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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Engineering Science

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Daniel W. Black, Chair; Christine A. DeVries; Denis P. Drolet; Shawn M. Ellerbroek; LeAnn E. Faidley; Leilani L. Zart; Matthew K. Zart


The areas of Biochemistry and Chemistry are central sciences that provide a foundation for success in science-related occupations such as pharmacy, forensic science, environmental studies, drug discovery research, medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, optometry, podiatry, physical therapy, nursing, and education. As part of a liberal arts education, chemistry and biochemistry courses equip students with an appreciation for science that is appropriate for living and working in our modern, technology-driven society.

Experimentation is at the heart of the chemistry and biochemistry majors. On campus, students use modern instrumentation in course work and individual research. On- and off-campus research opportunities and internships provide authentic research and work experiences at the industrial or university level.

Intended Student Learning Outcomes

Biochemistry/Chemistry Majors

Students will:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the ethical, global and societal dimensions within the discipline.
  2. recall and use key concepts of the core chemical disciplines in solving complex chemical problems.
  3. communicate ideas as part of the scientific process in a professional and effective manner.
  4. analyze and evaluate scientific information to draw conclusions, answer questions, and formulate hypotheses.
  5. design experiments using appropriate methods and equipment in adherence with safety standards.

Chemistry - Department Recommendations

Chemistry is a broad field. A course sequence fitting the student’s career objectives should be planned in consultation with the student’s adviser. Graduate schools and professional schools (medical, dental, pharmacy, etc.) may require prerequisites beyond those satisfied by the major.


Chemistry Teaching

For additional information on teaching majors and endorsements, see Education  Department listings.

Biochemistry - Department Recommendations

Students planning graduate study and professional work in biochemistry should take additional advanced courses in biology (BI 221 Cell Biology , BI 305 Microbiology , BI 416 Molecular Biology of Cancer ) and in chemistry (CH 315 Quantum Chemistry , CH 316 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics , CH 340 Analytical and Physical Measurements , CH 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry , and CH 421 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry ).

Students majoring in biochemistry while interested in professional work in medicine should consult with Dr. Shawn Ellerbroek for course recommendations in biology and chemistry.


Engineering Science

The engineering science major seeks to prepare students for the rapidly evolving world of today. Unlike most engineering programs, this major is intentionally designed to give students a breadth of competence in the key areas common to all engineering specialties without sacrificing opportunities to explore the wide variety of experiences a liberal arts setting can afford.

The program is built on a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Technical course work focuses on common professional practice and developing problem-solving skills in the context of broad areas of engineering analysis.

Program goals:

  • Students will master fundamental scientific and technical content and skills.
  • Students will acquire an understanding of the ethical, global, and societal dimensions of the profession.
  • Students will develop skills in communication, critical thinking, team building, and self-training.

Intended Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. master fundamental scientific and technical content and skills
    • apply knowledge of math
    • apply knowledge of science
    • apply knowledge of engineering
    • use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
    • conduct experiments
    • analyze data
    • interpret data
    • design experiments
  2. understand the ethical, global, and societal dimensions of the profession
    • demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues
    • understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global context
    • understand the impact of engineering solutions in an economics context
    • understand the impact of engineering solutions in an environmental context
    • understand the impact of engineering solutions in a societal context
    • apply professional ethical responsibility.
  3. develop skills in communication, critical thinking, team building, and self-training
    • recognize the need for life-long learning
    • demonstrate an ability to engage in life-long learning
    • communicate effectively orally
    • communicate effectively in writing
    • communication effectively graphically
    • function on multidisciplinary teams
  4. synthesize engineering knowledge to solve open-ended real world problems
    • identify engineering problems
    • formulate engineering problems
    • solve engineering problems
    • design a (system, component, or process) to meet desired needs within realistic constraints

Department Recommendations

Students planning to pursue a master’s degree in engineering should take MA 255 Multivariable Calculus ,
MA 401 Differential Equations , and PHY 204 Classical Physics II  as well as additional advanced mathematics and science courses relevant to the area of specialization sought. Students planning to enter industry directly should take additional courses in economics, business administration, and/or writing. All engineering science majors are strongly encouraged to develop proficiency in a second language at least equivalent to one year of college-level study.



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