Taylor’s Biochemistry major merges chemistry and biology into the study of living organisms’ microscopic intricacies, giving you the chance to examine the chemical aspects of living things and the chemical processes that support biological life. This broad and deep knowledge will come together to prepare you for a future career in biochemistry, whether that be an agriculture, toxicology, medicine, or biochemical career.
As a Biochemistry major, you will take classes to help you develop a practical understanding of concepts and theories across the spectrums of chemistry and biology. These include classes on analytical, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as cell, molecular, genetic, and microbiology. Class labs and research projects will give you hands-on experiences with protein purification, enzyme kinetics, chromatography, polymerase chain reactions, and many other biochemical phenomena.
Biochemistry majors can research alongside Taylor faculty members in the Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship program while earning academic credit, gaining cutting-edge research experience, and sometimes getting paid for it. This program and similar research grant programs occur during both the summer and academic year.
Biochemistry Curriculum & Degree Options
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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.
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.
Students studying chemistry have numerous opportunities to grow in and out of the classroom. These include:
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 and Kassie Jahr host 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.
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.