2022 NSU Fact Book

70 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY The Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS) and the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center offer stimulating programs of study that challenge and engage students and prepare them for professional careers, graduate studies, and responsible citizenship. The college has classes on two campuses—the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus and the Oceanographic Campus at the entrance to Port Everglades, with immediate access to the Atlantic Ocean. The college includes the following departments: Biological Sciences; Chemistry and Physics; Communi- cation, Media, and the Arts; Conflict Resolution Studies; Humanities and Politics; Marine and Environmental Sciences; and Mathematics. Undergraduate degree programs offered by the college include both Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in 20 majors. Undergraduate students may choose to complement their major course of study with one of the 38 minors housed in the college or one of the many minors offered by other NSU colleges. HCAS also offers two doctoral degree programs, seven master’s degree programs, and five graduate certificate programs. The Halmos College of Arts and Sciences celebrates student excellence through its membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society; Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honors society; Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society of the National Communication Association; Pi Alpha Delta, the international law fraternity; Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society; and Sigma Xi, the scientific research honors society. DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES The department provides students with a strong foundation in biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Master of Science (M.S.) programs in biological sciences build on basic foundational skills to provide advanced education in biology and health studies. A graduate certificate in Computational Molecular Biology is available. Coursework includes general and specialized biology, anatomy and physiology, evolution, molecular biology, systems biology, and genomics. The department is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Under the supervision of working researchers, students can have the opportunity to earn credit toward their degree by participating in cutting-edge research in a variety of biological fields including genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, and microbiology. Graduates achieve their goals of becoming doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, and physical therapists, as well as professional biologists, professors, and teachers. DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS The department prepares students for the modern scientific world by providing strong curricula in a chem- istry major, a chemistry minor, a physics minor, a pharm- aceutical sciences minor, and an optometry minor. Curricula provide links with physics, biology, and mathematics. Advanced chemistry instrumentation for research and education includes gas chromatography mass spectrometry for separation and quantification of volatile organic compounds and the atomic absorption spectroscopy for the quantitative determination of trace elements. The chemistry major prepares students for a career in chemistry-related fields or a graduate program in chemistry or health-related fields, such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and optometry. Faculty members in the department are actively engaged in research with students in a wide range of subjects within chemistry and physics subdisciplines. DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION, MEDIA, AND THE ARTS The Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts is an innovative, learner-centered department that delivers experiential, industry-driven programs. Students achieve academic excellence and professional distinction as artists, leaders, and communicators, and they share their talents with the community through production, performance, and research. DEPARTMENT OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION STUDIES (DCRS) DCRS is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, social responsibility, and reflective practice in Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center Colleges and Academic Centers