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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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OU Chemistry & Biochemistry

John W. Peters

Welcome from the Chair

It is with excitement and enthusiasm that I welcome you to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. We invite you to accept the challenge of becoming an agent for positive change in the 21st century. As our nation and world struggle with a multitude of problems ranging from growing energy needs to human health and welfare in a shifting climate, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is taking a leading role in the discovery and development of new approaches to improve the human condition. With 35 faculty representing diverse areas of expertise in the chemical and biochemical sciences, our department is interested in educating and training the best and brightest future leaders of tomorrow’s academic, industrial and government institutions.

Supporting this effort, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry moved in the summer of 2010 to the 160,000-square-foot Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center. More than 110 graduate student and postdoctoral researchers work side-by-side with faculty in a highly interactive environment to solve some of the most pressing challenges of our time. The Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center was created with an eye toward further growth, with several new faculty from cutting-edge disciplines expected to join our team during the next few years. The center is home to several major core facilities and research support services, including mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction facilities.

Our faculty are among the top-funded researchers at OU, with numerous external research grants and contracts. Nine of our faculty hold distinguished or endowed professorships and 12 have received awards for excellence in teaching and/or research. The faculty are committed to offering new cross-disciplinary courses for our students. The department encourages undergraduate students to get started in research early and graduate students to develop personalized research programs that cut across traditional barriers in the chemical sciences. For example, a student can opt to study biochemistry, conduct research in an organic chemistry laboratory and attend regular meetings in the analytical sciences. Our faculty work closely with each student to tailor a graduate program that specifically suits his or her needs and interests.

I encourage you to explore our department, who we are, what we do, and what you can accomplish here. All of us in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry look forward to answering any questions you may have about where we are going and how you can contribute to becoming an agent for positive change. This is an exciting time for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and I am honored to serve as its chair.

 

John W. Peters
Associates Second Century Presidential Professor
Department Chair 

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is to instruct students and provide expert advice to academic, industrial and government institutions on the role of chemistry and biochemistry in the natural world.


$80 M

value of the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center

160,000

square-feet in the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center

35

full-time faculty 
members

5.1

years to complete Ph.D. (National Average: 6.7 years)

More About OU Chemistry & Biochemistry


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UNDERGRADUATE
PROGRAM


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GRADUATE
PROGRAM


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RESEARCH

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PEOPLE


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RESOURCES


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Seminars

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Research Areas

 

Divisions within the areas of chemistry and biochemistry are used at OU to organize teaching assignments, course requirements and degree candidacy requirements. There are seven divisions at OU: Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Materials, Organic, Physical Chemistry and Structural Biology.

 

 

RESEARCH AREAS

Faculty

 

Our outstanding and award-winning faculty contribute to the development of new scientific understanding and training of our students and professional research associates.

 

 

 

 

FACULTY

Degrees Offered

 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers degrees for both undergraduates and graduates, including a Chemistry minor, Chemistry and Biochemistry B.S., Chemistry B.S., Biochemistry B.S. and Chemical Biosciences B.S., as well as M.S. and Ph.D degrees.

 

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

GRADUATE DEGREES


Support OU Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

We are grateful to our strong network of supporters. Your support allows our undergraduate and grauate students the opportunity to excel in research and in the classroom alongside our dedicated faculty. For information on how you can contribute efforts or resources to the department, please visit our Support page. 

 

SUPPORT

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