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Biology at Oklahoma City University

The OCU Difference

Science students at Oklahoma City University enjoy small classes sizes, classes and labs taught by professors (never by graduate Teaching Assistants), faculty advisors who guide students through their curricular paths and through preparation for graduate school or employment applications, and a high rate of acceptance into graduate and professional programs of their choice.

Degree Options

Each of the four B.S. degree programs offered through the Department of Biology provides a broad liberal arts background as well as thorough training in biological sciences.

B.S. in Biology: Our traditional major offers a thorough grounding in the biological sciences and prepares students for a variety of career paths, including graduate studies and employment in areas such as veterinary medicine and animal care, conservation biology, and wildlife management.

B.S. in Biology Education: This major provides a solid foundation in biology and includes all the education courses required for licensure and certification to teach Biology at the secondary (grades 6 through 12) level.

B.S. in Biomedical Science: This major is designed to include the prerequisites necessary for students pursuing graduate studies and careers in allied health fields, including Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Optometry, and others.

B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology: Our most rigorous major, this program prepares students to pursue graduate study and careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and biomedical research.

Biology Faculty

In addition to their professional expertise, our faculty has a strong commitment to teaching students, spending late hours and weekends helping students achieve their best.  The Biology faculty has wide-ranging expertise in the areas of biochemistry, botany, zoology, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and primate behavior. Students have opportunities to engage in research with faculty in these areas.  Check out the Faculty page for more information on the faculty and biology research opportunities.

Biological Research @ OCU

Our students have the opportunity to pursue undergraduate research and present your findings at local, regional, and national meetings. Students have also participated in unique summer research positions at places ranging from the California Academy of Sciences to MIT, Harvard University, and places in between.  Check out the Research page for more information on undergraduate research opportunities.

Alumni Success

Numerous Biology graduate success stories, including two recent Goldwater Scholarship recipients, a student awarded an internship at Harvard University and numerous fellowship recipients for summer research and for graduate study at programs across the U.S.

Beta Beta Beta 

Oklahoma City University is the birthplace of the Alpha Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honorary Society, established in 1922, which hosts numerous events that feature the nation’s leading scientific experts, cutting-edge research, and topics such as medical school admission. Check out the TriBeta page for more info.

Contact us:

Dr. Adam Ryburn, Acting Chair & Professor
OCU Biology
2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73064
Telephone (405) 208-5044