Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry aims to provide talented and motivated students with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve leadership positions in professions that span the broad spectrum of chemistry, biochemistry and beyond.

Our state-of-the-art research and scholarly work creates an exceptional learning environment for students. We offer a unique symbiosis between graduate and undergraduate research and learning — a distinctive and differentiating feature of our BS programs. Many undergraduates get involved in cutting-edge research projects right alongside MS and PhD students who are using the latest instrumentation.

The BS in chemistry provides essential training for careers in many high-tech industries, ranging from pharmaceuticals to wearable electronics. The BS in biochemistry provides an excellent platform for careers in biotechnology and the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and a strong foundation for pre-health students, including those who are pre-med.

We also offer MS and PhD programs in chemistry with concentrations in analytical, biochemical, physical (theoretical), organic and inorganic chemistry, as well as materials, environmental, colloid and surface chemistry.

99% University Placement Rate

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Clarkson University students are highly sought after and our placement rates and early career salaries (on average over $70K for undergraduates) prove it. Each year, our award-winning Career Center hosts two Career Fairs, bringing in top employers from across the country to Potsdam to recruit our students for internships, co-ops and full time employment.  


of students decide to continue their education in various post secondary programs.


of our graduates seek alternative positions like the military.

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