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Taylor adds biochemistry, sustainable development majors

  • By: Meredith Sell
  • Published: Dec 4, 2015 9:15AM

Two interdisciplinary majors—biochemistry and sustainable development—have joined Taylor’s science offerings, providing students additional opportunities to learn at the intersections of disciplines.

Biochemistry, an offering of the Chemistry Department, teaches students the ins and outs of the science of chemical processes within living organisms - a crossover field that applies to agriculture, physiology, dietetics, and environment, among others.

Chair of the Chemistry Department, Dr. Dan Hammond, who specialized in physical biochemistry during his doctoral studies, said the field of biochemistry provides a closer understanding of physical properties and processes. Graduates will be prepared for careers and graduate study in a host of areas, including toxicology, crop science, and biomedical research.

Sustainable development, an offering of the Earth and Environmental Science Department, combines courses from environmental science, public health, sociology, and economics for a multi-dimensional foundation. Students choose a concentration their junior or senior year taught by a professor of that specialty. Each concentration has an international field-based course:

  • Sustainable agriculture: Dr. Nick Babin, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Costa Rica
  • Public and environmental health: Dr. Bob Aronson, Associate Professor of Public Health, Ecuador
  • Water resources sustainability: Dr. Michael Guebert, Chair of the Earth and Environmental Science Department, Guatemala
  • Economic development: Dr. Hadley Mitchell, Professor of Economics, Africa