Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Curriculum

All undergraduates majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are required to  complete a set of core courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, molecular genetics, scientific communication, mathematics, statistics, and biochemistry laboratory training. 

In addition, majors must complete one of three options to focus their training in advanced molecular biology, computational molecular biology, and pre-medicine (see descriptions and links below).  Students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. Faculty pre-med 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 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:  This link provides a one-page printable summary of a sample Four-Year Plan. 

Advanced Molecular Biology option is designed for students interested in pursuing graduate work in molecular life sciences or entering the workforce in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. It provides advanced training in genomics, epigenetics and other areas of current research in molecular biology.

Computational Molecular Biology option is designed for students interested in the interface of molecular biology, computer science, and statistics. It provides strong preparation for graduate school in computational biology as well as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry workforce. This option couples the comprehensive core training in biochemistry and molecular biology with advanced course work in mathematics, statistics, computer science, and bioinformatics.

Pre-Medicine option is designed for students interested in a career in medicine. It may also be suitable for students interested in some other health professions and these students should first consult with their advisor. In addition to offering a rigorous foundation in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, and genetics, the Pre-medicine option meets the requirements for most medical schools in the U.S. by providing students with training in psychology, ethics and social sciences. Students have a wide choice of medically relevant electives in areas such as physiology, microbiology, neuroscience, and immunology.

Prospective students:

High school students interested in careers in biochemistry and molecular biology 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, physics, general biology and differential and integral 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 BMB 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.