Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Overview

The Biology and Chemistry Department at ORU stimulates students to acquire a working knowledge of biological systems to be able to address biological challenges that affect their daily lives. The program integrates biblical faith with the study of the biological sciences providing an educationally and biblically sound perspective enabling students to interact with, understand and positively respond to scientific challenges. At ORU a vocation in biology is seen as a God-ordained calling into the study of the wonders of His creation.

The biology major meets the needs of students who desire to:

  • Acquire a technical background in the life sciences
  • Pursue graduate work in biology
  • Train for work in industry and government
  • Prepare for professional training in medical schools and other health professions
  • Prepare for a teaching major or minor in secondary education
The Biology Major at ORU offers tWO areas of concentration: Pre-Medical CONCENTRATION, and Health Professions CONCENTRATION.

Pre-Medical Concentration and Health Professionals Concentration
Admission to medical, dental and most other health profession schools in the United States is very selective. Only students with excellent grades and admission test scores, knowledge of their health profession and in most cases, health care experience are being admitted. ORU offers several pre-professional programs in the health sciences including pre-medical, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy and pre-sports medicine. Over 300 of our alumni are practicing physicians throughout the United States. Our students have been accepted into 70 medical schools including Duke University, Johns Hopkins University and Washington University.

Medical Molecular Biology (MMB)
The new major, Medical Molecular Biology (MMB) gives special emphasis on human health and study of biological processes at a molecular level.  This major is designed to equip students to be competitive applicants who desire to pursue a career in medicine (M.D. / D.O.).  Take up a career in other health professions such as dentistry, pharmacy, physician's assistant, and optometry.  Apply into a graduate program where they can continue their desire and passion to learn molecular biology.


Biotechnology lab
The biotechnology lab at ORU includes a real-time PCR machine, cell culture and bacterial hoods, an ultraviolet spectrophotometer, ELISA plate reader, flow cytometer and many other items necessary for the Methods in Biotechnology and other upper division courses.

ORU Points of Distinction

ORU Distinguishing features:

  • ORU Biology majors with a GPA of 3.6 or higher had an acceptance rate of 86% in medical school.
  • Honors student participants had 100% acceptance rate in medical schools.
  • The national average acceptance rate is below 50%.

Biotechnology training

Biotechnology training includes a semester long molecular project which involves cloning and sequencing of a housekeeping gene (GAPDH) from a plant source chosen by the student.  The students are carefully guided through the entire process from cloning to sequencing.  The students become familiar with techniques such as isolation of plasmid DNA, transformation, enzymatic DNA digestion, ligation and PCR.  Unique sequences are submitted to NCBI database.

Cadaver Dissection

The Biology and Chemistry department at ORU is one of the few undergraduate departments in the southwest U.S. that offers the opportunity to participate in the dissection of human cadavers as part of the biology program.  Cadaver dissection is a valuable opportunity for any biology student but is especially exciting for our pre-med students.  This program offers a distinct advantage to aspiring physicians as they apply to medical schools across the U.S.

Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Pre-Health Professions Honors Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and many others. Our society welcomes all students engaged in the pursuit of a healthcare career. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests and extends a program for service to benefit the university community.

Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society, Mu Kappa Chapter
Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. The Mu Kappa Chapter at ORU holds monthly meetings, participates in community service projects and attends the regional convention annually with students presenting seniors research projects.

Shadow Local Health Professionals
Shadowing opportunities are available for physician, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, occupational therapist, physical therapist and more.

ORU Missions
Each year ORU sends out several teams with a distinctive medical mission. Experience medical missions with a body, mind, spirit emphasis.

Good Samaritan
Good Samaritan Health Services (GSHS) provides a mobile clinic to underserved areas in Tulsa. Operated by Family Medical Care of Tulsa, GSHS welcomes ORU student volunteers. Experience health care in a Christian environment.


With a degree in biology students can look forward to career opportunities as:

  • Medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.)
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy and pharmacology
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Researcher
  • Education
  • Environmental science
  • Marine biology
Course Offerings Include
  • Methods in Biotechnology
  • Introduction to Biological Research
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Human Ecology Lecture/Lab
  • Microbiology Lecture/Lab
  • Medical Genetics Lecture/Lab
  • Molecular Cell Biology Lecture/Lab
  • Principles of Immunology Lecture/Lab
  • Developmental Biology Lecture/Lab
  • Medical Parasitology Lecture/Lab
  • Marine Ecology Lecture/Lab
  • Human Anatomy Lecture/Lab
  • Human Physiology Lecture/Lab
  • AuSable Courses (students have the choice to take field biology courses at the AuSable Institute in Michigan in summer)



William Ranahan, Ph.D.
Chair of Biology and Chemistry