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Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Our mission is to serve the citizens of the State of Oklahoma and the nation through instructing our undergraduate majors, those in cognate disciplines and as part of the general education programs of the College of Arts and Sciences to understand the role of chemistry and biochemistry in the natural world, through professional training of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, through creating and disseminating new research-based understanding of chemistry and biochemistry, through providing expert advice and consultation to educational, industrial and governmental units, and through participating in service to the university and professional communities.

We are pursuing this mission through our research activities, our instructional programs and our service contributions. Our research activities are housed in our spectacular Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center (SLSRC) on the research campus located south of OU’s main campus. Since 2010, these research facilities house our faculty offices, faculty-led research labs, research centers, research support facilities and departmental administration offices.

As described in our faculty research pages, our outstanding and award-winning faculty contribute to the development of new scientific understanding and training of our students and professional research associates.

We are in the process of a major investment of effort and resources in the development of our undergraduate and graduate instructional programs. Our Graduate Program has just been converted to a modular course program in which we offer variable length courses. Coupled to these highly focused courses are related changes to our graduate program that should bring the time to a doctoral degree down to an average of 4.5 years. In our undergraduate instructional programs we are redesigning the curriculum from general chemistry up to the advanced courses. At the core we wish all students taking chemistry to appreciate the role of chemistry in understanding nature. These courses also develop abilities to collect scientific information, process it and reach conclusions while preparing to add to our scientific understanding of nature.

We are also committed to serving the wider community. Information on our summer academies and science-society relations can be found on our Student Life web pages.

We are grateful to our strong network of supporters. For information on how you can contribute efforts or resources to the department, please visit our Support web pages.