Karissa Carlson '02 Associate Professor of Chemistry; Department Chair

KarissaCarlson '02

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

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

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 Biocatalysts and Bioprocessing Conference.

BIO326 - Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism

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

CHE101 - College Chemistry

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.(4 credits)

CHE102 - College Chemistry

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.(4 credits)

CHE105 - Topics in Chemistry

CHE108 - General, Organic and Biological Chemistry

Students in the Master of Arts in Education program complete their studieswith a Capstone Project that can take a variety of forms. Students willdemonstrate attainment of program outcomes by extensively exploring a topicwithin the student's area of specialization through application of theresearch topic to an educational setting. The capstone will culminate in aproject, following APA guidelines, prior to the student's graduation with amaster's degree in education from Northwestern College(4 credits) General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (GOB) is a one-semester survey ofinorganic, organic and biological principles. Topics include atomic andmolecular structure, chemical reactions, organic and biological molecules,solutions, acid-base chemistry and metabolism. The treatment of topics ispredominantly descriptive and the course is recommended for programs thatrequire one semester of chemistry.Prerequisite: Admission to the RN to BSN degree completion program.Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Does not count toward any biology, chemistry or biochemistrymajor or minor.

CHE315 - Instrumental Analysis

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.(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)

CHE326 - Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism

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

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