Students in Oregon State’s professional computer science post-baccalaureate program have several options to meet the scientific and technical training requirements of the exam for registration to practice in patent cases as agents or attorneys.

The General Requirements Bulletin of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has four options under “Category B: Bachelor’s degree in another subject.” Option 4 works best for students combining computer science with the chemistry or physics courses.

  • Options 1 and 3: Best for previous physics (24 semester hours) or chemistry (30 semester hours) majors.
  • Option 2: Requires 32 semester hours consisting of the following: 8 hours of chemistry or 8 hours of physics; and 24 hours in biology, botany, microbiology, or molecular biology. The 8 semester hours in chemistry or 8 semester hours of physics must be obtained in two sequential courses, each course including a lab. Only courses for science or engineering majors will be accepted.
  • Option 4: 40 semester hours in a combination consisting of the following: 8 sequential semester hours of chemistry or 8 sequential semester hours of physics, and 32 semester hours of chemistry, physics, biology, botany, microbiology, molecular biology, engineering, or computer science.

For students who have not taken any science courses, Oregon State University offers online chemistry courses with a lab component (CH 231, CH 232 and CH 233) that are equivalent to 8 sequential semester hours. Students who did not complete one year of high school chemistry should take CH 121 in lieu of high school chemistry. Lab courses CH 261, 262 and 263 are offered summer term at OSU campus for Ecampus students. For more information, please visit the Ecampus chemistry labs web page. If you have any questions, please contact us.