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Why Study Chemistry or Biochemistry at Taylor?

Dr. Dan Hammond, head of the chemistry/biochemistry department, answers some common questions below. Don’t see your question, please contact Dr. Hammond today!

Why should I study chemistry or biochemistry at Taylor?

There are many reasons for studying at Taylor:

  1. Taylor has a reputation for excellence known for an emphasis on teaching and retention; U.S. News and World Report has ranked Taylor as Midwest’s #1 regional college for the last eight years
  2. We are dedicated to preparing you not just for your four years at Taylor, but also for the 40+ years following graduation. You will be prepared to be a disciple no matter where God has called you.
  3. We integrate the aspects of discipleship into how we prepare you for your future as a chemist and biochemist. This is evident in the opportunities you have to grow in your field through use of our equipment and our collaborative space in the Euler Science Center. It’s also evident in the purposeful intent our faculty has in getting to know you. One of our professors, Dr. Tricia Stan, also created a “Women in Chemistry” group, as a campus support for women who are studying a male-dominated discipline.

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

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

Here are a few opportunities for professional development:

  • 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 their skills and methods of research.
  • A summer research program is available for selected students to work one-on-one with professors in advanced chemical fields. If selected, you’ll receive a stipend and present papers at professional meetings.
  • Students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience serving as a teaching assistant or research assistant.

Are there opportunities to study abroad if I’m a chemistry or biochemistry student?

At Taylor, we make sure our course load doesn’t interfere with our available travel opportunities for chemistry/biochemistry students. We are intentionally about this because we know you need these types of experiences to build your faith and apply your knowledge in real-world environments. Some opportunities include:

  • Cuenca, Ecuador Chemistry/Pre-medicine program: Travel to Cuenca, Ecuador, for a semester of work 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 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.
  • January term trips with Lighthouse: Since 1972, Taylor's Lighthouse program has enabled students to gain unforgettable, life-changing experiences during Interterm through studying and serving cross-culturally around the world. Recent Lighthouse destinations include: India, the Czech Republic, Paraguay, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, Ecuador, Singapore and Thailand.

Why should I choose Chemistry pre-med?

Chemistry is known as a central science. Many students feel more prepared for medical school and perform better on their MCAT with a chemistry pre-med major. Many students who have more of an analytical mind also will find that chemistry better aligns with their passion and skills.