Science

Science

Explore the World Around You

Study science at Kirkwood to explore scientific methodology. Here, you'll make observations, collect data, and conduct experiments to investigate our natural world.

Science courses at Kirkwood provide a strong foundation that can make a life-changing difference in your chosen career path. You'll learn from dedicated faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, gaining hands-on experience in the classroom, the lab, and other unique environments.

As technology capabilities continue to grow, the need for scientists in a variety of fields is on a rise, which creates a very rewarding career future for you. Kirkwood can help you explore your career options by providing exciting experiences in and out of the classroom to help you find the best path.

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If you're planning to transfer to a four-year program, you'll work very closely with advisors in our Advising and Transfer Center. They'll make sure you have everything completed for a seamless transfer.  

Our advisors help take the guesswork and confusion out of the process, ensuring you meet Kirkwood’s graduation requirements, as well as the admission requirements and transferability of courses to your transfer school.

At Kirkwood, transferring and earning a degree in the sciences couldn’t be more rewarding or more affordable.

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Use our STEM Advisor tool to create and view transfer plans of study with universities and colleges in Iowa.

Take advantage of your share of more than $3 million in scholarship opportunities. At Kirkwood, we make it easy. You only need to apply once, even if you are eligible for more than one scholarship.

Science scholarship awards include:

ACT Endowed Scholarship Program

  • Preference given to students with strong and demonstrated record of academic achievement.
  • Must be pursuing an A.A. or A.S. degree with career interest in Science (Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics); Technology (Computer Science, Computer Software Development); Engineering, or Mathematics.
  • Preference given to students representing broadly diverse backgrounds, such as: economic, diversity, including single parents; diversity of experience, including international, multicultural, LGBT, and other diverse backgrounds; disability, ethnic diversity; and diversity of culture and thought.
  • Recipients must participate in at least one volunteer activity during the year on behalf of ACT.
  • Recipients must reapply for second year of funding.

DuPont Scholarship

  • Must be pursuing an A.S. degree with career interest in biotechnology or biology.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  • Recipients will be invited for a plant tour.

Ervin Poduska Memorial Math & Science Scholarship

  • Must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average.
  • Must be pursuing an A.S. degree with career interest in mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics.
  • Must indicate how your interest in math or science developed, reasons for majoring in math or science and your career goals.

Wilmar Jansma Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled at the Iowa City campus in a science-related program or pursuing an A.S. degree with career interest in a science field.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • Must have earned a minimum of 15 credit hours at Kirkwood.

Studying science can be a gateway into many fields including biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, genetics, geology, agronomy, forensics, teaching, and environmental science.

Science is also a great start for those wanting to pursue a professional career such as medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and physical therapy.

There are many exciting career choices and paths within the sciences, and earning a degree in science prepares you for a highly diverse and competitive job market. All science majors learn core critical thinking and statistical skills, as well as the universal process of the scientific method.

LSAMP IINSPIRE Program
Susan Harthun and Ted Weiland, advisors

The Iowa Illinois Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education (IINSPIRE) project is part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. LSAMP is a National Science Foundation (NSF) alliance among sixteen two-year and four-year colleges and universities working together to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the Midwest.

STEM Club
Joe Christopher and Andy Mills, advisors 

The purpose of the Science, Tehcnology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) club is to stimulate and encourage a strong interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Members benefit from leadership, networking, and community opportunities that apply their knowledge through STEM-related activities. 

Explore Science Disciplines

The study of life! Study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living organisms. There are many, many sub-disciplines of biology including but not limited to: molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, botany, ecology, epidemiology, agronomy, zoology, immunology, entomology, microbiology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and physiology.

Sample Biology Coursework

BIO-112 General Biology I (4)
Serves as an introductory course for biology, science, and health science majors. Covers principles of cellular biology, elementary biochemistry, energy functions, cell division, DNA/RNA, genetics, and evolution theory. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: BIO-110 or CHM-165; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Besides taking a prerequisite course, proficiency may be demonstrated by a passing score on the Biology Readiness Exam. Contact the Test Center for details.

BIO-113 General Biology II (4)
Continues the study of General Biology I concentrating on organismal biology and ecology. Covers the evolution and diversity of the Bacteria, Archaea, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia, followed by a comprehensive study of ecology. Includes plant anatomy and physiology, and animal systems including, but not limited to, nervous, circulatory, reproductive, and immune systems. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: BIO-112; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

BIO-151 Nutrition (3)
Demonstrates the relationship between sound nutrition and good health. Explores energy requirements, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, metabolism, physical exercise, dieting, weight problems, evaluation of nutritional claims, vegetarianism, and proper nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
Introduces the structure and function of the human body. Emphasizes organization at the cellular and tissue level, and selected organ systems. Reinforces concepts through laboratory activities in computer simulations, dissection, and/or human specimens. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: None; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; One year of recent high school biology/chemistry with a grade of B or higher strongly recommended, or completion of Basic Biological Concepts or other college-level biology course.

BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
Continues the study of human organ systems. Reinforces concepts through laboratory activities in computer simulations, dissection, and/or human specimens. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: BIO-168; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

BIO-186 Microbiology (4)
Surveys bacteria, viruses, and fungi through their growth characteristics, morphology, and pathogenicity. Introduces immunology and explores epidemiology and diagnosis of pathogenic bacteria. Emphasizes culturing, identification, aseptic technique, and basic immunological assays in the laboratory. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: None; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

BIO-195 Human Evolution (3)
Explores biological evolution of the human species, including primate comparisons and prehistoric culture. Examines the development of evolutionary theory, natural selection, principles of inheritance, mechanisms of evolution, human biological diversity and adaptation, the behavioral and ecological diversity of nonhuman primates, and the human fossil and archaeological records. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

BIO-924 Honors Project (1)
Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. Course may be taken more than once. Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Requires approval of supervising professor and dean.

BIO-928 Independent Study (1)
Provides readings, papers and basic research or other projects under the individual guidance of a staff member. Credits: 1, Hours: (0/2/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Requires permission of instructor and dean.

Biology Faculty

Main Campus

Bailey Allard
bailey.allard@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5948
Linn Hall room 1106H

Blaise Boles
blaise.boles@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5991
Linn Hall room 1106G

DJ Hennager
dj.hennager@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5899 x1109
Linn Hall room 1106N

Crystal Hopp
crystal.hopp@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5570
Linn Hall room LH1106B

Sophie Joly
Sophie.Joly@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5899 x1228
Linn Hall room 1106J

Gideon Ney
gideon.ney@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5987
Linn Hall room 1106J

Dr. Amy Rehnstrom
amy.rehnstrom@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5664
Linn Hall room 1106N

Jeff Sadler
jeff.sadler@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5583
Linn Hall room 1106G

Nick Sagan
nick.sagan@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-1263
Linn Hall room 1106K

Jill Scott
jill.scott@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-4997
Linn Hall room 1106F

Dr. Jessica Westin
Jessica.Westin@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5899 x5230
Linn Hall room 1106D
Iowa City Campus

Liz Maas
Liz.Maas@kirkwood.edu 
319-887-3961
Iowa City Campus room 248

Joshua Madsen
Josh.Madsen@kirkwood.edu 
319-887-3623
Iowa City Campus room 217

Dr. Janine Martin
Janine.Martin@kirkwood.edu 
319-887-3634
Iowa City Campus room 215

Dr. Mohamed Osman
Mohamed.Osman@kirkwood.edu 
319-887-3605
Iowa City Campus room 105

Distance Learning

Keith Hench
khench@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5899 x5116
Linn Hall room 2170B

Christopher Patterson
chris.patterson@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5899 x5919
Linn County Regional Center room 522

Chemistry is the study of all types of matter and the energy necessary to modify or transform them. Chemistry is often referred to as the “central science” since it applies to fields of health, medicine, biology, physics, engineering, and materials. With applications from cooking to the next type of semi-conductor technology, chemistry underlies many of the advances in modern life! 

Sample Chemistry Courses

CHM-110 Introduction to Chemistry (3)
Explores atoms, molecules, and how chemical reactions behave by practicing scientific measurements and using fundamental natural laws. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; The lab is optional.

CHM-111 Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1)
Accompanies CHM-110 as a laboratory. Credits: 1, Hours: (0/2/0/0), Coreq: CHM-110; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

CHM-132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (4)
Introduces structure, nomenclature, and reactions in organic chemistry as well as the study of life processes including carbohydrate, protein, lipid, nucleic acid metabolism, and the interrelationships involved. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: None; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Not required but highly recommended: CHM-110, CHM-165 or recent high school chemistry.

CHM-165 General Chemistry I (4)
Studies the basic principles of inorganic chemistry with emphasis on such concepts as measurements and problem solving, chemical reactions and equations, stoichiometry, atomic structure and nuclear models, periodicity, chemical bonding, kinetic molecular theory and gas laws, and the structure and properties of matter. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: MAT-102, MAT-138 or MAT-708; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; CHM-110 or one year high school chemistry highly recommended.

CHM-175 General Chemistry II (4)
Continues General Chemistry I. Studies colligative properties along with thermodynamics and kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, acids, bases, and complex ions. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: CHM-165; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

CHM-262 Organic Chemistry I (4.5)
Introduces the theory and practice of organic chemistry with emphasis on the chemistry of functional groups. Emphasizes nomenclature, stereoisomerism, chemical bonding, reaction mechanisms, the characterization of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, and alcohols. Teaches appropriate organic chemistry separation, isolation, and synthetic techniques through laboratory experiments. Credits: 4.5, Hours: (3/3/0/0), Prereq: CHM-175; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

CHM-272 Organic Chemistry II (4.5)
Continues the study of ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines and biologically important fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Stresses qualitative organic analysis and spectroscopic methods. Credits: 4.5, Hours: (3/3/0/0), Prereq: CHM-262; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

CHM-924 Honors Project (1)
Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Requires permission of instructor and dean.

CHM-928 Independent Study (1-1.5)
Provides readings, papers and basic research or other projects under the individual guidance of a staff member. Credits: 1-1.5, Hours: (0/2-3/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Requires permission of instructor and dean.

Chemistry Faculty

Main Campus

Joe Christopher
joe.christopher@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5899 x1108
Linn Hall room 1106M

Kyle Lobemeier
kyle.loebermeier@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5604
Linn Hall room 1106D

Fred Ochs
fred.ochs@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5418
Linn Hall room 1106D

Ted Weiland
ted.weiland@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5899 x4341
Linn Hall room 1106M

Iowa City Campus

Lynne Zeman
Lynne.Zeman@kirkwood.edu 
319-887-3625
Iowa City Campus room 211

Study the millions of interactions between humans and the world around them, both living and non-living, and how those interactions impact one another.

Sample Environmental Science Courses

ENV-115 Environmental Science (3)
Examines environmental issues from a scientific perspective. Topics examined include ecosystems, energy, global warming, ozone depletion, air pollution, water resources, population growth, and biodiversity. Students are required to analyze environmental problems and draw conclusions. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

ENV-924 Honors Project (1)
Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Requires approval of supervising professor and dean.

ENV-928 Independent Study (0.5)
Provides students an opportunity to further their studies in environmental science. After consultation with instructor, readings, papers, and basic research or other projects may be assigned. Credits: 0.5, Hours: (0.5/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; College-level biology or environmental science course or permission of instructor.

Environmental Science Faculty

Fred Ochs
fred.ochs@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5418
Linn Hall room 1106D

Forensic science has become a highly developed discipline and focuses on the recognition, identification and evaluation of physical evidence. It draws on many of the other branches of science, including biology, chemistry, and physics. Forensic science has become an essential part of the judicial system as it produces information relevant to the criminal and legal evidence.

Sample Forensic Science Classes

SCI-120 Forensic Science (3)
Explores forensic science and its impact on science, society and the criminal justice system. Focuses on basic concepts in selected areas of chemistry, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology. This course is designed to educate liberal arts students about basic sciences, and the realities and limitations of scientific methods when applied specifically to criminal investigation. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

SCI-122 Forensic Science Laboratory (1)
Focuses on laboratory procedures used in a wide variety of forensic disciplines. Includes the scientific method, identification of body fluids, blood spatter analysis, and forensic entomology. Explores the theory of forensic methods along with its limitations. Credits: 1, Hours: (0/2/0/0), Coreq: SCI-120; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Forensic Science Faculty

Dr. Amy Rehnstrom
amy.rehnstrom@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5664
Linn Hall room 1106N

Explore how natural forces shape our planet and our universe! For examples, physical scientists study the forces that create the Earth’s weather patterns or plate tectonics that cause earthquakes and volcanoes. Astronomists study beyond Earth, learning about the sun, moons, planets, stars, galaxies, and more!

Sample Physical Science Courses

PHS-170 Physical Geology (3)
Explores how natural forces shape our planet and how geology is tied together through the theory of plate tectonics. Covers common earth materials, history of the Earth, geological resources, and geologic hazards. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Either Physical Geology (PHS-170) or Environmental Geology (PHS-175) will satisfy three hours of science core requirements. However, both cannot be counted toward meeting core. If both courses are taken, the second will count as an elective.

PHS-171 Physical Geology Lab (1)
Designed to be taken with PHS-170. Credits: 1, Hours: (0/2/0/0), Coreq: PHS-170; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

PHS-175 Environmental Geology (3)
Examines the effects of geological processes and geohazards on human life and activities. Explores common earth materials, volcanoes, earthquakes, flooding, water pollution, mining, and climate change. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Either Physical Geology (PHS-170) or Environmental Geology (PHS-175) will satisfy three hours of science core requirements. However, both cannot be counted toward meeting core. If both courses are taken, the second will count as an elective.

PHS-176 Environmental Geology Laboratory (1)
Designed to be taken with PHS-175 Credits: 1, Hours: (0/2/0/0), Coreq: PHS-175; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

PHS-180 Evolution of the Earth (3)
Considers interdisciplinary principles, techniques and methods essential to the interpretation of the geological history of the earth. Examines the development of plate tectonics and continental drift through geological time and the progression and evolution of life from Pre-Cambrian time to present time. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

PHS-181 Evolution of the Earth Lab (1)
Designed to be taken with PHS-180. Credits: 1, Hours: (0/2/0/0), Coreq: PHS-180; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

PHS-928 Independent Study (1)
Provides readings, papers, field or basic research projects for independent work in the geological sciences. Students study under the individual guidance of a staff member. Credits: 1, Hours: (0/2/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Requires permission of instructor and dean.

Physical Science Faculty

Main Campus

Fred Ochs
fred.ochs@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5418
Linn Hall room 1106D

Iowa City Campus

Dr. John Dawson
John.Dawson@kirkwood.edu 
319-887-3944
Iowa City Campus room 210

Understand matter and energy, and how they interact. The study of physics can include mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.

Sample Physics Courses

PHY-120 Introductory Physics (3)
Provides basic work with scientific reasoning and fundamental concepts in classical and modern physics. Provides opportunities for measurements and application of concepts in a lab setting. Recommended for students planning to take College or Classical Physics, as well as all liberal arts students desiring an introductory course. Credits: 3, Hours: (2/2/0/0), Prereq: MAT-102 or MAT-707; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

PHY-162 College Physics I (4)
Emphasizes introductory physics concepts and methods of scientific reasoning. The first semester of this sequence treats the structure and properties of matter, descriptions of motion, Newton's Laws, conservation laws, rotational motion, fluid statics, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Designed primarily for students interested in Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Forestry or Pre-Teacher education programs and those who seek to meet science requirements in their professional programs. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: MAT-102 or MAT-708; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

PHY-172 College Physics II (4)
Continues College Physics I and includes static and current electricity, electromagnetism, wave motion, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. Applications to the life sciences are integrated with material throughout the semester. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: PHY-162; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

PHY-212 Classical Physics I (5)
Introduces physics using calculus-level mathematics. Designed for students in Engineering, Mathematics and Physics. The first semester of this sequence covers the topics of vectors, linear and rotational kinematics, statics, dynamics, and oscillatory and wave motion. Credits: 5, Hours: (4/2/0/0), Prereq: MAT-210; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

PHY-222 Classical Physics II (5)
Continues Classical Physics I. Includes the topics of thermodynamics, static and current electricity, electromagnetism, geometric and wave optics, and a brief introduction to modern physics. Credits: 5, Hours: (4/2/0/0), Prereq: MAT-216, PHY-212; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

PHY-924 Honors Project (1)
Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. May be taken more than once. Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Requires approval of supervising professor and dean.

Physics Faculty

Main Campus

Mick Arnett
mick.arnett@kirkwood.edu 
319-398-5545
Linn Hall room 1164

Iowa City Campus

Viktor Chupryna
Viktor.Chupryna@kirkwood.edu 
319-887-3953
Iowa City Campus room 217


I chose Kirkwood because I knew I could get a great education here for two years, and my options to go anywhere from here were virtually unlimited.

“I chose Kirkwood because I knew I could get a great education here for two years, and my options to go anywhere from here were virtually unlimited.”

George Appleseth,
Panora, Iowa


Questions?

Math/Science
1184 Linn Hall
319-398-5516
mathscience@kirkwood.edu