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He's a teacher, scholar, mentor and biochem pioneer who traffics in flaming soap bubbles

DISCOVERING God's creation »

Calvin has three Goldwater Scholars and one honorable mention

ENGAGING Grand Rapids »

Project SEED Summer Internship for High Schoolers

LIVING fully and faithfully »

We understand that this is not just our job, it's the reason we're here: to help students succeed!
Professor Doug Vander Griend

STUDYING Gods creation »

The Winning Protein: The challenge encouraged discussions about the beauty and danger...
as well as the problem of evil

WORKING together »

Integrated Scientific Research Experimental Laboratory: the ISRx.
Get a tour of this collaborative lab!

COURAGEOUS learning »

Each summer, nearly 100 science students research everything from the human eye to herring gulls

RESEARCHING God's world »

"The research environment at Calvin is a huge advantage"
Nick Be '05, Biochemistry; John Hopkins Doctoral Graduate

Chemistry and Biochemistry at Calvin

We take seriously the Creator's invitation to explore and investigate the atomic and molecular features of the world.

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Learn Research by doing Research! This past year, over 100 chemistry and biochemistry students worked alongside our faculty in paid positions researching everything from the glucose transport activity of GLUT1 to targeting drug delivery in cancer therapy.

Most of our chemistry courses are lab-based and you have the opportunity to work as a Lab Assistant or work as a Research Assistant (academic year and/or summer). A great opportunity to be mentored by our professors while gaining experience and pay.

What Do Chemists Do?

News & Events

Weekly Seminar Series
Join the Chemistry Department every Thursday during the academic year. We welcome guest speakers from around the country; presenting research to industry. Science Building Room 010 (lower level); 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. The public is welcomed to attend and refreshments are provided.

Mark Konings '83

Mark Konings '83 advice to Chem and biology students..."Only floss the teeth you want to keep!" Be sure to read where Mark's journey as a Calvin Chem Major to an international expert on dental impression materials...Full Story »

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