Department of Chemistry and Physics

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Department of Chemistry and Physics

Chemistry has long been known as “The Central Science”, and a bachelors degree in Chemistry is a gateway to many interesting employment and advanced study opportunities. Chemists are in high demand in the workforce, pursue a variety of jobs of importance to society, and command good salaries.

The B.A. and B.S. in Chemistry degrees provide breadth and depth to prepare students to work as chemists in a wide range of careers.  The degrees fulfill the chemistry content required for secondary school teaching, and prepare students to pursue advanced degrees in the sciences and engineering or in professional schools.  The B.A. is recommended for students interested in teaching or attending medical or law school because it allows more electives that students may use to fulfill education requirements for New York State Teacher Certification or to explore other fields of interest to them. Students interested in chemistry PhD programs should pursue the B.S. in chemistry.

The chemistry degrees offer a pre-professional health track that enables students to pursue further studies in a health professional school (i.e., allopathic, osteopathic, veterinary, dentistry, medical, podiatric, optometry, etc.). The program also helps students prepare for the appropriate standardized entrance exams.

At Dowling, students work closely with their fellow students and skilled faculty. The Chemistry department has opportunities for research, internships, work study positions, and graduate assistantships. Courses are offered in general, inorganic, organic, analytical, instrumental, environmental, biological and physical chemistry that are enhanced by independent study and special topics courses. Students get hands-on experience with modern and traditional instrumentation and techniques in laboratories, class work, and field experiences, including high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AA), infrared spectroscopy (IR), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), and mass spectrometry (MS). Computer labs are equipped with tutorial software for IR, proton and carbon NMR, mass spectrometry, and qualitative organic analysis. SPARTAN molecular modeling and computational software is integrated into laboratory courses and used in research.


Alumni Spotlight

Kate Dorst
Chemistry Graduate
After graduating from Dowling with my B.S. in Chemistry I went on to pursue a doctoral degree in Materials Science & Engineering at Stony Brook University, researching how various surface properties of biomaterials contribute to the compatibility of bone implants in host systems. After graduating with my Ph.D., I am now a scientist at a drug discovery company working on early stage development of recombinant proteins for pre-clinical studies. My undergraduate education at Dowling set up a strong foundation for tackling challenging research questions that I have used throughout my career. Additionally, the small class sizes allowed me to have more personal interactions with my professors which encouraged one-on-one discussions about coursework and career plans and was the start of my professional network.


Lori Zaikowski

Professor of Chemistry and Natural Sciences / Chemistry and Physics Department Chair

Office KSC #118
Office Phone: 631-244-3180
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Wei Shi

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics

Office KSC #117
Office Phone: 631-244-3182


Joanne DiNovis

Adjunct Assistant Professor
of Chemistry 

Office KSC #117
Office Phone: 631-244-3182