Dual-degree effort gets scientists into business, faster

Giving them the business: Adelphi University is helping some of Long Island's brightest scientific minds learn the ropes of the business world.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

In a region where biotechnology and other lab work is cemented as a socioeconomic cornerstone, a new dual-degree program will attempt to teach students the business of science. Quickly.

Adelphi University has launched a new “accelerated dual-degree program” looking to leverage the “scientific discovery and technological innovation driving the economy,” according to Adelphi.

The five-year Business of Science program is designed to give students a “marketable career path in science-related businesses,” noted the Garden City-based university – primarily, by giving them a bachelor’s of science degree and an MBA focused on science business, all at a sped-up “4+1” pace.

Undergraduate students can pursue a bachelor of science degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, math or physics over a traditional four-year haul, but will complete graduate-equivalency courses during their undergraduate studies.

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After finishing the bachelor’s requirements, students will attend one year of graduate-school classes to finish off the MBA.

The new dual-degree program, slated to begin with the Fall 2019 semester, will deliver “an interdisciplinary experience combining in-depth science education with the business fundamentals taught in graduate school,” Adelphi University said in a statement.

More specifically, it creates an ideal track for “anyone seeking a cutting-edge academic experience that is going to put them above their peers who are just graduating with a general science degree,” according to associate professor and Business of Science program director Matthew Wright.

“These students will get insight into how they can take their products, scientific research developments and medical practices and turn them into money-making ventures that are going to be good for the world,” added Wright, who also chairs Adelphi University’s Department of Physics.