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School of Arts & Science - Graduate Programs

Through the School of Arts & Sciences, Clarkson offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the following areas: chemistry (including biomolecular), mathematics, physics, as well as master's (MS) degrees in computer science and information technology, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. (See Programs in Physical Therapy.) Faculty and students also participate in the interdisciplinary program in Environmental Science and Engineering.

For information regarding the admission process, application procedures, degree requirements and financial assistance, see the Graduate School. To learn more about faculty members and research areas contact the appropriate department. Additional information is also available at

The Department of Chemistry offers American Chemical Society accredited graduate programs leading to both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The research interests of the department include various areas of experimental and theoretical chemistry. The department has an internationally renowned program in colloid and materials chemistry which is actively supported by government agencies and industrial sponsors. Front-edge research involves colloidal particles and their applications in high-technology materials as well as in liquid systems and their pharmaceutical and biological applications. Studies in analytical chemistry involve electrochemistry and bioelectrochemistry, chromatography, spectrophotometry, and separations; radiochemical techniques in atmospheric aerosol science; and the use of computers in the interpretation of analytical data. Advanced topics in the analysis of solids, liquids, and gases (aerosols) are available for students interested in industrial hygiene vocations.

Investigations in organic chemistry are concerned with photochemistry, organic synthesis, synthesis with enzymes, free radicals, pharmaceuticals, mechanisms of organic reactions, and nuclear magnetic resonance studies. Studies in physical chemistry include thermodynamics, kinetics, molecular quantum chemistry, collision dynamics, and spectroscopy. Work in biochemistry involves proteins, protein-DNA interactions, biosensors, bioelectronics, vesicles and membrane models. Polymer studies include microemulsions, liquid crystals, smart materials, biomaterials, plasma deposition, and coating of fine particles for use in electronics, ceramics, and composite materials manufacture.

Excellent laboratory facilities and equipment are available for this work. They include scanning and transmission electron microscopes; scanning probe microscope; atomic force microscopes, a number of atomic absorption, infrared, visible and ultraviolet spectrophotometers including recording, stopped-flow, relaxation spectroscopy, and single photon counting fluorescence instruments; analytical and preparative ultracentrifuges; nuclear magnetic resonance, laser Raman spectrometers, dynamic and static light-scattering photometers; liquid scintillation (beta) and gamma counting, x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive x-ray elemental analysis equipment; gas chromatographs and high-performance liquid chromatography instruments and laboratory computers.

Further information about the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) is available.

Information Technology

See the interdisciplinary graduate programs section.

Mathematics and Computer Science
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers graduate programs leading to both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in mathematics and an interdisciplinary Master of Science in Computer Science. All are designed to increase the student’s fundamental knowledge and to give the student guidance and experience in research. A graduate student pursues these objectives by taking advanced courses, participating in seminars, and carrying out and reporting on a research project. The department provides the advantage of close personal association between graduate students and faculty, giving special attention to individual needs and interests.

Faculty members are engaged in research over a wide range of subjects in the mathematical sciences. Current research interests include: critical phenomena and statistical mechanics; multigrid and spectral methods, applications to atmospheric models; numerical analysis, optimization, computational applied mathematics, applied probability and statistics; imaging science, signal processing, and function algebras; theory of linear and nonlinear regression models; chaos, dynamical systems; complex networks; computer arithmetic, parallel processing, computational science and engineering, nonlinear dynamics; fluid dynamics; artificial intelligence; virtual reality; theoretic analysis of finite models, using methods of logic and combinatorics; automated deduction, algorithms, software verification, computational learning theory, complexity theory; Boolean circuits; algebraic theory of automata; proof complexity; operating systems, file systems, distributed systems, bioformatics systems biology; computer vision, image processing, and medical imaging; mathematical signal processing, control theory, computational nonlinear control, computational PDEs, tensor (multilinear algebra), inverse and ill-posed problems.

Details of the graduate M.S. in Computer Science are in the interdisciplinary graduate programs section.

Graduate programs leading to degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in the Physics Department. The programs provide a sound background in classical and modern physics, and guidance and experience in research. The department offers close personal association between graduate students and staff, giving special attention to the needs and interests of the individual.

Well-prepared students may find it possible to complete the requirements for the Master’s degree in an academic year plus a summer; however, most students will require up to two years. Doctoral candidates should expect to spend a minimum of two years beyond the Master’s in meeting degree requirements.

Active research interests in the department include: chemical physics, reaction kinetics, nonlinear phenomena, dynamics of noise-driven systems, quantum computing, nonlinear optics, solid state physics, transport properties, effects of disorder, statistical mechanics, phase transitions, scaling, finite size effects, percolation, self-avoiding walks, surface and interface physics, Monte Carlo techniques for ion-surface scattering, optics, atomic and molecular physics, biophysics, atomic force microscopy, and self assembly of nanomaterials.