Additional Academic Programs

Additional Academic Programs

Minors
Certificate Programs
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Programs
Graduate Programs
Joint Degree Programs with Other Institutions
Preparation for Post-Baccalaureate Studies, the Professions, and Allied Health Degree

MINORS
Many degree programs allow students to select a minor as part of their academic preparation. The minors offered by the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences appear in this catalog after the major programs. Students are encouraged to enhance their education by selecting one of the minors listed below to complement their major field of study.

African and African American Studies
Applied Psychology and Human Relations
Art
Art History
Biology
Chemistry
Classical and Medieval Studies
Communications
Computer Art
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Dance
East Asian Studies
Economics
English
Environmental Studies
Film and Screen Studies
French
French Studies
History
Italian
Italian Studies
Journalism
Latin American Studies
Literature
Mathematics
Mathematics for Business Majors
Middle Eastern Studies
Music
Peace and Justice Studiesi
Philosophy
Photography
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Russian
Sociology/Anthropology
Spanish
Speech Communication Studies
Statistics
Theater Arts
Women's and Gender Studies

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CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
Dyson College offers a number of certificate programs through its academic departments. The programs consist of related groups of regular credit courses, which offer students the opportunity for concentrated specialized study. The courses making up certificate programs are not meant to provide the broad background associated with degree programs, but instead are chosen to help students reach a specific goal in a relatively short time.

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COMBINED UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration
Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science in Publishing
Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Master of Science in Counseling
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and Human Relations/Master of Science in Counseling
Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Juris Doctor
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies/Master of Science in Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science in Biology/Master of Science in Environmental Science
Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor
Bachelor of Science/Juris Doctor

For more information on Dyson graduate degree programs, please consult the graduate catalog.

Professional Preparation. Pace undergraduate students in their senior year who have a minimum cumulative quality point average of 3.25 may petition to register for a Pace graduate course for which they meet the prerequisites. Students must receive written permission from the undergraduate dean of the school in which they are enrolled and written permission from the dean's office of the school in which the graduate course is offered. If approved for graduate registration, students may enroll in a maximum of two courses (6 credits). In the Lubin graduate programs, these courses must be in either the foundation or integrative Core of the MBA program. In certain cases these two courses (6 credits) may be counted toward both the undergraduate and the graduate degree. For students pursuing graduate work in engineering, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, or podiatry as part of a joint degree program with another institution, separate application should be made to the other institution during the early part of the student's junior year.

Early Admission to Graduate Programs. These programs are intended for Dyson bachelor of arts or bachelor of science students with superior academic ability who wish to supplement their liberal arts studies with graduate courses in a variety of areas and to earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in less time than is normally required. Formal application must be filed with the Office of Graduate Admission. Application Deadline is April 1sr. See the Dyson College Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements. Candidates for admission to combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs must satisfy separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate parts of the program. Admission to the undergraduate part of the program does not guarantee admission to the graduate part of the program.
Conferring of Degrees. The bachelor's degree is awarded after the student has completed a total of 128 credits: 97 undergraduate credits and 31 graduate credits. The graduate degree is awarded at the completion of the graduate component of the program.

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration
Students who wish to complete both a BA degree in political science or environmental studies and a master's degree in public administration (MPA) may pursue the 151-154-credit combined-degree program. For degree requirements, see political science or environmental studies in the Undergraduate Degree Programs section. For more information, contact the chairperson of the Department of Political Sciences or the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the chairperson of the Department of Public Administration. The graduate portion of this program is only available on the White Plains campus.

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science in Publishing
Undergraduate English majors who wish to make practical use of the major may pursue a dual degree program with the master of science in publishing. Students must apply in their junior year and must have an overall QPA of 3.0 with an average of 3.2 in the major. In their senior year, students accepted into the program will take 12 credits in publishing courses, which will partially satisfy the requirements for both the BA degree and the MS in Publishing degree.  Students can, therefore, complete both degree programs in five years.  For more information, contact the chair of the English department and the director of the MS in Publishing program. The graduate portion of this program is only available on the New York City campus or on-line.

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Psychology
Psychology majors can take advantage of a valuable opportunity to earn both a BA and an MA in psychology by pursuing a 153-credit combined-degree program offered by the Psychology Department (PLV). Students can apply in their junior year upon completion of at least 64 undergraduate credits. Students must have a QPA of at least 3.0, have taken the GRE General Test, and provide a statement of purpose as well as two letters of recommendation from Psychology Department professors. For further information, contact the Psychology Department (PLV).

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Master of Science in Counseling
Psychology majors can take advantage of a valuable opportunity to earn both a BA in psychology as well as an MS in counseling by pursuing the 152-credit combined-degree program offered by the psychology department. Students can apply in their junior year upon completion of 78 undergraduate credits. Students must have: a QPA of at least 3.0, a QPA of at least 3.3 in the psychology major, one semester of psychology practicum, and two letters of recommendation from psychology department professors. For further information please contact the MS program coordinator or department chairperson.

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and Human Relations/Master of Science in Counseling
Applied Psychology & Human Relations majors can make use of a valuable opportunity to earn both a BA in applied psychology and an MS in counseling by pursuing the 152-credit combined-degree program offered by the Psychology Department (PLV). Students can apply in their junior year upon completion of 78 undergraduate credits. Students must have: a QPA of at least 3.0, a QPA of at least 3.3 in the applied psychology major, one semester of psychology practicum, and two letters of recommendation from psychology department professors. For further information please contact the MS program coordinator or department chairperson (PLV).

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies/MS in Environmental Science
Environmental studies majors may take advantage of an opportunity to earn both a BA in environmental studies as well as an MS in environmental science by pursuing a five-year program offered by the Environmental Studies Program and the Graduate Program in Environmental Science of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Students may apply to the graduate program in their junior year and after completion of at least 64 undergraduate credits. Students must have a cumulative QPA of 3.0. They must provide a statement of career goals and two letters of recommendation from faculty. The graduate portion of this program is only available on the Pleasantville campus.

Bachelor of Science in Biology/MS in Environmental Science
Biology majors may take advantage of an opportunity to earn both a BS in biology as well as an MS in environmental science by pursuing a 5-year program offered by the Department of Biology and Health Sciences and the Graduate Program in Environmental Science of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Students may apply to the graduate program in their junior year and after completion of at least 64 undergraduate credits and all major biology courses. Students must have a cumulative QPA of 3.0 and a QPA of 3.0 in biology courses. They must provide a statement of career goals and two letters of recommendation from faculty in the Department of Biology and Health Sciences. The graduate portion of this program is only available on the Pleasantville campus.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Juris Doctor
This program enables undergraduate students to apply for early acceptance to the Pace School of Law full-time program. The six-year curriculum results in a BA in Biology and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Pace University. Students must apply separately to the School of Law during their junior year of undergraduate study. Minimum QPA requirements apply.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science/Juris Doctor
Students who are admitted as Pace undergraduates apply separately to the School of Law during their junior year and must meet the established criteria for admission, including an appropriate Score on the LSAT. Students may be required to complete an admissions interview at the School of Law.

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS
The graduate programs at Pace University's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences are responsive to the changing dynamics of today's society. We prepare highly motivated students for the challenging tasks of working in an evolving society through a blend of disciplined course work, hands-on experience, and exposure to the latest developments in their field. The result: professionals with the confidence and competence to excel in their careers. Dyson College offers a choice of advanced degrees in six disciplines: counseling, environmental science, forensic science, psychology, public administration, and publishing. We also offer advanced certificates in publishing, health care management, long-term care management, nonprofit management, and financial mathematics. The graduate programs offered are:

  • Actors Studio Drama School
  • Master of Science in Counseling (Substance Abuse, Loss and Grief, General Counseling)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in School-Clinical Child Psychology
  • Master of Science in Education in School Psychology
  • Master of Science in Education in Bilingual School Psychology
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Publishing
  • Master of Public Administration (Environmental Management, Government, Health Care Administration, Not-for-Profit Management)
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science
  • Master of Science in Forensic Science

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JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS
Cooperative education agreements between Pace and other institutions of higher learning exist in the professional areas indicated below. Please consult your department advisor for specific degree requirements.

ENGINEERING

Joint Program with Manhattan College

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (PLV)

Pace University and Manhattan College offer a five-year program, which leads to a bachelor of science in chemistry from Pace and a bachelor of chemical engineering from Manhattan. Each program requires three years of study at Pace, two years at Manhattan, and summer courses. Application for transfer is made by the student during the third year at Pace.

Joint Programs with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (PLV)
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering (PLV)
Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (PLV)

Pace University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offer several five-year programs combining chemistry with engineering. The programs are as follows: biomedical engineering and chemistry; chemical engineering and chemistry; environmental engineering and chemistry; industrial and management engineering and chemistry; materials engineering and chemistry.

Options
1.  Three years + two years. The student completes three years at Pace, then two years at RPI's School of Engineering. The student receives a BS from Pace and a BS degree with a major in engineering from Rensselaer.

2.  Three years + three years. The student completes their studies at Pace through the junior year, and then three additional years at Rensselaer. This program leads to a bachelor's degree from Pace University and the BS and M.E. degrees from RPI.

3.  Four years + two years. Under this option, a graduate of Pace University enters the School of Engineering at Rensselaer for graduate work leading to a MS degree in one of the engineering specialties.

For more information, contact the academic advisor in the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (NYC, PLV)
This program consists of three years of study at Pace and two additional years of study in occupational therapy at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Pace and a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Columbia. To be eligible for the program, students must choose one of the following undergraduate majors: biology, applied psychology and human relations, or psychology.

Admission Requirements
Candidates for admission to combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs must satisfy separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate parts of the program. Admission to the undergraduate part of the program does not guarantee admission to the graduate part of the program. For more information, consult the preprofessional advisor in the Departments of Biology and Health Sciences or Psychology.

OPTOMETRY
Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Optometry (NYC, PLV)
This program consists of three years of study in biology at Pace and four additional years of study at the State University of New York's State College of Optometry in Manhattan. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pace and a Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY.

Admission Requirements
Candidates for admission to combined undergraduate/ graduate degree programs must satisfy separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate parts of the program. Admission to the undergraduate part of the program does not guarantee admission to the graduate part of the program. For more information, consult the preprofessional advisor in the Department of Biology and Health Sciences.

PHYSICAL THERAPY
Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (NYC, PLV)
This program consists of four years of study at Pace and three additional years at New York Medical College in Valhalla (Westchester County, NY). Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Pace University and the Doctorate in physical therapy from New York Medical College.

Admission Requirements
Candidates for admission to combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs must satisfy separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate parts of the program. Admission to the undergraduate part of the program does not guarantee admission to the graduate part of the program. For more information, consult the preprofessional advisor in the Department of Biology and Health Sciences.

PODIATRY
Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (NYC, PLV)
This program consists of three years of study at Pace and four additional years of study at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Pace and a Doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. To be eligible for the program, students must major in biology.

Admission Requirements
Candidates for admission to combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs must satisfy separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate parts of the program. Admission to the undergraduate part of the program does not guarantee admission to the graduate part of the program. For further information please consult the preprofessional advisor in the department of Biology and Health Sciences.

PREPARATION FOR POST-BACCALAUREATE STUDIES, THE PROFESSIONS, AND ALLIED HEALTH FIELDS
The methods of acquiring knowledge that students develop in the baccalaureate program are as important as the specific knowledge and skills that may lead to a particular credential. Prospective students in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences may wish to consider the following possibilities:

Dentistry, Medicine, Osteopathy, and Veterinary Science. Students who intend to pursue post-baccalaureate study in dentistry, medicine, osteopathy, or veterinary science often choose either biology (BS degree), biochemistry or chemistry as their undergraduate major. These majors provide the basic courses needed in preparation for entrance tests for post-baccalaureate study. A preprofessional advisory committee counsels students who wish to pursue one of these professional fields.

Graduate Study in Arts and Sciences. Completion of a program in a given discipline with a strong quality point average will generally satisfy the requirements for graduate study in that subject. Departments will give specific guidance in such matters. Ability to communicate in written and spoken English is particularly important. A reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages is often required for advanced degrees. Statistics and computer/ information science are also increasingly important to the scholar in many areas. Advanced degrees include the master of arts (MA), the master of science (MS), the master of fine arts (MFA) and the doctorate (Ph.D.).

Graduate Study in Business. While precise degree requirements depend on the program chosen, most students with three to eight credits in economics, statistics, marketing, accounting, business law, mathematics, and computer and information sciences will be able to complete an MBA with approximately one full year's work. Some of these subjects may be taken as part of the distribution of major requirements for the BA or BS, while those given in the Lubin School of Business may be taken as electives. Students interested in foreign languages should be particularly aware of expanding opportunities in international business.

Graduate Study in Law. Law schools generally do not prescribe any particular undergraduate major. However, undergraduates should acquire proficiency in written and spoken English, develop the ability to master large quantities of material, rapidly sharpen powers of logical analysis, and increase capacity for independent work.