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Health Professions Concentration

Students considering a career in the health professions will find it easy to tailor the biology major to fit their needs. Those studying to become physicians, osteopaths, dentists, veterinarians, nurses, or physical therapists will follow the standard biology curriculum while choosing among health-related courses to fulfill the electives in their majors.

If you are considering professional school, you will also want to reserve time for clinical or health-related experience during your first three undergraduate years. For example, many of our pre-meds serve on the Potsdam Rescue Squad, whereas pre-dental students typically work in the office of local dentists.

Additionally, students bound for professional studies should consider doing one or more semesters of independent research. Many students secure summer research experiences through the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU).

If you are bound for medical, dental, or veterinary school, you will meet with Professor Carolyn Zanta, our pre-professional advisor, on a regular basis throughout your undergraduate career. The pre-professional advisor helps you prepare your application, provides guidelines for studying for the MCATs or GREs, helps arrange clinical experience, and gives you focus on obtaining your goals.

Clarkson students planning to enter our Physical Therapy program will be assigned a PT faculty advisor and will take some specialized pre-PT health care courses as part of their electives. Students can earn a double major in biology and Environmental Health Science , or Psychology.

Health Sciences-Related Biology Electives:

  • BY310 Developmental Biology (3 credits)
  • BY312 Advanced Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • BY316 Immunobiology (3 credits)
  • BY320/322 Microbiology/Lab (4 credits)
  • BY350/352 Comparative Anatomy /Lab (4 credits)
  • BY358 Animal Learning & Cognition (3 credits)
  • BY360/362 Physiology/Lab (4 credits)
  • BY416(IH416) Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3 credits)
  • BY440 Introduction to Biomedical Rehabilitation Engineering and Science (3 credits)
  • BY444(CM444) Medicinal Chemistry (3 credits)
  • BY448 Medical Microbioloty (3 credits)
  • BY452 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • BY454(PY454) Physiological Psychology (3 credits)
  • BY455 Cell and Molecular Biology of Cancer (3 credits)
  • BY458 Cognitive Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • BY460 Neurobiology (3 credits)
  • BY476 Current Topics in Biology and Medicine (3 credits)
  • PT360 Kinesiology I: Concepts of Human Movement (3 credits)
  • PT460 Kinesiology II: Functional Anatomy (3 credits)