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OSU Cascades Adds New Science Degree

BEND, OR -- OSU Cascades will soon offer a biochemistry and molecular biology degree.

Director of Communications Christine Coffin says students and business partners signaled they want this new program. “What we were hearing from students was that they are interested in paths to pre-medicine. There are many students that are interested in medical school. From industry we’re hearing that there’s more and more work in the bio tech and bio science fields,” said Coffin mentioning that several alumni work in Central Oregon, “We’re very lucky to have really strong relationships with local industry including companies in the bio tech and bio science, where the managers are interested in creating pathways for students.”

“This degree in biochemistry and molecular biology can really prepare students for all of those careers, graduate school, medical school, etc… Local companies can really help add to the student’s academic work and career development activities,” said Coffin.

The new program will be available to students starting in the Fall 2023.

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