The field of biochemistry combines life sciences and the study of molecular interactions to provide a deeper understanding of God's living world.

Overview

Our hands-on classes and labs, taught by excellent Christian professors, will prepare you for graduate level research and for your future career.

Take advantage of these opportunities:

  • learn a broad range of current techniques during weekly lab experience.
  • collaborate with fellow students and professors through summer research fellowship.
  • acquire the skills and knowledge base needed to solve problems and answer questions in your field

Careers in Biochemistry

  • Researcher
  • Public Health Officer
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Be a lab assistant; assist a professor with summer research; intern at Van Andel Institute in downtown Grand Rapids

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Concentrations
Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Dr. Robert J. Albers Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a major in chemistry or biochemistry (not for pre-med students)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John A. Bolt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,850
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; chemistry or biochemistry major; preference is given to those pursuing teaching and/or research in the sciences
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Peter and Margaret (Bell) De Haan Chemistry Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; chemistry or biochemistry major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Debra Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, environmental science or physics major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Alexander and Lavonne Dragt Family Honors Scholarship
  • award amount: varies
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; an Honors Scholarship recipient; preference is given to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or music
  • automatic consideration
Gerrit, Beulah, and Robert Dragt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or political science
  • automatic consideration
James and Beatrice Harkema Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing biomedical science which could be pursuing a pre-med program or biology, biochemistry, chemistry or biotechnology major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Hazel Holtrop Natural Resources Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; have an interest in a natural resource career such as forestry, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, hydrology, soil science, outdoor recreation, etc; have an interest in outdoor activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Harley A. and Julia Janssen Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; chemistry or biochemistry major or minor; preference is given to those pursuing secondary education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Klanderman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.80+
  • financial need is not required; chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Pfizer Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is not required; chemistry or biochemistry major or pursuing a degree in the chemical engineering program; must have an academic advisor from their major department; have an established record of enthusiasm for and involvement in the ongoing work of their major department
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
VanDerWoude Science Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is not required; physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry or mathematics major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Edwin and Eleanor Vrieland Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; chemistry or biochemistry major; demonstrate Christian character and participation in church activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Louise Wagner/Vander Wagen Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA or 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; intending to pursue a career in optometry or ophthalmology with first preference being given to optometry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
West Michigan Optometric Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; biology, biotechnology or biochemistry major; intending to pursue a career in optometry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Enno and Mrs. Lucile Wolthuis Chemistry Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; chemistry or biochemistry major; preference is given to those interested in pursuing a career in research and/or higher education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Carolyn Anderson

Carolyn Anderson
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 335
cea3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6343

Eric Arnoys

Eric Arnoys
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 233
earnoys@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6051

David Benson

David Benson
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 303
deb22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7699

Ronald Blankespoor

Ronald Blankespoor
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 227
blan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6174

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

Roger DeKock

Roger DeKock
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 301
dekock@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6344

David Dornbos

David Dornbos
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 205
dld9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8578

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 229
hrf3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7711

Keith Grasman

Keith Grasman
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 103
kag4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6024

David Koetje

David Koetje
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Larry Louters

Larry Louters
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 223
lout@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6493

Mark Muyskens

Mark Muyskens
Professor, Department Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 305
muym@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6269

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
Pre-professional health advisor: Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry
Department of Biology
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

Kumar Sinniah

Kumar Sinniah
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Chad Tatko

Chad Tatko
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 307
cdt2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7584

Douglas Vander Griend

Douglas Vander Griend
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 231
dav4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8729

John Wertz

John Wertz
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 131
jwertz59@calvin.edu
(616)526-7621

Talk to us

Mark Muyskens Mark Muyskens
Department Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 305
muym@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6269

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