OSU Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Frequently Asked Questions

Is biochemistry for me?

For those of you unsure about selecting a major or if biochemistry will be a good fit, we welcome you to come visit and meet with our faculty mentors. They will introduce you to biochemistry and the possibilities that can arise from holding a degree in this area. Our department also offers two minors in biochemistry that will supply you with a good basis, if you are pursuing another major. If you are still undecided on a major, check out these following sites to determine what may be a good fit based on your interests.


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Should I take AP classes in high school, and if so, which ones should I take?

You should take as many as you think you can handle. These classes are usually smaller, better taught, and more challenging. Your high school teachers and guidance counselors can assist you in determining the best schedule. If you take AP Chemistry, you should be aware that unless you scored extremely well on the exam, we would recommend that you take it over, either the Honors Chemistry or the general Chemistry course. Chemistry is extremely important to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors, and we would prefer that students take ALL chemistry classes, including the introductory ones. However, for those interested in post-graduate health disciplines, AP courses may not be as acceptable. Please reference your school of interest to make sure.

For the Office of Undergraduate Admissions AP Credit Information click here.

 

What do Biochemistry and Molecular Biology students do after college?

Our students do a variety of things. About a third will attend graduate school for a masters and/or Ph.D, a third will attend professional school, and a third will do something else (e.g. get a job, law school, sales, etc.).

 

Will Biochemistry prepare me for graduate school?

Yes. Both degree plans include most prerequisite courses for health-related professional schools, including medical. Of the courses our degree plan doesn’t meet, students can use their general elective hours to fulfil those requirements.  In fact, we require more courses than are necessary to take the MCAT. The extra courses will help you do better on the MCAT, and prepare you well for the professional school of your choice. Additionally, our majors prepare students for a number of other careers, including those in research and industry. About 80 % of our students who apply to medical school get accepted – best statistics at the university.

 

Will Biochemistry prepare me for medical school?

Yes. Both degree plans include most prerequisite courses for health-related professional schools, including medical. Of the courses our degree plan doesn’t meet, students can use their general elective hours to fulfil those requirements.  In fact, we require more courses than are necessary to take the MCAT. The extra courses will help you do better on the MCAT, and prepare you well for the professional school of your choice. Additionally, our majors prepare students for a number of other careers, including those in research and industry.

 

How restrictive are the degree plans?

Although there are a lot of required courses, BIOC majors have several hours of general electives. These are absolutely FREE. Moreover, the core curriculum also allows you to broaden your academic horizons. You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the many courses offered by world-reknown experts on a variety of subjects. Have fun, enrich your life.

 

What other STEM majors are available?

Oklahoma State University offers many STEM majors that have a connection to our department:

Animal Science
Entomology
Environmental Science
Food Science   
Horticulture
Natural Resource Ecology and Management   
Plant and Soil Sciences    
Biological Science   
Botany
Chemistry   
Computer Science   
Geology
Mathematics
Microbiology/Cell and Molecular Biology   
Physics
Physiology
Statistics
Zoology
Aerospace Engineering
Biosystems Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering Technology
Fire Protection and Safety Technology
Industrial Engineering and Management
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Nutritional Sciences

 

 

What kind of support services do you provide?

We are a small department, and we do our very best to keep track of your academic and personal progress throughout your time with us. As freshmen, we invite you to a series of seminars, in which a variety of issues of interest to Biochemistry & Molecular Biology majors are presented and discussed. We have active undergraduate societies offering students opportunities to gather for numerous intellectual and social interactions. Peer tutor lists are also available in the advising office.

 

I’m concerned about the huge courses and impersonal professors. Will I be able to get help when I need it?

We are introducing a new faculty mentoring program tailored to undergraduates and their concerns. This program goes beyond scheduling and enrollment. Faculty will be available to discuss course choices, degree paths, career goals, and what you are passionate about. They will help guide you during your time at Oklahoma State University and  Also, take advantage of instructors’ office hours. All professors have set hours when students can visit for whatever reason. Professors are also receptive to making appointments. Teaching Assistants can be enormously helpful, and may be more accessible than the professor. Academic help is always available. Just look for it.

 

What’s the recommended load for a freshman?

Course load will differ depending on the background and abilities of the student. However, we generally recommend 12 to 15 hours. It’s very important that students are not overwelmed. We want everyone to start out with a 4.0. Since incoming freshmen generally take Biology and Chemistry, we recommend starting a Math course as soon as possible especially if Math was taken senior year.

 

What courses can I take at a junior college? Will they transfer?

You can take any lower-level courses at a community college except: all chemistry courses. We don’t mind if you take core curriculum courses elsewhere. Even Physics and Math are ok to take at a community college.

 

What are honors courses, and who can take them?

In order  to enroll in honors courses as an incoming freshman, a student must first apply to the University Honors Program and be accepted.  Interest in applying can be done during the time of application to OSU.  Once you have been accepted into the program, you can begin taking honors courses but you must maintain a 3.5 to continue.  More information can be found via the Honors Program Website.

 

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