Chemistry

The University of Dubuque Chemistry major combines a rigorous foundation of chemistry skills and knowledge with the flexibility of an individually designed curriculum for students interested in pursuing a wide variety of careers in the field of chemistry. These fields often include areas such as pharmaceutical and chemical research and development, health professions, environmental testing and remediation, quality assurance design and implementation, and food research and production.

What You Will Learn

  • Gain an appreciation for the breadth and depth of chemistry and the importance of chemistry in our daily lives.
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills needed for employment in a diverse array of chemistry-based careers.
  • Build research skills that will enhance your ability to compete for opportunities in graduate and professional schools.

Program of Study

The University of Dubuque degree in chemistry grounds students with foundational courses in general, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry while offering the flexibility to focus a student's education into disciplines such as biochemistry and environmental chemistry.


What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Chemistry Program allows students the opportunity to choose to pursue their own research project under the supervision of a faculty member.  All chemistry courses include a significant laboratory component to provide students with experience using multiple instruments and performing multiple analyses.

Where Our Graduates Go

Chemistry is a new degree program at the University of Dubuque. Students from our first graduating class entered a number of graduate and professional programs.

News from the Department

December 2 - Seminar: Brad Chamberlain - Luther College. Satan's Resin? Redeeming Palstic in a Disposable Age.

November 4 - Seminar: Tesla Monson. University of California-Berkeley. Chew On This: The Evolution of Mammalian Dentition.

October 7 - Seminar: Megan Livingston - University of Wisconsin-Madison. Development of a Robust 3D Organotypic Model of Human Mammary Ducts.

September 9 - Seminar: Nilda Rodriquez. University of Northern Iowa. Host-Pathogen Interactions betweeen the Macrophage and the Parasitic Protozoa Leishmaina chagasi

Chemistry - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
CHM 111: General Chemistry I (4)
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
CIS 101/103: Introduction to Computers (3)

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
CHM 112: General Chemistry II (4)
WVS 201: World View Seminar (3)
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)


Year Two

Fall Semester
CHM 221: Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM 241: Analytical Chemistry (4)
UDMA 250: Calculus I (4)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3) or other REL course

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
CHM 222: Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHM 341: Instrumental Analysis (4)
UDMA 260: Calculus II (4)
UDMA 230: Introduction to Statistics (3)


Year Three

Fall Semester
CHM 331: Biochemistry I (4)
Chemistry Elective
PHY 151: General Physics I (4)
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
Chemistry Elective
Chemistry Elective
PHY 152: General Physics II (4)
PSY/SOC 111: Introduction to Psychology/Sociology (3)


Year Four

Fall Semester
CHM 471: Physical Chemistry (4)
Chemistry Elective
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B Course
CHM 495: Senior Seminar (1)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
CHM 472: Physical Chemistry II (4)
Chemistry Elective
BIO 125: Population, Resources and Environment (3) or other Stewardship Course
CCS 101/UDLS 111: Cross Cultural Study (1)/Elemenatry Spanish (3) or other Global Awareness Course

David Koch
David Koch
Department of Natural and Applied Sciences Head and Associate Professor

PhD, Kansas State University, Geography
MS, Kansas State University, Agronomy 
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Agronomy and Genetics

Office Phone: 563.589.3598
E-mail: dkoch@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 204B University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688
Biography - Click Here

I received my PhD in Geography (GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis) in 2010, MS in Agronomy (soil chemistry) in 2002, and BS in Agronomy and Genetics in 1991.  Throughout that entire time period, the theme of environmental science has run through my academic work.  After receiving my BS, I served two years in the Peace Corp in Paraguay.


Bindu Balakrishnan
Bindu Balakrishnan
Assistant Professor

PhD, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences - India
MSc Physiology, Kasturba Medical College - India



Office Phone: 563.589.3261
E-mail: bbalakrishnan@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104D University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Richard Cowart
Richard Cowart
Professor

PhD, Texas A&M University; Microbiology
MS, Texas A&M University; Microbiology
BS, West Texas State University; Biology

Office Phone: 563.589.3142
E-mail: rcowart@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 204A University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688
Biography - Click Here

Education and Postdoctoral Training
Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 1/83 - 8/84
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1/80 - 12/82
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Ph.D., 1979, Microbiology
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, M.S., 1976, Microbiology
West Texas State University, Canyon, TX, B.S., 1971, Biology

Memberships
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Recent Publications
Extracellular Iron Reductase Activity Elaborated by Listeria monocytogenes. (1996) Barchini, E., and R.E. Cowart. Arch. Microbiol. 166:51-57.

Aspergillus fumigatus Conidia induce a Th1-type Cytokine Response. (1997) Grazziutti, M.L., J.H. Rex, R.E. Cowart, E.J. Anaissie, A. Ford, and C.A. Savary. J. Infect. Dis. 176:1579-1583.

Multidimensional Flow Cytometric Analysis of Dendritic Cells in Peripheral Blood of Normal Donors and Cancer Patients. (1998) Savary, C.A., M.L. Grazziutti, B. Melichar, D. Prezepiorka, R. Freedman, R.E. Cowart, D. Cohen, E. Anaissie, D. Woodside, B. McIntyre, D. Pierson, N. Pellis, and J.H. Rex. Cancer Immunol. Immunother. 45:234-240.

Activated Lymphocytes Reduce Adherence of Aspergillus fumigatus. (1998) Martins, M.D., L. Rodriquez, C.A. Savary, M.L. Grazziutti, D. Deshpande, D.M. Cohen, R.E. Cowart, D.G. Woodside, B.W. McIntyre, E.J. Anaissie, and J.H. Rex. Medical Mycology 36:281-289.

Extracellular Iron Reductases: Identification of a New Class of Enzymes by Siderophore Producing Microorganisms. (1999) Vartivarian, S.E. and R.E. Cowart. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 364:75-82.

Reduction of Iron by Extracellular Iron Reductases: Implications for Microbial Iron
Acquisition. (2002) Cowart, R.E. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 400:273-281.

Removal of Iron from Fe3+-transferrin. Campbell, J., L. Schneider, and R.E. Cowart. In Preparation.

Surface Proteins of Listeria monocytogenes. Cowart, R.E. and P.J. Kelleher. In Preparation.

Research in The Iron Lab
We are finishing up the writing for submission of the work of Jackie Campbell and Lori Schneider on the removal of iron from transferrin. Additional work was carried out after they left, but these additional studies will make this a superb paper. Jackie has now passed her prelims in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congradulations to Jackie. Lori has successfully completed two semesters at Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine and is thinking about a career in research. This likley means a Ph.D. after her DVM should she decide to go this direction.

I had a good summer studying Advanced Bacterial Genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The course was intense but very good. Research in the lab is centering around the thermodynamics of the transfer of iron from various chelators to bacterial siderophores, and learning more about bioinformatics and molecular modeling. Plans are also being made to get back to isolating and characterizing bacterial iron reductases.

Relevant Scholarly Activities

I am an active, ad hoc reviewer for the journal Archives of Biochemistry & Biophysics.

Attending STEM Conference for Educators, June 20 – 24, 2016, San Diego, CA.

ATP, Positive Heterotropic Interactions, and Allosteric Control of Fe3+ Release from Fe3+-Transferrin.  Richard E. Cowart.  Presented at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, June 6, 2015.

U.S. Patent No. 8,647,640, February 11, 2014.  Vaccine Compositions and Methods of Use to Protect against Infectious Diseases.  Richard E. Cowart, Inventor. 

A putative P-type ATPase required for virulence and resistance to haem toxicity in Listeria monocytogenes.  (2012) McLaughlin H.P., Q. Xiao, R.B. Rea, H. Pi, P.G. Casey, T. Darby, A. Charbit, R.D. Sleator., S.A. Joyce., R.E. Cowart, C. Hill, P.E. Klebba, and C.G. Gahan. PLoS One. 7 (2):1-12. 

Reduction of iron by extracellular iron reductases:  Implications for microbial iron acquisition. (2002) Cowart, R.E. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 400:273-281.

Extracellular iron reductases: Identification of a new class of enzymes by siderophore producing microorganisms. (1999) Vartivarian, S.E. and R.E. Cowart. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 364:75-82.

 

 

I am currently teaching the following courses: Biol 110 Human Biology (a non-majors course), Biol 314 Microbiology, and Biol 213 General and Medical Microbiology. I am also, presently developing the course, “Industrial and Environmental Microbiologys

Comments are alwaywelcome. Feel free to contact me at rcowart@dbq.edu


Dan Duclos
Dan Duclos
Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences


E-mail: dduclos@dbq.edu 

Dale Hampton Easley
Dale Hampton Easley
Department of Natural and Applied Sciences Professor

PhD, University of Wyoming
MS, University of Wyoming
BS, Guilford College

Office Phone: 563.589.3639
E-mail: deasley@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104B University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Kelly Grussendorf
Kelly Grussendorf
Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Kansas
BA, Minnesota State University - Moorhead

Office Phone: 563.589.3149
E-mail: kgrussendorf@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 309A University Science Center

Adam Hoffman
Adam Hoffman
Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, University of Minnesota-Morris

Office Phone: 563.589.3746
E-mail: ahoffman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104E University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Lalith Jayawickrama
Lalith Jayawickrama
Teaching Specialist Faculty, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

MS, University of Delaware
BS, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Office Phone: 563.589.3148
E-mail: lalithj@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 317 University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Rasika Mudalige-Jayawickrama
Rasika Mudalige-Jayawickrama
Associate Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences

PhD, University of Hawaii
MS, Louisiana State University
BS, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Office Phone: 563.589.3144
E-mail: rmudalig@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104C University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Tyler Porter
DNAS Lab Manager

E-mail: tporter@dbq.edu 

James Prochaska
James Prochaska
Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences

MS, University of Wisconsin - Superior; Physics
BS, Loras College; Chemistry

Office Phone: 563.589.3149
E-mail: jprochaska@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104 University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Mark Sinton
Mark Sinton
Assistant Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences

PhD, Michigan State University
MS, University of Denver
BA, University of Denver

Office Phone: 563.589.3153
E-mail: msinton@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 204C University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Richard W. Smith
Richard W. Smith
Assistant Professor - Physics

MA, Mankato State University
BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3146
E-mail: rwsmith@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 230C University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Ken Turner, Jr.
Ken Turner, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Science Education

EDD, National Louis University
MAT, De Pauw University
BA, Valparaiso University

Office Phone: 563.589.3799
E-mail: kturner@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 309A University Science Center
Biography - Click Here

Turner is  pursuing a doctorate at National Louis University while teaching education, science, and research classes at University of Dubuque and  National Louis University.

He led teams of teachers and students in research on local wetlands, fullerenes, liquid crystals, piezoelectrics, lighter-than-air solids, diamond thin-films, and more.  He has taught Materials Engineering and Design at the Cray Academy (Eau Clair, WI) and at the Center for Talent Development (Northwestern University). He initiated, led, and published two different integrated curriculums. He has years of experience teaching high school and middle school sciences, and holds certifications in high school and elementary teaching in addition to being a National Board Certified Teacher. 

He is a module developer, beta tester, book author, and workshop leader for Materials World Modules, at the Materials Science Institute, Northwestern University. He has authored articles, participated in nationwide validity studies, directed a Toyota Tapestry project, led workshops from Boston to San Francisco, and won Illinois “Those Who Excel” award for excellence in teaching three times.

He has been published in The Science Teacher, Journal of Chemical Education, Journal of Materials Education, and others.  He published, “Ready for the Next Generation Science Standards” at the Iowa Academy of Science (2014), and will present “Formative Evaluation of Preparedness to Teach Engineering Design and NGSS” at Evaluation 2014, the national conference for the American Evaluation Association.  He has researched, published, and taught Engineering Design for over a decade.

He believes that, as never before, our students, teachers, and leaders will need to bring all of their creativity and intelligence to bear on each problem they face. Therefore, integrity, collaboration, and innovation must mark our efforts in school and personal improvement. It is a moral imperative.


Gerald L. Zuercher
Gerald L. Zuercher
Professor of Vertebrate Ecology

PhD, Kansas State University
MS, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
BS, Mississippi State University

Office Phone: 563.589.3147
E-mail: gzuerche@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104E University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Michele Zuercher
Michele Zuercher
Teaching Specialist


Office Phone: 563.589.3151
E-mail: mzuercher@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 230A University Science Center

Careers in Chemistry

Chemistry is an extremely broad area of study, with career options to match. An extremely broad array of opportunities can be found in each of the five major areas of chemistry, in both the academic and industrial arenas. Academic positions center on primary and applied research in one of the main areas, but can be extremely varied, with good opportunities for cross-discipline collaboration. Research themes include areas such as climate science, forensic scientific methods, chemistry of energetic materials, human biochemistry and physiology, and many more. Chemists are employed in nearly every major industrial category, as well. Laboratory careers are major facets of the business for companies in the areas of petroleum and mining, personal care, household chemicals, plastics and polymers, industrial chemicals, agricultural chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

BS Opportunities

Examples of specific careers that are often held by BS chemists are: laboratory technician or chemist in quality control or assurance, chemical and process development research, synthesis research, or clinical laboratories; laboratory manager in quality laboratories; chemical or pharmaceutical sales representative, and high school chemistry teacher.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Examples of specific careers that are often held by chemists with a post-graduate degree are: lead scientist in product or analytical development; principle researcher in primary research projects; group leader or manager in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries; project director at contract research organizations, and university professor.

Successful Outcomes

2015 Chemistry

Chemistry (Digital Forensics) is a new degree program at the University of Dubuque.  Our first graduates will cross the stage in May 2015!