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Chemistry—Biochemistry Major (B.S.)

  • Preparation for graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, or immunology
  • Preparation for graduate school in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy
  • Preparation for careers as biochemist or health scientist
  • Preparation for careers in research or industry

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Major code BS3316

Sample Curriculum

Faculty Contact: Dr. Lauren McMills, director of general chemistry

Program Overview

The biochemistry major serves students who have an interest in biological applications of chemistry as a biochemist or health scientist in medicine, industry, or research; as preparation for graduate studies in biochemistry or another life science, such as molecular biology, microbiology, or immunology; or as preparation for combining a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc., with research.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Students with a B.S. degree in biochemistry can go on to a wide variety of higher education and career opportunities such as research, industry or medicine.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change to Program Policy: Students wishing to change or add a chemistry major or minor at Ohio University should go to the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences located on the first floor of Wilson Hall (College Green).

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

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Biochemistry Major-Departmental Requirements

  • Complete a total of 40 semester hours of CHEM coursework, including the following:
  • CHEM 1510 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1520 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 2410 - Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis and Electrochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 2410L - Analytical Chemistry I Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHEM 3050 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3060 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3080 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHEM 3090 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credit Hours: 2.0
  • CHEM 3510 - Physical Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3760 - Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4310 - Analytical Chemistry II: Chromatography and Spectroscopy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4310L - Analytical Chemistry II Lab Credit Hours: 2.0
  • CHEM 4901 - Biochemistry I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4902 - Biochemistry II Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4903 - Biochemical Techniques Credit Hours: 2.0

Extra-departmental Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • BIOS 1700 - Biological Sciences I: Molecules and Cells Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1705 - Biological Sciences I: Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 1710 - Biological Sciences II: Ecology, Evolution, Animal Body Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1715 - Biological Sciences II Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 3100 - General Genetics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3430: Principles of Physiology (3 credits) and BIOS 3435: Principles of Physiology Laboratory (2 credits)
  • BIOS 4260 - Molecular Genetics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • or
  • PBIO 4500 - Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 2301 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 2302 - Calculus II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PHYS 2001 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PHYS 2002 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0

Chemistry Materials Fee

All chemistry laboratory courses have a consumable materials fee. In addition, students must purchase a $20 breakage card from the Office of the Bursar, the unused portion of which will be refunded.

 

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