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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.    

Chemistry Education

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  Introduction Students in Delaware State’s Chemistry Education program often have jobs waiting for them upon graduation. They benefit not only from DSU’s reputation for excellence in teacher education, but also from the national shortage of middle- and high-school science teachers. Our Chemistry Education students are heavily recruited by school districts throughout Delaware, as well as in neighboring states. The program meets all standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It features extensive hands-on laboratory experience, along with a full semester of student teaching experience in a real-world classroom. Graduates enter the work force with a teaching license, mastery of the subject matter, and the ability to make chemistry accessible, exciting, and relevant to 21st-century students. Professional Preparation The Chemistry Education program is recognized by the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA), as well as by NCATE. All graduates become licensed teachers in the state of Delaware, with professional teaching skills in core subjects such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, instrumental analysis, and physics cutting-edge areas such as genetics and renewable energy the use of advanced technology in the classroom lesson planning assessment multicultural classrooms 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.    

Pure Mathematics (M.S.)

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  Curriculum for Pure Mathematics (M.S.)  The masters programs in mathematical sciences are flexible enough to accommodate students with diversified background training. In consultation with the Graduate Committee, each student develops a course of study in mathematics areas most relevant to his or her professional and career objectives. Each student must take 15 credit hours of required courses, and complete an additional 18 hours either in the Thesis Option or the Non-Thesis Option.   Required Courses All of these five courses:     Course No. Course Name Credits MTSC-500 Foundations of Mathematics 3 Hours MTSC-511 Introduction to Abstract Algebra 3 Hours MTSC-561 Real Analysis I 3 Hours MTSC-562 Real Analysis II 3 Hours MTSC-571 Complex Analysis 3 Hours   Select one of the following two courses:          Course No. Course Name Credits MTSC-541 Advanced Probability Theory 3 Hours MTSC-521 General Topology 3 Hours Total:   18 Hours     THESIS OPTION: Pure Mathematics     1.      Electives of 6 credit hours from the Pure Mathematics Courses:             Course No. Course Name Credits MTSC-525 Logic 3 Hours MTSC-531 Number Theory 3 Hours MTSC-621 Introduction to Functional Analysis 3 Hours MTSC-504 Modern Geometry 3 Hours MTSC-611 Topics in Pure Mathematics 3 Hours   2.      MTSC-699 Thesis  (6 Hours)   3.      Electives from Pure Mathematics and/or applied Mathematics and/or Other Graduate level courses with the approval of the student’s advisor. (3 Hours)  Total:  15 Hours   The students who select thesis option must defend their thesis before the Department Graduate Committee. A student must complete a six-hour research thesis.     NON-THESIS OPTION   The student who selects either one of the following non-thesis options must pass a written examination within two attempts.   This written examination is administered in February. A student must pass the written exam by the beginning of his/her 6th semester of study. A second and final attempt is permitted in the following August. In this examination a student must choose 2 topics from Algebra, Analysis, and Applied Mathematics. The exam is based on both 25-561 for Analysis, 25-511 for Algebra, and (or) 25-651 and 25-643 for Applied Mathematics. Another topic, such as Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, or Statistics, may be substituted for one of the above by petition to the graduate committee based on two graduate level courses and supported by a faculty member.   Pure Mathematics 1.         Electives from the Pure Mathematics Courses (9 Hours)   2.         Electives from Pure Mathematics and/or Applied Mathematics and/or Graduate level courses with the approval of the student’s advisor.  (6 Hours)                                                                                                  Total:  15 Hours  

Applied Mathematics (M.S.)

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  Curriculum for Applied Mathematics (M.S.) The masters programs in mathematical sciences are flexible enough to accommodate students with diversified background training. In consultation with the Graduate Committee, each student develops a course of study in mathematics areas most relevant to his or her professional and career objectives. Each student must take 15 credit hours of required courses, and complete an additional 18 hours either in the Thesis Option or the Non-Thesis Option.   Required Courses All of these five courses:   Course No. Course Name Credits MTSC-500 Foundations of Mathematics 3 Hours MTSC-511 Introduction to Abstract Algebra 3 Hours MTSC-561 Real Analysis I 3 Hours MTSC-562 Real Analysis II 3 Hours MTSC-571 Complex Analysis 3 Hours   Select one of the following two courses:    Course No. Course Name Credits MTSC-541 Advanced Probability Theory 3 Hours MTSC-521 General Topology 3 Hours   Total: 18 Hours   THESIS OPTION: Applied Mathematics Electives of 6 credit hours from the Applied Mathematics Courses: MTSC-699 Thesis (6 Hours) Electives from Pure Mathematics and/or Applied Mathematics and/or other Graduate level courses with the approval of the student’s advisor. (3 Hours) Total: 15 Hours The students who select thesis option must defend their thesis before the Department Graduate Committee. A student must complete a six-hour research thesis.   NON-THESIS OPTION The student who selects either one of the following non-thesis options must pass a written examination within two attempts. This written examination is administered in February. A student must pass the written exam by the beginning of his/her 6th semester of study. A second and final attempt is permitted in the following August. In this examination a student must choose 2 topics from Algebra, Analysis, and Applied Mathematics. The exam is based on both 25-561 for Analysis, 25-511 for Algebra, and (or) 25-651 and 25-643 for Applied Mathematics. Another topic, such as Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, or Statistics, may be substituted for one of the above by petition to the graduate committee based on two graduate level courses and supported by a faculty member. Applied Mathematics 1.  Electives from the Applied Mathematics Courses  (9 Hours) 2.  Electives from Pure Mathematics and/or Applied Mathematics and/or Graduate level courses with the approval of the student’s advisor. (6 Hours) Total: 15 Hours Department Homepage

Mathematics Education

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  Curriculum for Mathematics Education (M.S.)   ADMISSIONS PROCESS Students applying for admission must provide the following documents: college Transcripts, GRE scores, application to the graduate program, and professional resume/vita. Upon receipt of these materials, the Department of Mathematical Sciences Committee will evaluate the candidate and decide if he/she is to be admitted into the program. If the student is accepted, he/she will immediately be assigned an advisor. The advisor and candidate will collaborate to determine a schedule and plan of study. This plan will then be submitted to the Graduate Committee for approval. Once approved, the student will be allowed to begin his/her coursework.   A student may opt to begin the program provisionally, prior to applying to enter the program. In which case, the student could take no more than six graduate credits prior to being fully accepted into the program. Taking graduate courses provisionally does not guarantee future admission into the graduate program.     CURRICULUM The masters programs in mathematical sciences are flexible enough to accommodate students with diversified background training. In consultation with the Graduate Committee, each student develops a course of study in mathematics areas most relevant to his or her professional and career objectives. Each student must take 36 credit hours of coursework as depicted below.   Required Mathematics Education Courses – 9 credits – All of these courses:   MTSC-503 Mathematics Teaching Methods I 3 Hours MTSC-603 Mathematics Teaching Methods II 3 Hours MTSC-691 History & Philosophy of Math/Math Educ. 3 Hours     Required Mathematics Content Courses – 12 Credits    These three courses:   MTSC-500 Foundations of Mathematics 3 Hours MTSC-504 Modern Geometry 3 Hours MTSC-511 Introduction to Abstract Algebra   3 Hours      And one of these two courses:   MTSC-513 Discrete Mathematics 3 Hours MTSC-531 Number Theory 3 Hours      Required Computers and Technology Courses – 3 Credits   MTSC-507 Computers and Technology in Mathematics 3 Hours      Required Education Courses – 6 Credits   EDUC-604 Theories and Methods of Instruction 3 Hours EDUC-XXX One course from the following: 3 Hours   EDUC-605 Curriculum Organization and Design     EDUC-610 Development of Instructional Materials     EDUC-614 Human Growth and Development     EDUC-607/633 Theories and Practices of Classroom Management       RESEARCH – 6 credits – Students must complete one of the following options   Option I – Take the following two courses:   MTSC-697 Research Methods in Mathematics Education 3 Hours MTSC-699 Thesis or Directed Project 3 Hours     Option II -  Take two additional graduate courses:   MTSC-5XX/6XX – one of the following:   MTSC-521 General Topology 3 Hours MTSC-525 Logic 3 Hours MTSC-531 Number Theory 3 Hours MTSC-541 Advanced Probability Theory 3 Hours MTSC-551 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 Hours MTSC-561 Real Analysis I 3 Hours MTSC-562 Real Analysis II 3 Hours MTSC-571 Complex Analysis 3 Hours MTSC-581 Operations Research 3 Hours MTSC-611 Topics in Pure Mathematics 3 Hours MTSC-621 Introduction to Functional Analysis 3 Hours MTSC-641 Combinatorics 3 Hours MTSC-643 Statistics 3 Hours MTSC-651 Partial Differential Equations 3 Hours MTSC-661 Numerical Analysis 3 Hours  MTSC-663 Topics in Applied Mathematics 3 Hours               MTSC-5XX/6XX – A graduate education course as agreed upon by student, advisor,                                       and graduate committee.   Option III – For students considering the future pursuits in a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education– 9 credits   MTSC-697 Research Methods in Mathematics Education 3 Hours MTSC-699 Thesis or Directed Project 6 Hours   If this option is selected, the student will be required to take only 3 credits, rather than 6 credits, from the Education courses listed above.  

Chemistry M.S.

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  Introduction   The Master’s program in Chemistry is designed for graduate students and working chemists who seek to develop advanced professional skills. Through a combination of classroom study and hands-on laboratory work, students develop advanced skills and knowledge to prepare them for doctoral studies, careers in science education, or leadership positions in chemistry-related professions. Delaware State’s program stands out for its emphasis on independent research. All master’s candidates design their own research study, conduct the laboratory trials and analysis, write up the results, and present their findings to department faculty. Students have great freedom to choose their area of inquiry, as well as the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity, problem-solving ability, and ingenuity in the lab. Professional Preparation Students in the Master’s program in Chemistry establish marketable credentials that advance their career prospects. Graduates who choose to further their studies compete very successfully for Ph.D. placements. Those who enter the work force (or are already in it) find many opportunities for employment in industries such as medical research drug manufacturing renewable energy environmental protection and restoration biotechnology law enforcement 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  

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