Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BSAG

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2022-2023. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
Select one of the following:3
Survey of American History
American History to 1865 (H)
American History Since 1865 (DH)
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
MATH 2144Calculus I (A) 14
Humanities (H)
Courses designated (H)6
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
CHEM 1314Chemistry I (LN) 14
Select 5 hours courses designated N5
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
AGEC 1113Introduction to Agricultural Economics (S) 13
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)6
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core
AG 1011First Year Seminar1
From two of the following groups, select one course:6
Group 1:
Introduction to Plant and Soil Systems
Principles of Horticultural Science (LN)
Elements of Forestry
Group 2:
Land, Life and the Environment (N)
Fundamentals of Soil Science (N)
Group 3:
Introduction to the Animal Sciences
Fundamentals of Food Science
Introduction to Entomology (LN)
Livestock Entomology
Group 4:
Introduction to Natural History (LN)
Ecology of Natural Resources
Elements of Environmental Science (N)
Chemistry and Applications of Biomolecules
Biochemistry I
Introduction to Landscape Architecture
Written and Oral Communications
Select one of the following:3
Written Communications in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Written Communication
Business Communication for International Students
Technical Writing 2
Select one of the following:3
Oral Communications in Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (S) 3
Introduction to Speech Communication (S) 3
Elements of Persuasion (S) 3
Hours Subtotal13
Major Requirements
Core Courses
BIOC 3723Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory3
BIOC 3813Biochemistry II3
BIOC 3223Physical Chemistry for Biologists3
or CHEM 3433 Physical Chemistry I
BIOC 4883Senior Seminar in Biochemistry3
BIOC 4990Undergraduate Research (2 hrs) 42
CHEM 1515Chemistry II (LN)5
CHEM 2113Principles of Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 3053Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 3112Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 3153Organic Chemistry II3
Select one of the following:3
Calculus II (A)
Elementary Statistics (A)
Statistical Methods I (A)
MICR 2123Introduction to Microbiology3
MICR 2132Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory2
PHYS 1114College Physics I (LN)4
or PHYS 2014 University Physics I (LN)
PHYS 1214College Physics II (LN)4
or PHYS 2114 University Physics II (LN)
BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Introductory Biology (N)
and Introductory Biology Laboratory (LN)
or BIOL 1114 Introductory Biology (LN)
BIOL 1604Animal Biology4
or PBIO 1404 Plant Biology (LN)
Select one of the following:3
Animal Genetics
General Genetics
Plant Genetics and Biotechnology
Select one of the following:4
Insect Morphology and Physiology
Plant Physiology
Related Courses
Select a minimum of 6 hours of BIOC or courses related to BIOC, subject to Advisor approval, of the following:6
Animal Breeding
Animal Reproduction
Principles of Animal Nutrition
Freshman Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (up to 2 hours) 4
Medicine and Molecules
Fundamental Biochemistry
Hypothesis-Driven Undergraduate Research
Molecular Biology
Biochemistry of the Cell
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Undergraduate Research 4
General Ecology
Invertebrate Zoology
Vertebrate Zoology
Human Anatomy
Human Reproduction
General Parasitology
Mammalian Physiology
Mammalian Physiology Capstone Laboratory
Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
Principles of Toxicology
Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry II
Chemical and Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds
Introduction to Forensic Entomology
Insect Behavior and Chemical Ecology
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Calculus III
Differential Equations
Linear Algebra (A)
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Medical Mycology
Food Microbiology
Advanced Microbiology
Molecular Microbiology Laboratory I
Microbial Physiology & Ecology
Molecular Microbiology Capstone
Pathogenic Microbiology
Pathogenic Microbiology Lab
Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
Concepts in Medical Genetics
Microbial Genetics: from Genes to Genomes
Cellular Energy Metabolism
Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance
Nutrition in the Pathophysiology of Chronic Disease
Human Nutrition and Metabolism I
Human Nutrition and Metabolism II
Plant Anatomy
Plant Mineral Nutrition
Plant Physiology Laboratory
Molecular Biophysics
Plant Breeding
Statistical Methods I (A) (if not used as (A) above)
Hours Subtotal67
Select 0 hours or hours to complete required total for degree0
Total Hours120

College & Departmental requirements that may be used to meet General Education requirements.


If ENGL 3323 Technical Writing is substituted for ENGL 1213 Composition II above; hours in this block are reduced by 3.


If used as (S) course above, hours in this block reduced by 3.


Total hours of BIOC 1990 Freshman Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and BIOC 4990 Undergraduate Research may not exceed 10 hours.

Other Requirements

  • A minimum of 40 semester credit hours and 100 grade points must be earned in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  • A 2.00 GPA or higher in upper-division hours.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2028.