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)

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)

May Term
TBA


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

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

May Term
TBA


Year Three

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

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

May Term
TBA


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)

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

May Term
TBA

Adam Hoffman (2018)

   

Adam Hoffman

Department of Natural and Applied Sciences Head
Professor of Environmental Chemistry
PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison
BA, University of Minnesota - Morris

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


Amandeep Arora (2018)

   

Amandeep Arora

Assistant Professor
PhD, Oklahoma State University
MS, Guru Nanak Dev University
BSed, Panjab University
BS, Panjab University

Phone: 563.589.3498
E-mail: AArora@dbq.edu
Office: 104E University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688


Bindu Balakrishnan (2018)

   

Bindu Balakrishnan

Assistant Professor of Neurophysiology
PhD, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences - India
MSc, Kasturba Medical College

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


Dale Easley (2018)

   

Dale Hampton Easley

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

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


Kelly Grussendorf (2018)

   

Kelly Grussendorf

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

Phone: 563.589.3149
E-mail: KGrussendorf@dbq.edu
Office: 230B University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688


Lalith Jayawickrama (2018)

   

Lalith Jayawickrama

Teaching Specialist, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences
MS, University of Delaware
BS, Ramapo College of New Jersey

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


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Adam Kleinschmit

Associate Professor of Biology
PhD, University of Minnesota
BS, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Phone: 563.589.3142
E-mail: AKleinschmit@dbq.edu
Office: 204A University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688


David Koch (2018)

   

David Koch

Associate Professor
PhD, Kansas State University
MS, Kansas State University
BS, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Phone: 563.589.3598
E-mail: DKoch@dbq.edu
Office: 204B University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688


Rasika Mudalige-Jayawickrama (2018)

   

Rasika Mudalige-Jayawickrama

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

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


Mark Sinton (2018)

   

Mark Sinton

Assistant Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences
PhD, Michigan State University
MS, University of Denver
BA, University of Denver

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


Richard W. Smith (2018) DNAS

   

Richard W. Smith

Assistant Professor of Physics
MA, Mankato State University
BS, University of Dubuque

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


Ken Turner (2018)

   

Ken Turner, Jr.

Associate Professor of Science Education
EDD, National Louis University
MAT, DePauw University
BA, Valparaiso University

Phone: 563.589.3799
E-mail: KTurner@dbq.edu
Office: 104C University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688


Gerald Zuercher (2018)

   

Gerald L. Zuercher

Professor of Biology & Vertebrate Ecology
PhD, Kansas State University
MS, University of Alaska - Fairbanks
BS, Mississippi State University

Phone: 563.589.3147
E-mail: GZuerche@dbq.edu
Office: 309A University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688


Michele Zuercher (2018)

   

Michele Zuercher

Teaching Specialist, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences
MS, Mississippi State University
BS, Mississippi State University

Phone: 563.589.3151
E-mail: MZuercher@dbq.edu
Office: 230A University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688




Dan Duclos (Date Unknown)

   

Dan Duclos

Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences 

Phone:
E-mail:
DDuclos@dbq.edu


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Melissa Kleinschmit

Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences

Phone:
E-mail:


James Prochaska (2018)

   

James Prochaska

Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences
MS, University of Wisconsin - Superior
BS, Loras College

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


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James Rolling

Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences

Phone:
E-mail:


     

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!