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Biology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (QS) Potsdam, NY, United States
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  • A rigorous but flexible curriculum: Our biology curriculum focuses teaching and research on how biological systems function and interact. It revolves around three main areas: health science, the environment, and molecular biology. First- and second-year courses provide interactive classroom and laboratory experiences in the fundamentals of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as math and liberal arts. Third and fourth year courses allow students to specialize in one or more areas.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving: Many of our laboratories and courses are inquiry-based. Under close guidance of faculty, you learn how to ask key questions, interpret data, and find answers on your own. All Clarkson biology majors have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on important, relevant biological research problems. In addition to being dedicated teachers, all of our faculty members are engaged in cutting-edge research. In the research lab, you will learn how to identify problems, design experiments to address them, critically analyze data, and communicate your findings.
  • Research opportunities in biology: All of our students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for faculty-guided research projects, including cancer of human epithelia caused by papillomavirus, behavioral ecology and conservation biology, and the development of the digestive system in zebrafish.
  • Biology Honors Society: We also have an active chapter of the national Tri-beta National Biological Honors Society. District and regional meetings provide opportunity for students to present research papers. Awards are given for outstanding individual and chapter accomplishment. Visit Clarkson’s Tri-beta chapter’s Facebook page to learn more.


Clarkson University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank course levels and areas of studies matrix below for further details. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Microbiology or Medical Microbiology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Animal Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

International students:

  • Common Application
  • Official secondary school transcript, mark sheets, and national exam scores (if applicable).
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT score reports
  • Clarkson SAT code: 2084
  • Clarkson ACT code: 2698
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports, if English is not your first language
  • Certification of Finances Form (PDF)
  • Copy of your current passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    64018 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 64018 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    64018 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 64018 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Potsdam

  • 892 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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