Biochemistry has applications in various fields, such as medicine, food chemistry, and environmental science. This major is the marrying of chemistry and biology. According to the American Chemical Society, “Biochemistry emerged as a separate discipline when scientists combined biology with organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry and began to study how living things obtain energy from food, the chemical basis of heredity, what fundamental changes occur in disease, and related issues.”
Special Topic Courses:
- Undergraduate Research
- Chemistry Internship
- Junior and Senior Chemistry Seminars
Career Options with a degree in Biochemistry
- Industrial Biochemistry
- Research Biochemistry
- Forensic Science
Research Opportunities – Caney Water Quality Project
Students study the water quality of the local Caney River while connecting with the Bartlesville community.
Typical Activities for Math/Science Majors:
- “Lunch and Learning” series
- Attend local professional meetings
- Science shows for elementary schools
- Judge local science fairs
Biochemistry Major Objectives
Upon completion of the Biochemistry Program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of inorganic, organic, and analytical chemistry as presented in standard undergraduate textbooks.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts of cell structure and function, and classical and molecular genetics.
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the structure and function of nucleic acids, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids; and basic knowledge of some of their metabolic pathways and syntheses.
- Demonstrate a general understanding of principles of physics that are most relevant to biochemistry.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and basic laboratory skills including use of analytical instrumentation.
- Demonstrate a general understanding of the principles of scientific research and communication.
- Explain the differences of approaching biochemistry from a Christian worldview versus a secular worldview.