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

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.

Social Documentation: Communication and Humanities/Social Sciences Integrated Double Major
This new and innovative option invites students to combine their interests in learning and using cutting-edge technology with a solid base in the social sciences (history, political science, anthropology and sociology) or the humanities (literature, film and philosophy). Social Documentation (SD) emphasizes creativity, flexibility and versatility, allowing students to pursue a broad span of interests leading to careers in filmmaking, writing, web-based technologies, radio and TV, or governmental and non-governmental agencies.  Guided by their SD advisor, students choose courses in both their majors that reflect their own interests and future plans; additionally, they take a series of core courses in common with all other SD majors to gain the research, technical and rhetorical skills they will need for career success.  (For further information, see the Social Documentation Curriculum.)

Aretê: Business and Liberal Arts Double Major
This unique interdisciplinary option allows students to combine the study of the liberal arts with business. Aretê is designed to unite the broadening perspectives of the liberal arts with a solid grounding 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 combining one of the business majors with one of the liberal arts disciplines. During their undergraduate careers, 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.  (For further information, see the Aretê Program Curriculum.)

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, computer science, mathematics, 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, Kenneth Wallace; Assistant Professor James Schulte; Visiting Assistant Professor Carolyn Zanta

Chemistry and Biomolecular Science
Professors Dan Goia – CAMP Distinguished Professor, Evgeny Katz – Milton Kerker Chair of Colloid Chemistry, Yuzhuo Li - Distinguished Research Professor, 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, Steven M. Pedersen

Computer Science
Professors Christopher Lynch, James Lynch; Associate Professors Alexis Maciel, Jeanna Neefe Matthews, Christino Tamon; Assistant Professor Joachim Stahl; Instructor Janice Searleman

Humanities and Social Sciences
Professors Daniel Bradburd, Owen E. Brady, Joseph Duemer, Bill Vitek, Sheila F. Weiss, Rick Welsh; Associate Professors Ellen C. Caldwell, Laura E. Ettinger, Jerry W. Gravander, Sarah C. Melville, Christopher C. Robinson, Annegret Staiger; Assistant Professors Stephen Bird, Stephen Casper, Michael Garcia, Alexandra Hennessy, Lou Ann Lange, Felicity Palmer; Instructor Frances W. Bailey; Visiting Assistant Professor Jennifer Ball, Meredith Marchioni, JoAnn Rogers, Kolson Schlosser; Professor Emeritus Lewis P. Hinchman, John N. Serio, Jan Wojcik

Professors Erik Bollt, Scott Fulton; Associate Professors Kathleen Fowler, Brian Helenbrook, Joseph Skufca; Assistant Professors Jason Howell, Aaron Luttman, Sumona Mondal, Carmeliza Navasca, Takashi Nishikawa; Visiting Assistant Professor Russell Prime; Instructor Michael Felland, Sara Morrison; 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; Clinical Associate Professor Stacey Zeigler; Assistant Professors George Fulk; Clinical Assistant Professors Deanna Errico, Vicki LaFay, Mary Alice Minor

Physician Assistant Studies
Clinical Associate Professor and Chair Michael Whitehead; Clinical Assistant Professors Jeremy Welsh, Keith Young

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

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

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