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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  

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  

Curriculum in Health Professions

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I 4 CHEM 102 General Chemistry II 4 ENGL 101 English Composition I 3 ENGL 102 English Composition II 3 PSYC 201 Introduction to General Psychology 3 MTSC 122 Trigonometry 3 BIOL 191 University Seminar I 1 BIOL 192 University Seminar II 1       BIOL 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 BIOL 215 Cell Biology 4 BIOL 210 Genetics 4 CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 4 MVSC 101 Fitness and Wellness 2  ENGL 2xx Literature# 3 MTSC 261 Calculus for Life Sciences (or MTSC 251/252-Calc I & II) 4 BIOL 321 Biostatistics 3 SCCJ 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 BIOL 299 Soph. Seminar – Sci. Literature 1 BIOL 301  Problems in Biology (optional)                       Total Credits 17   Total Credits 15 Summer Clinical Experience Junior Fall Semester Junior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr BIOL 310 Molecular Biology 4 CHEM 403 Biochemistry (offered in spring) OR   BIOL 307 Principles of Physiology 4 BIOL 422 Biochemical Mechanisms (offered in fall) 4  ENGL 200 Speech 3 GLOB 395 Global Societies 3 PHYS 211 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 PHYS 212 Fundamentals of Physics II 4       BIOL 399 Junior Seminar-Sci. Writing* 1       BIOL 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 XX xxx Arts and Humanities# 3  PHIL 105/202/322 Ethics course (Humanities). PHIL 322 recommended 3 BIOL xxx Biology Elective 4 BIOL xxx Biology Elective 4 BIOL xxx Biology Elective 4 XX xxx Open Elective 3-4 BIOL 301 Problems in Biology OR   XX xxx Open Elective 3-4 BIOL 451 Senior Research (Capstone I)** 2 23-499 Senior Seminar (Capstone II)** 1               Total Credits 15   Total Credits 14-16 Total Credits: 121-123 ** Senior Capstone (if BIOL 301 or internship already completed, 451 can be waived but not 499) *   Writing Intensive Course(s) #One of these courses must be used to meet the African American (Gen Ed) Experience $General Biology I and II (BIOL 101 and 102 together) can substitute for BIOL 201 and 202   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 must take each of the five biology core courses (201-202-215-210-310) in sequence and earn a grade of “C” or higher in each respectively before being able to progress to the next in the sequence (BIOL 101-102 can substitute for 201-202 but both of each group must be taken and same grade criteria apply).  In order for a student to take any 300 or 400 level Biology Department course, he or she must have earned a grade of "C" or better in the first four core courses.  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 BIOL 399.  If they do not pass, then the student must take BIOL 498 and pass the BCA, which is required for successful completion of this course, and the biology program. TRANSFER CREDITS: Students who receive transfer credit for courses that are equivalent to BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 will be considered to have met the prerequisite for BIOL 215.  Students transferring with a grade of “C” or better in Anatomy & Physiology I (207) and Anatomy & Physiology II (208) and Microbiology (322) usually have one (1) Biology elective waived. 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 Biomedical Research

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Seminar – Sci. Literature 1 BIOL 301 Problems in Biology (optional)           Total Credits 17   Total Credits 15 Summer Research Internship Junior Fall Semester Junior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr BIOL 310 Molecular Biology* 4 CHEM 403 Biochemistry (offered in spring) OR    BIOL xxx Biology Elective 4 BIOL 422 Biochemical Mechanisms (offered in fall) 4  HIST xxx History# 3 GLOB 395 Global Societies 3 PHYS 211 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 PHYS 212 Fundamentals of Physics II 4 BIOL 301 Problems in Biology (optional)   BIOL 399 Junior Seminar-Sci. Writing* 1       BIOL 470 Biotechnological Processes 4               Total Credits 15   Total Credits 16 Summer Research Internship Senior Fall Semester Senior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr XX xxx Arts and Humanities# 3  PHIL 105/202/322 Ethics course (Humanities). PHIL 322 recommended 3 BIOL xxx Biomedical Elective 4 BIOL xxx Biomedical Elective 4 BIOL xxx Biology Elective 4 BIOL xxx Biology Elective 4 BIOL 451 Senior Research (Capstone I)** 2 XXX xxx Open Elective 3-4       23-499 Senior Seminar (Capstone II)** 1   Total Credits 13   Total Credits 15-16 Total Credits: 122-123 ** Senior Capstone (if BIOL 301 or internship already completed, 451 can be waived but not 499) *   Writing Intensive Course(s) # One of these courses must be used to meet the African American Experience $ General Biology I and II (BIOL 101 AND 102) together can substitute for BIOL 201 and 202 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. BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH ELECTIVES: Students must take at least two of the following three courses: BIOL-375 Molecular Genetics and Genomics; BIOL-410 Advanced Molecular Biology; BIOL-415 Advanced Cell Biology. REQUIREMENTS:   Students must take each of the five biology core courses (201-202-215-210-310) in sequence and earn a grade of “C” or higher in each respectively before being able to progress to the next in the sequence (BIOL 101-102 can substitute for 201-202 but both of each group must be taken and same grade criteria apply). In order for a student to take any 300 or 400 level Biology Department course, he or she must have earned a grade of  "C" or better in the first four core courses.  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 BIOL-399.  If they do not pass, then the student must take BIOL 498 and pass the BCA, which is required for successful completion of this course, and the biology program. TRANSFER CREDITS:  Students who receive transfer credit for courses that are equivalent to BIOL 101 and BIOL102 will be considered to have met the prerequisite for BIOL 215.  Students transferring with a grade of “C” or better in Anatomy & Physiology I (207) and Anatomy & Physiology II (208) and Microbiology (322) usually have one (1) Biology elective waived. SPECIAL NOTES:    For all programs and tracks, a grade of “C” or better is required for all Biology courses.     For the Biomedical 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?  (Download program overview pdf)   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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Biological Sciences MS

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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 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 Sciences 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. Complete applications will undergo competitive review, with priority review for those applications received by March 15. Fall admission only.  Application must include official scores (not be more than five years old) on the Graduate Record Examination (General Test), Personal Statement, Resume, and three letters of reference. Click here for Graduate Admissions https://www.applyweb.com/desug/ 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. 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 Specialization for Current Research Faculty within the Department of Biological Sciences Dr. Anthea Aikins - Microbiology Dr. Harb Dhillon - Neurophysiology and behavior in D. melanogaster and C. elegans Dr. Vincent Fondong - Plant biotechnology Dr. Michael Gitcho - Mammalian models for Alzheimer's research Dr. Melissa Harrington - Electrophysiology Dr. Y. Hwan Kim - Parkinson's Disease modeling Dr. Hakeem Lawall - Parkinson's Disease modeling Dr. Karl Miletti-  Cancer biology Dr. Murali Temburni - Neurophysiology and synaptic synchronization      
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Chair:
Clytrice Watson, Ph.D. 
 
Professors:
Melissa Harrington, Ph.D.
Vincent Fondong, Ph.D.
 
Associate Professors:
Harb Dhillon, Ph.D.
Andrew Lloyd Ph.D
Sabrina McGary, Ph.D.
Cynthia van Golen, Ph.D.
Charlie Wilson, Ph.D.
 
Assistant Professors:
Anthea Aikins, Ph.D.
Michael Gitcho, Ph.D.
Y. Hwan Kim, Ph.D.
Hakeem Lawall, Ph.D.
Karl Miletti, Ph.D.
Theresa Szabo-Maas, Ph.D.
Murali Temburni, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors
Leonard Davis, Ph.D.
Richard Driskill, M.S.
Stan Ivey, Ph.D.
Robert MacBride, Ph.D.
Gustav Ofosu, Ph.D.

 

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 the upcoming year can be established.  You will be regularly advised by the CMNST Advisement Center and /or a Departmental Faculty Advisor so that your courses are adjusted to complement your career goals, and any curricula changes as you progress through the program.  We regularly provide students with presentations on the exciting opportunities and resources available within Biological Sciences, on the DSU campus, and on professional opportunities external to DSU. 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 provide the opportunity and support so that each student develops 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 we will encourage you to take 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 three tracks:  Health Professions  (typical for Medical, Dental, professional schools) Biomedical Research  (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 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 scientific foundation.  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, mentoring and tutoring.  Welcome and best regards,    Clytrice Watson, PhD    Interim Chair, Department of Biological Sciences Back to College Home Page

Mathematical Sciences Graduate Course Descriptions

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS MTSC-500. FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 3:3:0 This course is specifically designed to bridge undergraduate and graduate study in mathematics. It is an introduction to abstract ideas, proofs, set theory, relations, and number systems and their connections.   Prerequisites: MTSC-252. Credit, three hours. MTSC-503. MATHEMATICS TEACHING METHODS I 3:3:0 This course is the first of a two (2) part sequence designed to provide weighty consideration of some of the major topics in middle and secondary school mathematics education. Emphasis will be on epistemological, pedagogical, social, psychological, effective teaching, classroom management, and cultural concerns as well as the teaching profession. This course is also a study of methods and materials used in teaching mathematics and will expose students to current educational theory and reform organizations. Through research, practice, and presentations, students will take an active role in the instruction and development of materials for this course.   Prerequisites: MTSC-252, MTSC-313, MTSC-341, MTSC-241 and MTSC-203.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-504. MODERN GEOMETRY 3:3:0 The course covers Menelaus and Ceva’s Theorem, Cross Ratio, Elementary Transformations, Euclidean Constructions, and Non-Euclidean Geometry. The course illustrates to the students the strength of deductive reasoning in proofs involving Euclidean axioms and transformation theory. The student will also be familiar with Non-Euclidean Geometry.   Prerequisites: MTSC-303 with minimum grade of .C..   Credit, three hours. MTSC-505. MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 3:3:0 The course is designed to examine the logical foundations of mathematics. Formal systems are shown to model real life relationships, and these formal systems are studied and analyzed using mathematical methods and rigor. The results of the study show both the inherent limitation of reasoning and at the same time the richness of what can be expressed and proven.   Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-313.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-511. INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT ALGEBRA 3:3:0 The course is concerned with the basic theory of some of the important algebraic systems such as groups, rings and fields with emphasis on homomorphism, isomorphism, integral domain, extension fields, and Galois groups.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-521. GENERAL TOPOLOGY 3:3:0 The purpose of the course is to give the students the basic concepts of topology and lead them to algebraic topology. The course also presents as a related discipline to the proper understanding of various branches of analysis and geometry. The students should become familiar with topological spaces, point-set topology and homotopy theory.   Prerequisites: MTSC-451, MTSC-452.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-531. NUMBER THEORY 3:3:0 The course, Number Theory, is an introduction to the study of basic properties of integers which allows one to demonstrate how various areas of mathematics play a role in the study of properties of natural numbers. The course is flexible and fundamental enough to be taken by Math and Math Ed Majors.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-541. ADVANCED PROBABILITY THEORY 3:3:0 The course covers the mathematical structure of probability theory with applications of the theory from a wide variety of experimental situations.   Prerequisites: MTSC-253 with a minimum grade of .C..   Credit, three hours. MTSC-551. ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3:3:0 The purpose of the course is to present techniques of solving ordinary differential equations. The students should become familiar with Boundary Value Problems, Systems of Ordinary Differential Equations, Phase Diagrams, and Stability.   Prerequisites: MTSC-351.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-561. REAL ANALYSIS I 3:3:0 The purpose of the course is to cover the basic material that every graduate should know in the classical theory of functions of a real variable and in measure and integration theory. To provide the students with the background in those parts of modern mathematics which have their roots in the classical theory of functions of a real variable. These include the classical theory of functions of a real variable itself, measure and integration, point-set topology, and the theory of normed linear space.   Prerequisites: MTSC-402 with a minimum grade of .C., or its equivalent.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-562. REAL ANALYSIS II 3:3:0 This course is the extension of real analysis I. The purpose of the course is to further provide students the background of modern mathematics. The course is to cover the theories of (improper) Riemann integrals and a brief introduction of Lebesgue integrals, the theories of pointwise and uniform convergence of sequences of functions, and the theories of infinite series of functions.   Prerequisites: MTSC-561 with minimum grade of .C., or its equivalent.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-571. COMPLEX ANALYSIS 3:3:0 This is a first-semester course at the graduate level, in the field of Functions of one (1) Complex Variable. The rigorous approach adopted herein will set a firm foundation for leading the students to the next level of Complex Analysis. To prepare the student for further studies in the field of Complex Analysis. To provide the students with sufficient background for various applications of Complex Analysis physical and engineering disciplines.   Prerequisites: MTSC-471.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-621. FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS 3:3:0 The course gives students an introduction to Metric Spaces, Hilbert Spaces, and Banach Spaces with emphasis on Hilbert Spaces.   Prerequisites: MTSC-561.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-631. OPERATIONS RESEARCH 3:3:0 The course is designed to expose students in computer science to linear, nonlinear, and integer programming, simplex method, duality theorem, transport and other application problems, and different optimization methods and techniques. The topics to be covered include: Optimization problems; the subject of Operations Research; Linear programming; Simplex method and duality theorem; Integer programming; Nonlinear programming; Optimization techniques; Applications; and MATLAB Optimization Toolbox.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-641. COMBINATORICS 3:3:0 The student will be introduced to the theory involved in combinatorial reasoning. The two (2) combinatorial theories of enumeration and graph theory will be developed. Students will apply combinatorial reasoning to problems in the analysis of computer systems, in discrete operations research and in finite probability.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-643. STATISTICS 3:3:0 The course provides students with the fundamental theory of statistics. The students will be familiar with descriptive and inferential statistical methods, theory, and applications.   Prerequisites: MTSC-541 with minimum grade of .C..   Credit, three hours. MTSC-651. PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3:3:0 The course is designed to acquaint students to Classifications of Partial Differential Equations, Methods of Solution for the Wave Equation, Laplace’s Equation, and the Heat Equation.   Prerequisites: A second course in Ordinary Differential Equations.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-661. NUMERICAL ANALYSIS 3:3:0 The student should become familiar with advanced techniques for solving numerically large problems in Linear Algebra. In particular, students should become familiar with the effects of ill conditioning, and of ways in which special information about matrices, such as sparsity can be used. An important part of all of this is the consideration of error from various sources and ways of controlling its accumulation.   Prerequisites: MTSC-313.   Credit, three hours. MTSC-699. THESIS OR DIRECTED PROJECT 6 3:3:0 A student may register three (3) or six (6) hours thesis with the approval of his/her thesis advisor.   Credit, three to six hours.    Back to Dept Home   Back to College Homepage       

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