Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Dan Hammond, head of the chemistry/biochemistry department, answers some common questions below. Don’t see your question, please contact Dr. Hammond today!
Q: Why should I study chemistry or biochemistry at Taylor?
There are many reasons for studying at Taylor:
- Taylor has a reputation for excellence; U.S. News and World Report has ranked Taylor as Midwest’s #1 regional college for the last 7 years, and they stress our emphasis on teaching.
- We are dedicated to preparing you not just for the four years that you are here, but for the 40+ years that follow, so you will be prepared to be a disciple no matter where God has called you.
- 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 will have to grow in your field through use of our equipment and our collaborative space in the Euler Science Center. It is also evident in the purposeful intent our faculty have in getting to know you – including making sure the Science Center had a kitchenette (hey, we all know food is important when it comes to building good relationships!). One of our professors, Dr. Tricia Stan, also created a Women in Chemistry group, so that there would be support on campus for women who are studying what is usually a male-dominated discipline.
Overall, know that if you study chemistry and biochemistry at Taylor, you will graduate with an enormous range of opportunities in many fields and graduate schools, which is why chemistry/biochemistry is known as the central science.
Q: 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. They can work one-on-one with professors in advanced chemical fields. Students will 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.
Q: Are there opportunities to study abroad if I’m a chemistry or biochemistry student?
Taylor’s chemistry/biochemistry program is unique in that we make travel opportunities available to our students. Typically the course load interferes with this, but we intentionally make trips available to students because we know that they need this experience to build on their faith and apply their knowledge in real-world environments. Two opportunities that come to mind are:
- 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. Assist in operating rooms, complete clinical labs, and visit medical schools and doctors. Be 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 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.
Q: Why should I pick Chemistry as a pre-med major?
Again, chemistry is known as a central science. Many students feel more prepared for medical school and perform better on their MCAT when they have a chemistry major. And, many students who have more of an analytical mind will find that chemistry better aligns with their passion and skills.