Departments of Biological and Physical Sciences
Orientation slideshows available online
During the freshman and transfer student orientation sessions, incoming science majors register for fall classes. Academic advisors present a brief slide show to explain the programs offered by the science departments and guide the students through the registration process. The slides from those presentations are now available online in PDF format. (Note that these are relatively large files and may take a while to download depending on your internet connection.)
Renovation of Caylor-White-Walters continues
Started in the Spring semester of 2010, the long-planned renovation of Caylor-White-Walters Hall continues to progress, now at a more rapid pace. Current work is focused on completing the interior of the new addition to the building. The addition will house new laboratory facilities for much of the science curriculum. After lab classes are moved into the addition, renovation of the existing Caylor Hall and White-Walters Hall will begin. When the entire project is finished, the Division of Biological and Physical Sciences and the Department of Mathematics will have brand new digs.
DSU sciences to become two departments
Beginning with the Spring 2014 semester, the Division of Biological and Physical Sciences has been reorganized into two separate departments; The Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Physical Sciences. The Department of Biological Sciences will have responsibility for courses in biology and will offer bachelors degrees in biology and environmental science as well as the biological science concentration within the Master of Science in Natural Science degree. The Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies will also be housed within this department. The Department of Physical Sciences will have responsibility for courses in chemistry and physics and will offer the bachelors degree in chemistry as well as the physical science concentration within the Master of Science in Natural Science degree.
During the Spring semester, Dr. John Tiftickjian will serve as Interim Chair of Biological Sciences, while Dr. Joe Bentley will serve as Interim Chair of Physical Sciences. Permanent chairs for the two departments will be appointed and begin their positions beginning July 1st, 2014.
The Department office will remain in its current location and Walters 180, and Ms. Barbara Knight will continue serving as the secretary for both departments.
Early registration for Fall and Summer Semesters begins
The registration period for Fall and Summer 2014 classes begins Monday 4/7. Students are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible in order to have the most flexibility of creating a schedule of classes that is in line with their programs of study. See your advisor to help plan your schedule and to obtain your PIN for online registration. If you are not sure who your advisor is, ask Ms. Knight in the Department office, Walters 180.
21 Science Scholarships and Awards Presented for 2014-2015
A number of scholarships and awards are presented to science majors each year. These awards are funded by generous donations by alumni and other supporters of the sciences at DSU. The following are award and scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year.
More information on science scholarships…
Alpha Epsilon Delta initiates 18 new pre-health majors
At their April 24th meeting, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the premedical honor society, initiated 18 new members for the 2014-2015 academic year.
36 science students complete degrees
At the recent Spring commencement, Delta State awarded degrees to 36 science students. Twenty-nine baccalaureate degrees were awarded in biology, five in chemistry, and five in environmental science. Two students received both biology and environmental science degrees, and one student received both chemistry and environmental science degrees.
Biology major Justin Badon receives First Diploma
At the recent Spring 2014 commencement, biology pre-medical major Justin Badon received a First Diploma. First Diplomas are awarded to graduating students with the highest grade point average on four years of credit from Delta State. Justin’s GPA was 4.0
Three science majors receive Second Diplomas
At the recent Fall 2014 commencement, biology pre-medical majors Robert Barnes and Ben Lambert, and environmental science major Ryan Fulgham, received Second Diplomas. The Second Diploma, officially known as the Doyce Stallings Mitchell Diploma, is awarded to transfer students with the highest grade point average on two years of credit from Delta State.
Biology major selected to assist new students during orientation.
Biology major Derrick Bean has been selected as part of the 2014 Summer Orientation team. Orientation leaders are selected each year from the various academic disciplines to help incoming students and their parents learn about DSU during orientation sessions scheduled during the summer. Derrick is a pre-occupational therapy biology major.
Freshman orientation 2
June 25-26 is the second of three freshman orientation sessions held on campus. Students that will be enrolling in the Fall Semester are given a preview of what their life will be like as a Delta State student.
Summer Session I ends
Last day of classes for Summer Session I. Final exams are scheduled today.
Summer Session II begins
Classes for second summer term begin June 30th The second summer session continues until July 30th.
Transfer student orientation 2
July 8th is the second of two orientation sessions for transfer students. Students that will be enrolling in the Fall Semester are given a preview of what their life will be like as a Delta State student.
Freshman orientation 3
July 15-16 is the third of three freshman orientation sessions held on campus. Students that will be enrolling in the Fall Semester are given a preview of what their life will be like as a Delta State student.
Summer Session II ends
Last day of classes for Summer Session II. Final exams are scheduled today.
Fall Semester classes begin
Classes begin. Most new students will register during summer orientation, but if you are not attending an orientation session, you can still register anytime before the semester begins. Register as early as possible to have the best class selection. New science majors who need registration instructions should call the Biological and Physical Sciences department office at 662-846-4240 or the Admissions Office at 662-846-4020.
Registration for Fall semester closes
21st Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium, Oct 9-11
The 2013 Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium will be held October 9-11. This year’s speakers will present on a variety of topics including: nanomedicine, immune response and radiotherapy, protein crystallography, and veterinary medicine.
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