Chemists study the world at a molecular level. By asking questions, making observations and conducting experiments, chemists seek to understand some of the smallest components of God's creation.

Overview

As a chemistry major at Calvin, you will receive a high-quality, individualized education from devoted, Christian faculty members.

While studying at Calvin, you'll be invited to:

  • collaborate with faculty on high-level research
  • publish your work in scientific journals
  • gain hands-on experience in labs
  • discover what it means to be a Christian and a scientist

Careers in Chemistry

  • Quality Control Administrator
  • FDA Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Forensic Scientist
  • More

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Student involvement

Become a lab assistant; assist a professor with summer research; participate in the Environmental Stewardship Coalition; lead a science camp during the summer

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

Course Requirements 2013-14

Chemistry major

(36-37 semester hours)

  • CHEM-103* General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM-201 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM-230 Essential Inorganic Chemistry
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • CHEM-304 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
    • CHEM-317 Physical Chemistry I
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM-271 Environmental Chemistry
    • CHEM-318 Physical Chemistry II
    • CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
    • CHEM-325 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM-329 Instrumental Methods for Chemical and Biological Sciences
    • CHEM-330 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • An approved interim
  • IDIS-310 History of Physical Science (or an approved course in integrative studies)
  • CHEM-295 Chemistry Seminar (four times)
  • Completion of major field test

Cognates (16 semester hours)

  • One from two-course sequence:
    • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
    • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

    • MATH-171 Calculus I
    • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • One from two-course sequence:
    • PHYS-133 Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Gravity
    • PHYS-235 Introductory Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

    • PHYS-221 General Physics
    • PHYS-222 General Physics

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

Chemistry 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 chemistry 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:
    • CHEM-304 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
    • CHEM-317 Physical Chemistry I
  • One from:
  • CHEM-383 Laboratory in Biochemistry
  • One from:
    • CHEM-395 (4 semester hours, the last as honors)
    • CHEM-397 with a seminar presentation
  • Three with at least one from each category or an approved interim:
  • IDIS-310 History of Physical Science (or an approved course in integrative studies)
  • CHEM-295 Chemistry Seminar (four times)
  • Completion of major field test

Cognates (16 semester hours)

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

Chemistry minor

(6 courses, 24-26 semester hours)

  • CHEM-103* General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • Four or five from:
    • CHEM-201 Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM-230 Essential Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM-253 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM-271 Environmental Chemistry
    • CHEM-303 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
    • CHEM-304 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
    • CHEM-317 Physical Chemistry I
    • CHEM-318 Physical Chemistry II
    • CHEM-323 Biochemistry I
    • CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
    • CHEM-329 Instrumental Methods for Chemical and Biological Sciences
    • An approved interim.
      At least one must be a 300-level course.

*students who are well prepared for college chemistry are encouraged to enroll in CHEM-105.

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Scholarships

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

Alto Precision in Honor of Willis M. Clark Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • first-year
  • GPA 3.00+
  • financial need considered; must be a graduate of South Christian HS, Grand Rapids, MI
  • automatic consideration
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
Kurt Frisch Family Scholarship
Laura and Gary Greenfield Chemistry and Math Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.5+
  • financial need not 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
Heidmann Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.2+
  • financial need not required; preference to graduates of South Christian HS
  • automatic consideration
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship
R. and J. Iwema Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; intending to teach math or science in grades 6-12
  • 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
McNamara Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need required; preference may be given to a student in the honors program or who has been adopted
  • 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
Secondary Science Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • financial need required; major in secondary science education
  • 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
John and Lillian Van Oosten Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Veltkamp Secondary Science Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need considered; declared major in the secondary science education program
  • 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
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

Michael Barbachyn

Michael Barbachyn
Professor of Chemistry
Brummel Chair in Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 333
mrb43@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8588

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

Roger DeKock

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

Herbert Fynewever

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

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

Kenneth Piers

Kenneth Piers
Chemistry, Emeritus
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 337
pier@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6491

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

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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