All undergraduates majoring in Biochemistry and Biophysics are required to complete courses in biology, physics with calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, scientific communication, mathematics, experimental chemistry and biochemistry laboratory training.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. Faculty advisors guide students to integrate undergraduate research and other relevant professional opportunities into their undergraduate experience and to prepare themselves as strong candidates for admission to the professional schools or career paths of their interest.
All majors complete the Baccalaureate Core (Bacc Core) Curriculum to build the foundation for further understanding of the modern world. The Bacc Core requires students to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize ideas and information when evaluating major societal issues and draws from science and the humanities. More importantly, the Bacc Core promotes understanding of relationships among disciplines in order to increase students' capacities as ethical citizens.
Major Four-Year Plan: The course requirements and sample four-year plan are described in the OSU course catalog.
High school students interested in careers in biochemistry or biophysics should prepare for college by taking four years of mathematics and at least one year each of physics, chemistry, and biology.
Students transferring from a community college should have completed one year each of the following by the end of the sophomore year, if they plan to graduate in four years’ total time: general chemistry, organic chemistry with ACS exam, calculus-based physics, general biology and three semesters or four quarters of calculus, including vector calculus. An excellent advising program is available to undergraduates, and prospective students are encouraged to consult with a departmental advisor or with faculty members working in an area of interest to them.
High school students, community college, and other transfer students interested in the BB program are encouraged to contact Dr. Kari van Zee, the lead advisor for advice about preparatory courses before they attend or apply to OSU. She welcomes opportunities to meet with potential students and their families.