture model systems Dr. Sabrina McGary Biology Stress effects on the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis Dr. Harb Dhillon Biology Chemotaxis and other odor-guided behaviors in  D. melanogaster and C elegans Dr. Cynthia van Golen Biology Growth factors in growth and metastasis of pediatric neuroblastoma Dr. Carla Murgia Sports Sci. Muscle Activation and Movement Mechanics Dr. Brian M. Friel Psych Decision making, judgment, language, memory  

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