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B.S. in Biomolecular Science

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Program Director: Phillip Christiansen

Science has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last few years, and nowhere has the impact been so dramatic as at the interface between biology and chemistry — the bio-molecular sciences. Recent developments in biotechnology, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, genetic engineering and medicine have been truly astounding and will only continue throughout the 21st century. Few sciences will have the impact on our lives as this one, and few offer the opportunities for individuals to make such a vast variety of contributions. Clarkson University's program in Biomolecular Science is designed to:

  • Provide students with the knowledge base to meet the challenges of professional careers spanning the full range of the chemical and biosciences.
  • Provide an intellectually stimulating environment, including exposure to open-ended problems of the type encountered in industry, graduate school and professional programs in the health sciences.
  • Provide an environment that ensures students the opportunities to develop communication skills and professional relationships.

This is a truly interdisciplinary program, building on strong foundations in both chemistry and biology, and finishing with capstone courses and labs in biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology. Professional and free electives allow students to build specializations and to participate in faculty-directed research, a “trademark” of science education at Clarkson.

Careers span the full range of the chemical and biological sciences, with exceptional opportunities in the pharmaceutical and medical industries, in biotechnology and genetic engineering, biofuels, forensics and the health sciences. The program at Clarkson is also excellent preparation for entrance into professional schools in medicine and dentistry, or for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Clarkson.

REQUIREMENTS
Biology (26 credits)
CM244 Organic Chemistry Lab
BY140/142 Life’s Diversity with Lab
CM371/372 Physical Chemistry I and II
BY160/162 Cell and Molecular Biology with Lab
Biomolecular Science Professional Electives (12 credits)
BY214 Genetics
Physics and Math (17 credits)
BY412 Molecular Biology
PH131/132 Physics I and II
BY450/451 Biochemistry I and II
MA131/132 Calculus I and II
BY470 Biotechnology Lab
MA282/383 or MG284 Statistics
Chemistry (31 credits)
Clarkson and First-Year Seminars, Knowledge
CM103/105 Structure and Bonding with Lab
Areas and University Course (16 credits)
CM104/106 Equilibrium and Dynamics
Free Electives (18 credits)
with Lab
CM221/223 Spectroscopy with Lab
CM241/242 Organic Chemistry I and II
 
Total — 120 credits


Biomolecular Science Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
CM103 Structure and
  CM104 Equilibrium and
  Bonding
3
    Dynamics
3
CM105 Chemistry Lab I
2
  CM106 Chemistry Lab II
2
MA131 Calculus I
3
  MA132 Calculus II
3
BY140 Biology I
3
  BY160 Biology II
3
BY142 Biology I Lab
2
  BY162 Biology II Lab
2
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
    KA Elective
3
FY100 First-Year Seminar
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17
     
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
CM221 Spectroscopy
3
  CM242 Organic Chemistry II
3
CM223 Spectroscopy Lab
3
  CM244 Organic Chemistry Lab
3
CM241 Organic Chemistry I
3
  BY214 Genetics
3
PH131 Physics I
4
  PH132 Physics II
4
  KA/UC Elective
3
    KA/UC Elective
3
   
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16
     
16
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
CM371 Physical Chemistry I
3
  CM372 Physical Chemistry II
3
BY450 Biochemistry I
3
  BY451 Biochemistry II
3
  Statistics
3
    Professional Elective
3
  Professional Elective
3
    Professional Experience
3
  Free Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
   
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15
     
15
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BY412 Molecular Biology Lab
4
  BY470 Biotechnology Lab
3
  KA/UC Elective
3
    Professional Elective
3
  Free Elective
6
    Free Electives
6
 
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