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B.S. Degree in Biochemistry

Biochemistry imageFrequently 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 DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
(for those matriculating Fall 2013 and after)

Major Requirements: 70 Credit Hours

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

<p><strong>Required Chemistry Courses - 39 Credit hours  </strong></p>
<p>CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I<br>
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab<br>
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II<br>
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab<br>
CHEM 3303 Inorganic Chemistry<br>
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis<br>
CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab<br>
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I<br>
CHEM 3141  Organic Chemistry I Lab<br>
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II<br>
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry II Lab<br>
CHEM 3503 Physical Chemistry I<br>
CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab<br>
CHEM 3714 General Biochemistry<br>
CHEM 4403 Advanced Biochemistry<br>
CHEM 4861 Chemistry Capstone<br>
CHEM 4991 Chemistry Research</p>
<p><strong>Required Biology Courses - 19 credit hours
</strong></p>
<p>BIOL 1214 Fundamentals of Biology<br>
BIOL 3003 Genetics<br>
BIOL 4214 Molecular Biology <br>
8 hours of any BIOL 3000 or 4000 level excluding BIOL 3103</p>
<p><strong>Required Physics Courses - 8 credit hours
</strong></p>
<p>PHYS 1503 General Physics I<br>
PHYS 1541 General Physics I Lab<br>
PHYS 1603 General Physics II<br>
PHYS 1641 General Physics II Lab</p>
<p><strong>Required Math Course - 4 credit hours </strong></p>
<p>MATH 2004 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I</p>
<p><strong>B.S. Biochemistry</strong> (for those matriculating before Fall 2013)</p>
<p><strong>Major Requirements Credit Hours: 73 hrs<br>
Required Chemistry Courses - 37 hrs</strong><br>
CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I<br>
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab<br>
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II<br>
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab<br>
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis<br>
CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab<br>
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I<br>
CHEM 3141 Organic Chemistry I Lab<br>
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II<br>
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry Lab II<br>
CHEM 3242 Organic Chemistry Lab<br>
CHEM 3503 Physical Chemistry I<br>
CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab<br>
CHEM 3714 General Biochemistry<br>
CHEM 4403 Advanced Biochemistry<br>
CHEM 4862 Chemistry Capstone<br>
CHEM 4991 Chemistry Research<br><br><strong>Required Biology Courses - 12 hrs</strong><br>
BIOL 1214 Fundamentals of Biology<br><br><strong>Choice of one of the following combinations:</strong><br>
BIOL 2214 General Botany or<br>
BIOL 3114 General Microbiology or<br>
BIOL 2414 General Zoology<br>
And either:<br>
BIOL 3514 Cell Biology or<br>
BIOL 4214 Molecular Biology<br><br><strong>Required Physics Courses - 8 hrs</strong><br>
PHYS 1503 General Physics I<br>
PHYS 1541 General Physics I Lab<br>
PHYS 1603 General Physics II<br>
PHYS 1641 General Physics II Lab<br><br><strong>Required Math Course - 4 hrs</strong><br>
MATH 2004 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I<br><br><strong>12 credits must be selected from the following biology or chemistry elective courses: 12 hrs<br>
Biology Electives - 12 hrs</strong><br>
BIOL 3003 Genetics<br>
BIOL 3041 Genetics Lab<br>
BIOL 3414 Comparative Physiology<br>
BIOL 4314 Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology<br>
BIOL 4991-8 Research<br><strong>Chemistry Elective - 2 hrs</strong><br>
CHEM 4442 Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry</p>
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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 Requirements (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

YOU QUALIFY FOR FINANCIAL AID

If you score above a 22 on the ACT/100 SAT with a 3.0 GPA, you qualify for: 

Academic scholarships from $1,700–$8,000 per year

Departmental scholarships from $3,000–$11,000 per year

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