Rachel Yerden '19, BS Biology and Chemical Engineering
Many Clarkson biology graduates pursue careers in the human health sciences (medicine, physical or occupational therapy, public health) or veterinary medicine, and many are accepted into professional graduate programs upon graduation. A growing number of students start successful careers in biotechnology or biomedical businesses or in research labs. Some students continue on to graduate school to become university researchers, professors or K–12 science teachers. Other students pursue careers in environmental science and conservation, working for a governmental agency or private environmental consulting business.
As a biology major, you will take 40 credits specifically within biology. These credits, in conjunction with the Clarkson Common Experience, will provide a well-rounded education focusing on the areas of study you find most interesting. Take courses such as :
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- Biological Oceanography
- Medical Microbiology
- Conservation Biology
- Molecular and Genome Evolution
Each biology faculty member has an active research lab that incorporates undergraduate research students, typically three students at a time. For example, you might study development of the digestive tract using a zebrafish model, or how to control invasive Eurasian watermilfoil, or the evolution of bacterial resistance, or regeneration of the spinal disc… our faculty do cutting edge research on a diversity of topics, and undergraduates are always involved.There are programs, such as the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program , the McNair Scholars Program, that provide paid summer research experiences and the Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities (CUPO) . Faculty advisors also help students find paid summer research opportunities at other institutions. Each spring and summer, Clarkson hosts The Research and Project Showcase (RAPS).
Internship and Co-Op Opportunities
Pre-health advising helps students find appropriate clinical internships at hospitals, clinics and other locations. Many health-focused biology students volunteer for the Potsdam rescue squad. The Biology Department works closely with Clarkson's Career Center to find and publicize internship and co-op opportunities, for example with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Faculty advisors also mentor and guide students toward internships and paid research experiences that fit each student's interests and aptitudes. Students interested in biomedical sciences can participate in a semester-long Clarkson program at the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, N.Y. Those interested in environmental sciences can participate in Clarkson's semester-long Adirondack Semester program, also in Saranac Lake.