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Health Professions Concentration

Students considering a career in the health professions will find it easy to tailor the biology major to fit their needs. Those studying to become physicians, physician assistants/associates, occupational therapists, dentists, veterinarians, nurses, or physical therapists will follow the standard biology curriculum while choosing among health-related courses to fulfill the electives in their majors. Clarkson has a large number of courses on medically-related topics, including health psychology, medical anthropology, medical history, bioethics and medical ethics, and sociology with health applications. 

Biology students interested in health professions appreciate our Human Anatomy and Physiology courses, which include a human cadaver lab and a high-tech sensor-based human physiology lab. We have introduced a new internship at Canton – Potsdam Hospital called the Community Health Coaches program. Some students do a semester of study and research at the Trudeau Institute, a center of research on infectious disease in Saranac Lake, New York. Students participate in health professional organizations such as the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Minority Association of Prehealth Students, Animal Science Club, Doctors without Borders, and Emergency Responders Club.

If you are considering professional school, you will also want to reserve time for clinical or health-related experience during your first three undergraduate years. For example, many of our pre-medical students serve on the Clarkson Emergency Medical Service or Potsdam Rescue Squad, and pre-dental students typically work in the office of local dentists.

Additionally, students bound for professional studies should consider doing one or more semesters of independent research. Many students secure summer research experiences through the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU). Some of our students do research at Clarkson as McNair Scholars, LSAMP Scholars or other programs.

If you are bound for medical, dental, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, or veterinary school, you will meet with Professor Carolyn Zanta, our pre-professional advisor, on a regular basis throughout your undergraduate career. The pre-professional advisor helps you prepare your application, provides guidelines for studying for the MCATs or GREs, helps arrange clinical experience, and gives you focus on obtaining your goals.

Clarkson students planning to enter our Physician Assistant or Occupational Therapy programs will be assigned a faculty advisor and will take some specialized health care courses as part of their electives. Information regarding the Pre-PA and Pre-OT programs is on-line.

Clarkson students planning to enter our Physical Therapy program will be assigned a PT faculty advisor and will take some specialized Pre-PT health care courses as part of their electives.

Health Sciences-Related Biology Electives (partial list):

  • BY310 Developmental Biology (3 credits)
  • BY320/322 Microbiology/Lab (4 credits)
  • BY350/352 Comparative Anatomy /Lab (4 credits)
  • BY358 Animal Learning & Cognition (3 credits)
  • BY360/362 Physiology/Lab (4 credits)
  • BY416(IH416) Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3 credits)
  • BY440 Introduction to Biomedical Rehabilitation Engineering and Science (3 credits)
  • BY444(CM444) Medicinal Chemistry (3 credits)
  • BY448 Medical Microbiology (3 credits)
  • BY452 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • BY454(PY454) Physiological Psychology (3 credits)
  • BY455 Cell and Molecular Biology of Cancer (3 credits)
  • BY458 Cognitive Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • BY460 Neurobiology (3 credits)
  • BY476 Current Topics in Biology and Medicine (3 credits)
  • BY419 Immunobiology (3 credits)
  • BY 471/BY 473 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (5 credits)
  • BY 472/BY 474 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (5 credits)
  • BY480 Advanced Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • BY486 Molecular Biotechnology (3 credits)
  • BY488 Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (3 credits)
  • BY482 Molecular Genetics (3 credits)
  • BY486 Molecular Biotechnology (3 credits)
  • BY486 Molecular Biotechnology (3 credits)
  • PT360 Kinesiology I: Concepts of Human Movement (3 credits)
  • PT460 Kinesiology II: Functional Anatomy (3 credits)