Successfully managing new technologies and complex challenges

requires a range of knowledge and a broad set of skills that draw across multiple disciplines.

Clarkson’s interdisciplinary degree programs are designed to develop well-rounded thinkers by fusing together related areas of study that have traditionally been separated.

Because our graduates understand the science underlying environmental problems, they can develop better public policies. Because they understand engineering principles, they know to develop and bring to market the next generation of high-tech products and systems. Because they understand the shaping influence of culture throughout history, they are better prepared to successfully lead in today’s global society.

Clarkson currently offers nine interdisciplinary programs and curricula:


Applied Mathematics & Statistics:

A solid foundation provided by a rigorous mathematics curriculum and the practical applications of a statistics program.

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(Liberal Arts & Business): A double major integrating professional training in business
with the skills and perspectives of the liberal arts.

Biomolecular Science:

Built on a rigorous foundation in both the chemical and biological sciences.

Digital Arts & Sciences:

Combining artistic creativity with a strong background in math and computer science, focusing on bringing today’s digital technology to a broad range of fields.

Engineering & Management:

Get the best of both worlds — technical problem-solving and business decision-making skills.

Environmental Health Science:

Assess risk and develop solutions to mitigate environmental
health hazards in the workplace.

Environmental Science & Policy:

Spanning the boundary between scientific know-how and
policy-making skills and understanding.

Social Documentation:

Students develop the ability to use sophisticated recording and communication technologies in order to better understand or advance a set of social, historical, political or creative interests or concerns.

Software Engineering:

Develop a strong base of technical skills with an ability to communicate and manage complex projects.

plan_a_3Biomolecular Science - A Science for the 21st Century


Science has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last few decades and nowhere has the impact been more dramatic than at the interface between biology and chemistry — the biomolecular sciences.

Clarkson’s biomolecular science program is among the strongest in the nation. Our curriculum is built on a rigorous foundation in both the chemical and biological sciences. It includes core courses in analytical, organic and physical chemistry as well as cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. The program concludes with a two-semester, senior-level capstone course in biochemistry.

Students get involved in high-level research in our sophisticated research facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories. Recent faculty-mentored student projects include:
 • Cell development in cervical cancer 
 • Protein biomarkers for early cancer detection
 • Advanced materials for tissue engineering, therapeutic devices and controlled drug release
 • Coupled enzymatic and microbial processes for biofuel production
 • Biosensors for clinical and environmental monitoring
 • Biological interactions of nanomaterials
 • Structural analysis of proteins using proteomics approaches