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
Major code BS3316
Faculty Contact: Dr. Lauren McMills, director of general chemistry
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.
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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.
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
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
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
- 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