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.

News

WACO, Texas (Sept. 9, 2021) – Baylor University on Wednesday welcomed the inaugural cohort of 25 Trailblazer Scholars during a reception in the Barfield Drawing Room.
Only a fraction of the schools U.S. News reviews each year come out with high scores for both undergraduate teaching and undergraduate research opportunities. Baylor now ranks among the top 40 nationally in both categories — part of a short list filled with schools such as Duke, Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale. Overall, U.S. News …
WACO, Texas (Oct. 6, 2021) – Baylor University students’ engagement with their studies, interaction with their faculty and satisfaction with their experience landed the University in a tie nationally at No. 4 – and tops in Texas and the Big 12 – for Student Engagement in the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings released Sept. 22.

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!