Biochemistry and molecular biology is the scientific discipline linking the chemical,
physical and biological sciences. By applying concepts of chemistry and physics to
the problems of biology, biochemists work to make progress in an effort to understand
the biochemical mechanisms of living organisms.
Why biochemistry and molecular biology at OSU?
OSU has the only American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology accredited
biochemistry and molecular biology program in the state. The program is one of only
a handful in the entire country. All of our degree tracks help prepare you for an
excellent career in science or in any of the professional health care fields, including
medicine and veterinary science.
As a biochemistry and molecular biology major, you will build a strong foundation
in physical and biological sciences as we tailor your education to meet your career
$1.7million in CASNR undergrad scholarships
awarded by the college and its departments annually
“My favorite part of the classes I’m taking is they are so hands-on. You’re
learning new things and doing novel research that is getting published in papers and
people are using across the world.”
- Hayden Linse Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosts and sponsors the Genomics
and Proteomics facility. This facility provides sophisticated biochemical analyses,
vend specialized molecular biology tools and manages a pod of multi-user instruments.
The three scientists that staff the facility have more than seven decades of cumulative
experience in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Faculty mentoring program
In an effort to provide students with additional career and academic advice, the department’s
faculty-mentoring program provides students with quality time with one of many outstanding
faculty members. Meetings with faculty members give new students the opportunity to
find out how faculty completed their education and what motivated them to be the professional
they are today. Faculty advisors in the department also help students apply for summer
internships nationwide and draw from their own experiences to provide them with both
research training and personal mentoring.
Undergraduate research opportunities
Students in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are encouraged to
participate in a guided research experience. Students can become involved with a research
laboratory as early as they wish, even in their freshman year. The experience helps
students begin to learn how to think like a scientist.