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Applied Mathematics Research Center
ETV Building 116
Phone: 302.857.7516
Fax: 302.857.7517

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

Department of Mathematical Sciences

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ETV Building Room 107
Ph:   302-857-7051
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Overview The objectives of the Mathematical Sciences Department are to provide opportunities for students to develop functional competence in mathematics; an appreciation for the contributions of mathematics to science, engineering, business, economics, and the social sciences; and the power of critical thinking. The Department strives to prepare students to pursue graduate study and for careers in teaching, government, and industry. The Department aims to provide the student with a course of study directed toward an understanding of mathematical theory and its relation to other fields of study. This study includes an emphasis on precision of definition, reasoning to precise conclusions, and an analysis and solution of problems using mathematical principles. Students who select a major in the Department must complete the general education program which is required of all students. Request more information     Curriculum Options for Majors MATHEMATICS: The requirements for a major in Mathematics are: Mathematics 191,192, 213, 214, 251, 252, 253, 313, 341, 351, 411, 451, and 498; One of 412, 452; Physics 201 and 202; and a minimum of six (6) hours selected from Mathematics courses numbered 300 or higher, excluding 403. With departmental approval, three hours may be submitted from Physics 311-312 and 404. MATHEMATICS WITH COMPUTER SCIENCE: The requirements for a major in Mathematics with Computer Science are: Mathematics 191,192, 213, 214, 251, 252, 253, 313, 341, 351, 431 and 498; Physics 201, 202; Computer Science 240, 261, 262, 360, 461 and 495; and a minimum of twelve (12) hours selected from Mathematics courses numbered 300 or higher, excluding 403. MATHEMATICS EDUCATION: The requirements for a teaching major in Mathematics are: Mathematics 191,192, 203, 213, 241, 251, 252, 253, 313, 341, 403, 411 and 491; Education 204, 313, 318, 322, 357, and 412; Physics 201 and 202; Psychology 201; and Computer Science 261. Students must take and pass PRAXIS I and apply for admission to the TPE prior to the start of their junior year. Students must pass PRAXIS II prior to student teaching. OPTION FOR MINORS To provide an opportunity for students to obtain a minor concentration in mathematics, the Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the following option: Minor in Mathematics: Twenty-one (21) hours distributed as follows: Mathematics 251, 252, 253; and nine (9) additional hours selected from Mathematics courses at the 300 level or higher, excluding 403.     Back to College Home Page
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Free Tutoring Resources

The Department offers free mathematics tutoring in the Mathematics Laboratory (ETV 128). 

  • Tutors are responsible students with a 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Tutoring is available for any student who needs assistance in their math courses
  • Session times are flexible to accommodate any student's schedule 
  • Tutoring hours are Mon - Fri with times varying from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Check the schedule in the Mathematics Laboratory. 

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Faculty Profile


Chair:
 
Dr. Hanson Umoh
ETV Rm 103
302-857-6550
 
 
Professor: 

Dr. Fengshan Liu
ETV Rm 124
302-857-6646
 
Dr. Dawn Lott
ETV Rm 219
302-857-7059
 
Dr. Mazen Shahin
ETV Rm 136
302-857-7055
 
Dr. Xiquan Shi
ETV Rm 112
302-857-7052
 
 
Associate Professor:
 
Dr. Anjan Biswas (pdf / profile)
ETV Rm 220
302-857-7913
 
Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa (pdf)
ETV Rm 104
302-857-6645
 
Dr. Paul Gibson
ETV Rm 115
302-857-6643
 
Dr. Rodney McNair
ETV Rm 103
302-857-6501
 

Assistant Professor:
 
Dr. Delayne Johnson
ETV Rm 114
302-857-6603
 
Dr. Jinjie Liu
ETV Rm 222
302-857-7041
 
Dr. Pablo Suarez
ETV Rm 225
302-857-7583
 
Dr. Sokratis Makrogiannis
ETV Rm 221
302-857-7058
 
Dr. Matthew Tanzy
ETV Rm 220
302-857-5716
 
Visiting Assistant Professor:
 
Dr. Udita Katugampola
 
 
Lecturer:
 
Dr. Yi Ling
ETV Rm 227
302-857-7049
 
 
Computer Lab Technician:
 
Mrs. Min Gibson
ETV Rm 126
302-857-7056
 
 
Senior Secretary:

Mrs. Cinnell Clark-Tolson
ETV Rm 107
302-857-7051
 
 
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Curriculum in Electrical Engineering

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Electrical 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 Electrical 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 26-315 Computer Communications 3 26-310 Optical Electronics 3 26-404 Introduction to VLSI Design 4   Back to Department Homepage Back to College Homepage (c) Copyright 2010 DSU CMNST Dover, Delaware 19901. All rights reserved.

Curriculum for Physics Education

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Curriculum for Physics

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PHYSICS (PHYS) PHYS-111. INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS I 3:3:0 An introductory course in physics with emphasis on mechanics, sound, thermodynamics, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Three (3) lectures per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-121, MTSC-122 or consent of the Department. Credit, three hours each. PHYS-111L. INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS LABORATORY I 1:0:2 Laboratory section taken in association with PHYS-111 and PHYS-112. One (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Corequisites: PHYS-111, PHYS-112. Credit, one hour each. PHYS-112. INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS II 3:3:0 An introductory course in physics with emphasis on mechanics, sound, thermodynamics, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Three (3) lectures per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-121, MTSC-122 or consent of the Department. Credit, three hours each. PHYS-112L. INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS LABORATORY II 1:0:2 Laboratory section taken in association with PHYS-111 and PHYS-112. One (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Corequisites: PHYS-111, PHYS-112. Credit, one hour each. PHYS-121. CONCEPTS OF PHYSICS I 3:2:2 Designed primarily for the non-science major. A descriptive treatment of the basic principles of classical physics. Motion, energy, properties of matter, and thermal physics are treated in a conceptual, largely non-mathematical format. There are no mathematics or science prerequisites. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Credit, three hours. PHYS-122. CONCEPTS OF PHYSICS II 3:2:2 Designed primarily for the non-Science major. A descriptive treatment of the basic principles of sound, electricity, magnetism, and optics is presented in a conceptual, largely non-mathematical, format. There are no mathematics or science prerequisites. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Credit, three hours. PHYS-123. CONCEPTS OF MODERN PHYSICS 3:2:2 A descriptive treatment of relativity, atomic structure, and nuclear physics primarily for the non-science major. In the laboratory period, selected topics of 20th century physics are investigated. There are no mathematics or science prerequisites. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Credit, three hours. PHYS-131. ENERGY 3:2:2 A course covering the scientific, technological, economic, political, and environmental factors associated with energy production and use. There are no mathematics or science prerequisites. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week.   Credit, three hours. PHYS-141. SOUNDS AND ACOUSTICS 3:2:2 An introductory course for the non-Science major which investigates the principles underlying hi-fidelity sound reproduction equipment and techniques. Topics covered include speaker design, radio transmission, receiver and amplifier operation, and tape and CD function. There are no mathematics or science prerequisites. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory each week. Credit, three hours. PHYS-191. UNIVERSITY SEMINAR I PHYSICS AND PRE-ENGINEERING 1:2:0 University Seminar is a two-semester, General Education course sequence designed to provide students with the essentials for a smooth transition to college life and academic success. Academic skills will be developed. These skills include critical reading, thinking, listening, writing, speaking, and using the library, the internet, and word processing. Values clarification, coping with peer pressures, and the impact of a healthy lifestyle will be addressed. Opportunities will be provided for self-evaluation and growth in basic learning strategies as well as personal and career goals. Knowing the history of the University, feeling connected to the institution, and sharing a common educational experience with other freshmen are important goals of this course. Students will also engage in analytical problem solving and learn about the process of science by designing investigations to answer scientific questions and implementing the use of technology to complete these investigations. Credit, one hour. PHYS-192. UNIVERSITY SEMINAR II PHYSICS AND PRE-ENGINEERING 1:1:0 University Seminar is a two-semester, General Education course sequence designed to provide students with the essentials for a smooth transition to college life and academic success. Academic skills will be developed. These skills include critical reading, thinking, listening, writing, speaking, and using the library, the internet, and word processing. Values clarification, coping with peer pressures, and the impact of a healthy lifestyle will be addressed. Opportunities will be provided for self-evaluation and growth in basic learning strategies as well as personal and career goals. Knowing the history of the University, feeling connected to the institution, and sharing a common educational experience with other freshmen are important goals of this course. Students will also engage in analytical problem solving and learn about the process of science by designing investigations to answer scientific questions and implementing the use of technology to complete these investigations. Credit, one hour. PHYS-201. GENERAL PHYSICS I 4:3:2 An elementary treatment of mechanics, wave motion, hydrostatics, sound, heat, light, electricity, and magnetism. Some calculus concepts are employed, and the problem method is largely used. Three (3) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week.Co-requisites: MTSC-251 Credit, four hours each. PHYS-202. GENERAL PHYSICS II 4:3:2 An elementary treatment of mechanics, wave motion, hydrostatics, sound, heat, light, electricity, and magnetism. Some calculus concepts are employed, and the problem method is largely used. Three (3) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week.Pre-requisite: PHYS 201, Co-requisites:  MTSC-252. Credit, four hours each. PHYS-211. FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS I 4:3:2 A calculus based general physics sequence intended to meet the needs of students enrolled in all science, math, and technology programs (except physics and engineering majors). The sequence will address the fundamental concepts in linear and rotational mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics and kinetic theory, electric fields and circuits, magnetic fields, geometric and wave optics, and topics in modern physics. The following Strands and Goals of the General Education Program will be addressed by this course: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Across the Curriculum, Critical Thinking / Problem Solving, Computer and Information Technology, and Moral / Ethical Issues. Co-requisites:  MTSC-251 Credit, four hours each. PHYS-212. FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS II 4:3:2 A calculus based general physics sequence intended to meet the needs of students enrolled in all science, math, and technology programs (except physics and engineering majors). The sequence will address the fundamental concepts in linear and rotational mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics and kinetic theory, electric fields and circuits, magnetic fields, geometric and wave optics, and topics in modern physics. The following Strands and Goals of the General Education Program will be addressed by this course: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Across the Curriculum, Critical Thinking / Problem Solving, Computer and Information Technology, and Moral / Ethical Issues. Pre-Requisite: PHYS 211 Credit, four hours each. PHYS-220. SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMING 3:3:0 An introduction to scientific software including program writing, data processing, and visualization. Software packages used for the class include C/C++, MATLAB, and Origin. Pre-Requisite: PHYS 201 Credit, three hours. PHYS-250. RADIOISOTOPES 3:2:2 A lecture and laboratory course designed to provide a theoretical and practical knowledge of radioisotopes. The lecture topics include properties of radiation, nuclear reactions, health physics, and applications of radioisotopes in research and industry. In the laboratory, emphasis is placed on radiation detection, and measurement with appropriate safety precautions. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: Completion of the Mathematics requirements under General Education. Credit, three hours. PHYS-261. ELECTRONICS FOR SCIENTISTS 3:1:4 The course includes the development of skills and understanding of basic principles of electronic instrumentations. Typical topics include the study and use of simple circuits and basic electronic devices like diodes and transistors, the measurement of characteristics of electronic signals and the use of basic instrumentation like oscilloscopes, amplifiers, signal generators, power supplies, detectors and others for conducting concrete physical experiments. One (1) laboratory period. Prerequisites: MTSC-252, PHYS-202. Credit, four hours. PHYS-302. SIGNAL PROCESSING I 3:3:0 An introduction to both the theory and applications in signals and systems. Discrete and continuous time signals and systems, sampling, and conversion between analog and digital signals.Prerequisites: ENGR-212. Credit, three hours. PHYS-305. THERMAL PHYSICS 3:3:0 An intermediate course on the thermal phenomena involving gases and solids. The topics included are thermometry, calorimetry, specific heat, expansion, heat transfer, introductory kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics, and applications. Three (3) lectures per week. Prerequisites: PHYS-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202. Credit, three hours. PHYS-306. COMPUTATIONAL METHODS OF PHYSICS 3:3:0 Development and computer-assisted analysis of mathematical models in chemistry, physics, and engineering. Typical topics include reaction rates, particle scattering, vibrating systems, least square analysis, and quantum chemistry. One (1) class period and two (2) computer laboratory periods. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202, PHYS 220  Credit, three hours. PHYS-307. SOUND AND VIBRATION 3:2:2 An intermediate course in the fundamentals of periodic phenomena including wave motion in solid, liquid, and gaseous media, and introductory acoustics. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, PHYS-201, PHYS-202. Credit, three hours. PHYS-310. OPTICAL ELECTRONICS 3:3:0 An overview of laser and optical systems with emphasis on optical beams and resonant laser cavities, characteristics of typical lasers (gas, solid state, and semiconductor), and application of optical devices. Prerequisites: PHYS-351. Credit, three hours. PHYS-311. FIBER OPTICS COMMUNICATIONS 4:3:2 The course enables students to gain theoretical and practical background in both physics and engineering aspects of fiber optic communications including the fundamental principle of light propagation in optical fibers and waveguides, the critical components of fiber optic networks, and fiber optical network systems. Prerequisites: PHYS-316. Credit, four hours. PHYS-313. ANALYTICAL MECHANICS I 3:3:0 An intermediate level sequence of courses addressing the mechanics of single particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. The effects of forces and moments are investigated first through the equilibrium of structures and then through the study of dynamic systems. The conservation principles will be emphasized, and Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics will be used to analyze a variety of mechanical systems. Four (4) lecture periods per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202. Credit, four hours each. PHYS-314. ANALYTICAL MECHANICS II 3:3:0 An intermediate level sequence of courses addressing the mechanics of single particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. The effects of forces and moments are investigated first through the equilibrium of structures and then through the study of dynamic systems. The conservation principles will be emphasized, and Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics will be used to analyze a variety of mechanical systems. Four (4) lecture periods per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202. Credit, four hours each. PHYS-315. COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS 3:3:0 An introduction, with an engineering emphasis, to the basic concepts of computer communication networks; network protocols, architecture, packet switching, LAN and WAN technologies, internet protocols, network performance, security, and management. Three (3) lectures per week. Prerequisites: PHYS-213. Credit, three hours. PHYS-316. INTRODUCTION TO OPTICS 4:3:2 An intermediate course in the fundamentals of physical optics. Topics included are theories of light, measurement of the speed of light, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, scattering, polarization, crystal optics, lasers and holography, optical instruments, and spectroscopy. Three (3) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, MTSC-201, MTSC-202. Credit, four hours. PHYS-317. FOUNDATIONS OF BIOENGINEERING 3:3:0 An overview of the structure and function of biological molecules. The course covers in depth the physical aspects of human anatomy, molecular, and cellular biology. Credit, three hours. PHYS-331. MATHEMATICAL METHODS OF PHYSICS I 3:3:0 An intermediate course covering applied differential equations, vectors, matrices, Fourier series, Laplace transformations, and boundary value problems in general. Three (3) lectures per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252. Credit, three hours. PHYS-332. MATHEMATICAL METHODS OF PHYSICS II 3:3:0 An intermediate treatment of mathematical topics including complex variables, linear vector spaces, and integral transforms. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252. Credit, three hours. PHYS-351. APPLIED PHYSICS LAB I 3:1:4 An intermediate level course sequence in which applications of basic principles to laboratory systems are stressed. Areas treated include signal processing, electro-optical devices, and automated laboratory systems. One (1) lecture and two (2) two-hour laboratory sessions per week. Prerequisites: ENGR-205. Credit, three hours. PHYS-352. APPLIED PHYSICS LAB II 3:1:4 An intermediate level course sequence in which applications of basic principles to laboratory systems are stressed. Areas treated include signal processing, electro-optical devices, and automated laboratory systems. One (1) lecture and two (2) two-hour laboratory sessions per week. Prerequisites: ENGR-205. Credit, three hours. PHYS-361. MODERN PHYSICS 3:3:0 A course covering an introduction to the special theory of relativity, wave-particle duality, the quantum theory and their application to the study of the structure of atoms, and the atomic nuclei. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202. Credit, three hours. PHYS-362. QUANTUM MECHANICS 3:3:0 A course in the basic principles of quantum mechanics covering the Schrodinger equation, operators and transformation theory, angular momentum, atomic structure, and perturbation theory. Three (3) lectures per week. Prerequisites: PHYS-313, PHYS-314, PHYS-361. Credit, three hours. PHYS-404. INTRODUCTION TO VLSI DESIGN 4:3:2 An introduction to the design and technology of very large scale integrated (VLSI) devices, circuits and systems including logic design fundamentals, graphics layout, clocking and timing, architecture, performance, limitations, packaging, and a required design project. Prerequisites: ENGR-309. Credit, four hours. PHYS-405. ELECTRONICS PHYSICS I 3:1:4 An intermediate course in applied electronics. One (1) lecture and two (2) two-hour laboratory periods per week. Credit, three hours each. PHYS-406. ELECTRONICS PHYSICS II 3:1:4 An intermediate course in applied electronics. One (1) lecture and two (2) two-hour laboratory periods per week. Credit, three hours each. PHYS-407. ADVANCED MODERN PHYSICS 4:3:2 New concepts of physics developed in the 20th century, namely quantum mechanics and relativity, are applied to study a variety of modern physics problems ranging from atomic and nuclear physics to molecular physics and nuclear physics. Three (3) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202, PHYS-361. Credit, four hours. PHYS-408. MODERN OPTICAL TECHNIQUES 3:3:0 The course enables students to gain both physics and engineering aspects of various modern optical imaging, sensing, and detection techniques. Focus is given to applications in industry, defense and security, and life science. Prerequisites: PHYS-316. Credit, three hours. PHYS-409. BIOSENSORS AND BIOINSTRUMENTATION 4:3:2 Origins and characteristics of bioelectric signals, recording electrodes, biopotential amplifiers, basic sensors, chemical, pressure, sound, and flow transducers, noninvasive monitoring techniques, and electrical safety. Prerequisites: PHYS-317. Credit, four hours. PHYS-410. MOLECULAR ENGINEERING SYSTEMS 4:3:2 An overview of engineering biology with an emphasis on molecular systems. Topics include DNA nanotechnology, cell cloning, and gene therapy. Prerequisites: PHYS-317. Credit, four hours. PHYS-411. THEORY OF ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I 3:3:0 An intermediate course in the theory of electricity and magnetism. Topics include electrostatics, electrodynamics, dielectric theory, magnetic properties of matter, and Maxwell‘s Equations. Three (3) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-313, PHYS-314 or equivalent. Credit, three hours each. PHYS-412. THEORY OF ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM II 3:3:0 An intermediate course in the theory of electricity and magnetism. Topics include electrostatics, electrodynamics, dielectric theory, magnetic properties of matter, and Maxwell‘s Equations. Three (3) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Co-requisites: Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-313, PHYS-314 or equivalent. Credit, three hours each. PHYS-413. INTRODUCTION TO LASER PHYSICS 4:3:2 The course will develop understanding of the basic principles as well as the theory of different types of lasers. The topics will include fundamentals of quantum electronics, oscillator model, rate equations, stimulated transitions, population inversion, laser amplification, design of laser resonators, principles of Q-switching, mode locking, injection locking, and modern applications of lasers. Three (3) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-316, PHYS-361, and consent of the Instructor. Credit, four hours. PHYS-418. THEORETICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH 3:1:4 A laboratory course for senior Physics majors covering selected topics on intermediate and advanced levels. One (1) lecture and two (2) two-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisites: Consent of the Department. Credit, three hours. PHYS-421. INTRODUCTION TO SOLID STATE PHYSICS 3:3:0 A study of the fundamental properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators: crystal structure, lattice vibrations and electron theory of metals and semiconductors. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-201, PHYS-202. Credit, three hours. PHYS-423. INTRODUCTION TO NONLINEAR OPTICS 4:3:2 The course will develop an understanding of the basic principles of light matter interaction and develop the fundamental concepts of various nonlinear optical processes in different type of materials. The topics will include an anharmonic classical oscillator model for nonlinear susceptibility, quantum mechanical treatment of nonlinear susceptibility, resonant and nonresonant nonlinearities, nonlinearities due to molecular orientation, optical phase conjugation, bistability, spontaneous and stimulated light scattering, and photorefractive phenomena and their applications. Prerequisites: MTSC-251, MTSC-252, PHYS-316, PHYS-361, PHYS-362, and consent of the Instructor. Credit, four hours. PHYS-441. SELECTED TOPICS IN PHYSICS I 3:3:0 An intermediate course covering subjects related to current developments in physics. Prerequisites: Consent of the Department. Three credit hours PHYS-442. SELECTED TOPICS IN PHYSICS II 3:3:0 An intermediate course covering subjects related to current developments in physics. Prerequisites: Consent of the Department. Credit, three hours each. PHYS-451. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH 3:3:0 This course is an independent study course dealing with current research methodologies in physics. Prerequisites: PHYS-201, PHYS-202 Credit, three hours. PHYS-452. RESEARCH ETHICS 3:3:0 A discussion of the moral values, the attitudes and habits acceptable in research, and as exemplified in the process of the acquisition of scientific data, their analysis, and dissemination. Credit, three hours.  ENGINEERING (ENGR) ENGR-105. PROGRAMMING FOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS 3:3:0 Introduction to the computer language C/C++ and its use to solve elementary engineering problems using structured and object-oriented programming. Three (3) lectures per week. Credit, three hours. ENGR-106. PROGRAMMING FOR ENGINEERS 3:3:0 Introduction to the computer language FORTRAN 90 and its use to solve elementary engineering problems. Three (3) lectures per week. Credit, three hours. ENGR-107. GENERAL GEOLOGY FOR ENGINEERS 4:4:0 The nature of the Earth and of the processes that shape it: the Earth‘s external and internal energy, minerals and rocks, external processes and the evolution of the landscape, internal processes and the structure of the Earth, the Earth compared with other planets, sources of materials, and energy. Credit, four hours. ENGR-132. ENGINEERING GRAPHICS AND ANALYSIS 3:0:5 Fundamental concepts of multi-view projection drawing and application of drawing conventions. Includes sectional views, dimensioning, pictorial representation, fastener specifications, and drawings for various engineering disciplines. Computer applications include data structure for computer modeling, plotting routines for computer drawing, and an introduction to CAD principles. Five (5) hours laboratory per week. Credit, three hours. ENGR-202. INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL SYSTEMS 4:3:1 A unified overview of the interrelationship among the digital representation and processing of information, the analysis and design of combinational and sequential digital networks, and the application of stored program information processors. Three (3) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: PHYS-202. Credit, four hours. ENGR-205. ANALOG CIRCUITS I 4:3:3 Laws of the electric circuit, analysis of DC and AC circuits, network equations, and network theorems. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-351, PHYS-202. Credit, four hours. ENGR-210. INTRODUCTION TO COMBINATIONAL LOGIC 2:2:2 Boolean algebra and its application to logic gates. Simplification of switching functions. Gate level logic design and design with MSI and LSI. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory per week. Pre-Requisite: MTSC 121 Credit, three hours. ENGR-211. INTRODUCTION TO SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS 2:2:2 Analysis and design of synchronous, asynchronous systems, and algorithmic state machines. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: ENGR-210. Credit, three hours. ENGR-212. SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS 4:3:1 An introduction to both theory and applications in signals and systems with applications drawn from communications, automatic control, filtering, audio, and image processing. Discrete and continuous time signals and systems, sampling, convolution, Fourier series and transforms, conversion between analog and digital signals. modulation, and Laplace and Z-transforms. Three (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-252. Credit, four hours. ENGR-220. MICROPROCESSOR-BASED SYSTEMS I 2:2:2 Introduction to small computing machines, architecture organization, and programming. One (1) lecture and one (1) two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: ENGR-211 and consent of the Department. Credit, two hours. ENGR-221. MICROPROCESSOR-BASED SYSTEMS II 2:2:2 Extension of the concepts of Electrical Engineering 220 with emphasis on I/O, interrupt systems, and interfacing. One (1) lecture and one (1) two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: ENGR-220. Credit, two hours. ENGR-225. LOGICAL DESIGN OF DIGITAL CIRCUITS 3:3:0 The logical properties of circuits based on two (2) valued devices; analysis and synthesis of combinational networks, optimization of combinational nets; sequential system organization and optimization; arithmetic algorithms, and languages for describing the behavior of automata. Prerequisites: ENGR-202. Credit, three hours. ENGR-270. INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE SYSTEMS 3:3:0 An algorithmic, discrete signal approach to electrical systems. Topics include digital signal representation, digital filters, Z transforms, discrete Fourier systems, graphs, and flow network applied to electrical systems. Prerequisites: MTSC-252. Credit, three hours. ENGR-302. MATERIAL SCIENCE FOR ENGINEERS 4:3:3 Crystal binding and structure; energetic and structure of lattice defects; structures of inorganic and organic polymers; electronic and magnetic properties; elasticity, plasticity, and fracture; phase equilibria and transformations; reactions of structure, and treatment to properties. Three (3) one-hour lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory per week. Credit, four hours. ENGR-309. ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS 4:3:3 Introduction to the physical principle of solid-state electronic devices. Quantitative study of elementary circuits including biasing, linear power amplifiers, low-frequency small signal analysis, multiple transistor circuits, and feedback. Three (3) lectures and one (1) three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: ENGR-205. Credit, four hours. ENGR-340. SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS 3:3:0 An introduction to basic semiconductor physics concepts and their application to the study of electronic and optoelectronic circuits. Applications to electronic and optoelectronic devices such as diodes, transistors, LED's detectors, photodiodes, and integrated circuits. Three (3) lectures per week. Prerequisites: MTSC-351. Credit, three hours. ASTRONOMY (ASTR) ASTR-101. DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY I 3:2:2 An introductory course designed primarily for the non-Science major. Topics include the motion of celestial bodies, historical development of astronomy, structure of solar system members, and stellar evolution. Two (2) lectures and one (1) two-hour laboratory per week. Credit, three hours.  

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PHYS-535. METHODS OF EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS I 3:3:0 Designed to acquaint students with the principles of basic experiments in all major branches of physics, stressing design of apparatus, procedures and analysis of projects involving mechanical, optical, electronic and thermal techniques, with microcomputers employed to collect and analyze experimental data. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-536. METHODS OF EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS II 3:3:0 Designed to acquaint students with the principles of basic experiments in all major branches of physics, stressing design of apparatus, procedures and analysis of projects involving mechanical, optical, electronic and thermal techniques, with microcomputers employed to collect and analyze experimental data. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-563. MATHEMATICAL METHODS OF PHYSICS III 3:3:0 An intermediate course in applied mathematics. Topics covered include the solution of differential equations, vector Calculus, Fourier series and Laplace transforms. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-565. THERMAL PHYSICS 3:3:0 Statistical inference is used to deduce the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and kinetic theory. These principles are applied to ideal and real gases, solids, closed and open systems, and black body radiation. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-567. INTERMEDIATE ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I 3:3:0 A treatment of electrostatics, Dielectric Theory, magnetic phenomena, magnetic media, ac circuits and Maxwell's equations. Vector calculus is used throughout. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-568. INTERMEDIATE ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM II 3:3:0 A treatment of electrostatics, Dielectric Theory, magnetic phenomena, magnetic media, ac circuits and Maxwell's equations. Vector calculus is used throughout. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-574. SELECTED TOPICS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS 3:3:0 A course that allows middle school teachers to pursue physics concepts as they relate to middle school science. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-577. SELECTED TOPICS I 3:3:0 A course allowing practicing teachers to pursue independent study of a topic in physics and physical science at the graduate level. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-578. SELECTED TOPICS II 3:3:0 A course allowing practicing teachers to pursue additional independent study of a topic in physics and physical science at the graduate level. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-579. SELECTED TOPICS III 3:3:0 A course allowing practicing teachers to pursue additional independent study of a topic in physics and physical science at the graduate level. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-600. MODERN OPTICS 4:4:0 Electromagnetic description of light and its interaction with matter. Topics include interference, coherence, diffraction, holography, dispersion, polarization, scattering, and confinement. Credit, four hours.   PHYS-601. NONLINEAR OPTICS 4:4:0 Principles of nonlinear interaction of light and matter based on the semi-classical approximation. Definition of nonlinear induced polarization and nonlinear susceptibility. Basic model of the coherent interaction of light with a two-level system is included. Main nonlinear optical effects are studied: harmonic generation, optical parametric amplification, saturation effects, Kerr effect, coherent effects, stimulated light scattering including stimulated Raman scattering, self-focusing and self-defocusing effects, multi-photon ionization, multi-photon ionization, and other nonlinear optical effects. The course also discusses practical applications of the nonlinear optical phenomena and related technology. Prerequisites: PHYS 600. Credit, four hours.   PHYS-602. BIOPHOTONICS I: PRINCIPLES OF LUMINESCENCE 4:4:0 A study of the physics behind light emitting molecules and their applications in biology. Credit, four hours.   PHYS-603. BIOPHOTONICS II: INSTRUMENTATION 3:3:0 An overview of microscopes and other optical instruments used in the biomedical field. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-604. APPLIED OPTICS IN BIOMEDICINE 3:3:0 A treatment of concepts of physics and optics applied to the medical field. Topics include DNA sequencing, in situ fluorescence, enzyme-based assays, glucose monitoring, HIV detection, and cancer diagnostics. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-605. PRINCIPLES OF LASERS AND OPTICAL DEVICES 4:4:0 Treatment of basic principles of lasers and their applications. Topics to be covered include, fundamentals of quantum electronics, oscillator model, rate equations, stimulated transitions, population inversion, laser amplification, design of laser resonators, principles of q-switching, mode locking, injection locking and modern applications of lasers. Credit, four hours.   PHYS-606. LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN OPTICS AND SPECTROSCOPY 3:3:0 Modern spectroscopic methods. Human chromosomes, human leukocyte antigen (hla) haplotyping, enzyme-linked immuneassays (Elisa), diabetes testing and glucose monitoring, pregnancy testing, drug testing, HIV detection, and cancer diagnostics. Prerequisites: PHYS 602, PHYS 603. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-607. INTRODUCTION TO LABVIEW 3:3:0 A hands-on approach to the national instruments labview programming language. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-608. SELECTED TOPICS IN OPTICS AND SPECTROSCOPY I 3:3:0 Current research topics in optics and spectroscopy. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-609. SELECTED TOPICS IN OPTICS AND SPECTROSCOPY II 3:3:0 Current research topics in optics and spectroscopy. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-633. SELECTED TOPICS IN SCIENCE EDUCATION 3:3:0 Current developments in physics education. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-652. CLASSICAL MECHANICS 3:3:0 Lagrangian formulation, the Kepler problem, Rutherford scattering, rotating coordinate systems, rigid body motion, small oscillations, stability problems, and Hamiltonian formulation. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-655. COMPUTATIONAL METHODS 3:3:0 Designed to familiarize students with the use of computers in pursuing theoretical research. Numerical analysis techniques and computational methods employed in the study of physical models will be studied. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-661. SOLID STATE PHYSICS 3:3:0 An introductory study of the structure and physical properties of crystalline solids. Included are topics in crystal structure, lattice vibrations, thermal properties of solids, x-ray diffraction, free electron theory and energy based theory. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-665. STATISTICAL MECHANICS 3:3:0 Laws of thermodynamics, Boltzmann and quantum statistical distributions, with applications to properties of gases, specific heats of solids, paramagnetism, black body radiation and Bose-Einstein condensation. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-667. MATHEMATICAL METHODS OF PHYSICS IV 3:3:0 An advanced treatment of mathematical topics including operators, matrix mathematics, complex variables and eigenvalue problems. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-671. ADVANCED ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I 3:3:0 Treatment of boundary value problems of electrostatics and magnetostatics, electromagnetic radiation, radiating systems, wave guides, resonating systems and multipole fields. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-672. ADVANCED ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY II 3:3:0 Treatment of boundary value problems of electrostatics and magnetostatics, electromagnetic radiation, radiating systems,wave guides, resonating systems and multipole fields. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-675. QUANTUM MECHANICS I 3:3:0 A study of the Schroedinger wave equation, operators and matrices, perturbation theory, collision and scattering problems classification of atomic states, and introduction to field quantization. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-676. QUANTUM MECHANICS II 3:3:0 Quantum Mechanics of molecules and solid state. Relastivistic quantum mechanics. Field quantization. Quantum theory of light. Basics of quantum electrodynamics. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-691. RESEARCH I 3:3:3 Independent student research or laboratory work in a specialized field of interest. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-692. RESEARCH II 3:3:3 Independent student research or laboratory work in a specialized field of interest. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-695. MASTER'S THESIS 6:6:6 A research problem in a selected physics topic resulting in a written thesis. Credit, one to six hours.   PHYS-800. MODERN LASER SPECTROSCOPIC METHODS 3:3:0 Basics of laser spectroscopic techniques and instrumentation. Topics include: ultra violet and visible (uv-vi) absorption spectroscopy; Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; Raman, fluorescence, and saturation spectroscopy; polarization, correlation, and ultra-fast spectroscopy. Prerequisites: PHYS 600, PHYS 601, PHYS 605. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-801. QUANTUM THEORY OF LIGHT 3:3:0 Quantum mechanical description of light matter interaction. Presentation of basic quantum mechanics and quantum mechanical treatment of light and atoms. Prerequisites: Consent of the Instructor. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-802. THEORY OF LIGHT SCATTERING 3:3:0 An advanced electricity and magnetism course focused on light interactions with small particles. Topics include Raleigh and Mie scattering, optical properties of nanoparticles and surface plasmon resonance. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-803. MODERN LASER SPECTROSCOPIC METHODS 3:3:0 The laser revolution in spectroscopy. Absorption within the Doppler line, Doppler-free broadening spectroscopy, saturation spectroscopy, multiphoton spectroscopy, laser fluorescence, laser Raman, coherent stokes and antistokes Raman spectroscopy, photon echo and coherent spectroscopy. Ultrafast spectroscopy. Modern trends in spectroscopy. Credit, three hour.   PHYS-804. PRINCIPLES OF PHOTOCHEMISTRY AND PHOTOBIOLOGY 3:3:0 Review of the main phenomena related to the interaction of light with matter that results in chemical or biological activity. The study of inorganic and organic photochemistry, environmental aspects of photochemistry, atmospheric photochemistry, photosynthesis, visual processing, bio-luminescence, interaction of light with bio-organisms, photo-medicine, and phototherapy. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-805. PHOTOACOUSTIC AND THERMAL SPECTROSCOPY 3:3:0 Fundamentals of photo-acoustic and photo-thermal interaction of light with optical samples. Examination of basic instrumentations and their applications for characterization of complex samples including biological samples. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-806. MOLECULAR BIOPHYSICS 3:3:0 An overview of the physics of bio-molecular interactions. Topics will include physical models for DNA and protein systems. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-807. OPTICAL SOLITONS 3:3:0 Basic concepts of the mathematical aspects of optical solitons. Presentation of optical waveguides, the nonlinear Schrodinger‘s equation, laws of nonlinearity, soliton perturbation, soliton-soliton interactions, Stochastic perturbation of optical solitons, optical couplers, optical switching, magneto-optic waveguides and optical bullets. Prerequisites: PHYS 601, MTSC 853, MTSC 845. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-808. FIBER OPTICS AND FIBER OPTICS COMMUNICATION 3:3:0 Light propagation in fiber, its dispersion and nonlinear characteristics that play an important role in light communication. Types of fiber-optic devices and their applications to communication. Wavelength division multiplexing. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-809. PHOTONICS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING 3:3:0 Wave propagation in linear optical systems and optical information processing. Topics include: fundamentals of optical propagation, diffraction, optical imaging, Fourier transform, wave-front modulation, signal processing, and basics of optical processing devices. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-810. CURRENT TOPICS IN OPTICS I 3:3:0 Current topics in optics and spectroscopy. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-811. CURRENT TOPICS IN OPTICS II 3:3:0 Current topics in optics and spectroscopy. Credit, three hours.   PHYS-820. DISSERTATION RESEARCH 9:9:9 The course is for Ph.D. students in the optics program working on their dissertation research project. Credit, two to eight hours.   PHYS-890. DISSERTATION 9:9:0 Written work that describes the main research results obtained during the completion of the graduate program. The format must comply with the requirements of the College for thesis and dissertations. Credit, three to nine hours.   PHYS-999. DOCTORAL SUSTAINING 0:0:0 Public oral defense of the thesis that includes presentation of the main research results obtained during the completion of the graduate program. It takes place after evaluation of the written dissertation by the members of the corresponding academic committee. Credit, none.

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Objectives The Master of Science Program in Physics seeks to provide each student with a thorough understanding of the discipline in preparation for employment in research and development programs, or to prepare for advanced degree (Ph.D.) in academic programs. The Master of Science Program in Physics Teaching is designed to provide a deeper understanding of physics principles and applications, as well as to stimulate creative classroom pedagogical techniques for the professional high school educator. Options And Requirements The Department of Physics and Engineering offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Physics and the Master of Science in Physics Teaching. Master of Science in Physics Admission Requirements: To be eligible for admission to the Physics Graduate Program, an applicant must have received a Bachelor's Degree in Physics or related area from an accredited college or university. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Entering graduate students are expected to have a sound background in intermediate level mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal physics and mathematical methods of physics. Any student found deficient in any of these areas may be required to take appropriate courses to remove that deficiency. Course Requirements: The requirement for a Master of Science Degree in Physics is thirty (30) credit hours of course work with a minimum average grade of "B". Twenty-four (24) of these must be in graduate physics courses at the 600 level. A sequence of courses required by all candidates includes the following: 26-652, 26-665, 26- 667, 26-671, 26-672, 26-675. A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate credit may be granted for physics courses in the 500 level (above 500), or other graduate level courses in the sciences with the approval of the Physics Dept. For those students electing the Master's Thesis option, a maximum of six (6) credit hours towards a degree can be given for thesis work. Course descriptions Back to top^   Master of Science in Physics Teaching Admission Requirements: Admission to the Master of Science in Physics Teaching Program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a working knowledge of topics classically addressed by the discipline of physics. This level of proficiency is typically achieved through successful completion of a baccalaureate program in physics, physics education, or a related field, or through experience obtained by teaching physics or related courses at the secondary level. The degree, Master of Science in Physics Teaching, requires passing thirty-six (36) credit hours of courses as listed below, with a minimum average grade of "B". No more than nine (9) credit hours may be transferred from other institutions. Course Requirements: A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate level education courses. A minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours of graduate level physics courses. A maximum of six (6) graduate level credits in other sciences with departmental   approval. Typically, most, if not all, of the physics courses will be taken from the 26-501 to 26-549 offerings. The course 26-695 is not available to participants of this program. Course descriptions Back to top^   A unique feature of the department is the harmonious cooperation of its members, faculty and staff towards one goal: the best education for the students. The performance of the majors has been tested by their success in prestigious graduate schools nationwide. This is complemented with a large inventory of laboratory and research grade equipment. In addition, the department has a network of PC's with modern hardware and software including word processors. These are used for computer-assisted instruction, data collection and analysis, and graphics. Request for more information.   Back to College homepage   (c) Copyright 2010 DSU CMNST, Dover, Delaware. All rights reserved.
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Dr. Hacene Boukari, Physics of Soft matter
Director of the Graduate Program
SC 234
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Professors:
Dr. Gabriel Gwanmesia, Geophysics (Mineral Physics)
SC 202
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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Optical Physics, Laser Spectroscopy, Biophotonics
Dean CMNST / Dir. OSCAR Center
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Dr. Essaid Zerrad, Theoretical Atomic Physics
SC 241
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Associate/Research Associate Professors:
Dr. Aristides Marcano, Non-linear Optics, Laser Spectroscopy
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Dr. Gour S. Pati, Atomic & Molecular Optics
SC 239
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Dr. Thomas A. Planchon, Biophotonics
SC 204
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Dr. Renu Tripathi, Non-linear Optic, Optical Coherence Tomography
SC 241
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Assistant Professors:
Dr. M. Amir Khan, Laser Sensors and Systems
SC 207
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Dr. Qi Lu, Biophysics, Nano-materials
SC 208B
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Dr. Mukti Rana, Semi Conductor Fabrication MEMS based  Sensor Design
SC 205
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Dr. Raymond Edziah, Non-linear Optics
SC 208A
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Dr. Wafa Amir, Director
SC 237
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Senior Research Scientist:
Dr. Yuri Markushin
SC 146
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Dr. Poopalasingam Sivakumar
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Curriculum in Forensic Biology

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II 4 01-101 English Composition I 3 01-102 English Composition II 3 36-201 General Psychology (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 37-104 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 23-261 Calculus for Life Sciences 4 23-321 Biostatistics 3 23-225 Survey of Forensic Science 3 23-255 Forensic/Investigative Biol. Lab 3               Total Credits 17   Total Credits 17 Junior Fall Semester Junior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr 23-310 Molecular Biology* 4 23-355 Forensic DNA Analysis 4 03-105/ 202/322 Ethics course (Humanities) 3 23-370 Human Anatomy 4   Literature 3 31-395 Global Societies 3 23-307 Principles of Physiology 4 01-200 Speech 3 05-425 Advanced Photography (Art) 3                     Total Credits 17   Total Credits 14 Research of Forensic Science Internship Senior Fall Semester Senior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr 26-211 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 26-212 Fundamentals of Physics II 4 30-466 Toxicology OR   24-403 Biochemistry OR   24-562 Chemical Toxicology 4 23-422 Biochemical Mechanisms 4 24-202 Forensic Chemistry 4 37-313 Courts and Criminal Justice 3 23-4xx Senior Research (Capstone I)** 2   History 3               Total Credits 14   Total Credits 14 Total Credits: 124 ** Senior Capstone *   Writing Intensive Course(s) BIOLOGY ELECTIVES:  The BS in Forensic Biology is a very specialized curriculum.  Students must follow curriculum carefully.  Electives can be taken from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics as needed.  These should be requested and selected in consultation with your advisor, and approved by the Forensic Biology Committee.  If you are intending to obtain a post-graduate professional degree in Forensics, it is advisable for the student to check possible school requirements during their Junior year to ensure that satisfy expectations of their intended school choices. If you change to the BS in Biology and other curriculum Tracks note that acceptance of forensic curriculum courses that are not in that tract must be approved by your advisor and the Chair in writing and at the time of your change.  The other tracts are designed for the intended career goal, including anticipation of entrance examinations, so students should adhere to the suggested sequence. 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. SPECIAL NOTES:    For all programs and tracks, a grade of “C” or better is required for all Biology and required Forensic courses (not bolded).     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. All Biology majors are required to successfully complete Senior Seminar (Capstone II, 23-499), no exceptions can be made. General Note:  The minimum University requirement for graduation is 121 hours; in Biology you will usually complete between 121-125 hours depending on selections.

Curriculum in General Biology with Education

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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   Statistics 3   History 3 01-200 Speech 3 23-299 Soph. Seminar – Sci. Literature 1               Total Credits 16   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   23-205 Ecology 4 23-422 Biochemical Mechanisms 4 23-xxx Biology Elective 4 31-395 Global Societies 3 26-111 Introduction to Physics I 4 26-112 Introduction to Physics II 4       23-399 Junior Seminar-Sci. Writing* 1       23-xxx Biology Elective 4               Total Credits 16   Total Credits 16 Senior Fall Semester Senior Spring Semester Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr   Arts and 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 Enroll in 5th year in the Department of Education’s one year MAT program to also receive a Masters of Arts in Teaching, which is required and provides vehicle for certification. ** 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 written approval of advisor and Chair is needed.   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. General Biology –Teaching High School Biology Biology Electives needed: (from all at least one in groups I, II, III) Open Electives needed: 23-200 Invertebrate Zoology (III) 36-201 General Psychology 29-212 General Botany (III) 36-316 Developmental Psychology 23-322 Microbiology (II) 27-101 Geology     OTHER Possible Electives: 29-205 Plant Physiology 23-302 Comp. Vertebrate Anatomy (I) 29-213 Systematic Botany 23-305 Developmental Biology (I) 30-311 Mammalogy 23-315 Behavior (III) 30-312 Ornithology 23-352 Histology (II) 30-314 Ichthyology 23-420 Immunology (I) 30-456 Wetlands Biology 23-421 Microbial Physiol and Ecology (II) 30-465 Marine Biology

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