This degree provides exceptional preparation for a career in research or in the health professions, including coursework and lab work in all areas of chemistry, biology introductory sequence, seminar, and required research, with a focus on the chemistry of living systems. This degree is certified by the American Chemical Society.

Fast Facts
  • Professionally certified by the American Chemical Society
  • Exceptional facilities and state-of-the-art instrumentation
  • Highly research-active faculty supervise a large undergraduate research program
  • Graduates regularly gain entrance to top Ph.D. programs and medical school
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What You'll Study

All chemistry disciplines, core biology concepts, physics, and calculus


Professors who want to do research with Trinity students

Faculty in the chemistry department conduct research in fundamental biochemistry and molecular biology as well as in chemical biology, bioorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and biotechnology.  REMOVE

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Adam Urbach, Ph.D.
Acting Chair
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Nathalia Almeida
Visiting Assistant Professor
Meredith (Mia) Borden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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John A. Burke, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Michelle Bushey
Michelle Bushey, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Christina Cooley
Christina Cooley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Maggie Gustafson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Victoria Hunter
Visiting Assistant Professor
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William E. Kurtin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Joseph Lambert
Joseph B. Lambert, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Chemistry
Corina Maeder
Corina Maeder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair Chemistry, Director BCMB
Nancy Stewart Mills
Nancy Stewart Mills, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
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Graham Piburn
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Benjamin F. Plummer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Chris Pursell
Christopher Pursell, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
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Rebecca Rapf, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Jason Shearer, Ph.D.
Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Student Opportunities

Trinity’s highly active undergraduate chemistry state-of-the-art facilities and research programs prepare students through hands-on learning.


The McGavock Scholarship

The McNair Scholars Program

The Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science Award

Honors Programs

The honors program in chemistry or biochemistry requires three semesters of research and culminates in the writing and defense of an honors thesis and...

Research Opportunities

Trinity has one of the most active chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate research programs in the country.

Study Abroad

The biochemistry course requirements are highly sequential, and so careful, advanced planning must be made in order to accomplish a semester of study...

Spaces and Facilities

The chemistry department administers the biochemistry degree and is located in Trinity’s Center for the Sciences and Innovation, which boasts 280,000...

Student Organizations

These service organizations promote scientific literacy, public outreach, career and professional development, inclusion and diversity, and faculty...

Students Awards and Recognition

The chemistry department awards students for outstanding performance in general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

The department maintains a regular chemistry seminar program that hosts a range of scientists who spend the day on campus visiting with students and...

When You Graduate

Competitive for PhD programs, health professions, and other scientific careers

The biochemistry major is designed to prepare students to become professional biochemists. Our rigorous curriculum, approved by the American Chemical Society, prepares graduates for the biochemistry profession and for advanced study leading to a PhD.



Whether they attend a PhD program, enroll in medical, dental, or veterinary school, or join the workforce, graduates leave Trinity with a thorough foundation in chemistry and biochemistry and extensive, relevant experience.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Yale University

Career Areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Research and development



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