Chemistry

Major/Minor

Prepare for a future career in forensic science, food science, pharmaceutical development, or medicine, among others, through Taylor University's Chemistry major. Students in our Chemistry major practice predicting and characterizing chemical properties and study the ways various substances act and react. Students also develop the skills required to apply their chemical knowledge to address current scientific questions.

In the Chemistry major, you will ...

  • explore and study concepts and theories of the various branches of chemistry
  • practice the scientific method through original lab experiments and research projects
  • gain hands-on experience with spectroscopic, spectrometric, electrochemical, chromatographic, and hybrid analytical instrumentations

Chemistry majors develop applicable understanding of:

  • analytical chemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • biochemistry

Topics studied include:

  • atomic structure
  • chemical bonding
  • equilibrium
  • electrochemistry
  • kinetic theories
  • thermodynamics
  • covalent carbon compounds
  • carbonyl and carboxylate compounds
  • polyfunctional compounds

Chemistry students also take courses in calculus and physics. Every chemistry course involves hands-on lab work.

Chemistry students may choose electives from a variety of courses including:

  • Foundations of cell biology and genetics
  • Environmental pollution and toxicology
  • Differential equations
  • Mathematical statistics

Research opportunities

Chemistry students can practice research alongside Taylor faculty members with the option of earning academic credit at the same time. Grant programs, such as Taylor's Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship (FMUS) program, are available to pay students to do research projects during the summer or the academic year.

Pre-Medicine Concentration

Chemistry students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts may add a Pre-Medicine concentration to their degree. This concentration adds cell biology, genetics, and anatomy and physiology requirements to the basic Chemistry major requirements. It also provides counseling and support for the process of applying to medical school and preparing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

This concentration is also beneficial to those preparing for dental, pharmacy, or physician's assistant training, with the availability of specific additional electives to provide focused preparation for the student's goal.

Degree options: