For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of chemistry and biochemistry, visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry webpage.
All of the curricula in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry emphasize laboratory experience and culminate in a senior research project. This active involvement in the field provides experiences and a learning environment designed to stress both the conceptual basis and the experimental nature of the discipline.
The Department offers three options for students interested in the fields of chemistry or biochemistry. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree provides the opportunity to develop a broad background in chemistry within the framework of a liberal arts education. It is appropriate for students who wish to understand the basics but do not anticipate a career as a research chemist. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees consist of courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, writing and humanities. The curricula provide a firm foundation for graduate or advanced professional study. Two degrees are available: a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.C.) and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (B.S.B.) . With appropriate selection of electives, both programs lead to a degree approved by the American Chemical Society. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.C.) can be tailored to suit interests in environmental chemistry, advanced materials, applied chemistry, and health (pharmaceutical), as well as traditional chemistry. The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (B.S.B.) emphasizes chemistry and biology at the molecular level. It is well suited to students who anticipate graduate work in the biochemical or health sciences, or plan to pursue a professional degree program (medical or dental).
Upon completion of the B.A. or B.S. program, students will have developed a set of core skills which they use in approaching the fundamental concepts. These include:
- Conducting meaningful and successful experiments,
- Communicating results,
- Thinking critically,
- Acting ethically, and
- Extending results through lifelong learning.
Students seeking secondary teacher certification in chemistry should consult their academic advisors to determine subject area courses that are appropriate and the Oklahoma State Department of Education regarding alternative certification.