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.

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 of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; must be a graduate of South Christian HS (Grand Rapids, MI); first preference is given to students planning to pursue a program in engineering; second preference is given to students majoring in the sciences
  • search and apply here
John A. Bolt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,950
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Peter and Margaret (Bell) De Haan Chemistry/Biochemistry Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; chemistry or biochemistry major
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Alexander and Lavonne Dragt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,800
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; must be planning to major in math, physical or biological sciences, nursing or music
  • search and apply here
Gerrit, Beulah, and Robert Dragt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Kurt Frisch Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.80+
  • financial need is considered; chemistry major
  • search and apply here
Laura and Gary Greenfield Chemistry and Math Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; chemistry or mathematics major
  • search and apply here
James and Beatrice Harkema Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Heidmann Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is not required; biology or chemistry major or pursuing an engineering program; preference is given to graduates of South Chr HS (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+; minimum ACT score of 30 or SAT of 1300
  • financial need is not required; planning to major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics or mathematics and pursuing a career in research or post-secondary education
  • search and apply here
R. and J. Iwema Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; intending to teach math or science in grades 6-12
  • search and apply here
Harley A. and Julia Janssen Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Bernard Klamer Memorial Chemistry Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.020+
  • financial need is considered but a student with greater financial need may receive special consideration; demonstrate a strong Christian faith and a sense of calling and vocation
  • search and apply here
Klanderman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.80+
  • financial need is not required; chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering major
  • search and apply here
McNamara Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is required; chemistry or biochemistry major; preference may be given to a student in the honors program or who has been adopted
  • search and apply here
Pfizer Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,700
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Secondary Science Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; major in secondary science education
  • search and apply here
VanDerWoude Science Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is not required; physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry or mathematics major
  • search and apply here
Raymond and Florence Van Heuvelen Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-medical/medical research program or majoring in one of the sciences; preference is given to graduates of Holland Chr HS (Holland, MI)
  • search and apply here
John and Lillian Van Oosten Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, geology, geography, or environmental science major
  • search and apply here
Veltkamp Secondary Science Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; declared major in the secondary science education program
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Dr. and Enno and Mrs. Lucile Wolthuis Chemistry Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • 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
  • search and apply here
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Faculty

Carolyn Anderson

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

Eric Arnoys

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

Michael Barbachyn

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

David Benson

David Benson
Associate Professor
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

Roger DeKock

Roger DeKock
Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
NH 262
dekock@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6344

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 305
hrf3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7711

Larry Louters

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

Mark Muyskens

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

Kenneth Piers

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

Kumar Sinniah

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

Chad Tatko

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

Douglas Vander Griend

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

Talk to us

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

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

Crystal Bruxvoort Crystal Bruxvoort
Department Co-Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
NH 052B
cb29@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6019

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