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Chemistry Major/Minor

Chemistry Matters

Chemistry research and developments, from advanced technology to modern medicine, stand at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and math’s (STEM) progression in the 21st century. Committed to helping you learn more about these areas and take the next step toward your career in science, Taylor University’s Chemistry program will provide you with the firsthand experiences you’ll need to succeed as a chemist or chemistry graduate student.

Building Blocks for a Chemistry Career

As a Taylor Chemistry major, you will explore concepts and theories of analytical, organic, inorganic, computational, and physical chemistry and biochemistry, while cultivating skills in calculus and physics. Additionally, you will develop the necessary skills to apply your chemical knowledge to prevalent scientific issues.

Taylor offers numerous chemistry research opportunities that build resumes and count toward academic credit. Some grant programs, such as Taylor's Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship program, pay students to do research projects during the summer or academic year and gain hands-on experience with spectroscopic, spectrometric, electrochemical, chromatographic, and hybrid analytical instrumentations.

Pursuing Allied Health

Whether your future holds graduate school, pre-healthcare profession school, or direct entrance into a career, Taylor has a great record of success. Nearly 100% of chemistry graduates find fulfilling and well-compensated chemistry careers. Chemistry students looking to pursue further education can always attend graduate schools at little to no cost to them. Visit Taylor and ask a Chemistry & Biochemistry professor how.

Students adding the Pre-Med program to their degrees are trained for the entrance exam of the health school of their choice, with a 95% placement rate. In addition to standard chemistry requirements, students take classes in cell biology, genetics, and anatomy and physiology to best prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Entering Taylor’s Pre-Med program as a Chemistry major specifically benefits students looking to work in dentistry, pharmaceuticals, or other allied health fields. With the availability of specific additional electives, students are provided with focused preparation for their goals.

Minor in Chemistry

Gain a thorough understanding of organic and inorganic chemistry and their applications to life with a Chemistry minor. Because chemistry is known as the central science, a minor in Chemistry pairs exceptionally well with other science degrees including, Public Health, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, and Psychology majors.

Chemistry Curriculum & Degree Options

Interested in Biology?
Are you interested in biology as well as chemistry? Taylor’s Biochemistry major may be what you are looking for.

Interested in Engineering?
Looking to combine your chemistry studies with engineering? Taylor’s Engineering major has a Chemistry Engineering concentration that will train you to apply engineering skills to chemicals, materials, and energy.

Contact the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

Dr. Dan Hammond, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Chair & Professor of Chemistry
765-998-5273
dnhammond@taylor.edu

Special Programs
  • Health Professions Advising

    Receive assistance toward entering a health-related profession that requires professional- or graduate-level training in the medical sciences. Taylor’s Health Science Coordinator advises students and helps them practice entrance exams and interviews. Learn More

  • Pre-Med Curriculum

    Prepare yourself for medical school by taking this series of pre-requisite MCAT courses. Add the Pre-Med curriculum to any degree. Learn More

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 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.
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.

Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Dan Hammond

Department Chair & Professor of Chemistry

dnhammond@taylor.edu

Faculty

Dan King

Professor of Chemistry

dnking@taylor.edu

Brandon Magers

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

brandon.magers@taylor.edu

Vincent Sichula

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

vincent_sichula@taylor.edu

Tricia Stan

Associate Professor of Chemistry

ptstan@taylor.edu

Staff

Kassie Jahr

Chemistry Lab Manager & Chemical Hygiene Officer

kassie_jahr@taylor.edu