Chemistry – Environmental Science Major
Learn and explore the connections between chemical organisms and their environments as a Chemistry-Environmental Science major at Taylor. Studying for a Chemistry-Environmental Science degree includes all areas of chemistry, as well as foundational environmental science classes for an interdisciplinary investigation into intricate chemical processes.
As a major in Chemistry-Environmental Science, your chemistry classes will include biochemistry, as well as analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. This chemistry foundation produces a deep scientific understanding that leads to new connections and scientific questions useful in researching and pursuing solutions to environmental problems.
The Environmental Science courses on pollution, toxicology, ecology, environmental law, and environmental ethics provide an interdisciplinary grasp of complex natural processes and infuse societal health and sustainability into the Chemistry curriculum. Students in this major will also have access to the study and research ecosystems surrounding Taylor’s campus, such as the 145-acre arboretum.
Students pursuing a Chemistry-Environmental Science degree have many opportunities for hands-on research and experience. You will investigate real environmental systems, participate in student-faculty research during the summer or academic year, and complete a practicum in a related chemistry or environmental science field.
Chemistry – Environmental Science 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.