College of Arts & Sciences

Graduate Degrees Offered
MS Biology Biology with a concentration in: Environmental Toxicology Molecular Biology Science Education
MS Chemistry
MA English
MS Mathematics
MA Sociology


The Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at PVAMU. The 10 departments represent a range of academic disciplines and provide challenging intellectual experiences in advanced education, thus contributing to the general and professional education of our graduate students. The College offers vigorous programs and graduate degrees in five of its academic departments: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Sociology. All graduate faculty hold terminal degrees in their respective fields of study and are actively engaged in research. Faculty members provide graduate students with rich educational experiences while offering students a unique opportunity to attain their educational goals. The graduate programs offer small classes, real world application of concepts and theories and the flexibility to choose coursework that meets the personal and professional goals and interests of students.

Chemistry Research Projects

Organic and Bioorganic: Applications of novel heterocycles and combinatory chemistry; Chemical Biology: Blood coagulation and fibrinolysis S100 protein family in cellular process; Molecular modeling on enzymes functionality NanoScience: Covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes and nanocomposites; Theoretical modeling of properties of carbon nanotubes Analytical Chemistry: Surface and interfacial characterization as it relates to environmental problems

English Research Projects and Creative Writing

Enhancing the Humanities at Prairie View A&M University through Film Poetry in Vision (Using new media technology to present poems) Medieval Literature Folklore and British Literature Women Studies Technical Writing in the Computer Era

Biology Research Interests and Projects

Genomics and Reproductive Physiology Role of Kallikrein Genes in Ovarian Cancer Cells Cation Exchangers in the Plant Cell Mitochondrial Biosynthesis and Function Hypertension and Exercise Physiology

Math Research and Development Projects

Approximation Theory Differential and Difference Equations Dynamical Systems Stochastic Processes Statistics Wavelets


The Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences is committed to serving all students through academic programs aimed at developing creative thinking, critical analysis, problem-solving and communication skills that are fundamental to intellectual development and professional success. Equally important is the College’s commitment to developing students’ ethical and civic standards. The College strives to integrate teaching and research in the context of interdisciplinary learning through individual attention to students, innovative strategies of teaching, effective use of technology and the promotion of economic development, partnerships and cultural pursuits. An innovative and responsive spirit guides the College, balancing access and quality with efficiency, diversity and a commitment to partnerships with local and global communities.

Contact Information

Biology Dr. Harriette Howard-Lee Block (936) 261-3161 Chemistry Dr. Aderemi Oki (936) 261-3106 Language and Communications Dr. James Palmer (936) 261-3723 Mathematics Dr. Aliakbar Haghighi (963) 261-1970 Social, Behavioral and Political Science Dr. Walle Engedayehu (936) 261-3202

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