The biomolecular science program is composed of 84 of the 120 required credits for a bachelor's degree. This leaves 36 credits available for student electives and the Clarkson Common Experience curriculum. Out of the 84 credits in the biomolecular program, you will take 24 credits in biology, 31 credits in chemistry, 17 credits in math and physics, and 12 credits in professional experiences and program-targeted electives.
All courses are 3 credits unless noted.
Clarkson Common Experience
The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
The Clarkson Seminar
Students majoring in biomolecular science are required to complete the following courses:
Biology I: Inheritance, Evolution and Diversity
Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Biology II Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Biochemistry & Biotechnology Laboratory
Structure and Bonding
Chemistry Laboratory I
Chemical Equilibrium and Dynamics
Chemistry Laboratory II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
The professional experience can include directed research with any Biology, Chemistry & Biomolecular Science or other university faculty in program-related fields, such as genetics, proteomics, biomaterials, biosensors, and drug synthesis and delivery, including that with nanostructured materials. This requirement can also be met by participating in external internships or co-ops in medical, research or industry environments, such as the University of Massachusetts-School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Trudeau Institute, Swift Laboratories, Strong Memorial Hospital Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Procter & Gamble, or other similar locations.
Directed research in department research labs with biomolecular science faculty: physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, materials and colloid chemistryments, other colleges and universities, independent labs and research facilities, privately owned industries
The following electives are required to complete the biomolecular science major:
Students must complete one 3-credit course from the statistics (STAT) subject area.
Professional electives are intended to enhance and focus the students' career preparation. These can include most biology or chemistry courses at the 300-level and above, but courses from other areas, such as business and biomedical science, that will help prepare students for their chosen profession will also apply. The professional electives should be selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.
Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in biomolecular science will have approximately 12 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.
Students majoring in biomolecular science will have approximately 20 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.