With small class sizes and a 90+% medical school acceptance rate, OC offers an unparalleled biology program. Required seminars give you the chance to meet and discuss opportunities in research and medical missions. Our state-of-the-art labs give you a chance to take an upper-level cadaver course.
Biology Fast Facts
freshmen involved with peer mentoring
of natural science majors gain undergraduate research experience
acceptance rate to med school or other professional programs
students presented at conferences since 2018
Eagle Alumni quickly rise to the top of their professional healthcare school classes because of the hands-on experience gained in the cadaver lab. Small groups of four to five students, who have met the prerequisite of either Human Anatomy or Human Physiology, dissect an entire cadaver over the course of a semester. This is very rare for undergraduate students! Many universities strictly limit students to those with a specific major or to observe as graduate students perform the dissection.
90+ Percent Acceptance Rate for Medical, Dental, and Allied Health Schools
Undergraduate research is a high-impact educational practice for achieving excellence, increases acceptance rates, and contributes to career success in STEM fields.
Students interested in careers in biomedical and health care fields are welcome to join our Philiatros organization. Richly informative meetings feature guest speakers including physicians of varying specialties, professionals such as optometrists or pharmacists, researchers from biomedical fields, and representatives of regional graduate and professional schools. The mission of Philiatros is to provide networking opportunities, help with career decisions, and serve others.
An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology will:
Mature in active faith by developing a consistent and rational view of science and Christianity and demonstrating a lifestyle of service, discipleship, and integrity.
Demonstrate a fundamental body of knowledge in biological and physical sciences by meeting or exceeding the national average in standardized tests of biology and chemistry.
Effectively acquire, critically analyze, and apply knowledge from the primary scientific literature.
Conduct research using appropriate formatting, techniques, and development of research plans.
Design and execute experiments, interpret data, and formulate conclusions.
Effectively communicate personal research as well as scientific and medical advances to the scientific community or the general public.
Students must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours.
Biology Foundation (18 hours)
BIOL-1115 General Biology I: Cellular and Molecular Systems
BIOL-1215 General Biology II: Comparative Physiology and Ecology
BIOL-2244 Human Anatomy
3000/4000 level biology courses (22 hours)
Must include 6 lecture and 4 lab courses
Up to 4 hours can be satisfied by Undergraduate Research
Chemistry (15 hours)
CHEM-1115 General Chemistry I
CHEM-1215 General Chemistry II
CHEM-3115 Organic Chemistry I
Mathematics (3-4 hours) chosen from
MATH-1223 Math Functions and Modeling
MATH-2114 Calculus I with Analytical Geometry
Statistics (5 hours)
Physics (4 hours) with laboratory chosen from
PHYS-1114 College Physics I
PHYS-2514 Physics I
Science seminar (5 hours)
GNSC-1711 Freshman Science Seminar
GNSC-2711 Sophomore Science Seminar
GNSC-3711 Junior Science Seminar
GNSC-4712 Senior Science Seminar
Recommended, but not required
B.S. Biology with pre-Med emphasis
B.S. Exercise Science
B.S. Science Education - Biology
Many students choose to forgo graduate learning and jump right into the workplace!
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Medical Sales Associate
Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
The value of your degree is elevated by the investment of experience and people. At OC you will touch cadavers, build a car, invest in a portfolio, produce a movie, build an airplane, perform at Steinway Hall, start a business, travel the world and so much more.
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Eagles Health Initiative
Eagles Health Initiative is an organization of Oklahoma Christian University students who are called by the Christian faith to educate and serve the community in the areas of health and wellness. EHI focuses on three pillars of health: mental, physical, and spiritual. EHI hosts events for members that allow them to work on these pillars of health. Not only do events focus on improving the health of the members, but EHI also works on improving these pillars of health at OC and in the community. Through service to others, members fulfill EHI’s mission illustrated in the club verse, Galatians 5:13 - “But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
I worked one summer with the Stephenson Cancer Center. That fall I was able to present my research in extracellular vesicles that target T-cell function in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Whitney Hall Bohannan / Biology Alumna