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Majors & Minors


B.S. in Chemistry
Designed for students planning graduate study in chemistry, this degree program also prepares graduates for baccalaureate careers in the chemical sciences, and scientific positions related to such areas as the environment and energy.

For those who wish to advance their education, an optional program that has received full certification from the American Chemical Society has been designed as an integral extension of the B.S. degree program. Students who complete this ACS-approved program will be awarded an ACS certified B.S. degree

B.A. in Chemistry
Recommended for students preparing for entry into the health professions, as well as for students seeking opportunities in public school teaching, this program requires fewer Chemistry courses than the B.S. program, leaving greater selection of courses in other disciplines.

B.S. in Biochemistry
Recommended for students looking for careers in biotechnology and scientific work in emerging fields at the interface of biology and chemistry, this program features a highly interdisciplinary curriculum that also prepares students for graduate study in biochemistry and related fields, such as molecular and cellular biology, and for medical, dental and other health professional schools.

B.S. in Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Chemistry
B.S. in Adolescence Education (7-12) - Chemistry

Students planning careers as secondary school science teachers can pursue certification by taking a program of chemistry and education courses. Interested students should contact the Teacher Education Department (link to TED pages) for further information.

Other Undergraduate Courses of Study

Premedical and Pre-Health Professions Studies
Old Westbury offers all of the courses required for admission into medical school and other schools in the health professions (dentistry, podiatry, optometry, osteopathic medicine, etc.). While there is no degree program (major) in premedical studies, the college offers a system of advisement in which students intending to pursue a career in the health professions are guided to prepare them academically and holistically to be competitive for admission into health professional schools. Guidance is also provided in the professional school application process.

Click here for details information on the services provided by SUNY College at Old Westbury to students to aid them in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, podiatry and optometry.

Engineering Courses

Students interested in engineering can complete a two-year course of study at Old Westbury that prepares them for transfer under an articulation agreement with SUNY Stony Brook.

Undergraduate Minors

Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies: For students interested in the environment and ecology, the Chemistry and Physics Department offers an interdisciplinary minor in Environmental Studies. Direct participation in environmental agencies and organizations on Long Island or independent laboratory research on an environmental problem is an important aspect of this emphasis, which provides a broad background in environmental issues and implications. Students engaged in research related to environmental chemistry can apply their research credits towards the requirements for this minor.


To prepare teachers for careers in middle and high school education, SUNY College at Old Westbury offers two degree opportunities in Adolescence Education: Chemistry (7-12):

  • The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) for aspiring teachers and career-changers seeking to advance their careers.
  • The Master of Science (M.S.) for college graduates holding an undergraduate degree in education.

Click here to download a fact sheet on the M.A.T. and M.S. degrees.

Curriculum Outlines

M.A.T  in Adolescence Education: Chemistry (7-12) -- 42 credits

Pedagogy Courses 
ED6000 Historical, Social, and Philos. Foundations of Ed.  3 credits
ED6001 Human Growth and Development                       3 credits
ED6002 Foundations of Literacy                                   3 credits
ED6003 The Exceptional Learner                                   3 credits
ED6900 Student Teaching                                           6 credits

Content Courses 
CP6500 Science and the Community                             3 credits
CP6560 Current Topics in Molecular Bio. and Biochem.     3 credits
CP6590 Topics in Environmental Science                       3 credits
CP6700 Topics in Chemistry I                                      3 credits
CP6710 Topics in Chemistry II                                     3 credits

Linked Content / Pedagogy Courses
ED6250 Teaching the Nature and Develop. of Science     3 credits
ED6082 Methods and Materials of Teaching Science        3 credits
ED6092 Literacy, Research, & Technology in Science      3 credits
CP7500  Culminating Experience                                  0 credits

M.S. in Adolescence Education: Chemistry (7-12) -- 36 credits

Pedagogy Courses
ED7001 Human Growth and Development                      3 credits
ED7002 Foundations of Literacy                                  3 credits
ED7003 The Exceptional Learner                                 3 credits

Content Courses  
CP6500 Science and the Community                            3 credits
CP6560 Current Topics in Molecular Bio. and Biochem.     3 credits
CP6590 Topics in Environmental Science                       3 credits
Topics in Chemistry [one course required]                     3 credits 
         CP6700 Topics in Chemistry I
         CP6710 Topics in Chemistry II 

Linked Content  / Pedagogy Courses 
ED7082 Methods and Materials of Teaching Science       3 credits
ED7092 Literacy, Research, & Technology in Science      3 credits
ED7250 Teaching the Nature and Develop. of Science     3 credits
ED7700 Methods of Research in Educational Settings      3 credits
ED7800 Thesis Research in Educational Settings            3 credits

Graduate Degree Admission Requirements

Requirement specific to M.A.T.  applicants:

Submission of GRE scores (Graduate Record Examination).

Requirement specific to M.S. applicants:

Initial or provisional certification in Adolescence Education: Chemistry.

Submission of scores on the CST (Content Specialty Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Examination).

Requirements for all applicants:

B.A. or B.S. in in Chemistry or a B.A. or B.S. degree in another discipline with at least 30 credits in Chemistry courses, including coursework in each of the following areas: inorganic, organic, analytical, physical chemistry.  A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4) or the equivalent.

Two letters of recommendation, one from an academic source.

An admission essay.

International students must meet additional criteria, including the following: TOEFL scores: paper exam = 550; computer exam= 213; Internet exam= 80.  Students taking the IELTS English (Cambridge) exams must pass with a broad band score of 6.5. Students must also have their overseas documents evaluated by AACRAO International or WES (World Education Services).  TOEFL or IELTS scores are waived if applicant has taken English Composition I at a U.S. college or university and has earned a grade of "C" or higher.

Further Information

For further information and application materials, please contact:

Graduate Admissions Advisor
Office of Enrollment Services
Ph:  516-876-3073
E-mail:  enroll@oldwestbury.edu

All application material should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment Services
SUNY College at Old Westbury
P.O. Box 307
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0307


Did You Know?

Maryann De Leo, a 1977 graduate of the Media & Communications program within the American Studies Department, was honored with an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 76th Annual Academy Awards for her work as producer and director of "Chernobyl Heart," a film about the effects of radiation on the children of Belarus, Russia, 16 years after the infamous nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl.

Seniors, Kacey-Ann Thompson and Emmanuel Konde of the Biological Sciences Department, earned recognition at the 14th annual New York State Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Conference.

Among SUNY's comprehensive colleges, Old Westbury ranks among the highest in science and engineering funding to support competitive scientific research. Funding for research is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the New York State Department of Education.

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