Geneva′s Chemistry and Biochemistry programs are located in the Roy M. Adams Chemistry Center in the renovated Science and Engineering Building. The completely renovated teaching laboratories for organic and inorganic chemistry are equipped with separate ventilation hoods for each student. Utilities include electric, gas, water, and vacuum. Two additional large laboratories provide separate renovated space for physical chemistry and for major instrumentation. A separate large renovated laboratory is specially equipped for chemical research. In addition, the department has a lab classroom, two smaller instrument laboratories, a shop, and four stockroom storage areas.
A listing of the department′s major equipment is given below.
In addition, we have a wide variety of smaller instruments and equipment including electronic balances, pH meters, single-beam spectrophotometers, refractometers, polarimeters, rotoevaporators, ovens, furnaces, stirrers, hotplates, thermostat baths, etc…
Computers are an integral part of nearly all of the major instruments in the department, being used for instrument control, data acquisition, data processing, and data display. In addition to dedicated computer laboratories, S&E building has wireless access for internet connectivity.
The Physics program is also located on the second floor of the S&E Building. The introductory physics courses occupy a well-equipped laboratory. Laboratory equipment in this laboratory includes: 9-foot airtracks for kinematics studies which are computer interfaced, equipment for laser diffraction and interference studies, acoustics wavetubes, magnetic field mapping, electrical circuit building with voltmeters and oscilliscopes to measure key parameters, spectral analysis, and radioactive decay studies. In addition, there are dedicated advanced laboratories available for physics work.
The Physics program also is able to use any of the advanced instrumentation available in the Chemistry and Engineering programs. The Rapp Technical Center includes machine shop and rapid prototyping equipment which can be used by physics students.
Physics research involving computer simulation and modeling can be done in the general computer labs or on dedicated machines in the Physics laboratories.