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Biochemistry Major

Breathing Life into Chemistry

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

Contact the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

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

Biology Department
A Faithful Study of Living Things

Taylor’s Biology department exposes its students to advanced biology internships, research in cell and molecular biology, biology courses focused on current scientific trends, and a breadth of real-world experiences guaranteed to prepare them for a career in biology or further education in graduate school. Whether you’re pursuing biology education, biology research, or medical school, dental school, or another pre-professional school, Taylor’s Biology faculty will actively advise you one-on-one to help you choose the best long-term path.

Because our Biology professors are wildly diverse, including a molecular biologist, cell biologist, physiologist, zoologist, and science education specialist, each faculty member will engage and uniquely challenge you to relate your education to your Christianity.

Growing Outside the Classroom

Taylor’s Biology department offers numerous ways to grow professionally outside of the classroom, including:

  • Alpha Pi Iota
    This pre-healthcare club facilitated by a practicing medical doctor allows you to focus on medical ethics, prepare for the MCAT, share summer research experiences, hear from health care professionals, and talk about graduate-level health care programs.
  • State and National Conferences
    Our students not only attend biology education and research conferences, such as the Annual Global Missions Health Conference and the Experimental Biology Conference, but every year Biology students can present their own research at the Indiana Academy of Science’s annual meeting.
  • On-site Undergraduate Research Program
    Complete research projects in microscopy, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and animal behavior and physiology under the mentorship of Biology faculty. Recent projects have included research on cell culturing, bone remodeling, and Drosophila (fruit fly) genetics.
  • Health Professions Advising
    Get personalized guidance during your time at Taylor as you prepare for professional or graduate school, whether medical, dental, veterinary, or other. Schedule an appointment to talk with the Health Science Coordinator during your Taylor visit.
Planting Seeds Around the World

To help Biology students expand their horizons, Biology faculty and other science professors host numerous trips that allow students to study biology abroad. Explore national landmarks like the Black Hills region of South Dakota or the Rocky Mountains, or travel internationally on medical missions trips or with health outreach programs. Gain real experience working with in the industry as a hospital intern, field biologist or wildlife biologist, or research biologist.

Life After Taylor
Career Opportunities

Taylor Biology grads have been hired by major hospitals, the U.S. government, and high-profile national organizations, such as Mayo Clinic, Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Pharmaceutical, World Vision, and Medair.

With a BS or BA in Biology, you could pursue a variety of life science careers, including genetic counselor, botanist, forester, zoologist, and biological technician, among others. Biology Education majors will be equipped to pursue one of these biology careers or a career as a high school biology teacher or middle school science teacher.

Graduate Programs

Graduates of the Biology department have also been accepted to some of the nation’s premier graduate and medical schools, including:

  • Boston University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Colorado
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University
Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Jan Reber

Department Chair & Professor of Biology and Allied Health Advisor

janreber@taylor.edu

Faculty

Brian Dewar

Assistant Professor of Biology

brdewar@taylor.edu

Elizabeth Hasenmyer

Assistant Professor of Biology

elhasenmyer@taylor.edu

Grace Miller

Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences

grace_miller@taylor.edu

John Moore

Professor of Biology & Director of Taylor's Ecuador Program

jhmoore@taylor.edu

Jeff Regier

Professor of Biology, Pre-Med Advisor, & Au Sable Institute Campus Representative

jfregier@taylor.edu

Staff

Charity Bailey

Assistant to the School of Natural & Applied Sciences

charity_bailey@taylor.edu