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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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  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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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.          

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