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

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By the numbers

Faculty
All of Calvin's Chemistry professors have earned PhD's from high-ranking institutions.
Concentrations
Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Biochemistry major

(37-38 semester hours)

  • CHEM-103* General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104* General Chemistry II
  • One from:
  • CHEM-323 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
  • CHEM-383 Laboratory in Biochemistry
  • Three from:
  • One from:
    • An approved course in integrative studies
  • CHEM-295 Chemistry Seminar (four times)
  • Completion of major field test

Cognates (20 semester hours)

  • One two-course sequence selected from:
  • One two-course sequence selected from:
  • One from:
    • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for Health Science
    • BIOL-224 Cellular and Genetic Systems (prerequisites may be required)

*or students who are well prepared for college chemistry are encouraged to enroll in Chemistry 105
**students who enroll in Chemistry 261 must also enroll in Chemistry 262

Biochemistry major (ACS Certified)

(45-50 semester hours)

This major meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society and best prepares students for graduate study in biochemistry and related areas:

  • CHEM-103* General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM-201 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM-230 Essential Inorganic Chemistry
  • One from:
  • One from:
  • One from:
  • CHEM-383 Laboratory in Biochemistry
  • Two from:
  • One from:
    • CHEM-395 (4 semester hours, the last as honors)
    • CHEM-397 with a seminar presentation.
  • One from:
    • IDIS-310 History of Physical Science
    • An approved course in integrative studies
  • CHEM-295 Chemistry Seminar (four times)
  • Completion of major field test

Cognates (20 semester hours)

  • MATH-171 Calculus I
  • MATH-172 Calculus II
  • One two-course sequence selected from:
    • PHYS-133 Introductory Physics: Mechanics/Gravity
    • PHYS-235 Intro Physics: Elect/Magnetism

  • One from:
    • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for Health Science
    • BIOL-224 Cellular and Genetic Systems (prerequisites may be required)

*or students who are well prepared for college chemistry are encouraged to enroll in Chemistry 105.
**students who enroll in Chemistry 261 must also enroll in Chemistry 262

Biochemistry minor

(6 courses, 21-26 semester hours)

*or students who are well prepared for college chemistry are encouraged to enroll in Chemistry 105.
**students who enroll in Chemistry 261 must also enroll in Chemistry 262

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Scholarships

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

Dr. Robert J. Albers Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John A. Bolt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; preference 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: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Debra Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,800
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Beatrice Harkema Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing biomedical science
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Harley A. and Julia Janssen Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need required; preference to those pursuing secondary education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Klanderman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.8+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
NSF Scientific Computing Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000 to $8,000
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; US citizen; full-time student; demonstrate an interest in scientific computation and modeling
  • apply through the Integrated Science Research Institute
Pfizer Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • junior or senior majoring in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need not required; be active in the activities of the department
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
VanDerWoude Science Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Edwin and Eleanor Vrieland Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Louise Wagner/Vander Wagen Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,250
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered; intending to pursue a career in optometry or ophthalmology
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
West Michigan Optometric Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; intending to pursue a career in optometry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Enno and Mrs. Lucile Wolthuis Chemistry Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those pursuing a career in research 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
DeVries Hall 335
cea3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6343

Eric Arnoys

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

David Benson

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

Ronald Blankespoor

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

Randall DeJong

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

Roger DeKock

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

David Dornbos

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

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 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
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Larry Louters

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

Mark Muyskens

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

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
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
DeVries Hall 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Chad Tatko

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

Douglas Vander Griend

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

John Wertz

John Wertz
Assistant 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
DeVries Hall 305
muym@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6269

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