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Academics / Departments & Programs / Chemistry & Biochemistry / Academics Chemistry Major

Degree Overview

When you understand the tiniest components of our natural world, you can make big changes. Chemistry influences the medicine we invent, the laws we write, and the spaces we create—and Christians are needed in these spaces to solve problems and spur innovation.

Program Distinctives

A reputation for excellence - Our chemistry program is recognized nationally for its excellence. Students receive prestigious awards like the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Graduates get into top-rated med schools and grad schools.
A meaningful accomplishment - Calvin’s chemistry program is challenging. You are supported and encouraged every step of the way. You also gain skills that empower you to communicate, lead, and adapt.
A versatile program - Chemistry majors can take part in Calvin’s many art, music, sports, and study-abroad opportunities and still graduate in four years.

Degree Information

  • Courses
  • Admission

    To pursue a chemistry major, you’ll need to earn a minimum grade of a "C" (2.0) in two early chemistry courses you'll take at Calvin: Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry) and one of these courses: Chemistry 201, 253, or 261. These foundational courses will help you confirm your interest in chemistry and make sure that chemistry is the right path to your career goals.

    Your chemistry faculty advisor will help you understand this requirement and help you plan an academic path to your biochemistry major.

  • ACS Certification

    Adding American Chemical Society certification to your degree gives you additional research experience, and sets you up well for graduate studies. To learn how to add an ACS certification to a chemistry major, please contact the chemistry and biochemistry department or consult with a faculty advisor.


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