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What is biochemistry and molecular biology?

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.

Career paths

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 goals.

$1.7million in CASNR undergrad scholarships

awarded by the college and its departments annually

Student success

OSU Student, Hayden Linse, in front of Noble Research Center

“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.

 Biochem student using an OSU research opportunity

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