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School of Arts & Sciences

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Peter Turner, Dean; Jerry W. Gravander, Associate Dean

The School of Arts & Sciences provides the foundation for all of Clarkson’s degree programs and also offers distinctive majors and minors.

The School of Arts & Sciences offers an array of major programs. Some are in traditional disciplinary areas such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, History, and Psychology, while others, such as Biomolecular Science and Environmental Science & Policy, integrate knowledge from several disciplinary areas to address recently emerging issues. All benefit from Clarkson’s strengths in engineering and business, and all are focused on preparing students for graduate school, professional programs, and careers.

All Clarkson students complete the Clarkson Common Experience, which includes courses in science, mathematics, technology, and the humanities and social sciences. These are critical components of every degree program in the University, and through them students acquire the quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and effective communication skills and the basic scientific knowledge that are essential in their major programs and in their development as responsible citizens, effective professionals, and technological leaders.

Our rapidly changing and increasingly complex world makes it desirable for students to extend their education beyond the boundaries of their particular major. The School of Arts & Sciences provides students in all areas of the University the opportunity to do so through its numerous minor programs.

The School of Arts & Sciences has graduate programs in chemistry, computer science, information technology, mathematics, physics, and physical therapy. Faculty and students also participate in the interdisciplinary Environmental Science and Engineering program. Students in our undergraduate majors have the opportunity to enrich their educational experience by working in the research projects that are at the heart of the graduate programs.

Undergraduate Majors  
American Studies Environmental Science & Policy
Applied Mathematics & Statistics History
Aretê Humanities
Biology Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Biomolecular Science Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Chemistry Mathematics
Communication Physics
Computer Science Political Science
Digital Arts & Sciences Psychology
Environmental Health Science Software Engineering
Undergraduate Minors  
American Studies Information Technology
Biology International & Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Biomedical Engineering Literature & the Arts
Biomedical Science and Technology Mathematics
Biophysics Physics
Chemistry Political Science
Cognitive Neuroscience Communication
Computational Science Psychology
Computer Science Science, Technology & Society
Environmental Health Science Social Sciences
Environmental Policy Sociology
Environmental Science Software Engineering
History Statistics
Humanities War Studies
Graduate Programs  
Chemistry Mathematics
Computer Science Physical Therapy
Environmental Science and Engineering Physics
Information Technology  

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy
Clarkson offers an undergraduate Pre-PT concentration and a graduate degree program in Physical Therapy. Students interested in preparing for entrance into Clarkson’s Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program should contact the department at 315-268-3786.

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Veterinary Programs
Students may earn a degree in any major program and also prepare for careers in health sciences. Students interested in preparing for professional schools in dentistry, medicine or veterinary science should contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee in the dean’s office in the School of Arts & Sciences at 315-268-6544.

Pre-law advising is available for students in the School of Arts & Sciences to help them develop academic programs that will serve as a strong foundation for future legal studies. A list of pre-law advisors is available through the School of Business. The advisors provide counseling and information about law schools and careers in law. To foster a sense of professionalism and a better understanding of careers in law, interested students may participate in Clarkson's Pre-Law Society.

Other Curricular Opportunities

Clarkson’s curricula contain a number of elective courses. Furthermore, many students have room for additional courses through advanced placement, overloading, and by taking courses in the summer. Therefore students, in consultation with their advisors, have an opportunity to formulate academic programs that reflect individual interests, career goals, and areas of professional specialization via minors in all of Clarkson’s schools.

University Honors Program
Clarkson offers a four-year undergraduate University Honors Program for exceptionally talented students in any major. For more information call the director at 315-268-2290.

Co-ops and Internships
Students interested in gaining work experience while in college are encouraged to participate in the University Co-op or Internship Program. Please refer to University Outreach And Student Affairs for more details on these programs.

Study Abroad
Students interested in cultural and trade relations between the United States and other countries may participate in the University Study Abroad Program. Any sophomore may apply.

Bachelor of Professional Studies
An entering first-year or transfer student may create, in consultation with an academic advisor, a program uniquely tailored to meet special occupational or career objectives through the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree.

4+1 Program
Students majoring in Arts and Sciences may use their free electives to provide a foundation for entering a 4+1 program at Clarkson. Through this program, students complete a Master of Science in Management Systems or a Master of Business Administration with one year of coursework beyond the bachelor degree. Contact the Graduate Business Programs Office at 315-268-6613

Alternatively, students in the Sciences can use electives with some selective overloads to start senior year work towards an M.S. in one of the science disciplines, such as chemistry. Thus, within a five-year program, the student would receive both a B.S. and a thesis M.S. degree. This puts the student in a better competitive position for work or advanced graduate education.

Aretê: Business and Liberal Arts Double Major
This unique interdisciplinary option allows students to combine the study of liberal arts with business. Aretê is designed to couple the broadening perspective of the liberal arts with a solid background in business principles. The program emphasizes ethics and social responsibility, an appreciation of international perspectives, problem solving and critical thinking, oral and written communication, and individual values and goals clarification.

Upon graduation, Aretê students receive a B.S. degree with a double major in one of the School of Business programs and one of the Humanities or Social Sciences. During their undergraduate career, Aretê students are involved in the development of their own academic program. With the assistance of two advisors (one in the School of Business, one in Liberal Arts), students can match their personal interests and strengths to courses that promote individual development and cultivate business expertise.

Aretê emphasizes team-building by involving students in planning co-curricular activities, collaborating with faculty in selecting and designing special courses, and participating in development of the guidelines and policies of the program. Aretê offers a wide scope of experiences and opportunities and is well suited to students who seek educational breadth and want to take an energetic role in decisions that influence their personal development and professional goals.

Note: Students who are double majoring as Aretê designees are matriculated in the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies program or one of the four undergraduate programs within the School of Business (Global Supply Chain Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Financial Information and Analysis, or Information Systems & Business Processes.

Science Studies
Many students approach their first year having found all of their secondary school science courses fascinating and wishing to explore several fields more deeply before declaring a major. These students may choose to participate in the Science Studies option which provides students with an opportunity to learn more about programs within the School of Arts & Sciences prior to selecting a final program for continued study. Students taking advantage of this option work with an advisor to develop an individualized course schedule for the first semester, designed to facilitate explorations and to keep options open. These individualized programs may involve trade-offs in later course selection, but will not extend time required to obtain a degree.With assistance from their academic advisor, undergraduates will select an approved program which best suits their individual goals and objectives. Science Studies students are fully matriculated students at Clarkson University. For more information, contact the Science Studies advisor at 315-268-6544.

Graduate Programs
Clarkson offers master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry, mathematics and physics, computer science, and information technology. A professional program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy is also offered. See also Research and Academic Centers.


Professors Edward Moczydlowski – Bayard and Virginia Clarkson Chair in Biology, Craig Woodworth; Associate Professors Tom A. Langen, Michael Twiss; Assistant Professors Michelle Crimi, Alan Rossner, James Schulte, Kenneth Wallace, Carolyn Zanta

Chemistry and Biomolecular Science
Professors Dan Goia – CAMP Distinguished Professor, Philip K. Hopke – Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor, Evgeny Katz – Professor and Milton Kerker Chair of Colloid Chemistry, Yuzhuo Li, Egon Matijevic´ – Distinguished University Professor and Victor K. LaMer Chair, Sergiy Minko – Egon Matijevic´ Chair of Chemistry, Richard E. Partch – Senior University Professor; Associate Professors Phillip A. Christiansen, Larry Eno, Artem Melman, James C. Peploski – Director of Freshman Chemistry, Devon A. Shipp; Assistant Professors Silvana Andreescu, Costel Darie, Petr Zuman – Distinguished Emeritus Professor

Communication & Media
Professors Stephen D. Farina, Johndan Johnson-Eilola; Associate Professors W. Dennis Horn, Bill Karis; Assistant Professors Dave Beck, Bang Geul Han

Computer Science
Professors Christopher Lynch, James Lynch, Peter Turner; Associate Professors Alexis Maciel, Jeanna Neefe Matthews, Christino Tamon; Instructors Janice Searleman, Joachim Stahl

Humanities and Social Sciences
Professors Daniel Bradburd, David M. Craig, Joseph Duemer, Lewis P. Hinchman, John N. Serio, Bill Vitek, Sheila F. Weiss, Rick Welsh; Associate Professors Owen E. Brady, Ellen C. Caldwell, Laura E. Ettinger, Jerry W. Gravander, Annegret Staiger; Assistant Professors Lou Ann Lange, Sarah C. Melville, Christopher C. Robinson; Instructor Frances W. Bailey, Stephen Bird; Visiting Assistant Professor Kimberly DeFazio; Professor Emeritus Jan Wojcik

Professors Erik Bollt, Scott Fulton, Peter Turner; Associate Professors Brian Helenbrook; Assistant Professors Abbas Alhakim, Kathleen Fowler, Aaron Luttman, Sumona Mondal, Carmeliza Navasca, Takashi Nishikawa, Joseph Skufca; Instructor Michael Felland; Professor Emeritus M. Lawrence Glasser, Abdul Jerri, David Powers; Adjunct Research Assistant Professor Michael Shuckers

Physical Therapy
Associate Professors Don Ferguson, Scott Minor, Leslie Russek; Assistant Professors George Fulk; Clinical Assistant Professors Deanna Errico, Mary Alice Minor, Dana Olzenak, Stacey Zeigler

Professors Daniel ben-Avraham, Vladimir Privman – Robert A. Plane Chair, Dipankar Roy, Lawrence Schulman; Assistant Professor Maria Gracheva, David Wick – Director of First-Year Physics Program Visiting Assistant Professor

Professors Robert Dowman, Eugene M. Fodor; Assistant Professors Tom A. Langen, Tina Norton, Andreas Wilke; Adjunct Faculty Gary Kelly

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