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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  

Curriculum in Optical Engineering

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Optical Engineering Track All students who select the Engineering Physics program major must complete the general education program as required of all students (See General Education Requirements). In addition, students must take Physics 191, 192, 201, 202, 220, 361, 362,401, 402, 418; Engineering 205, 210, 211, 212, 220, 221, 302, 309, 340; Mathematics 251, 252, 253; Chemistry 101, and technical electives specific to each track.   Technical Elective Selection Students who desire to major in Engineering Physics in the Optical Engineering track will choose a minimum of 12 credits from technical electives from among the following:     Course Course Name Credits 26-316 Introduction to Optics 4 26-331 Mathematical Methods of Physics I 3 26-332 Mathematical Methods of Physics II 3 26-302  Signal Processing I 3 26-311 Fiber Optics Communication 4 26-310 Optical Electronics 3 26-406 Modern Optical Techniques 4   Back to Department Homepage Back to College Homepage (c) Copyright 2010 DSU CMNST Dover, Delaware 19901. All rights reserved.

Curriculum in Bioengineering

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Bioengineering Track All students who select the Engineering Physics program major must complete the general education program as required of all students (See General Education Requirements). In addition, students must take Physics 191, 192, 201, 202, 220, 361, 362, 401, 402, 418; Engineering 205, 210, 211, 212, 220, 221, 302, 309, 340; Mathematics 251, 252, 253; Chemistry 101, and technical electives specific to each track. Technical Elective Selection Students who desire to major in Engineering Physics in the Bioengineering track will choose a minimum of 12 credits from technical electives from among the following: Course Course Name Credits 26-316 Introduction to Optics 4 21-303 Topics in Bioinformatics 3 26-331 Mathematical Methods of Physics I 3 26-332 Mathematical Methods of Physics II 3 26-313 Analytical Mechanics I 3 26-314 Analytical Mechanics II 3 26-317 Foundations in Bioengineering 4 26-410 Molecular Engineering Systems 4 26-409 Biosensors & Bioinstrumentation 3 26-406 Modern Optical Techniques 4 Back to Department Homepage Back to College Homepage (c) Copyright 2010 DSU CMNST Dover, Delaware 19901. All rights reserved.

Curriculum in Health Professions

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II 4 01-101 English Composition I 3 01-102 English Composition II 3   Social Science 3 25-122 Trigonometry 3 23-191 University Seminar I 1 23-192 University Seminar II 1       23-194 Intro. to Biology Professions 1               Total Credits 15   Total Credits 16 Sophomore Fall Semester Sophomore Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr 23-215 Cell Biology 4 23-210 Genetics 4 24-301 Organic Chemistry I 4 24-302 Organic Chemistry II 4 16-100 Fitness and Wellness 2   Literature 3 23-261 Calculus for Life Sciences 4 23-321 Biostatistics 3 01-200 Speech 3 23-299 Soph. Seminar – Sci. Literature 1               Total Credits 17   Total Credits 15 Summer Clinical Experience Junior Fall Semester Junior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr 23-310 Molecular Biology 4 24-403 Biochemistry OR   23-307 Principles of Physiology 4 23-422 Biochemical Mechanisms 4   History 3 31-395 Global Societies 3 26-211 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 26-212 Fundamentals of Physics II 4       23-399 Junior Seminar-Sci. Writing* 1       23-370 Human Anatomy 4               Total Credits 15   Total Credits 16 Summer Research Internship Senior Fall Semester Senior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr 03-105/ 202/322 Ethics course (Humanities) 3   Arts and Humanities 3 23-xxx Biology Elective 4 23-xxx Biology Elective 4 23-xxx Biology Elective 4   Open Elective 3-4 23-301 Problems in Biology OR     Open Elective 3-4 23-451 Senior Research (Capstone I)** 2 23-499 Senior Seminar (Capstone II)** 1               Total Credits 13   Total Credits 14-16 Total Credits: 121-123 ** Senior Capstone *   Writing Intensive Course(s)   BIOLOGY ELECTIVES: Students must not take less than 18 credits of Biology courses from the course elective list below. These are the only ones that can satisfy the Biology elective requirement for this track.  Substitutions can be requested, under special circumstances, but require written approval of advisor and Chair in advance. The Curriculum Tracks are designed for the intended career goal, including anticipation of entrance examinations, so students should adhere to the suggested sequence.  It is advisable for the student to check possible post graduate school requirements during their Junior year to ensure that satisfy expectations of intended graduate/profession choices. REQUIREMENTS:  Students can not take either 23-210 or 23-215 without first passing both 23-101 and 23-102 with a grade of "C" or better.  In order for a student to take any 300 or 400 level Biology Department course, they must also pass both 23-210 and 23-215 with a "C" or better.  These grade requirements take precedence over, and supersede any lesser specific prerequisites of all 300 or 400 level Biology electives.  All students must pass the Biology Comprehensive Assessment (BCA) examination of core courses given to all students in 23-399.  If they do not pass, then the student must take 23-498 and pass the BCA, which is required for successful completion of this course, and the biology program. SPECIAL NOTES:    For all programs and tracks, a grade of “C” or better is required for all Biology courses.     For the Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology and for the Health Professions tracks, a grade of “C” or better is also required in all CMNST courses. All Biology majors must complete an independent research project.  Those who have completed a research project with a biology faculty member (e.g. 23-301 for credit, or via a paid stipend) prior to the beginning of their senior year, and especially if the project was an internship at another institution, the student must present their data to their advisor in order to be exempted from the required Senior Capstone I course.  If they have not completed a research project, or their internship is inadequate, then they must register for 23-451or 452 to complete a Capstone research project. If you take, 23-422 instead of 24-403, then you will need to take another Chemistry course if you want a minor in Chemistry – Instrumental Analysis (24-306) with lab is suggested.  Another set of courses the student can consider is Physics-317 (Foundations of Bioengineering) and Physics 409 (Biosensors and Bio-instrumentation) as electives with advisor, instructor, and Biology Chair approval. All Biology majors are required to successfully complete Senior Seminar (Capstone II, 23-499), no exceptions. General Note:  The minimum University requirement for graduation is 121 hours; in Biology you will usually complete between 121-125 hours depending on selections. Health Professions Biology Electives: Open Electives: 23-305 Developmental Biology 25-252 Calculus II 23-311 Neuroscience 36-208 Health Psychology 23-322 Microbiology 36-316 Developmental Psychology 23-352 Histology 36-402 Abnormal Psychology 23-411 Pharmacology 37-206 Cultural Anthropology 23-420 Immunology 16-355 Physiology of Exercise 23-317 Principles of Virology 16-356 Biomechanics 23-302 Comp. Vertebrate Anatomy.   23-315 Behavior  

Curriculum in Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology

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II 4 01-101 English Composition I 3 01-102 English Composition II 3   Social Science 3 25-122 Trigonometry 3 23-191 University Seminar I 1 23-192 University Seminar II 1       23-194 Intro. to Biology Professions 1               Total Credits 15   Total Credits 16 Sophomore Fall Semester Sophomore Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr 23-215 Cell Biology 4 23-210 Genetics 4 24-301 Organic Chemistry I 4 24-302 Organic Chemistry II 4 16-100 Fitness and Wellness 2   Literature 3 23-261 Calculus for Life Sciences 4 23-321 Biostatistics 3 01-200 Speech 3 23-299 Soph. Seminar – Sci. Literature 1               Total Credits 17   Total Credits 15 Junior Fall Semester Junior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr 23-310 Molecular Biology 4 24-403 Biochemistry OR   23-xxx Biology Elective 4 23-422 Biochemical Mechanisms 4   History 3 31-395 Global Societies 3 26-211 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 26-212 Fundamentals of Physics II 4       23-399 Junior Seminar-Sci. Writing* 1       23-471 Nucleic Acids Biotechnology 4               Total Credits 15   Total Credits 16 Summer Research Internship Senior Fall Semester Senior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr 03-105/ 202/322 Ethics course (Humanities) 3   Arts and Humanities 3 23-472 Protein Biotechnology 4 23-410 Advanced Molecular Biology 4 23-415 Advanced Cell Biology 4 23-xxx Biology Elective 4 23-301 Problems in Biology OR     Open Elective 3-4 23-451 Senior Research (Capstone I)** 2 23-499 Senior Seminar (Capstone II)** 1               Total Credits 13   Total Credits 15-16 Total Credits: 122-123 ** Senior Capstone *   Writing Intensive Course(s) BIOLOGY ELECTIVES: Students must not take less than 18 credits of Biology courses from the course elective list below. These are the only ones that can satisfy the Biology elective requirement for this track.  Substitutions can be requested, under special circumstances, but require written approval of advisor and Chair in advance. The Curriculum Tracks are designed for the intended career goal, including anticipation of entrance examinations, so students should adhere to the suggested sequence.  It is advisable for the student to check possible post graduate school requirements during their Junior year to ensure that satisfy expectations of intended graduate/profession choices. REQUIREMENTS:  Students can not take either 23-210 or 23-215 without first passing both 23-101 and 23-102 with a grade of "C" or better.  In order for a student to take any 300 or 400 level Biology Department course, they must also pass both 23-210 and 23-215 with a "C" or better.  These grade requirements take precedence over, and supersede any lesser specific prerequisites of all 300 or 400 level Biology electives.  All students must pass the Biology Comprehensive Assessment (BCA) examination of core courses given to all students in 23-399.  If they do not pass, then the student must take 23-498 and pass the BCA, which is required for successful completion of this course, and the biology program. SPECIAL NOTES:    For all programs and tracks, a grade of “C” or better is required for all Biology courses.     For the Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology and for the Health Professions tracks, a grade of “C” or better is also required in all CMNST courses. All Biology majors must complete an independent research project.  Those who have completed a research project with a biology faculty member (e.g. 23-301 for credit, or via a paid stipend) prior to the beginning of their senior year, and especially if the project was an internship at another institution, the student must present their data to their advisor in order to be exempted from the required Senior Capstone I course.  If they have not completed a research project, or their internship is inadequate, then they must register for 23-451or 452 to complete a Capstone research project. If you take, 23-422 instead of 24-403, then you will need to take another Chemistry course if you want a minor in Chemistry – Instrumental Analysis (24-306) with lab is suggested.  Another set of courses the student can consider is Physics-317 (Foundations of Bioengineering) and Physics 409 (Biosensors and Bio-instrumentation) as electives with advisor, instructor, and Biology Chair approval. All Biology majors are required to successfully complete Senior Seminar (Capstone II, 23-499), no exceptions. General Note:  The minimum University requirement for graduation is 121 hours; in Biology you will usually complete between 121-125 hours depending on selections. Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology Biology Electives: Open Electives: 23-305 Developmental Biology 41-105 Management Processes 23-322 Microbiology 41-325 Organizational Behavior 23-375 Mol. Genetics and Genomics 41-341 Business Ethics 23-420 Immunology 41-435 Entrepreneurship 23-317 Principles of Virology 46-300 Principles of Marketing 23-405 Cell Morphogenesis 35-301 Introduction to Bioinformatics 23-307 Principles of Physiology 25-252 Calculus II  23-370 Human Anatomy 23-411 Pharmacology   23-311 Neuroscience

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC U*STAR)

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  MARC U*STAR Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health What is MARC U*STAR? MARC U*STAR is an honor, scholarship program that provides support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level.   2010 MARC Trainees, photographed from left-to-right:  Jasmine Smith (Chemistry/Biology major); Iymaan Pinkman (Biology major); Brittany Williams (Biology major); Phontaye Sorrell (Psychology major); Williann Garber (Psychology major); and Charles Eke (Biology Major). Eligibility: Be a full-time student at DSU Major in the STEM disciplines (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics & Pre-Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Psychology, and Human Ecology) or an approved Interdisciplinary Studies major Have a minimum of 60 college credits and have no less than 24 months until degree completion Possess an outstanding academic record (cumulative g.p.a. of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale) Must have the goal of pursuing a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. Scientific fields including biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, computational biology (molecular modeling), genomics, behavioral sciences, and nutrition will be considered as suitable areas for graduate study Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident of the United States who is of an underrepresented group Requirements: Participate in intramural research project with an approved mentor from DSU and complete an extramural summer internship Attend workshops for: laboratory safety, ethics in science, career development, how to complete an application, presentations and public speaking, leadership and service, critical thinking and problem solving, working with scientific literature Make an oral or poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) The Award 60% paid tuition and fees Paid stipend Paid travel to attend ABRCMS Application procedure: Complete application Obtain and submit official transcript Write and submit a personal statement Obtain and submit two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty members   For more information, please contact   MARC U*STAR Program Delaware State University 1200 DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 (302) 857-7863 chwatson@desu.edu Back to College Home Page
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MARC U*STAR Trainees are eligible to participate in the Summer Research Experience (SRE), a paid summer internship allowing them to work in some of the most prestigious labs and research programs in the country.

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  • Receive MARC stipend throughout the summer (no stipend cost to host research mentor)
  • Up to a 10-week internship experience in some of the nation's most prestigious laboratories
  • Eligibility for housing and/or meal plan financial support*  for duration of summer program
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Master's Programs in Biological Sciences

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The Department of Biological Sciences prepares students for career opportunities in professional studies and further graduate studies in areas related to biological sciences and neuroscience.  Many graduates pursue careers in state and federal agencies, health care, private industry, research, and teaching. The program strives to develop a clear and unbiased method of critical and logistic thinking, an appreciation and understanding of the natural world, and knowledge of biological principles required to make intelligent and effective decisions.  We offer four different graduate degree programs: Master of Science (MS) in Biological Science Master of Arts (MA) in Biological Sciences MS in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience MS in Biology Education Faculty The Department of Biological Sciences is comprised of dedicated and well‑prepared faculty with diverse educational backgrounds and areas of research specialization. Small class sizes for graduate courses ensure that students interact closely with faculty in the learning experience. All faculty have published in their respective fields, and they maintain active research involvement.  Scholarly involvement and continuous professional development in research keeps the faculty current and able to offer exciting research opportunities to the students in a variety of areas.  The Department’s faculty are involved not only with individual research projects but also participate in joint collaborative research themes, for example in neuroscience.  The students have the opportunity to select their projects from these various arenas. Facilities The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in the Science Center (original) and the Mishoe Science Center.  The Department consists of 11 active research laboratories, a common biotechnology-equipped laboratory, six laboratory classrooms with prep rooms, faculty offices, a science reading room, an animal room, and a research greenhouse.  These facilities provide strong support capabilities in teaching and research areas of modern Biology.  The faculty have active research programs that are funded by research grants in various areas of biology but especially in plant biotechnology, cancer, and neuroscience. In addition, the department is a cosponsor of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium. The herbarium is the largest collection of preserved plant materials at any historically black institution in the country and the only such collection on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Department of Biological Science has a dedicated and well-prepared faculty with diverse backgrounds and areas of specialization. All faculty have published in their respective fields, and they maintain active research involvement. The faculty are serious and talented teachers. The small class size insures that students interact closely with faculty in the learning experience. Scholarly involvement in research keeps the faculty current and able to offer exciting research opportunities to the students in a variety of areas. Admission Requirements For admission to the graduate degree programs in Biology, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Biological Science or a related field from an accredited college or university. Applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 with 3.00 minimum in the major. Official scores (not be more than five years old) on the Graduate Record Examination (General Test) and two letters of reference must be submitted. Degree Requirements Master of Science (MS) Degree Program in Biological Sciences The MS Degree Program in Biological Sciences is designed to prepare students for further advanced study in biology.  Faculty with expertise in various areas (ranging from molecular and cellular biology to systemic biology and to ecological systems) have expanded the breadth of scientific backgrounds of students desiring to advance their careers in industry and government or to prepare themselves for other professional endeavors. The degree requirements include, and emphasize, a thesis based on mentored research that is conducted in an individual laboratory in the department, or an approved research laboratory. The program requires 30 DSU graduate credits and is designed for completion by full-time students within two years. Click here for the curriculum for a Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences. Master of Science (MS) Degree Program in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience The MS Degree Program in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience is a specialty degree program designed to prepare students for advanced study in the area of neuroscience. The program capitalizes on the neuroscience expertise of a number of faculty who are active in this area of research. The degree requirements include and emphasize a neuroscience-based research thesis based on mentored research conducted in one of our neuroscience research laboratories. This program is supplemented by a partnership with Drexel University.  The program requires 33 graduate credits, including taking two classes at Drexel University, and is designed to allow completion over a two‑year period on a full‑time basis. Click here for the curriculum for a Master of Science Degree in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. Master of Arts (MA) Degree Program in Biological Sciences The MA Degree Program in Biological Sciences is designed to prepare students for expanded knowledge in the biological areas of interest to the student and is overseen by a faculty mentor within the Department.  The degree requirements emphasize a research-review thesis based on literature information.  This program is particularly of value to advance the competencies of secondary school teachers, and to advance the careers of persons in industry, government agencies, and related positions. The program requires 30 credits and is designed to allow completion over a three‑year period on a part‑time basis. Click here for the curriculum for a Master of Arts Degree in Biological Sciences. Master of Science (MS) Degree Program in Biology Education The MS Degree Program in Biology Education is designed for certified secondary or middle school teachers who desire a course of study which is strongly based in Biology, yet includes coverage of current areas of significance in Science Education. The program requires 36 DSU graduate credits and is designed for completion over a three‑year period on a part‑time basis. Click here for the curriculum for a Master of Science Degree in Biology Education. Doctoral Degree Program (PhD) in Neuroscience The PhD Degree Program in Neuroscience is a specialty degree program designed to prepare students for professional careers in the area of neuroscience.  The degree requirements include and emphasize a neuroscience-based research dissertation based on mentored research conducted in one of our neuroscience research laboratories.  To become a candidate for the PhD, the student must complete all courses and pass a qualifying exam.   Areas of Research for Current Faculty Name Research Area Dr. Leonard G. Davis RNA interference for targeted gene knock-out in invertebrates Dr. Harb Dhillon Chemotaxis and other odor-guided behaviors in  D. melanogaster and C elegans Dr. Vincent Fondong Plant Biotechnology Dr. Melissa Harrington Multielectrode physiology with invertebrate and mammalian model systems Dr. Fatma Helmy Lipid biochemistry Dr. Stan Ivey Structure and function of glycoproteins in cell membranes Dr. Andrew Lloyd Microbial systems Dr. Robert MacBride Development and apoptosis in muscle cells Dr. Sabrina McGary Stress effects on the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis Dr. Princy Mennella Development of sexually dimorphic brain areas and behaviors Dr. Thomas Mennella Transcriptional regulation in neuronal differentiation Dr. Cynthia van Golen Growth factors in growth and metastasis of pediatric neuroblastoma Dr. Clytrice Watson Food safety and Forensic Biology Dr. Charlie Wilson Second messenger systems  
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Chair:
Leonard Davis, Ph.D., University of Illinois Medical Center; Biochemistry/Neuroscience
 
Professor:
Fatma Helmy, Ph.D., Tulane; Cell Biology, Lipid Metabolism, Histochemistry
 
Associate Professors:
Vincent Fondong, Ph.D. WITS University, Johannesburg, South Africa, Molecular Virology
Melissa Harrington, Ph.D., Stanford University, Neuroscience / Neurophysiology
Stan Ivey, Ph.D., University of Denver, Molecular Biology
Andrew Lloyd Ph.D., University of Virginia; Microbiology
Robert MacBride, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve, Developmental Biology
Sabrina McGary, Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park; Avian Physiology and Behavior
Charlie Wilson, Ph.D., University of Delaware, Biology
Assistant Professors:
Harb Dhillon, Ph.D., Rutgers University; Genomics, Behavior
Rick Driskill, University of Delaware, Behavior
Thomas Mennella, Ph.D., University of Albany, Biological Sciences
Princy Quadros-Mennella, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Neuroscience and Behavior
Cynthia van Golen, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Biological Sciences
Clytrice Watson, Ph.D., University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Microbiology

 

Bachelor's Programs

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    Dear new DSU student: WELCOME to the Department of Biological Sciences at Delaware State University! We look forward to helping you achieve your career goals by working with you to optimize your college experience and building a strong academic foundation for your future.  During orientation we will provide you with important departmental information and learn about your career goals so that your academic schedule for 2009-10 can be established.  Once you return to start classes in the fall, we will host you for faculty presentations on the exciting opportunities and resources available within Biological Sciences. The Department has a commitment to providing all undergraduate students with the scientific knowledge and research opportunities that are essential components of a strong education as you prepare for a professional career.  Our philosophy is to help each student develop integrative thinking, hands-on operational skills, and the broad-based knowledge needed for success in the global society.  One of the key components of your success will be your own commitment to the academic program and you taking full advantage of the opportunities available here at DSU from the very first day.  We utilize a variety of teaching styles ranging from larger lectures in the first year to smaller class sizes with integrated laboratories in advanced courses.  The common focus in all courses is to develop problem-solving and critically thinking through an understanding concepts, fact learning, and interactive discussions.  Our faculty is dedicated to supporting your goals and helping you succeed. The Department has recently upgraded its curricula into two majors – BS in Forensic Biology and a BS in Biological Sciences.  The BS in Biological Sciences has four tracks:  Health Professions  (typical for Medical, Dental, professional schools) Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology  (typical for research careers – graduate and professional schools) General Biology  (technical jobs and includes a sub-focus to prepare for teaching high school biology) This uniquely structured unified curriculum uses a common set of core courses for all curricula that is highly effective for preparing students for varied careers.  The new curriculum provides a strengthened set of core course to prepare our students for competitive careers while giving each student the flexibility to either in-depth study (specialize) or a diverse knowledgebase (generalize) as well as an easier transition to another biology curriculum-track if ones career goals change as they progress through college As the faculty in Biological Sciences have continued to expand their research programs, this allows participation in research projects, the centerpiece of successful scientific careers.  All students are required to do a Capstone research project, and are encouraged to become involved in research projects as early as possible to develop a strong base.  A key component of becoming an effective biologist and critical to successful preparation for a career is curricular enhancements.  The Department hosts scientific seminars by outside experts, workshops on learning, a Heath Professions Advising Committee that includes career information, as well as mentoring and tutoring.  Students who participate always do better. Welcome and best regards,    Leonard Davis, PhD    Chair, Department of Biological Sciences Back to College Home Page

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