Biological Sciences


Incorporating an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving in biology while combining strong research orientation in the basic sciences with a concern for community health and environmental problems. 

Undergraduate Offerings

B.S. in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
 The B.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide a firm foundation in math, scientific computing and natural sciences with advanced coursework and research in bioinformatics to provide students with the skills necessary to solve biological problems using programming and computers.

B.A. in Biological Sciences
The B.A. degree program in Biological Sciences is provided for the student who has a general interest in the biological sciences but who does not plan to pursue advanced work in graduate school or undertake professional achievements in biological sciences. 

B.S. in Biological Sciences
The B.S. degree program in Biological Sciences is the recommended program for students who plan a graduate program in biological sciences. It is also the suggested course of study for those planning careers in the biological sciences, premedical and pre-professional training, and secondary education.

B.S. in Biological Sciences/D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine
This accelerated program enables students to complete 3 years towards the Bachelor of Science degree at Old Westbury and, in their fourth year, begin the first year of medical studies at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM).

B.S. in Adolescence Education: Biological Sciences (7-12)
Students in this program earn degrees in both Biological Sciences and Adolescence Education and, after successfully completing the program, are recommended for initial certification as  biology teachers in grades 7-12. 

Minor in Environmental Studies
Students interested in environmental issues may enhance their knowledge of the interaction of humans with their environment by minoring in Environmental Studies. 

Minor in Pre Health Professions
The Pre Health Professions Minor is designed to be something that could benefit any student interested in a career in the Health Professions, regardless of their academic major. 

Graduate Offerings

Master of Arts in Teaching: Biology (7-12)
Prepares teacher-candidates who already have  a B.A. or B.S. in Biology for initial certification as middle and high school educators.

Advanced Certificate - Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12)
Designed for those who already have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree and who seek New York State Certification as a middle or high school biology teacher.

Sarah Sadik involved in research as an undergraduate student.

Alumna Earns Fulbright

Sarah Sadik '19 selected for prestigious fellowship program and will conduct research and community development work in Mauritius.

Specialized Research Opportunities


Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Students with a strong academic record and an interest in research can work with Biological Sciences faculty members on selected laboratory projects.

Dr. Cadet in research lab with student

SUNY Neuroscience Research Institute

SUNY-NRI is a multidisciplinary team of researchers investigating human neuropathology from a systems level approach.

Dr. Mascareno using a microscope

Institute for Cancer Research and Education

Providing students cutting-edge training opportunities in cancer research while encouraging the pursuit of careers in science and medicine.


Pre-Health Professions and Careers

The Office of Pre-Health Professions and Careers works with students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry and more.