Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

Elements that Help You Stand Out

Often referred to as the “central science” because of its role in connecting the physical and applied sciences, chemistry opens the doors to a variety of careers in forensic science, food science, pharmaceutical development, chemical engineering, and more.

By challenging our students through rigorous classes, from computational chemistry to biochemistry, we prepare our Chemistry majors for the next step toward graduate school, pre-health profession school, or any chemistry career. The breadth and flexibility of the Chemistry program allows all Chemistry and Biochemistry students to finely tune their degrees to best reach their goals.

Taylor’s Chemistry & Biochemistry department has a phenomenal success rate: a 95% placement rate into medical and pre-healthcare schools, a near-100% placement rate into graduate schools, and a 99% placement rate for direct entry into a chemistry career.

Separating Taylor Students from the Rest

Taylor Chemistry students work in a state-of-the-art environment that encourages collaboration and scientific research and exploration. Unlike many large undergraduate chemistry programs, Taylor’s Chemistry classes allow students to work through the entire lab process, from initial tests to reaction and data analysis, rather than handing off work for graduate students to analyze. Our students work directly with our equipment and receive a full hands-on lab experience that sets them apart from other undergraduate students.

Taylor’s Chemistry and Biochemistry program also integrates Christian discipleship into all facets of learning. It is especially evident in the purposeful intent our faculty have in getting to know you and help you connect your faith to the Chemistry curriculum. 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.

Bonding Outside the Classroom

Students studying chemistry have numerous opportunities to grow in and out of the classroom. These include:

  • Research
    Opportunities for research are available in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, synthetic chemistry, and organic chemistry, as well as teacher or research assistance. Taylor also provides opportunities for summer research with the Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship and the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.
  • Cuenca, Ecuador – Chemistry Pre-Med Program
    Complete classes, work as an intern, help a global health outreach program, assist in an operating room, complete clinical labs, and visit medical schools as a Chemistry major in Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • American Chemical Society
    Join Taylor’s chapter of the American Chemical Society and use your talents to volunteer in the Grant County community.
  • Women in Chemistry
    Dr. Tricia Stan hosts a club for women in the Chemistry major. Create intentional relationships and discuss what it means to be a female in a male-dominated discipline.
  • Department Dinners
    Enjoy fellowship and thought-provoking conversation with your classmates and professors over a delicious meal.
  • Guest Presentations
    Listen to chemists and other scientific professionals share new developments in chemistry and talk about their experiences in the chemistry industry.

Chemistry Facilities

The dedicated laboratory spaces for chemistry provide an excellent learning environment, with open-concept labs rich with technology. The project-oriented lab exercises and research projects provide students with hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology used to investigate real-world problems.

Additionally, the 1,064 square foot chemical instrumentation laboratory houses an impressive selection of American Chemistry Society (ACS) standard analytical tools which are dedicated solely for undergraduate use.

Department News

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Chemistry Majors Inspire Next Generation of Scientists

Mar 11, 2021

Taylor’s STEM majors inspire the next generation of scientists and researchers by leading activities in museums, collaborating with local schools, and...

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Taylor Alumna Recognized for Cosmetic Chemistry Achievements

Aug 05, 2020

Nicole McCardy '14 was honored by the Florida chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the Caribbean Society of Cosmetic Scientists.

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Taylor Professor’s Research Targets Malaria Pathogen

Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Daniel Kaluka is researching the vulnerabilities of the malaria-causing parasite, a disease that affects millions of people across the globe.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Daniel King

Department Co-Chair and Professor of Chemistry

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Department Chair

Patricia Stan

Department Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Leonard Arbogast

Chemistry Lab Manager & Chemical Hygiene Officer

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Michael Bowman

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Daniel Kaluka

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Vincent Sichula

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Stuart Walker

Health Professions Advisor