Part of the vision of the Graduate College is fostering innovation in graduate education, especially in creating and supporting interdisciplinary programs that span UD colleges and academic disciplines and include in-demand courses that leverage the outstanding talents of diverse faculty experts. While faculty expertise resides within UD's other colleges, the unique interdisciplinary nature of these programs makes them perfect candidates for hosting within the Graduate College.
Interdisciplinary programs hosted by the Graduate College are listed below.
Education and Social Policy
Drawing on the fields of public policy, social policy, education and human development, this integrative program prepares students to address complex education and social issues using sophisticated quantitative and qualitative methods and applied learning experiences.
Contemporary neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that studies the nervous system to understand the biological bases of behavior, cognition, subjective experience, psychiatric or neurological disease, and the brain’s computational processes, networks and functions.
With a flexible set of core requirements in statistics, mathematics and computer science, the master of science in data science leads to a wide range of potential application areas. By providing a solid background in the methods behind data science, the program enables our graduates to work well with data and be better prepared for the latest methods of focusing on large or dynamic data sets in their chosen fields.
Earth is microbial: Bacteria, archaea, viruses, protists, and fungi are the largest store of biomass on the planet, and represent nearly all of its biodiversity. They store massive genetic resources that can be used to solve challenges faced by our rapidly growing human population. Microbes will be key to developing more sustainable energy generation and material synthesis, improving human health and wellness, and satisfying increased food demands of larger human populations in the face of limited environmental resources.
Quantum Science and Engineering
Quantum Science and Engineering (QSE) is a discipline focused on understanding and leveraging the unusual behavior of particles and excitations governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. Leveraging this unusual behavior could lead to the creation of quantum computers that can perform calculations that are not feasible with classical computers, quantum sensors that can measure tiny changes not accessible to classical sensors, and quantum encryption that is unbreakable. Because of these exciting opportunities, there has been significant recent investment by both industry and the federal government to create larger scale devices that leverage the principles of quantum mechanics. Such quantum technologies are expected to be as transformational as the invention of the transistor. Our program is designed to train a “Quantum Workforce” with the skills needed to realize this technological revolution.
Computer Science Education
This 12-credit graduate certificate prepares educators for teaching K-12 computer science courses and integrating computational thinking across the K-16 curriculum.
Community Engagement Certificate
The certificate, which is recorded on the student’s transcript, creates a scaffold by which scholars integrate their academic study in community engagement experiences through participation in coursework, community-focused graduate research or creative work, and hands-on experience.