Arts & Sciences Programs
Students majoring in this program take a biology core following the guidelines of the National Science Teachers Association and supporting science, computer and mathematics courses. Students majoring in this program will be prepared to teach Biology and a selected minor at the secondary level.
Biology for Information Systems
Students majoring in this program will be prepared to become employees for the science-based industries and agencies that use modern technology. This program provides an excellent background in business and computer science/information systems technology as well as a solid foundation in biology, supporting sciences, and mathematics. This program also provides an excellent foundation for persons wishing to pursue a specialized professional career such as medicine, dentistry, etc. or to obtain advanced education especially in the health fields.
Digital Arts and Design
A BS in Digital Arts and Design prepares graduates for careers as graphic designers, multi-media artists and animators, performers, set/exhibit designers, web designers, and videographers. Students acquire technical skills, training and experiences preparing them to move into the rapidly expanding sectors of New Media Arts and Design, including animation/motion graphics, digital storytelling, web design and computer graphics.
The English Major for Bachelor of Science in Education is designed to prepare graduates to teach composition, literature, and speech in secondary schools. In addition to gaining skills and knowledge of composition and literary study, students learn computer applications for text processing and language analysis. All DSU teacher education graduates complete a K-12 Educational Technology Endorsement program.
English for Information Systems
The Bachelor of Science in English for Information Systems is designed to prepare students to write technical documentation, to edit many kinds of publications, and to use computers for analysis of texts. Graduates with this degree can enter the job market as writers and programmers for software companies, newspapers and publishing firms, and a variety of businesses. Careers in writing, editing, and publishing, particularly those that use computers or deal with the subject of computers, are growing quickly.
Mathematics for Information Systems
Graduates of the Mathematics for Information Systems program will have backgrounds in mathematics, business and information systems. These students take a variety of mathematical analysis courses including calculus, probability and statistics, and mathematical modeling. In addition, these students take a variety of computer and business related courses including computer programming, operating systems, data base applications, and business.
Students majoring in this program develop a strong mathematical background in a mathematics core following the guidelines of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach mathematics and computer science at the secondary level. These students will receive a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and a minor in Computer Education. Graduates of this program will also be prepared to use the computer as a tool in both the learning and teaching of mathematics. All DSU teacher education graduates earn a K-12 Educational Technology Endorsement.
Students majoring in this program will be prepared to become employees as chemists or physicists for the science-based industries and agencies that use modern technology. They will also be prepared to pursue an advanced degree in chemistry, physics, engineering or medicine. This program provides an excellent background in business and computer science/information systems technology as well as a solid foundation in biology, supporting sciences and mathematics.
Physical Science Education
Students majoring in this program will find themselves able to teach several of the most sought after subject areas in secondary education today. Graduates will be eligible for SD teaching certification in chemistry, physics, physical science, and educational technology. With little additional work, graduates can receive a certification in mathematics as well. Students graduating from this program will also find themselves particularly well suited to incorporate educational technology in their classes to make the sciences more fun and less abstract. All DSU teacher education graduates earn a K-12 Educational Technology Endorsement.
Respiratory Care is the health care discipline that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. Respiratory Therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Knowledge of the scientific principles underlying cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology, as well as biomedical engineering and technology, enable respiratory therapists to effectively assess, educate, and treat patients.
The Scientific Forensic Technology major is designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to use computers and other kinds of modern technology to investigate, document, and visualize (especially with 3D modeling and animation) events that cause injury to humans or cause damage to property. The program is a composite major. It is, by design, a multidisciplinary approach to a focused area of forensic science, combining study in mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer graphics, and technical communication. Professionals working in forensics have indicated that the major is consistent with and frequently goes beyond current national forensic standards and practices.
Entry into professional schools of law, medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, osteopathy, and other related professions requires a strong undergraduate background.
The Biology for Information Systems major is an excellent pathway to professional programs in medicine and other health fields. The Physical Science major, another excellent choice as a
pre-medical program, has a strong biology component and provides students all of the courses required for admission to medical school. English for Information Systems provides a strong background for a range of advanced study in fields such as Law, Library Science, Literature, and
Students who have questions should contact their advisors or the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
DSU Catalog Descriptions: (All links are to PDF files)
Computer Graphic Design,
English for Information Systems,
Elementary Education Mathematics,
General Studies (AA),
Respiratory Care (AS),
Respiratory Technician (AS)
Information System Management,
Multimedia Design and Production,
Website Design and Development
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