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.


Amandeep Arora
Amandeep Arora
Assistant Professor

PhD - Oklahoma State University MS - Guru Nanak Dev University, India BSed - Panjab University, India BS - Panjab University, India

Office Phone: 563.589.3498
E-mail: aarora@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 104E University Science Center

Bindu Balakrishnan
Bindu Balakrishnan
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program

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

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: 230B 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

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: 104C University Science Center
Biography - Click Here

Ken Turner, Jr. is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Dubuque and the Chair of the Iowa Science Teacher Section of the Iowa Academy of Science.  He has taught General Chemistry, Introduction to Research Writing, Collegiate Algebra, STEM and Engineering Design among others at the undergraduate level as well as several courses at the graduate level.

Before becoming a full-time faculty member at the University of Dubuque, Turner taught Biology, Advance Placement Chemistry, Chemistry, and Chemistry of Foods at the high school level.  He has also taught at the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development at the middle school level.

In this time, he has won awards based on his teaching as well as competitive grants such as Those Who Excel (Illinois State Board of Education), Tandy Technology Scholars Top 100 Teachers of Math, Science, and Computer Science, and the Toyota Tapestry Grant.  He has also presented at numerous conferences and workshops on topics as diverse as analysis of lake water health, nanotechnology, and creating engineering design activities.

Turner has co-authored two supplemental texts (Composites and Smart Sensors) and numerous articles published in journals such as Materials Research Education, Science Teacher, and Journal of Chemical Education.  His most recent article, co-authored with Dr. Adam Hoffman, “Integration, Authenticity, and Relevancy in College Science through Engineering Design” (2018) appears in the Journal of College Science Teaching.

Turner strives to creatively seek, utilize, and communicate the educational research that supports all learners. 


Danielle Yaklin
Danielle Yaklin
Laboratory Manager


Office Phone: 563.589.3752
E-mail: DYaklin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 317 University Science Center

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: 309A 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!