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Why choose Calvin to study chemistry & biochemistry?

Consider the many advantages to studying chemistry or biochemistry at Calvin:

  • You will get dedicated attention from our professors who teach every course and lab.

  • Our curriculum comprises many laboratory courses designed to provide hands-on learning and introduce a broad range of techniques used in research today.

  • The department boasts a thriving undergraduate research commmunity with some of the best research-grade instrumentation in the state of Michigan for student and faculty use.

  • Students have opportunities to collaborate with professors on cutting-edge research during both the summer and the academic year for either credit or pay.

  • Successful research projects often result in a manuscript that is published in an international journal with the student serving as a co-author. We celebrate our 200 students recognized as co-authors the past decade.

  • Students who have come through our program have been acknowledged as Barry M. Goldwater Fellows, Hertz Foundation Fellows and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows, just to name a few. (The links provide student recipient stories).

  • Our accreditation by the American Chemical Society bolsters our excellent reputation among universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

  • Students work together to master course material and laboratory methods.

  • We aim to equip students to make the world a better place on behalf of Christ.

  • Our graduates are highly successful, and they testify to being well prepared for positions in academia and industry.

Student Profiles

A chemical romance is how Ryan Martinie '13 approaches one of his first loves: chemistry. For Ryan, science and faith are intertwined. Read more »

Nate Romero was a Beckman scholar, a Goldwater scholarship winner and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship--all before graduating in 2012. He credits the accessibility of his professors. Full story »

Senior Lauren Manck will research seagrasses in Spain via a Fulbright Scholarship after her graduation in May 2012. After her Junior year at Calvin, Lauren spent the summer at the University of Cadiz in Cadiz Spain. Read more »

Cheri Ackerman '11, a former Goldwater Scholar and Hertz Fellowship recipient, seeks a balance as a Christian and a biochemist. Full story »


susanna lynchResearch Student Susanna Lynch '10 wins the prestigious McKnight Award after being selected from a group of very accomplished research students from universities across the country. Learn more »





Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry


Calvin Chemistry Fast Facts

Calvin is ranked in the top 3% of private colleges whose graduates go on to earn a Ph.D. in the sciences.

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Student Profile

24 students were employed for full-time research through the department's 2014 summer research program

In the past ten years, 100% of our graduates who wanted to pursue their studies further in graduate school have been accepted, and all received assistantships or fellowships.

In the last decade, the department has been awarded $8 million in grants to maintain vigorous year-round research programs.

Calvin is one of just four colleges and universities nationwide to be honored with a Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

Calvin is ranked first in Michigan and fifth in nation for study abroad and international enrollment. Read More »

U.S.News & World Report ranks Calvin among the top tier of national Liberal Arts Colleges committed to undergraduate teaching.