Chemistry & Biochemistry

Why study chemistry or biochemistry at Taylor?

Dr. Dan Hammond, head of the chemistry/biochemistry department, answers frequently asked questions below.

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Why should I study chemistry or biochemistry at Taylor?

There are many reasons to study Chemistry or Biochemistry at Taylor:

  • Be a step ahead at Taylor. All undergraduate Chemistry & Biochemistry students follow experiments through the complete lab process, from initial tests to reaction and data analysis, instead of passing the final products on to graduate students for further study. Taylor’s chemistry students work directly with equipment, plus get the full hands-on lab experience that sets them apart from other undergraduate students and prepares them to be a step ahead in their careers or graduate studies.

  • Our students get accepted. Whether your future holds graduate school, pre-health profession school, or direct entrance into a career, Taylor has a great record of success. Chemistry graduates who enter the industry immediately after graduation find fulfilling and well-compensated careers. Students adding our Pre-Med program to their degrees are trained for the health school of their choice’s entrance exam and prepared to take the next step of their education with confidence. Other chemistry students looking to pursue further education can always attend graduate schools at little to no cost to them. Visit Taylor and ask a Chemistry & Biochemistry professor how.

  • More than the average chemists. We integrate Christian discipleship into preparation for your future as a chemist or biochemist. This is evident in the opportunities you have to grow in your field, in and out of the classroom. It’s also evident in the purposeful intent our faculty has in getting to know you. Because we are a small department in a small school, you will have classes with each of our faculty members, all who have different specialties and are willing to mentor you one-on-one. You will have opportunities to grow closer with your fellow chemistry majors through department dinners, guest presentations, volunteer work with Taylor’s American Chemical Society chapter, and meetings with smaller department groups, like Dr. Tricia Stan and Kassie Jahr’s “Women in Chemistry” group.

If you study chemistry and biochemistry at Taylor, you will graduate with knowledge to pursue a wide range of fields and graduate schools.

What opportunities do I have for professional development outside of class?

Opportunities for professional development include:

  • Research opportunities are available in biochemistry, organic chemistry, synthetic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. All students will work on original group research projects during organic chemistry, introducing them to skills and methods of research.

  • Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship (FMUS), a summer research program, provides opportunities for selected students to work one-on-one with professors in advanced chemical fields. If selected, you’ll receive a stipend and present at professional meetings.

  • Many of our students take advantage of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU). Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, REUs are competitive summer research programs held in large research universities across the United States for undergraduates studying science.

  • Students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience serving as a teaching assistant or research assistant.

Are there opportunities to study abroad as a chemistry or biochemistry student?

At Taylor, our course load supports travel opportunities for chemistry and biochemistry students. Chemistry and Pre-Medicine students can even gain credit toward their majors by traveling to Cuenca, Ecuador. Spend a semester working with the Global Health Outreach Program of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. Complete human medical physiology and 3 credit hours of internship at the Universidad de Azuay School of Medicine (UdA) and the Fundacion del Ecuador medical clinic. You’ll assist in operating rooms, complete clinical labs, and visit medical schools and doctors. We encourage you to get immersed in the culture, become conversant in Spanish, and participate in public health outreach in jungle villages.

Why should I choose Chemistry pre-med?

Many students feel more prepared for medical school and perform better on their MCATs with Chemistry Pre-Med degrees. Chemistry is known as a central science, and of the eight topics covered on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), three sections are Chemistry-based. Students adding the Pre-Med curriculum may find that chemistry better aligns with their passions and analytical skills. See if Taylor University’s Chemistry and Pre-Med programs are right for you; visit and talk with a professor.