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OVU Biochemistry Degree


Biochemistry is a multi-disciplinary science that connects many scientific and engineering disciplines, e.g., biology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and biomedical engineering. The core concepts are invaluable for students to build the knowledge and skills in biology and chemistry needed for careers in operational science, teaching, research, and graduate studies. Our BS major in Biochemistry has been designed to meet those needs. Specifically, our students will develop competence in the application of scientific methods for problem-solving, data collection and analysis, and science communication. In addition, the program will integrate faith and learning principles to help our students to become both good scientists and faithful believers:

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Students majoring in Biochemistry must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy the General Institutional Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.
  2. Satisfy the requirements of the General Education program, which includes the following:
    • General Education Course Requirements
    • Bible Course Requirement
    • Writing Competency Requirements
    • Diversity Requirement
  3. Receive formal admission to the Biochemistry program, preferably during a student’s sophomore year; the application is part of NSC 299.
  4. Earn at least a 2.5 GPA in all NSC courses.
  5. Complete a portfolio of work satisfactory to the science faculty.
  6. Complete 7 credit hours of mathematics by completing the following courses.
    • MAT 229: Introduction to Statistics (3 credit hours)
    • MAT 241: Calculus and Analytics I (4 credit hours)
  7. Complete 59 credit hours distributed as follows:
    • NSC 141    General Biology I (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 142    General Biology II (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 145    General Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 146    General Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 244    Physics I (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 245    Physics II (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 246    Organic Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 247    Organic Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 299    Natural Science Program Admission (0 credit hours)
    • NSC 310    Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 400    Microbiology (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 423    Genetics (3 credit hours)
    • NSC 434    Biochemistry I (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 435    Biochemistry II (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 441    Cell Biology (3 credit hours)
    • NSC 451    Senior Seminar (2 credit hours)
    • 3 credit hours of elective coursework in science (courses numbered above NSC 135) or mathematics (courses numbered MAT 151 or higher)
  8. Complete one of the following courses for 3 credit hours:
    • NSC 343    Introduction to Physical Chemistry (3 credit hours)
    • NSC 344    Inorganic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
    • NSC 345    Introduction to Instrumental Analysis (3 credit hours)