The Sciences at Clark

  • Earth, moon and sun from space
  • DNA markers
  • Fractals
  • Chemist in lab
  • Wind turbines
  • Numeric data
  • DNA
  • Fungi
  • Particles
  • Circuit board
  • Sound waves

Pursuing new scientific discoveries is all in a day's work at Clark. The LEED Gold Certified Lasry Center for Biological Sciences (completed 2005), Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center (1984) and the Physics, Math and Computer Science Building (renovated 2005) allow faculty, undergraduates and graduate students to continue and enhance their research into such areas as the fundamentals of marine biology, mycology, cell division, molecular structure and particle movement. Their research could lead us to a new understanding of the world at its most fundamental levels. We invite you to learn more about the sciences at Clark by exploring the links in the right-hand sidebar.

Our undergraduate science curriculum

The goal of Clark's undergraduate science curriculum is three-fold:

1) to prepare science majors to be innovative researchers involved in cutting-edge science by their senior year.

2) to encourage more students to major in the sciences

3) to help all students develop curiosity about the natural world and, through exposure to scientific tools and methods of inquiry, help students develop creative and critical thinking skills supportive of their work in other disciplines.

To achieve these goals, Clark draws on its dual identity as both a liberal-arts college and a small research university that offers doctoral programs in biology, chemistry and physics. The science curriculum at Clark

  • Fosters the progressive development of knowledge and research skills
  • Incorporates an inquiry-based approach to investigate the natural world
  • Uses research as platform for teaching inquiry-based skills
  • Provides a collaborative learning environment where undergraduates can work alongside faculty and graduate students on meaningful, often interdisciplinary, research. Some undergraduates coauthor scholarly papers with faculty.

If you are passionate about scientific discovery, then engaging in original research projects, such as those here at Clark or at other nearby research institutions (e.g. University of Massachusetts Medical School) will put you at the frontiers of science, provide you the satisfaction of advancing our understanding of the world around us, and help to set you apart from other students across the nation with whom you may soon be competing for jobs, spots in medical schools, or graduate programs.

Preprofessional programs

Interested students can also take advantage of our 3/2 engineering option and extensive pre-health career advising program. If you plan to major in biology or a related field you may be eligible to enroll in programs at Worcester's Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences leading to a B.S. in Nursing, a master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies, or a Doctor of Pharmacy.