2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Department of Chemistry offers major programs in biochemistry (HEGIS 0414) and chemistry (HEGIS 1905). The department also offers a minor in chemistry, and two bachelor/master degree programs, one in Chemistry and Education (HEGIS 1905.1), and the second in Chemistry and Computer Science (HEGIS 1901.0701). Students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry can also choose a Fast-track MBA program through the Hagan School of Business to earn a BS and an MBA in as little as five years. The Department of Chemistry also offers the enhanced degree option of an ACS certified BS degree in Chemistry. This option provides a deeper understanding of the discipline and is often an advantage when seeking employment or admission to graduate or professional programs.


Chair: S. Lee; Professors: S. Lee; Professor Emeritus: L. Campisi, J. Levkov; Assistant Professors: C. Dougherty, K. Kristian, M. Varner; Internship Program Coordinator: S. Lee.


The Department of Chemistry at Iona College is dedicated to academic excellence within the heritage of the Christian Brothers and in the tradition of American Catholic higher education. Our department is committed to providing students with a strong foundation in the theory and practice of chemical science and to preparing them to think critically and ethically about the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in pursuit of their career choices.

A biochemistry or chemistry major is excellent preparation for medical, dental or veterinarian school, and a variety of other health and science related professions.

Admission to the Five Year Program

Candidates seeking admission to the BS/MST Adolescent Education: Chemistry Program begin in the fall semester of their junior year in fulfilling required criteria. At the end of the spring semester of the candidates’ junior year, they are required to have completed the Declaration of Major form that includes meeting all of the admission requirements including meeting the goals and the performance outcomes attached to the key assessments in their junior year. General admission requirements may be found in the Undergraduate catalog and may include the following:

  • Submit the official “request for admissions” form
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of admission (Spring semester of the junior year)
  • Have a minimum grade of “B” in English composition, speech communication, and one mathematics course
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, one submitted by Education faculty, one from the Chemistry Department, and one submitted by faculty outside the Education/Chemistry Departments
  • Provide a well written autobiography
  • Have a successful interview with Education faculty
  • Submit a signed”Professional Commitments and Dispositions” form
  • Complete a “Declaration of Major” form
  • Meet all of the goals and performance outcomes addressed by key assessments in Phase I of the program

Continuation in the Program

Any education or content area course, including student teaching, in which a student earns less than a ‘C’ grade must be repeated.

Throughout the program, teacher candidates are required to demonstrate the dispositions for effective teachers that are stated in the department’s Conceptual Framework. Candidates are also required to meet the ethical and professional standards expected of all educators that are found in the Code of Ethics. Any failure to uphold the dispositions for effective teaching and the ethical standards for educators in the profession will result in dismissal from the program.

Other Options

Pre-Professional Health Programs

A major in chemistry or biochemistry is excellent preparation for medicine or other health and science professions. Students preparing for medical or dental careers must take BIO 101 -BIO 102  in addition to courses required by the major program. Additional electives should be chosen with the aid of faculty advisers.

BS in Chemistry/Fast Track MBA

The fast track program is designed for non-business students who want a business background prior to entering graduate or professional school, and for professional school graduates who would like an MBA before starting a residency program.

Students may jump start the BS in Chemistry/MBA program through the Hagan School of Business at Iona College. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors can apply up to 24 undergraduate credits in business school classes, i.e., finance or management,  toward an Iona MBA degree, enabling students to earn both degrees in as little as five years. For details about this program, please consult with the Chemistry department chair, and the Associate Dean of the Hagan School of Business.


    Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of Science/Master of ScienceBachelor of Science/Master of Science in TeachingNon-Degree

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