Chemistry Department  
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

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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

Twelve 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