Chemistry and Biochemistry

Why study chemistry or biochemistry at Samford? Chemists and biochemists like to refer to our discipline as the "central science." This expresses our view that chemistry and biochemistry overlap with almost every other branch of science. The knowledge and skill that a student of chemistry or biochemistry develops can be applied to problems from the subatomic scale to those found in the farthest reaches of the universe.

Rebekah Brooks
The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department faculty are my second family. Every one of them has contributed to fostering a research atmosphere on the third floor of Propst Hall and continues to push me to develop essential skills as a scientist. Rebekah Brooks, U.S. Goldwater Scholar, 2014

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Samford University is small enough to provide personal attention and yet large enough to provide the breadth of experience needed to qualify our graduates for positions in industry, graduate school, or professional school.


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Pulitzer Prize Winner Fagin to Present Davis Lecture Nov. 2

Howard College of Arts and Sciences and the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership are partnering to host the free public lecture by the author of ‘Toms River,’ a gripping, true account of childhood cancers caused by industrial pollution in the town of Toms River, New Jersey. 
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Samford Faculty, Students Find Role for Mushrooms in Cleaning Wastewater

Their new article in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology’ describes how a local, safe and edible mushroom secretes an enzyme that can break down contaminants into safe byproducts. 
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Four From Samford Named Schweitzer Fellows

Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities