Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
What is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?
Biochemistry and molecular biology is the central scientific discipline linking the chemical, physical and biological sciences. By applying concepts and methods of chemistry and physics to the fundamental problems of biology, biochemists have made great progress in their effort to understand the biochemical mechanisms of living organisms. This knowledge has been used to improve the quality of life and health care by producing therapeutic drugs, increasing agricultural yield and providing a cleaner environment.
Why Study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?
Major discoveries on the biochemistry of genetic material have produced the tools of molecular biology that are essential to contemporary life sciences research. 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. You will learn protein biochemistry and the basis of recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering. 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.
What Could I Do With a Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?
Within biochemistry and molecular biology, you have the option to select a predefined emphasis area or work with your faculty advisor to customize your plan of study.
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BSAG)
Provides a broad background in chemistry and biological sciences and permits flexibility in meeting your particular interests.
- Pre-Medical or Pre-Veterinary Science
Science heavy curriculum helps you meet requirements for post-graduate attendance of veterinary or medical school, while also preparing you for careers involving biochemistry.
Finish in 4
For each undergraduate degree program in CASNR, we have prepared example plans of how you may successfully complete your degree plan in four years.
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.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Highlight
The OSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosts and sponsors the Proteomics, Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics core facilities. These facilities provide sophisticated biochemical analyses, vend specialized molecular biology tools and manage 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.
About the Department
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Students in the department 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.
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.
Contact the Department
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
246C Noble Research Center
Oklahoma State University
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