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Degree Programs

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Bachelor’s Degree Majors
All bachelor's degree programs at Clarkson require completion of 120 credit hours and the learning expectations of the Clarkson Common Experience. In addition to traditional discipline-specific degrees, Clarkson offers majors that combine work from at least two different fields so that students can broaden their areas of expertise.

A description of each degree program and its requirements can be found below. The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) code designated by the New York State Education Department for classifying these academic programs can be found on the listing of majors by HEGIS code page. Clarkson offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the following majors:

Arts & Sciences Business
American Studies Financial Information & Analysis
Applied Mathematics & Statistics Global Supply Chain Management
Biology Information Systems & Business Processes
Biomolecular Science Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Chemistry Engineering & Management
Computer Science Engineering
Digital Arts & Sciences Aeronautical Engineering
Environmental Health Science Chemical Engineering
Environmental Science & Policy Civil Engineering
History Computer Engineering
Humanities Electrical Engineering
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Environmental Engineering
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Mechanical Engineering
Liberal Arts and Business Double Major (Arête) Software Engineering
Political Science  

Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS)
In addition to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, Clarkson offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program to provide flexibility and interdisciplinary study. The BPS enables a student to design and pursue an individual curriculum that meets personal career objectives. Programs may be designed in any discipline or by combining disciplines offered at Clarkson.

Double Major, Second Degree, and Dual Degree
Undergraduates may also enhance an academic major by combining it with a second major. This may lead to a single bachelor’s degree with a double major, to two bachelor’s degrees, or to a dual degree.

To complement and enrich bachelor’s degree programs, Clarkson also enables students to assemble coursework in designated minor programs. Such minors provide students with another area of specialization outside their major. Minors require 15 or more credit hours of specified coursework. Completion of an approved minor is indicated on a student’s transcript.

Arts & Sciences Business
American Studies Business
Biology Economics
Chemistry Law Studies
Cognitive Neuroscience Quality-based Project Management
Computational Science Engineering
Computer Science Electrical Engineering
History Engineering Science
Humanities Software Engineering
International and Cross-Cultural Perspectives Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering 
Literature and the Arts Interdisciplinary
Mathematics Biomedical Engineering
Physics Biomedical Science and Technology
Political Science Environmental Health and Science
Psychology Environmental Policy
Science, Technology and Society Environmental Science
Social Sciences Information Technology
Sociology Statistics
Software Engineering  

*Humanities and Social Sciences also offers disciplinary minors and student-designed minors not in the above list. See Minors in Humanities and Social Sciences or contact the chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at 315-268-6410.

Professional Concentrations
Undergraduate students may build an area of specialized expertise termed a professional concentration within — or closely related to — their degree program major. Such concentrations require at least 15 credit hours of coursework. Successful completion of a faculty-approved concentration is indicated on a student’s transcript. Course requirements vary and interested students should consult with academic advisers.

The following professional concentrations have been designated.

Architectural Engineering  
Biomolecular Engineering  
Construction Engineering Management  
Environmental Engineering  
Manufacturing Engineering  
Materials Engineering  
Structural Engineering  

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 dean's office in the School of Arts & Sciences at 315-268-6544.

Pre-Physical Therapy Undergraduate Concentration Leading to the Graduate Physical Therapy Professional Curriculum
All students admitted to the undergraduate pre-physical therapy professional concentration have a space reserved for them in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, providing all prerequisite courses are completed at an appropriate level of performance. Students interested in preparing for entrance into Clarkson’s Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program should contact the Department of Health Sciences at 315-268-3786. (see Programs in Physical Therapy.)

Graduate Degree Programs
For information regarding admission requirements, the application process, or financial assistance, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships, see the Graduate School. For information about specific programs, contact schools through the addresses shown on p. 1 of this catalog. The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) code designated by the New York State Education Department for classifying these academic programs can be found on the Majors page.

Clarkson University offers the following graduate degrees:

Master of Business Administration Master of Science
Master of Engineering Mathematics
Chemical Engineering Physics
Civil Engineering Doctor of Philosophy
Electrical Engineering Chemistry
Mechanical Engineering Mathematics
Master of Science Physics
Chemical Engineering Doctor of Physical Therapy
Electrical Engineering Master of Science
Engineering Science Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering Engineering and Global Operations Management
Doctor of Philosophy Environmental Science and Engineering
Chemical Engineering Information Technology
Civil and Environmental Engineering Doctor of Philosophy
Electrical and Computer Engineering Environmental Science and Engineering 
Engineering Science
Mechanical Engineering  

Clarkson is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, 215-662-5606. The undergraduate programs in aeronautical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical, and software engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). Students who have completed at least three years towards a bachelor’s degree in engineering are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination toward licensure as professional engineers. The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The graduate physical therapy professional curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In addition, the University is accredited by the United States Civil Service Commission, and its curricula are approved by the New York State Board of Regents. All Clarkson degree programs are approved by the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.