Chemistry and Biochemestry

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Baylor University offers a unique combination of direct faculty-student training and mentoring, graduate student-operated instrumentation, and growth-focused education leading to impactful science. Our department operates in a close-knit and friendly community. We have research programs in the core areas of chemistry along with more interdisciplinary programs in chemical biology, bioinorganic chemistry, biomedical science and imaging, bioanalytical chemistry, and astrochemistry.

Be Part of Cutting-Edge Research

Baylor's chemists and biochemists work across the entire array of molecular science: pioneering routes to synthesize the most complex organic molecules; designing pharmacons to improve health; synthesizing novel inorganic-organic hybrids; engineering new devices for nano-scale cellular imaging.

Learn Beside Incredible Faculty

By recruiting faculty from the best universities in the world, Baylor's department of chemistry and biochemistry is undergoing rapid expansion. The large faculty to student ratio, and medium-size research groups fosters close apprenticeship, where faculty work alongside graduate students.

Work in State-of-the-Art Facilities

The department is located in one of the largest, well-designed, and integrated science buildings in the world (see video above)! The department consists of well-laid out laboratories with separate office/lab areas, modern fume hoods, and extensive modern instrumentation. This includes all traditional instruments (NMR, MS, X-ray, LC-MS, microscopies for nano-scale science; all student-operated) in addition to more modern instruments including TLC-MS (Thin-Layer Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry), in situ IR reaction monitoring, and robotics for reaction optimization.


Baylor junior Emily Ziperman was named Poster Contest Winner for her research poster presentation at A Summer of Research: An Undergraduate Symposium held September 29th on the University of Texas—Dallas campus.
Since her arrival on campus, Baylor President Linda Livingstone has often discussed Baylor’s aim to fill a unique space in the world of higher education — to become one of the few preeminent Christian research universities in the nation. Baylor’s academic strategic plan,  Illuminate, lays out some of the ways the university plans to meet this …
Oct. 10, 2018 Neil Garg, Ph.D., the current recipient of Baylor’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, has been selected as the first professor to hold UCLA’s Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Garg, who created interactive online tutorials that combine real-life examples of organic chemistry, human health and popular culture, has been developing an educational tool, with students, for visualizing and manipulating chemical structures on smartphones. As the Cherry Professor, Garg is expected to teach in residence at Baylor in spring 2019.

Having Fun in the Heart of Texas

Baylor is Texas' oldest university and is located at its heart, nestled on the Brazos River in the city of Waco. In the past few years Waco has experienced an unprecedented boom in economic development and is now home to some of the best restaurants, coffee shops, and venues for sports and entertainment in all of Texas. And its still an inexpensive and friendly place to live!