Bachelor of Science in


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology is an exciting track that integrates the study of biological sciences and faith to provide a comprehensive, diverse, and modern educational experience. In this degree major, you will learn about biological systems and come to provide solutions to challenges facing us in everyday life.

As a Biology major at ORU, you will have the opportunity to have a concentration in Pre-Medical or Health Professions.

We know that admission to medical, dental and other health professional schools in the United States is very competitive and selective. At ORU we want to make sure that you get appropriate training and exceptional education to position you to gain entry into the advanced health professional school of your choice. We offer many pre-professional programs in health services including, pre-medical, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy and pre-sports medicine. ORU students have been accepted into 70 different medical schools including Duke University, Johns Hopkins University and Washington University. Also, over 300 ORU alumni are practicing physicians across the United States.

Our new major, Medical Molecular Biology (MMB) is all about human health and the study of biological processes at a molecular level. If you are interested in a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, or as a physician’s assistant, the MMB major might be the perfect fit for you!

What can I do with a degree from ORU in Biology?

In addition to being prepared for graduate school, you can look forward to successful careers in several areas, including:

  • Medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.)
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy and pharmacology
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Researcher
  • Education
  • Environmental science
  • Marine biology

What are some of the core experiences of this program?

  • 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)

What makes ORU’s Biology program stand out?

With a medical school acceptance rate of 86% for students with a 3.6 or higher GPA, ORU’s Biology program is competitive and a leading program in the country. In our Biology program you will spend time in our state-of-the-art Biotechnology Lab that includes a real-tie PCR machine, cell culture and bacterial hoods, ELISA plate reader and other outstanding machines and programs. Also, you will receive Biotechnology training including cloning and sequencing and familiarity with plasmid DNA, transformation, enzymatic DNA digestion and PCR. Additionally, as one of only a few undergraduate programs in the southwest to offer dissection of human cadavers, ORU’s Biology program offers this unique and valuable experience to present you with a distinct advantage as an aspiring physician when you apply to medical school.

Here at ORU we know that your education extends beyond the classroom and lab.  With opportunities like these, we know that your experience will grow and your skills will be refined to position you for success.

  • 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
    We are pleased to provide numerous shadowing opportunities for you 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. At Good Samaritan, you will get to experience health care in a Christian environment.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S.

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.



The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program supports talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors who want to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

The $1.14 million grant was awarded to Oral Roberts University to provide internships, scholarships and other educational experiences to students who commit to teach secondary level math or science in a high-need school district.


Celestino Velásquez, Ph.D. 
Chair of Biology and Chemistry

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