The biomolecular science program consists of 84 credits hours. This includes 24 credit hours in biology, 31 credit hours in chemistry, 17 credit hours in mathematics and physics, and 12 credit hours in professional experiences and program-targeted electives. 20 credit hours are in free electives and 15 credit hours are in the Clarkson Common Experience curriculum.
Clarkson Common Experience
The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
FY100 First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar (3 credits)
Biomolecular Science Core Requirements
Students are required to complete the following courses:
- BY140 Biology I: Inheritance, Evolution and Diversity
- BY160 Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology
- BY162 Biology II Laboratory (2 credits)
- BY214 Genetics
- BY412 Molecular Biology Laboratory (4 credits)
- BY450 Biochemistry I
- BY451 Biochemistry II
- BY470 Biochemistry & Biotechnology Laboratory
- CM103* Structure and Bonding
- CM104* Chemical Equilibrium and Dynamics
- CM105* Chemistry Laboratory I (2 credits)
- CM106* Chemistry Laboratory II (2 credits)
- CM221 Spectroscopy
- CM223 Spectroscopy Laboratory
- CM241 Organic Chemistry I
- CM242 Organic Chemistry II
- CM244 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
- CM371 Physical Chemistry I
- CM372 Physical Chemistry II
- MA131 Calculus I
- MA132 Calculus II
- PH131 Physics I (4 credits)
- PH132 Physics II (4 credits)
* CM131 and CM132 may be used to satisfy the first-year chemistry requirement for the Biomolecular Science Degree
The professional experience can include directed research with any Biology, Chemistry & Biomolecular Science or other university faculty in program-related fields, such as genetics, proteomics, biomaterials, biosensors, and drug synthesis and delivery, including that with nanostructured materials. This requirement can also be met by participating in external internships or co-ops in medical, research or industry environments, such as the University of Massachusetts-School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Trudeau Institute, Swift Laboratories, Strong Memorial Hospital Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Procter & Gamble, or other similar locations.
Directed research in department research labs with biomolecular science faculty: physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, materials and colloid chemistryments, other colleges and universities, independent labs and research facilities, privately owned industries.
Biomolecular Science Core Electives:
Students must complete 12 professional elective credits. The following courses fulfil this:
- Biology (BY) or Chemistry (CM) courses at 300-level or higher
- Business or Biomedical Science course approved by advisor
Statistics and Probability Elective
Students are required to take one Statistics and Probability (STAT) 3-credit course.
Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students will have at least 12 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives to satisfy the Clarkson Common Experience requirements.
Students will have approximately 20 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.