About Our Department

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The Department of Biology aims to provide talented and motivated students with the knowledge and skills to achieve positions of leadership in professions that span the broad spectrum of bioscience and beyond.

We conduct state-of-the-art research and scholarly work that provides an exceptional learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students. We also provide and help students participate in off-campus learning experiences during the academic year and in the summer. We offer a unique symbiosis between graduate and undergraduate research and learning -- a distinctive and differentiating feature of our B.S. programs. 

Many undergraduates get involved in cutting-edge research projects right along side M.S. and Ph.D. students. Undergraduate students have the option to complete a senior thesis. All of our students complete at least one professional experience, and many pursue multiple research, teaching, clinical and other professional experiences while at Clarkson University. 

Our students are active participants in the discovery, innovation and learning process, working closely with faculty mentors on projects that address both fundamental and practical challenges. Many win major awards, co-author publications in the scientific literature, present at national and international conferences, and go into health professional programs, industry or onto graduate school well prepared. We are proud of what our students achieve.

Department Research

Department Spotlight


Michael Twiss

Clarkson Professor of Biology Michael Twiss is now serving as president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research. Read More.



Tom Langen

Clarkson Biology Chair Tom Langen has found that there is an increase in vehicle-deer accidents during a full moon.Langen worked with colleagues from the University of Salamanca, Spain. Read More.     

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Undergraduate Placement
Grad School
Top Grad Schools
Clarkson University • Columbia University • Cornell University • Drexel University • MIT • Purdue University • U Conn • Michigan • SUNY Buffalo • Syracuse University
Top Employers
Anaren Microwave Inc.
Barton & Loguidice
Bristol Myers Squibb
Department of Defense
General Electric Company
Lockheed Martin
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
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A Rare Combo in Higher Ed
Personalized instruction & high-powered
research: Faculty know students as individuals
Real Science at Work
Learning & research problems derived from government, hospitals, environmental groups & industrial partners
Amazing Backyard Labs
The ADK is teeming with natural habitats to study & private research institutes in which to spend a semester
Clubs Amplify Careers
Join Doctors Without Borders, Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity & many others
Unconventional Blend of Science & Technology
Creativity, lab experiences, teamwork & leadership skills, techniques in research & analysis, applying what you know
Rigorous Yet Flexible Curriculum
Explore how biological systems function & interact in health, the
environment & biotechnology


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