Biological Sciences

Biology lab

The Biological Sciences Department at SUNY Old Westbury incorporates an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving in biology.

The department currently offers two undergraduate degrees: a B.S. in Biology, and a B.A. in Biology. It combines strong research orientation in the basic sciences with a concern for community health and environmental problems. It offers excellent preparation for professional and research careers as well as training for community health workers concerned with the educational needs of the global community.

  • Biological Sciences (B.S.) – The B.S. degree program 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 preprofessional training, and secondary education.
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.) – The B.A. degree program 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.

Students planning careers as secondary school science teachers can pursue certification by taking a program of biology and education courses.  The department also collaborates with the School of Education on graduate programs that lead to degrees in Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12).

All students within the Biological Sciences program have access to career counseling, tutoring, MCAT, DAT and GRE exam preparation through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the New York State Education Department and the National Science Foundation. These programs also provide tuition assistance and internship opportunities.


Manya Mascareno

Associate Professor of Biology, Chair
Department: Biological Sciences
Building: Natural Sciences
Room: S-216
Phone: (516)876-2737
E-mail: mascarenom [at]