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Biochemistry is a fascinating field of study combining biology and chemistry to study living matter. In this program, you will look closely at cellular chemical reactions to understand how cells develop, behave and react to stimuli. Much of the hands-on training you receive at OBU uses state-of-the-art equipment.

Many biochemistry majors pursue medical, physician assistant, dental, pharmacy or other graduate school education following graduation.

Jenna Eubanks

Class of 2023

“Along my OBU journey, my faith has truly grown as I’ve deepened my study of science. Nothing proves God more than science. I find it difficult to be a scientist and not see God.”

Read Jenna’s Story

Benefits of OBU Biochemistry Program

Outstanding Pre-Med Preparation

Our team of world-class professors will guide you throughout your undergraduate experience and help you apply to medical school. They can personally write a letter of recommendation because they know you individually, and when you earn an interview at a graduate program, our science faculty arrange a mock interview. Over the past three years, OBU science graduates have experienced a 100% acceptance rate into medical school within one year after graduation.

Pre-Med Information

Impact of Professors

As you learn through lectures and lab settings, you will enjoy a small environment with 100% of your instruction taught by professors, not graduate students or teaching assistants. The faculty also serve as academic advisors which allows them to be more engaged with your personal and academic success. Their roles as science professors extend even greater as they offer one-on-one mentoring to help you reach your fullest potential as an individual and as a student.

Incredible Education, Affordable Cost.

OBU provides a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship to every incoming first-time freshman and $8,000 to every incoming transfer student. And you could qualify for even more financial aid! Many of our students also receive money through federal Pell grants and OBU Bison Grants.

To get an estimate of what your cost to attend OBU might be, please check out our Net Price Calculator. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how affordable an OBU education really is. Especially considering the incredible academic quality, personal mentor relationships with faculty and staff, and strong Christian commitment you will experience at OBU. You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else!

Program Information

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Scholarship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) emphasis

Our university hosts an OBU STEM Day, annually showcasing the many majors on campus that incorporate STEM skills. Students and faculty provide live demonstrations and instruction in various labs and classrooms using diverse equipment for the benefit of all who attend.

As a supporter of STEM careers, OBU has entered an agreement with Project Lead the Way to begin the fall semester of 2024. Through this agreement, OBU will offer an annual $1,000 scholarship to students who have completed at least two PLTW courses during their high school years. This applies to PLTW students who enroll in any area of study at OBU.

Equipment and Labs

OBU offers you advanced and well-equipped labs. As a student, you are provided many opportunities to use the equipment to enhance your hands-on training. Those learning settings include our cadaver lab, cell culture facilities, greenhouse and planetarium. In addition, OBU undergraduate students (not graduate mentors or research assistants) are able to use a fluorescence microscope, real time PCR machine, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer and atomic absorption spectrometer.

Faith Integration

The OBU science program is taught from a Christian worldview. It is Christ-centered and scientifically sound, supporting truth by integrating faith and knowledge in all classes. We cultivate a deep appreciation and sense of responsibility for creation. OBU science professors serve as personal role models and mentors, supporting both your intellectual and spiritual development. They instill a solid foundation of faith and biblical perspective through their instruction and personal lives.

Job Opportunities and Outcomes

These courses prepare you to work in the medical or biotechnology fields as researchers, laboratory technicians, pharmaceuticals or in the agriculture industry. Specific lines of work include hospitals, food institutes, scientific law, industrial laboratories, drug manufacturing, cosmetic industries and more. Many graduates continue their training in post-graduate work or apply to medical school.

Biochemistry graduates have found employment or continued their education at the following institutions:

  • Liberty University, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Oklahoma State University Graduate School
  • Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Synaptic Resources
  • St Louis University, School of Medicine
  • University of Florida, Medicinal Chemistry
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine
  • University of Oklahoma Tulsa School of Community Medicine, College of Medicine
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Program Options

Bachelor of Science (BS)

World-Class Faculty

OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.

Dr. Michael Jordan

Dr. Michael Jordan

Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Nathan Malmberg

Dr. Nathan Malmberg

Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Yvonne Mbote

Dr. Yvonne Mbote

Associate Professor of Chemistry