Biochemistry (BA, BS)

The Biochemistry degree at Ohio State offers numerous opportunities for students to do research with world-class faculty. There are 28 tenured and tenure-track faculty who pursue biochemistry research and teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to enroll in two early research experience courses (Biochemistry 2900H and 2998H), where they are exposed to the exciting topics and new developments in the area of biochemistry.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been recognized as a national leader in efforts to attract and retain women and under-represented minorities. The latest national rankings show Ohio State tied (with Purdue) as #1 in the number of women faculty and is ranked #4 in the percentage of minority faculty.

For more information visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website or view the university's major curriculum sheet.

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A large proportion of the students who complete the biochemistry major go to professional school to pursue advanced degrees but some students move into other science careers such as teaching, environmental science or forensics. The biochemistry major affords the study of the basic principles of life sciences and the theoretical underpinnings of sophisticated medical procedures.

courses you might take:

(Biochem 2900H and 2998H): Early Research Experience in Biochemistry

Two Honors courses have been developed as part of the university's Early Experience Program. These courses expose some of our brightest students to the emerging research areas and topics in the field of biochemistry and biotechnology. Biochemistry 2900H, offered during Autumn Semester, includes presentations on research trends and subjects by many of the faculty in the department and includes excursions to research labs, instrument facilities here at Ohio State and various panel discussions relating to research and careers in biochemistry. Biochemistry 2998H, which is offered during Spring Semester provides students with the opportunity to become engaged in individual research experiences in some of our laboratories.

Chem 1610 and 1620: General Chemistry I and II for majors

General Chemistry is a fundamental physical science course in which students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry study essential chemical principles and also conduct experiments with the knowledge learned from lecture. It covers dimensional analysis, atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermodynamics, electron configuration, bonding, molecular structure, phases, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, solubility, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

Chem 2610 and 2620: Organic Chemistry I and II for major

Through the study of Organic Chemistry, students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry will be given the opportunity to master a number of chemical concepts and problem‐solving strategies and to develop an understanding of the common functional groups, physical properties, bonding, structure and conformations, stereochemistry, preparation and reactions of organic chemistry.



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