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Chemistry

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What can you do with a Chemistry degree?

A Chemistry degree opens many opens many opportunities for you! Many of our recent graduates have gone on to graduate school or found jobs in industrial labs. You can also go on to business school or law school to become a patent attorney. See our careers page for more information.

I'm interested in being a pharmacist. Should I study chemistry? 

Yes, but we recommend you complete the Biochemistry, Pre-Pharmacy degree plan. It was created for students planning to attend pharmacy school upon graduation. Open the Biochemistry, Pre-Pharmacy tab on this page for more information. 

Who can I ask for more information?

Contact Dr. Prilliman, Chair of Chemistry, at sgprilliman@okcu.edu.

Chemistry (B.S.) Major Requirements
Credit Hours

53
Required Chemistry Courses
35 Credit Hours
CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab
1

CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II1
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 3303 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis3
CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab2
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 3141 Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 3503 Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab1
CHEM 3603 Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 4861 Chemistry Capstone 1
CHEM 4991 Chemistry Research 1
Required Math Courses8
MATH 2004 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 2104 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Required Physics Courses 10
PHYS 2104 University Physics I4
PHYS 2141 University Physics Lab1
PHYS 2204 University Physics II4
PHYS 2241 University Physics II Lab1

Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Biochemistry image

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you do with a Biochemistry degree? A Biochemistry degree opens many opportunities for you! You can attend medical school, dental school, graduate school, law school or work in a lab. See our careers page for more information.

I’m interested in being a pharmacist. Should I study biochemistry? Yes, but we recommend you complete the Biochemistry, Pre-Pharmacy degree plan. It was created for students planning to attend pharmacy school upon graduation.

Why are there two degree plans listed? In Fall 2013 we made several small revisions to the degree plan to help make the degree more flexible for our students.  Generally speaking you graduate under the catalog you matriculated under.  Speak to your advisor for details.

Who can I ask for more information? Contact Dr. Prilliman, Chair of Chemistry, sgprilliman@okcu.edu.

 

B.S. BIOCHEMISTRY (for those matriculating Fall 2013 and after)

Major Requirements Credit Hours: 70

Required Chemistry Courses - 39 Credit hours  

CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3303 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3141  Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3503 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 3714 General Biochemistry
CHEM 4403 Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 4861 Chemistry Capstone
CHEM 4991 Chemistry Research

Required Biology Courses - 19 credit hours

BIOL 1214 Fundamentals of Biology
BIOL 3003 Genetics
BIOL 4214 Molecular Biology
8 hours of any BIOL 3000 or 4000 level excluding BIOL 3103

Required Physics Courses - 8 credit hours

PHYS 1503 General Physics I
PHYS 1541 General Physics I Lab
PHYS 1603 General Physics II
PHYS 1641 General Physics II Lab

Required Math Course - 4 credit hours

MATH 2004 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

B.S. Biochemistry (for those matriculating before Fall 2013)

Major Requirements Credit Hours: 73 hrs
Required Chemistry Courses - 37 hrs

CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3141 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 3242 Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 3503 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 3714 General Biochemistry
CHEM 4403 Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 4862 Chemistry Capstone
CHEM 4991 Chemistry Research

Required Biology Courses - 12 hrs
BIOL 1214 Fundamentals of Biology

Choice of one of the following combinations:
BIOL 2214 General Botany or
BIOL 3114 General Microbiology or
BIOL 2414 General Zoology
And either:
BIOL 3514 Cell Biology or
BIOL 4214 Molecular Biology

Required Physics Courses - 8 hrs
PHYS 1503 General Physics I
PHYS 1541 General Physics I Lab
PHYS 1603 General Physics II
PHYS 1641 General Physics II Lab

Required Math Course - 4 hrs
MATH 2004 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

12 credits must be selected from the following biology or chemistry elective courses: 12 hrs
Biology Electives - 12 hrs

BIOL 3003 Genetics
BIOL 3041 Genetics Lab
BIOL 3414 Comparative Physiology
BIOL 4314 Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology
BIOL 4991-8 Research
Chemistry Elective - 2 hrs
CHEM 4442 Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry


Biochemistry, Pre-Pharmacy

B.S. in Biochemistry, Pre-Pharmacy

Frequently Asked Questions Biochemistry - Pre-Pharmacy imageWhat can you do with a Biochemistry, Pre-Pharmacy degree?This degree plan was created for students planning to attend pharmacy school upon graduation.

The pharmacy school I want to attend does not require this many courses. Why should I take them? Some pharmacy schools have minimal requirements to accommodate a wide range of applicants. However, pharmacy schools tell us that students should take as many rigorous science courses as possible to prepare for success in pharmacy school. Courses for this major were also chosen to help prepare students for the PCAT (the pharmacy entrance exam).

Couldn’t I apply to pharmacy school without a bachelors degree?Technically yes, but admission to pharmacy school is competative and most of those admitted to pharmacy school have completed their B.S. degree.

Who can I ask for more information? Contact Dr. Prilliman, Chair of Chemistry.

BIOCHEMISTRY, PRE-PHARMACY (B.S.) Major Requirements Credit Hours: 71

Required Chemistry Courses − 39 credit hours
CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3303 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3141 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3503 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 3714 General Biochemistry
CHEM 4403 Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 4861 Chemistry Capstone
CHEM 4991 Chemistry Research

Required Biology Courses – 20 credit hours
BIOL 1214 Fundamentals of Biology
BIOL 3114 General Microbiology
BIOL 2003 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2041 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
BIOL 2103 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2141 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4 hours of any BIOL 3000 or 4000 level excluding BIOL 3103

Required Physics Courses 
– 8 credit hours

PHYS 1503 General Physics I
PHYS 1541 General Physics I Lab
PHYS 1603 General Physics II
PHYS 1641 General Physics II Lab

Required Math Course – 4 credit hours
MATH 2004 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Chemistry Education

If you ask chemists what motivated them to become scientists they will almost always tell you it was because of their high school chemistry teacher. The Chemsitry Education Bachelors of Science degree prepares students to be certified high school chemistry teachers who motivate and inspire their students to have a love and a deep understanding of chemistry.

 

Course of Study

Chemistry courses (26 credit hours)
CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3141 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3303 Inorganic Chemistry

Additional science coursework (9 credit hours)
PHYS 1503 General Physics I
PHYS 1541 General Physics I Lab
PHYS 1603 General Physics II
PHYS 1641 General Physics II Lab
SCI 1041 Integrated Science Lab

Education classes (30 credit hours)
EDUC 2001 Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 3103 Human Development
EDUC 3113 Psychology and Assessment of Learning
EDUC 3213 Students with Exceptionalities
EDUC 4413 Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 4433 Methods of Teaching Science
EDUC 4512 Classroom Management
EDUC 4664 Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 4739 Student Teaching Secondary

Minor in Chemistry

Frequently asked questions

Why should I minor in Chemistry? Many reasons. Getting a minor in a difficult subject like Chemistry adds academic rigor and breadth to your education. It demonstrates to medical and graduate schools or your future employer that you are serious about learning science. 

Who can minor in Chemistry? Anyone except Chemistry or Biochemistry majors. Many of our minors are Biology or Environmental Studies majors since the programs overlap significantly, but the minor is open to anyone.

How do I minor in Chemistry? You have to declare your minor in order for it to show up on your transcript. Merely taking the required classes is not enough. You need to fill out the “Change in Academic Status” form and have it signed by the chair for Chemistry (Dr. Prilliman).

Who can I ask for more information? You can talk to Dr. Prilliman (Department Chair of Chemistry), any of the Chemistry faculty or your academic advisor.

What classes do I need to take? Funny you should ask! The class list is below. Briefly, you need General Chemistry I and II (with labs), Organic Chemistry I and II (with labs) plus one more lab-based course beyond that.

 

MINOR IN CHEMISTRY: 22-23 credit hours

CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3141 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry II Lab

One of the following laboratory courses: 4-5 credit hours
CHEM 2104 Environmental Chemistry
or
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis and CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab
or
CHEM 3503 Physical Chemistry I and CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab
or
CHEM 3603 Physical Chemistry II and CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab