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Chemistry (CHM), Physics (PHS), Astronomy (AST)
Dakota Wesleyan University offers a minor in chemistry and a number of courses in physics, which provide a general background for students seeking to prepare for careers in teaching, positions in scientific occupations, or further study in graduate or professional schools.  Courses in chemistry and physics provide a basic understanding of the components and processes related to the composition and uses of matter.  Understanding the physical parameters of our world facilitates responsible action with regard to matter and energy.

Biochemistry
www.dwu.edu/biochem
Biochemistry concerns itself with the chemical and biological processes occurring in living organisms. Biochemistry uses the combined knowledge of biology, chemistry and genetics to investigate the complexity of the life processes of animals and plants.

A degree in biochemistry prepares the student for several postgraduate activities, including graduate study in the life sciences and professional careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and agriculture. 

Major
Biochemistry

CHM 164

University Chemistry

3

CHM 166

University Chemistry Lab

1

CHM 310

Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHM 323

Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

4

CHM 331

Organic Chemistry I

4

CHM 332

Organic Chemistry II

4

CHM 341

Biochemistry I

4

CHM 342

Biochemistry II

4

CHM 360

Physical Chemistry

3

BIO 120

Principles of Biology I

4

BIO 122

Principles of Biology II

4

BIO 315

Genetics

4

BIO 403

Research in Biochemistry

2

MTH 210

Calculus I

5

PHS 260

University Physics I

4

PHS 270

University Physics II

4

Electives

BIO 344, BIO 346, BIO 499, or any CHM 400 level course

7

 

Total

64


General Science
This course of study is designed for a broad background in biological and physical sciences.  The program may be structured in many ways depending upon a student’s intended scientific career ( pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, science teachers, etc.).

CHM 164

University Chemistry

3

CHM 166

University Chemistry Lab

1

CHM 174

University Chemistry II  or

 

CHM 331

Organic Chemistry I

4

BIO 120

Principles of Biology I

4

BIO 122

Principles of Biology II

4

MTH 210

Calculus I

5

PHS 260

University Physics I

4

PHS 270

University Physics II

4

 

Minimum Electives*

24

 

Total

53

*Electives – These would be credits in chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics.  It would be up to the adviser and the advisee to determine the exact course needs of the major.

Minor
Chemistry


CHM 164

University Chemistry

3

 

CHM 166

University Chemistry Lab

1

 

CHM 331

Organic Chemistry I

4

 

CHM 332

Organic Chemistry II

4

 

Choose two of the following:

 

 

CHM 323

Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis or

 

 

CHM 310

Inorganic Chemistry or

 

 

CHM 341

Biochemistry I or

 

 

CHM 360

Physical Chemistry 

7

minimum

 

Total

19

 

Course Descriptions
Astronomy (AST)
100 Introduction to Astronomy 3 hours F
This course is an introduction to heavenly bodies, such as planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies, their formation, structure and behavior over time, and the history and processes that make modern-day astronomy possible.  Students must be available for nighttime observing.
General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Science Technology and Human Experience

Course Descriptions
Chemistry (CHM)
104 Chemistry and Society 3 hours TBA
The course acquaints students with the basic concepts of chemistry and helps them to understand and cope with the problems in our society and environment that are chemical in origin. 

164 University Chemistry 3 hours F
This course is a one-semester course covering the core concepts of general chemistry, maintaining the depth and relevance of a two-semester sequence.  Topics covered include bonding, equilibrium, stoichiometry, chemical kinetics and oxidation-reduction.
Prerequisite: MTH 120 or equivalent is recommended. 
General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Science Technology and Human Experience

166 University Chemistry Lab 1 hours F
This course is an introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures.   Experiments will relate to topics covered in CHM 164.
Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 164.

174 University Chemistry II 4 hours S
This course is a study of the fundamentals of organic chemistry (nomenclature, functional groups, reactions) with an emphasis on compounds of biological interest (amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, enzymes, nucleic acids and the metabolic cycles).  Three lectures, one two-hour laboratory.
Prerequisite: CHM 164.

275 Field Experience 1-2 hours TBA

299 Selected Topics – Basic 1-3 hours TBA

310 Inorganic Chemistry 3 hours F14
This foundational inorganic course is an extension of general chemistry topics with a focus on symmetry, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, kinetics, solid-state chemistry and complexation reactions.
Prerequisite: CHM 164.

323 Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis 4 hours S14
Students will study quantitative analytical methods, principles, details and applications, including the statistical treatment of data.  Lab exercises cover the qualitative analysis scheme in the first half of the semester and more specific analytical problems in the second half.  Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory, plus extra lab hours by arrangement.
Prerequisite: CHM 164.

331 Organic Chemistry I 4 hours S
This is the first of a two-semester course sequence.  It provides an introduction to the nomenclature, structure, properties, reactions and uses of the compounds of carbon.  Topics follow the functional group approach to the study of organic compounds, including alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, halides and alcohols.  Spectroscopic methods of structure determination are introduced.  Three lectures, one two-hour laboratory.
Prerequisite: CHM 164.

332 Organic Chemistry II 4 hours F
This course is the second part of a two-semester course sequence and continues the functional group approach begun in CHM 331.  Topics will include ethers, conjugated systems, aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, amines and special reactions of the carbonyl group.  More extensive use of spectroscopy is used throughout to elucidate molecular structures.  Three lectures, one two-hour laboratory.
Prerequisites: CHM 331.

341 Biochemistry I 4 hours F13
This is the first semester of a comprehensive biochemistry course providing an introduction to the chemical and physical properties of biologically important molecules.  Topics to be discussed in this course include carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and enzymes.
Prerequisite: CHM 174 or CHM 331.

342 Biochemistry II 4 hours S14
This is the second semester of a comprehensive biochemistry course with emphasis on metabolism, energy use and synthesis of biologically important molecules.
Prerequisite: CHM 341.

360 Physical Chemistry 3 hours S13
This course introduces the basic theoretical concepts of the chemical sciences: thermodynamics, chemical and physical equilibria, chemical kinetics and the behavior of matter in the solid, liquid, gaseous and solution states.
Prerequisites: CHM 164 and MTH 210.

450 Internship 1-4 hours TBA

460 Independent Study 1-4 hours F, S
Students study selected topics in advanced areas, including projects, research investigations and surveys of the literature.  Hours and fees will be arranged.

499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA

Course Descriptions
Physics (PHS)
100 Physical Science: Physics and the Atomic Nature of Matter 3 hours F, S
This is a project-oriented course explaining the fundamental laws of mechanics, solids, liquids, gasses, heat, electromagnetism and light, with minimal stress on mathematics.
General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Science Technology and Human Experience

101 Physical Science: Chemistry, Earth and Space 3 hours F
This course is a basic study in physical science, including chemistry, geology and astronomy.
General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Science Technology and Human Experience

260 University Physics I 4 hours TBA
This is an introductory calculus-based course in the fundamentals of physics as applied to mechanics.  Topics included are kinematics, vectors, Newton’s laws, energy, momentum, rotational dynamics, gravitation, simple harmonic motion and waves.
Prerequisite or corequisite: MTH 210 or consent of instructor.

270 University Physics II 4 hours TBA
This a calculus-based course in the fundamentals of physics as applied to electricity and magnetism.  Topics included are Coulomb’s law, electric fields, potential fields, capacitance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, induction, AC circuits and Maxwell’s laws.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PHS 260 or consent of instructor.

299 Selected Topics – Basic 1-3 hours TBA

499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA

 

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