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Curriculum for (MS) in Biological Sciences

  The Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences is designed to prepare students for further advanced study in Biology, to expand the scientific backgrounds and competencies, and to advance the careers of persons in industry, government agencies, and other related positions. The degree requirements include and emphasize a research thesis based on individual laboratory or field study in Biology. The program requires 30 credits and is designed to allow completion over a three-year period on a part-time basis. Course Requirements: YEAR 1 Course # Course Name Graduate Credit Hours BIOL-505 Experimental Design and Biostatistics 3 BIOL-520 Cell Biology 3 BIOL-521 Molecular Biology 3 BIOL-590 Professional Development Workshop I 2 BIOL-591 Professional Development Workshop II 1 BIOL-535 Current Techniques in Biology 3 BIOL 604 Scientific Integrity 1       YEAR 2     BIOL-xxx Two Electives 6 BIOL-690 Thesis Research I 3 BIOL-691 Thesis Research II 3 Select one from below:   BIOL-650   or CHEM-521  or CHEM-671      Biological Mechanisms - 3 credits   Advanced Biochemistry - 3 credits   Bioorganic Chemistry - 3 credits 3   Total credit hours for graduation: 30 (24 course credits + 6 research credits) Allowed electives (3 credits each): Any graduate course offered in the Department of Biological Sciences or, any of the below graduate courses*:   CHEM-510 Environmental Chemistry CHEM-562 Chemical Toxicology PHYS-655 Computational Methods (or equivalent) AGRI-504 Population Biology AGRI-642 Advanced Wildlife Biology AGRI-643 Marine Biology AGRI-644 Wetlands Biology NTRS-502 Habitat Management: Theory NTRS-503 Habitat Management: Practice   *And other "biological course approved by Research Advisor and Department Chair    

Biology Graduate Course Descriptions

    All courses require that students have, as minimal prerequisites, one year of Biology courses on the undergraduate level. Additional prerequisites are noted in each course description. While a degree in Biological Sciences or its equivalent is an admission requirement for the graduate degree programs in Biology, not all courses require this extensive background. Certain courses will thus also be appropriate for graduate students in other fields who may not have undergraduate degrees in Biology. 503. INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE This course is a broad overview of the field of neuroscience covering three levels of analysis: 1) molecular and cellular; 2) systems neuroscience; and 3) behavioral neuroscience. This course provides a common foundation in neuroscience for students planning further study or for those simply interested in learning about the area. 505. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN and BIO-STATISTICS A survey of statistical methods used in biological research. Topics include parametric and nonparametric statistics, aspects of experimental design, and use of the computer in statistical analysis. Two lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Credit, three hours. 507. LABORATORY/FIELD TEACHING METHODS IN BIOLOGY A practical experience in planning, developing, organizing and conducting laboratory and field activities in the life sciences. Two two-hour class periods. Credit, three hours. 511. PHARMACOLOGY A study of how drugs are used to achieve therapeutic benefits. The mechanism of action of various drug types at the molecular, cellular and interactive-system levels will be addressed. Topics will include the basis for rationale uses of medically-relevant drugs in biological systems and detailing their effectiveness in various diseases and disorders. Focus will be on understanding the balance between pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic, and toxicological side-effects that underlies effective treatments. 515. MOLECULAR FOUNDATIONS of BEHAVIOR This course explores the broad and diverse spectrum of behaviors demonstrated by living things. The scope of this course is, taxonomically speaking, broad-based, although most of attention will be directed within the animal kingdom. The course will examine behaviors in both proximate and ultimate contexts and will include analysis of their mechanisms, origins, transmission, development, and significance. Thus it is clear that the study of behavior is multidimensional and embraces many primary biological arenas including anatomy, physiology, heredity, ontogeny, ecology, and evolution. Many approaches have been employed in the study of behavior. These include comparative and physiological psychology, neurobiology, ethology, behavioral ecology, and sociobiology. In this course our study will consider all of these elements, but the focus will concentrate on the ethological and ecological perspectives. 520. CELL BIOLOGY A study of cellular and subcellular biology. This is the first course in a series. Three-50 minute lectures. Prerequisites: Cell Biology 215; Molecular Biology 310; Genetics 210, or equivalent at graduate level. 521. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY Molecular biology can now be found in ALL areas of science, and is truly the study of life at the molecular level. This molecular biology course is rooted in the most basic understanding of life, at the molecular level. This is the second course in a series. Three-50 minute lectures. Prerequisites: Cell Biology 215; Molecular Biology 310; Genetics 210, or equivalent at graduate level. 535. RESEARCH LAB ROTATION The student will spend at least 8 weeks participating in the ongoing research in each of two Biology research laboratories. In addition to becoming acquainted with the research project, the student becoming. The primary goal is to expand the research experience for the student while assisting in the selection of a Thesis project. Prerequisites - none. 552. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP Opportunity for practical experience in development and implementation of environmental education concepts from pre school to adult. May be elected whenever offered. Credit, three hours per semester. 555. POPULATION-ENVIRONMENT CURRICULUM, K-12 The integration of a conceptual framework for population-environmental studies in school curriculum as a part of a program in environmental studies. Prerequisites: consent of instructor. Credit, three hours. 590. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP I The course focuses on developing professional skills and experiences by participation and presentation in workshops, seminars, grant writing, and research reviews. 591. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP II This course assigns credit for continued participation as described in 23-590 and for the student to identify a research advisor to initiate a faculty-supervised research leading to development and writing of a thesis project proposal. 600. MOLECULAR ENDOCRINOLOGY This graduate level course is designed to (1) engage students in mastering a working knowledge of advanced principles in endocrinology, (2) broaden student comprehension and discussion of current topics in endocrinology, in particular current journal articles, and (3) develop experimental design / grant writing techniques relevant to endocrinology. 603. STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING IN BIOLOGY This course provides an introduction to the principles and techniques of effective pedagogy as it applies to teaching in the life sciences. While the course is focused on college-level instruction, secondary school teaching will be considered. This course is required for graduate students planning to teach in DSU’s biology department. 604. SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY This course provides an introduction to the principles of ethical conduct of research including scientific integrity and relevant human subjects and animal use regulations. The course will be taught using a case-study method where students will read and discuss situations that they might encounter in the practice of research. 605. CELL MORPHOGENESIS Current topics related to basic processes of molecular aspects of differentiation and development in living cells. Prerequisite: Cell Biology. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Credit, three hours. 610. FUNCTIONAL NEUROANATOMY This course is designed for graduate students in the life sciences who are interested in becoming familiar with the structure and function of the vertebrate nervous system at both the gross and microstructure levels. The course will include computer exercises and microscopic examinations. 611. ADVANCED GENETICS An in-depth exploration of principles of modern genetics as they apply to plants, animals, and micro-organisms ranging from the molecular to the population level. Prerequisite: A course in Genetics or permission of the instructor. Four hours lecture/laboratory. Credit, three hours. 612. NEUROCHEMISTRY This course is designed for graduate students in the life sciences who are interested in learning the current state of scientific knowledge about neurotransmitters, their receptors and cellular effectors, and their relationship to disease. This course will help students understand the history and development of the current understanding of the chemistry of the nervous system by presenting some of the experimental evidence on which the knowledge is based. 621. ADVANCED MICROBIOLOGY The course will emphasize the role of micro-organisms in the diseases of man. The history of microbiology, and the anatomy, physiology, ecology, and applications of bacteria will be emphasized. Two one-hour lectures, one two-hour lab. Prerequisite: Microbiology/Bacteriology or consent of the instructor. Credit, three hours. 622. THE PHYSIOLOGY OF EXCITABLE CELLS This course is designed for graduate students in the life sciences who are interested in learning the current state of scientific knowledge of the physiology of nerve, muscle and sensory cells. This course will help students understand this the history and development of the current understanding of excitable cell physiology by presenting some of the experimental evidence on which the knowledge is based. 625. IMMUNOLOGY A study of cellular, humoral, and molecular aspects of immune reactions. There will be an introduction to immunobiology and immunochemistry. The use of antigen-antibody reactions will be emphasized. Prerequisite: (Microbiology or Bacteriology). Four hours of lecture and laboratory each week. 631. CELL BIOCHEMISTRY/HISTOCHEMISTRY A comparative and correlative study of cellular chemistry as related to the physiological functions and metabolism of various tissues and organs from a diverse range of vertebrates. Some human biomedical correlations will be included. Demonstrations and laboratory exercises. Two lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Histology and organic chemistry or biochemistry, or the consent of the instructor. Credit, three hours. 635. METHODS IN EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY An introduction to the history, development, theory and practical application of a variety of techniques (simple and sophisticated) in quantitative and qualitative biochemical analysis. In depth emphasis will be given to techniques such as chromatography, densitometry, and in situ and in vitro enzymology. This course is intended to provide laboratory experience in selective aspects of modern biotechnology and their applications in bioassays. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor. Four hours of lectures/laboratory per week. Credit, three hours. 650. BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS An integration of the molecular and cellular functions within a cell and how these relate to overall system operations. The course will emphasize regulatory, homeostatic, and biochemical approaches to understanding cell function. Three-50 minute lectures. Prerequisites: Cell Biology 215; Molecular Biology 310; Genetics 210, or equivalent at graduate level. 651. PROTEINS: STRUCTURES AND MOLECULAR PROPERTIES This course will examine the chronological events in the life of a protein. These events include protein composition, biosynthesis, and molecular dynamics. Evolutionary aspects of ancestral proteins will be used to explore the origins of contemporary primary structures. A laboratory will be included to examine the various protein separation schema that are currently used in modern molecular labs. Background in genetics, molecular and cell biology required. Credit, three hours. 666. BIOTECHNOLOGY A series of lecture presentations featuring speakers from academics and industry in the expanding field of Biotechnology. An extensive research paper will be required of each study. Credit, 3 hours. 689. PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY An in-depth individualized literature investigation of a research problem conducted under supervision of advisor.  Includes use of library, integrating data from various sources and conceptual thinking to produce a final Review paper. The outcome will be reviewed by a faculty Committee and the student must pass a comprehensive examination. Prerequisites: Graduate Biology student in MA program, typically second year 690, 691, 692. THESIS RESEARCH An in-depth individualized investigation of a research problem conducted under close supervision of the thesis advisor. Includes training in experimental techniques, problem design, testing, data collection, data analysis, and preparation of thesis. University and departmental guidelines are to be followed in preparing and defending the thesis. It is expected that the research will be of sufficient quality to be published as a scholarly paper coauthored by the thesis advisor in an appropriate refereed journal. Typically three credit hours each, but may be taken for 1 to 6. 698. THESIS SUSTAINING An in-depth individualized literature investigation of a research problem conducted under supervision of advisor. Includes use of library, integrating data from various sources and conceptual thinking to produce a final Review paper. The outcome will be reviewed by a faculty Committee and the student must pass a comprehensive examination. Prerequisites: Graduate Biology student in MA program, typically second year. 700. CURRENT TOPICS I This course will be a combination of presentations in both “Journal Club” and “lab meeting” format. Students will make presentations and discuss primary literature describing new and exciting scientific advances in the field of neuroscience. Al least once each semester students will also make a presentation and lead a discussion about their own research project. 701. CURRENT TOPICS II This course is a continuation of 23-700 that is offered in spring semester. 800. DISSERATION RESEARCH This course is for students who have advanced to candidacy in a PhD program in the Department of Biological Sciences and who are working on their dissertation research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

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 MAJOR (NON-TEACHING): 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 MAJOR (TEACHING): For students preparing to teach chemistry in the secondary school, the department offers a curriculum in chemistry education which meets the standards adopted by the Delaware Department of Education for the state certification. The requirements for a teaching major in chemistry are thirty-two (32) hours, distributed as follows: Chemistry 101-102, 210-211, 303-304, 306 or 308, and 403. In addition, a chemistry teaching major must take Biology 101; Education 204, 208, 210, 313, 318, 322, 309 and 412; *French, German, Japanese or Spanish 101-102 and; Geology 101; Mathematics 251-252; Natural Resources 205; Physics 201-202; and Psychology 201. CHEMISTRY MAJOR (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
SCS 314
Associate Chair:
Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai
SCS 306

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
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. Gabriel Gwanmesia
Office: SC 202, Lab: SC209

Dr. Aristides Marcano
Office: SC 206, Lab: SC203
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. Jun Ren
Office: SC204, Lab: SC 225


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


Physics and Pre-Engineering Department

  1200 North DuPont Hwy. Dover, DE 19901 Luna I. Mishoe Science Center South Room 201 302-857-6659 Fax: 302-857-7482 Chairperson: Dr. Noureddine MELIKECHI Professor: GLEESON, GWANMESIA, KHAN, MELIKECHI, PURDY Associate Professor: MARCANO, ZERRAD Assistant Professor: SABANAYAGAM   CURRICULUM OPTIONS IN PHYSICS Students must get updated curriculum sheets from their advisors. PHYSICS MAJOR: All students who select a major within the Department of Physics and Pre-Engineering must complete the general education program as required of all students. In addition, students who wish to major in physics must take fifty-two (52) hours of Physics including the following Physics 201-202, 203, 204, 305, 311-312, 316, 323-324, 401-402, 404, 418; Chemistry 101-102; and nine (9) credits of technical electives. Every non-teaching physics major must minor in mathematics. The minor program includes: Mathematics 251, 252, 253, 351, 451, 452. PHYSICS EDUCATION: All students who select this major must complete the general education program as required by all students. In addition, students who plan to teach on the secondary level must take 29 hours in Physics including: Physics 201- 202, 316, 323-324, 401, 409. Every physics teaching major must take Astronomy 101,; Biology 100; Chemistry 101-102; Mathematics 208, 251, 252, 253, 351; Education 204, 210, 309, 313, 318, 322, 355, 411, 412; Psychology 201, 204, 302; Geology 101; Ecology 205. PHYSICS/PRE-ENGINEERING EMPHASIS: All students who select this major must complete the general education program as required of all students. In addition, students must take Physics 200, 201-202, 203, 204, 311-312, 351-352; Engineering 105 or 106; Electrical Engineering 205, 210, 211, 220, 221, 309; Metallurgy 302; Chemistry 101-102; and nine credits of technical electives. PHYSICS/MEDICAL EMPHASIS: All students who select this major must complete the general education program as required of all students. In addition, students must take Physics 200, 201-202, 203, 204, 311-312, 341-342; Mathematics 251, 252, 253, 351; Engineering 105 or 106; Electrical Engineering 205, 210, 211, 220, 221; Chemistry 101-102; Biology 207, 208; and nine credits of technical electives. PHYSICS MINOR: A student who desires a minor in physics must complete Physics 201, 202, 203, and twelve (12) additional hours of physics with the approval of the department. COOPERATIVE ENGINEERING See PRE-ENGINEERING PROGRAM for program and course descriptions, and curriculum details (Students must get updated curriculum sheets from their advisors). DUAL DEGREE OPTIONS: PHYSICS/CIVIL ENGINEERING, PHYSICS/ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, PHYSICS/MECHANICAL AEROSPACE ENGINEERING After successfully completing all requirements for any of the above degrees, students receive a B.S. in physics from Delaware State University and a B.S. in an engineering discipline from the cooperating engineering institution. SINGLE DEGREE OPTIONS: CIVIL ENGINEERING ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING MECHANICAL ENGINEERING For these options B.S. degrees are offered by the cooperating engineering school.    

Applied Mathematics Research Center

  1200 North DuPont Hwy. Dover, DE 19901 ETV Building 116 Phone: 302-857-7516 Fax: 302-857-7517 Program Director: Dr. Fengshan Liu More information about AMRC   Delaware State University Applied Mathematics Research Center (AMRC) was initially funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2003. AMRC is designed to create a research environment where multidisciplinary groups work together to solve applied mathematics problems in military and other areas. The research center consists of faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Biotechnology, research associates, visiting professors and an administrative assistant. The major goals are: to establish a permanent research base at Delaware State University which produces new knowledge and quality, publishable, peer-reviewed research relevant to DoD research goals to enhance participation and substantial involvement of minority graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) and undergraduate students and faculty in Science and Mathematics research to provide additional training in mathematics and sciences to minority female high school students by involving them a summer program (GEMS), and therefore to prepare more minority students (especially women) in sciences and mathematics to foster long-term research collaboration among scientists with Army Research Laboratories, and other national government and academic institutions; and 5) to ensure long term sufficient research funding Main Research Areas Ground Penetrating Radar Imaging Buried object detection using GPR has attracted tremendous attention in the past decades because of its important military, such as mine detection, and commercial applications. Our current work aims to use vector multiresolution representation for the antenna array receiving data in multifrequency ground penetrating radar (GPR), and solves the inverse scattering problem, and then uses the hidden Markov model (HMM) in the wavelet transform domain for the target detection. We plan to expand our GPR imaging research in three aspects: 1. continuing to investigate our current research targets; 2. developing algorithms for 3-D GPR imaging; 3. processing real land mine GPR data with new algorithms. The NURBS methods of Computer geometric design in automatic representing 3D objects NURBS is the most popular and widely used method and tool in the field of computer geometric design in representing and manipulating 3D objects. The objectives of the project are to study the following problems in reconstruction of smooth surfaces, which are 1. producing polygonal model from scattered and unstructured 3D data, and/or even from 2D data; 2. mesh quadrilaterization of the polygonal model; and 3. the representation of the parametric surfaces on each quadrilateral patch, and the construction of NURBS surface model. Image Registration The research task is to develop software in C or MATLAB that will create a unified image from a sequence of smaller images. The dyadic combination of images is the basic operation; the recursive implementation of this combination will constitute the desired algorithm. A data set of the Blossom Point test range will be used as the data source. We will identify relevant features that allow images to be merged. It is expected that these features will also be applicable to similar images. This software will be developed with the expectation that it will be enhanced to include problems associated with scaling, and then 3D image reconstruction. Signal Processing in Data Mining The ultimate goal of the proposed research is to provide advances in technology towards successful development, testing, refinement and application of intelligent, self-adaptive software systems. The approaches integrate computer vision systems, soft computing and evolutionary computational paradigms, complex adaptive software structures and robust machine learning algorithms. In addition, we aim towards practical design, development, prototyping and evaluation of a knowledge-based software system that will integrate theoretical aspects of the proposed techniques into user-friendly application equipped by advanced user interface and enhanced data base management capabilities. Biotechnology The research focuses on nucleotide sequence and chromatin structure requirements for integration. We will also deal with the scientific, social, and ethical issues related to the field of Biotechnology, present the elements of biostatics and numerical methods needed for quantitative data analysis and interpretation, and provide practical experience with the use of software and databases in the investigation of problems critical to biotechnology and molecular biology to our undergraduate students. Other Research Areas Inverse Ill-Posed Problems, Numerical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Integral Equations, Wavelets and Image Analysis, Scientific Computation, and Mathematical Physics. Outreach Delaware State University (DSU) will conduct the pre-college program Girls Explorations in Mathematics and Science (GEMS). GEMS is a three-week summer residential program involving hands-on explorations in mathematics, biology, and information technology with research activities. This project will offer 20 motivated high-potential female high school students entering tenth and eleventh grades an opportunity to integrate and apply concepts from these disciplines to problem solving. GEMS program is designed to stimulate and extend students’ interest in these fields and encourage them to investigate careers in mathematics, biology, and information technology. This addresses the problem of under-representation of women, in particular minorities, in these fields. Three college professors and three high school teachers, who are assisted by six undergraduate/ graduate female students, conduct the project. The curriculum has been carefully designed to expose students to research methodology, to enable them to see the connections between mathematics, biology, and information technology. The participants work in small groups and use computers extensively to explore and discover mathematical and biological concepts. Request for more information.  

M.S. Degree in Applied Optics

  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 M.S. 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 M.S on Optics Program will be required to complete a research thesis an oral defense of it. The M.S. 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 M.S. 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.   CREOSA Research Projects Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy – Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Dr. Aristides Marcano, Dr. Vesna Zelikovic Photothermal Lens Spectroscopy – Dr. Aristides Marcano, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Optical Solitons – Dr. Anjan Biswas, Dr. Dawn Lott Single-Molecule Spectroscopy – Dr. Chandran Sabanayagam Electromagnetically Induced Transparency and Slow Light – Dr. Gour Pati Nanophotonics – Dr. Chandran Sabanayagam, Dr. Gour Pati Data Mining of Spectroscopy Data – Dr. Dragoljub Pokrajac

Department of Computer and Information Sciences


Mishoe Science Center North
Room 330
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 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
302-857-7932/7587 (lab)
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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