Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

CUNY Doctoral Degree Programs

The College participates in the following doctoral programs with the CUNY Graduate School and University Center: 

  • Biology (PhD), offered jointly with The City University Graduate School
  • Chemistry (PhD), offered jointly with The City University Graduate School and Brooklyn College
  • Computer Science (PhD), offered jointly with The City University Graduate School
  • Physics (PhD), offered with the PhD program of The City University Graduate School

Please consult the CUNY Graduate Center for information on admissions and programs.  



Biology (Neuroscience)

The College participates with the Graduate School and University Center, and in cooperation with the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, in offering a PhD program in Biology with a subspecialty in Neuroscience. The program is designed to give the student advanced knowledge in physiology with emphasis on neurobiology and neurochemistry. State-of-the-art neuroscience laboratories equipped with facilities for neuronal cell cultures, cell imaging microscopy, bioenzymatic analyses, protein purification, gene cloning, electrophysiology, and other advanced research procedures provide the setting for graduate training and doctoral dissertation research. Research emphasis is on neuronal development, synaptic plasticity, and molecular mechanisms underlying learning, memory, and developmental disabilities. Students are admitted to the program by the Graduate School and University Center (365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016; 212.817.7470; email: admissions@gc.cuny.edu; www.gc.cuny.edu ) and are advised to consult Dr. Alejandra del Carmen Alonso (CSI) at alejandra.alonso@csi.cuny.edu, 718982.3950.

Chemistry (Polymer)

The College participates with the Graduate School and University Center in offering a PhD program in Polymer Chemistry. Interested students may also study for the master’s degree while in the doctoral program. The program is designed to give the student a broad background in chemistry along with an interdisciplinary approach to polymer science. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the synthesis, structure, properties, and utilization of natural and synthetic polymers. Students are admitted to the program by the Graduate School and University Center (365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016; 212.817.7470; email: admissions@gc.cuny.edu; www.gc.cuny.edu) and are advised to consult Dr. Nan-Loh Yang, Department of Chemistry at CSI (718.982.5873; email: nanloh.yang@csi.cuny.edu).

Computer Science

The College participates in the CUNY Graduate School and University Center’s PhD program in Computer Science. Students wishing to specialize in the areas of artificial intelligence and data mining, multimedia and image processing, software engineering, management information systems, networks, telecommunications, or related areas may do much of their coursework and research at the College of Staten Island. Students are admitted to the program by the Graduate School and University Center (365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016; 212.817.7470; email: admissions@gc.cuny.edu; www.gc.cuny.edu) and are advised to consult Dr. Anatoliy Gordonov, Department of Computer Science at CSI (718.982.2852; email anatoliy.gordonov@csi.cuny.edu).

Physics

The College of Staten Island is an active participant in the CUNY Doctoral program in Physics. Students in this program are admitted through the Graduate School and University Center (365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016; 212.817.7470; email: admissions@gc.cuny.edu; www.gc.cuny.edu) under the auspices of the College. Courses are taken at the Graduate Center together with students associated with other participating CUNY colleges. Dissertation research is done at CSI. The department has a well-equipped laser and photonics laboratory. Current research interests include experimental and theoretical optics, condensed matter physics, quantum systems, particle physics, polymer physics, material science, and astrophysics. Students interested in the program are advised to consult Professor William Schreiber, Department of Engineering Science and Physics at CSI (718.982.2810; email: william.schreiber@csi.cuny.edu).

Doctoral Courses in Selected Disciplines and Independent Studies

CHM 710 Applied Polymer Chemistry

3 hours; 3 credits

A study of the relationship of polymer structure and properties to the applications of polymeric materials. The chemical and structural requirements of fibers, elastomers, and plastics. Processing of polymers. A survey of the more important polymers. Synthesis of monomers and polymers.

Prerequisite: U 730

CHM 795 Research

2-30 hours; 1-15 credits

A course of research in polymer science under the direction of a faculty member.

CHM 820 Seminar in Polymer Chemistry

1 hour; 1 credit

Students, staff, and visitors present seminars dealing with current research and literature reviews on selected topics in polymer chemistry.

Prerequisite: U 730

CHM 830 Topics in Polymer Chemistry

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced aspects of polymer chemistry are intensively explored. The course is rotated among staff members in the program.

CHM 800-890 (1-3 hours; 1-3 credits),

Graduate Topics in Chemistry

CHM 891 (1 credit), CHM 892 (2 credits),

CHM 893 (3 credits), CHM 894 (4 credits)

Graduate Independent Study in Chemistry Study and research under the supervision of a staff member, which may include literature and/or experimental work.

For a listing of additional doctoral courses in chemistry consult the CUNY Graduate School Catalog.