Oklahoma Baptist University



Dr. Nathan Malmberg
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Biochemistry is part of the Science & Mathematics division in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Biochemistry (also called biological chemistry) involves the study of the chemical processes that occur in living things. Although the work of biochemistry takes place in the laboratory, as is true for every other laboratory science, it is often explored as much through computers as it is in the laboratory.

My degree options:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biochemistry

What makes an OBU Biochemistry degree special?

As with all laboratory science degrees at OBU, you will work directly with professors who have their PhDs instead of with graduate assistants. You will be encouraged –- with their help –- to seek out REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in the summers to extend your research experiences to other venues.

If you are preparing for a future as a Medical Doctor (including Neurosurgeon, Cardiologist, Pediatrician, Anesthesiologist, Dermatologist, etc.), Physician’s Assistant, Pharmacist, Dentist, etc., the Biochemistry degree plan is the one which is MOST CLOSELY ALIGNED to the current MCAT, PCAT, and DAT entrance exam standards. The changes for these exams become effective in 2015 but were announce more than ten years ago. In preparation, our professors designed this degree not only to meet the anticipated changes but also to prepare students for other careers where biochemistry is the degree of choice, in

  • Hospitals
  • University research departments
  • Agriculture
  • Food institutes
  • Scientific law
  • Cosmetic industries
  • Forensic crime research
  • Industrial laboratories
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Biotechnology
  • And many more …

What courses can I take?

  • Biochemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Biochemical Methods
  • Genetics
  • Plant Biology or Human Physiology
  • Animal Biology or Microbiology
  • Physical Chemistry II or Developmental Biology

What do OBU Biochemistry faculty specialize in?

Since the Biochemistry degree is a blend of the sciences, there is only one professor whose area of expertise is specifically biochemistry, while each of the others has his/her specialty in chemistry, biology, or physics, as indicated by the list of courses above.

Dr. Nathan Malmberg is our only designated biochemist. He specializes in chemical functionalization of proteins using site-directed mutagenesis to probe their structure and function.

Other faculty who support the biochemistry degree program are

Dr. Brad Jett, a microbiologist who specializes in pathogenic bacteriology, where he does genetic engineering and molecular analysis in bacteria to understand the mechanisms by which they cause disease and through which they develop antibiotic resistance.

Dr. Michael Jordan, an inorganic chemist who specializes in forensic chemistry.

Dr. Yvonne Mbote, a physical chemist whose research interest lies in the theoretical studies of the reaction of Fulminic Acid and other molecules related to Nitric Oxides.