Chemistry faculty

Karissa D. Carlson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department Chair

Ph.D., University of Iowa
B.A., Northwestern College

712-707-7445
kcarlson@nwciowa.edu
VPH 311 A

Profile

Dr. Carlson graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern College in 2003 and earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 2008. She held biochemistry teaching assistantships at Iowa and was awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association in 2006. Her research on the kinetic mechanisms by which damaged DNA is replicated by specialized DNA polymerases has been published in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and presented at the Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Conference.


Courses

  • Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism

    Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism

    A fundamental course surveying biomolecules, catabolism, bioenergetics and biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHE321 and 322. (4 credits)
  • College Chemistry

    College Chemistry

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Science and the Natural World) An introductory course in inorganic chemistry. The treatment of topics is predominantly descriptive and the content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry.
  • College Chemistry

    College Chemistry

    (4 credits) An introductory course in organic and biological chemistry. The content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry. Prerequisite: CHE101.
  • Topics in Chemistry

    Topics in Chemistry

    (IGE option under Science and the Natural World) This course offers an introductory level chemical exploration of interdisciplinary scientific, cultural, or theological topics. Possible topics include energy and environment, forensic chemistry, chemistry and art, nanotechnology, and medicinal chemistry. (4 credits)
  • Instrumental Analysis

    Instrumental Analysis

    (4 credits; alternate years, consult department) A study of the theory and operation of common laboratory instruments. Topics include: infrared, visible and ultraviolet spectroscopy; atomic absorption and emission spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; mass spectrometry; gas and liquid chromatography; electrochemical methods. Prerequisite: CHE211 or permission of instructor.
  • Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism

    Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism

    A fundamental course surveying biomolecules, catabolism, bioenergetics and biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHE321 and 322. (4 credits)