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The curriculum is built on strong foundations in both Chemistry and Biology with core courses in analytical, organic and physical chemistry, as well as cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. Courses in calculus and physics add to the rigor. Eight courses from engineering, business and the liberal arts assure a balanced education. And professional electives allow students to build essential strengths in their chosen career areas. The curriculum concludes with a two-semester capstone course in biochemistry supplemented by labs in molecular biology and biotechnology. This is clearly one of the strongest curricula of this type offered anywhere, providing a thorough and rigorous training in both the chemical and biological sciences.


Biology Courses (24 credits)

  • BY140 Life’s Diversity
  • BY160/162 Cell and Molecular Biology with Lab
  • BY214 Genetics
  • BY412 Molecular Biology
  • BY450/451 Biochemistry I and II
  • BY470 Biotechnology Lab

Chemistry Courses (31 credits)

  • CM103/105 Structure and Bonding with Lab
  • CM104/106 Equilibrium and Dynamics with Lab
  • CM221/223 Spectroscopy with Lab
  • CM241/242 Organic Chemistry I and II
  • CM244 Organic Chemistry Lab
  • CM371/372 Physical Chemistry I and II

Biomolecular Science Professional Electives/Professional Experience (12 credits)
The four professional elective/experience courses should be at the 300 or 400 level (except for MA231/232) and should focus on career objectives.

Physics and Math (17 credits)

  • PH131/132 Physics I and II
  • MA131/132 Calculus I and II
  • Any Statistics Course


Common Curriculum Courses (15 credits)

  • UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
  • FY100 First Year Seminar
  • Five Knowledge Area courses covering four areas(CGI, CSO, EC, IA, IG, STS), including one UNIV course in addition to UNIV190


Free Electives (18 credits)


Sample Curriculum (PDF)

Note: Students should refer to the Degree Audit in PeopleSoft for course details.

Freshman Year
   
Course  Title Cr. Hrs. Course   Title Cr. Hrs.
CM103 Structure and Bonding
3
CM104 Equilibrium and Dynamics
3
CM105 Chemistry Lab I
2
CM106 Chemistry Lab II
2
MA131 Calculus I
3
BY160 Cell and Molecular Biology
3
BY140 Inheritance, Evolution & Div.
3
BY 162 Cell & Molecular Biology Lab
2
FY100 First Year Seminar 1 MA132 Calculus II
3
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar 3 KA Elective
3
   
 
Sophomore Year
Course   Title Cr. Hrs. Course Title Cr. Hrs.
CM221 Spectroscopy
3
CM242 Organic Chemistry II
3
CM223 Spectroscopy Lab
3
CM244 Organic Lab
3
CM241 Organic Chemistry I
3
BY214 Genetics
3
PH131 Physics I
4
PH132 Physics II
4
Statistics
3
KA Elective
3
 
 
       
Junior Year

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
Professional Elective
3
Professional Elective
3
KA Elective
3
Free Elective
3
KA Elective
3
Free Elective
3
 
       
Senior Year
Course  Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
BY412 Molecular Biology
4
BY470 Biotechnology Lab
3
  Professional Elective
3
  Professional Elective
3
  KA Elective
2
  Free Elective
3
  Free Elective 3   Free Elective 3
  Free Elective 3    
 

† Students must take 5 Knowledge Area electives covering 4 knowledge areas (CGI, CSO, EC, IA, IG, STS), including 1 University course (UNIV) in addition to UNIV190.