Biochemists explore the chemical structure of living matter and the chemical reactions occurring in living cells. Biophysicists use the methods of physical science to study the structure and functions of macromolecules. The Department offers two BS degrees, both accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB):
- Biochemistry and Biophysics (BB) with options in Advanced Biophysics, Neuroscience, and Pre-medicine.
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) with options in Advanced Molecular Biology, Computational Molecular Biology, and Pre-medicine.
Both degrees provide students a foundation in the physical and biological sciences. They are designed to help students prepare for careers in the health sciences, for technical employment at the BS level, or for graduate study in the life sciences. Graduates of the department’s programs have found rewarding careers in medicine, dentistry, clinical chemistry, biotechnology, genetics, cell biology, forensic science, pharmacology, physiology, toxicology, and nutrition, as well as in biochemistry or biophysics. Others have used the degree as a springboard to nontechnical careers that benefit from a broad scientific background, including business, intellectual property law, journalism, and health care administration. Both majors benefit from the wealth of departmental course offerings and faculty research programs. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students majoring Biochemistry and Biophysics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology cannot seek a dual major or double degree in both majors or in the BioHealth Sciences, Biology, Zoology and Microbiology majors.
High school students interested in careers in biochemistry, molecular biology, 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, 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. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to participate in research in the laboratory of a faculty member.
Lead Advisor Kari van Zee is happy to meet with prospective students and arrange tours of laboratory facilities. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-737-1773.
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
2011 Ag Life Sciences Bldg
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-7305 USA
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Department Head (Andy Karplus)
Lead Undergraduate Advisor (Kari van Zee)