At Clarkson, we are discovering better options for delivering the healing effects of pharmaceutical drugs, clearing toxins from the air and personalizing healthcare for the individual through biotechnology.

Biomolecular Science faculty are exploring all of these possibilities, and you can too. As a student in our Biomolecular Science undergraduate bachelor's degree program, our faculty will know you as an individual and encourage undergraduates, alongside graduate students, to participate in laboratory-based research. Knowledge and skills learned in the classroom are creatively applied to solving practical and real-world challenges as we expand the boundaries of what is possible.

Your journey through biomolecular science is grounded in a rigorous core curriculum, and you are accompanied by faculty who are inspired explorers, sharing your enthusiasm for serving society through scientific advancement and innovation.

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Biomolecular Science Careers

For Biomolecular Science majors, careers span the full range of the chemical and biological sciences, with exceptional opportunities in 

  • pharmaceutical and biomedical industries
  • biotechnology
  • genetic engineering
  • bio-fuels
  • forensics
  • health sciences

In recent years, students who have completed our biomolecular science bachelor's degree program have been recruited to work at companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb, Conamix and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). 

Biomolecular Science graduates will also be well-prepared for continued study in the health sciences, including medical, dental and veterinary medicine. Students interested in a career in an academic setting are well-equipped for the advanced study necessary for teaching in primary and secondary education, or for obtaining a PhD to teach and continue research in a university setting. Students have gone on for graduate studies at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, University of Rochester and West Virginia University. 

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Biomolecular Science Curriculum & Academic Options

Major in Biomolecular Science

The Biomolecular Science undergraduate bachelor's degree program is composed of 84 of the 120 required credits for a bachelor's degree. This leaves 36 credits available for student electives and the Clarkson Common Experience curriculum. Students in the biomolecular science major can take courses such as:

  • Inheritance, Evolution and Diversity
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Equilibrium and Dynamics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

Biomolecular Science Major Curriculum

Relevant Minors

Biomolecular Science majors have the opportunity to explore minors that will complement the biomolecular science bachelor's degree. View our recommendations below or learn more about all of Clarkson's minors, concentrations and professional advising tracks. 

Chemistry Minor

Medicine and Healthcare Minor

All Clarkson Minors, Concentrations and Tracks

"I wasn’t quite sure what I should major in coming into the application process, but I loved my chemistry and biology classes in high school. I was fascinated by the way the human body works, but at a molecular level. When I visited Clarkson, my conversations and experiences with the faculty in the Chemistry & Biomolecular Science department really helped me finalize my decision to major in Biomolecular Science."

Ana Witkowski, Biomolecular Science undergraduate student

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Research Opportunities

Students have access to research laboratories throughout their undergraduate experience, and because Clarkson offers graduate degrees in chemistry, students work alongside experienced graduate students, becoming valued members of the professor's research group. Invariably, alumni tell us that time spent with the faculty in research turns out to be the most important learning experience of their college career.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

On Campus

Chemistry & Biomolecular Science (CBS) and Biology research faculty offer summer internships in their research laboratories to undergraduate students demonstrating interest and ability. Students gain invaluable experience working under the tutelage of professors, experienced graduate students and post-doctoral research associates.

Support and funding for on-site summer research experiences:

David A. Walsh '67 Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship: Awarded to support a summer research experience within the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science (CBS). The recipient will be an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry and/or Biomolecular Science who will be returning to Clarkson for at least one full semester. Provides stipend, housing and research materials.

During the summer, Honors Program students can apply to conduct project work in their field of study with the support of a faculty mentor. Depending on the program chosen, the Honors Program can provide on-campus housing, meal support and, in some circumstances, a stipend. <Link to Honors Program for more information>

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this is a 10-week summer research program to engage a diverse group of undergraduate students in first-class research projects.

Off-site

With the assistance of their student advisors, students often seek out and obtain valuable and field-relevant work experience away from the Clarkson University campuses with internships in a variety of settings, such as the following:

Medical environments (University of Massachusetts-School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), other colleges and universities, independent labs and research facilities (Trudeau Institute, Strong Memorial Hospital Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Swift Laboratories), and privately owned industries (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Mylan Technologies Inc., Procter & Gamble, Corning, Beckman Laser Institute).

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Other universities also host REU programs, and Clarkson Biomolecular Science students may have the opportunity to attend an REU program at Cornell, Columbia, Syracuse, Binghamton, or Boston University or Boston College, among others.

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