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Visit and Apply

An aerial shot of Oregon State University's Corvallis campus.

The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics provides a welcoming and collaborative learning environment while offering rigorous coursework and research opportunities that will open doors for your future career. The best way to know if OSU is the right fit for you is to plan a visit! We are always happy to meet students who are interested in learning more about how biochemistry is making the world better.

Visit campus

We encourage you to tour our beautiful Oregon State campus! Tours are available through the OSU Visitor's Center, where you can register for a science-focused tour guided by science Peer Advisors.

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Visit the BB department

Lead Advisor Kari van Zee is happy to meet with prospective students and arrange tours of laboratory facilities. Contact her at or call 541-737-1773.

The main office of the biochemistry and biophysics department is located on the second floor of the Agriculture & Life Sciences Building (ALS), room 2011. Visitors are encouraged to purchase an online visitor's parking permit which can be placed on your dashboard allowing you to use any of the student parking lots on campus.

Exploring Corvallis

Corvallis is a small university town of 50,000 an hour-and-a-half drive south of Portland in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Summers are mild with temperatures of 85°F, clear blue skies, and low humidity; winter lows seldom dip below 32°F. The Pacific Northwest is famous for rain which results in lush green forests and farmland. Residents enjoy microbrews, strong coffee, and local wines with their unique Northwest cuisine. Within a few hours' drive, the stunning peaks of the Cascade Mountains offer a rugged terrain for hiking, biking, camping, rock climbing and water and snow sports. The Pacific coast is a pleasant 50-minute drive to the west.

Transfer to Oregon State

Whether you're transferring from a community college or a four-year institution, we have the resources to help. Nearly 30% of students in the College of Science are transfer students, many of whom have quickly integrated into our vibrant BB community. With our dedication to cutting-edge research and innovative teaching practices, our department has the tools to help you achieve your dreams.

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Already admitted?

The biochemistry and biophysics Department takes the success of our students seriously. As a first-year student, you will have access to a variety of resources to assist with your transition to OSU, beginning with advising and registration at the required START orientations, continuing in the fall with our BB 111 professional development course, and meeting regularly with the BB/BMB advising team.