Geneva College


Course Descriptions

CHM 111 General College Chemistry (4)
Begins with atomic theory and bonding and continues through simple chemical reactions, the periodic table and forms of matter. The students will develop the skills to perform general chemical calculations. Laboratory experiments will include physical properties, synthesis, kinetics, and identifying unknowns. Three hours lecture and 3.3 hours laboratory per week. Fall semester. Prerequisite: Math proficiency is required or permission of instructor.

CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I (4)
A study of carbon compounds that includes topics in structure, properties, and reactivity. All functional groups will be surveyed with alkanes, alkenes, halogens, and alcohols covered in detail. Attention will be given to basic mechanisms of organic reactions and introductory spectroscopy. The laboratory will introduce basic techniques in studying organic molecules. Three hours lecture and 3.3 hours laboratory per week. Spring semester. Prerequisite: CHM 111.

CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II (4)
A continuation of study of the structure and chemistry of organic molecules, including radical reactions and the functional group chemistry of aromatics, alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, and amines. Introduction to biochemical molecules. Use and interpretation of major spectroscopy techniques including: NMR, IR, and mass spectroscopy. Laboratory will focus on synthesis and characterization. Three hours lecture and 3.3 hours laboratory per week. Fall semester. Prerequisite: Passing grade in CHM 221.

CHM 232 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (5)
Classical methods of analysis of chemical substances with an introduction to instrumental methods. Includes thorough understanding of processes of ionic equilibrium. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory per week. Second semester. Prerequisites: CHM 111, MAT 161.

CHM 305 Organic Mechanisms (3)
Organic structures and reactivities, methods of studying reaction mechanisms (including spectroscopy), and comprehensive study of mechanisms of organic reactions. First semester. Prerequisite: CHM 222.

CHM 306 Instrumental Analysis (3)
Overview of the theory and practice of spectroscopic, electrochemical, and chromatographic techniques of chemical analysis. Second semester. Prerequisites: CHM 232, PHY 202; corequisite: CHM 308.

CHM 307 Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics (3)
The three laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of energy and equilibrium applied to physical and chemical systems. Includes the kinetic theory of gases and an introduction to statistical mechanics. First semester. Prerequisites: PHY 202, MAT 162, and CHM 221.

CHM 308 Physical Chemistry II: Structure and Dynamics (3)
Topics include the models of the structure of matter, surface phenomena, transport properties of matter, and chemical kinetics. Second semester. Prerequisites: CHM 307, CHM 232.

CHM 310 Advanced Laboratory - Organic (1 or 2)
Synthesis of organic compounds via multi-step and classic named reactions. Characterization and analysis of organic compounds by NMR, IR, MS, and chromatography. Three - Six hours of laboratory per week. First Semester. Corequisite: CHM 305

CHM 311 Advanced Laboratory - Instrumental (2)
Quantitative and qualitative analyses by spectroscopic, electrochemical, and chromatographic techniques. Six hours laboratory per week. Second semester. Corequisite: CHM 306.

CHM 312 Advanced Laboratory - Physical (1 or 2)
Physical measurement and calculations on chemical systems, with a focus on experimental design for meaningful results. Includes physical properties, kinetics, spectroscopy, and thermochemistry. Six hours laboratory per week. First semester. Prerequisite: CHM 308 or permission of the instructor.

CHM 317 Chemistry of Biological Processes (3)
Human biochemistry including chemical properties and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Other topics include molecular genetics, enzymes, coenzymes, hormones, transport, and nutrition. Three hours lecture per week. Second semester. Prerequisite: CHM 222.

CHM 412 Polymer Chemistry (3)
Nomenclature, structure, properties, characterization methods, reactions, and synthesis of polymeric materials. Second semester. Prerequisites: CHM 308.

CHM 420 Chemical Research (credit variable - usually 2)
Individualized laboratory work in a specialized field of chemistry under direct supervision. Problems should be selected a semester in advance to provide for preliminary literature review. Every semester. Three hours laboratory per week for each hour of credit. May be taken repeatedly, but a maximum of two credits counted toward a chemistry major or minor.

CHM 421 Current Topics Seminar (1)
Study and discussion of selected current topics in chemistry. Requires use of primary chemical literature. May be taken repeatedly, but counted no more than two times toward a chemistry major or minor. Both semesters. Prerequisite: CHM 222.

MAT 095 Algebra (3)
A study of basic algebraic concepts and skills that underlie college-level mathematics and are required background for core science and statistics courses. This course does not count toward graduation but does for financial aid and full-time enrollment. The course may not be taken as an audit. Every semester.

MAT 101 College Algebra (3)
A rigorous review of Algebra I and II with some geometry. Every semester. Prerequisite: Math SAT score at least 470, Math ACT score at least 19, or MAT 095.

MAT 102 Trigonometry (3)
A detailed study of trigonometry. Spring semester. Prerequisite: MAT 101 or Math SAT 470 or Math ACT 19.

MAT 105 Elementary Statistical Methods (3)
Introduction to data collection, descriptive statistics, basic concepts of probability, inferential methods, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. Every semester. Prerequisite: Math SAT score at least 470, Math ACT score at least 19, or MAT 095.

MAT 120 Precalculus (3)
Designed to prepare students for Calculus I. Review of algebraic manipulations, functions, trigonometry, radicals, complex numbers, logarithms, and conic sections. Five hours per week. Fall semester. Prerequisite: Math SAT score at least 500, Math ACT score at least 21, MAT 095, or MAT 101.

MAT 130 Discrete Math (3)
Number systems, set theory, graph theory, induction, Boolean algebra. Spring semester.

MAT 161 Calculus I (4)
Limits, differentiation, related rates, analytic geometry, max/min problems, basic integration, area, volume of revolution, and applications. Five hours per week. Every semester. Prerequisite: Math SAT score at least 570, math ACT score of at least 25 and experience with trigonometry; or MAT 120 Precalculus.

MAT 162 Calculus II (4)
Exponential and logarithmic functions, inverse trig functions, L‘Hopital‘s rule, techniques of integration, infinite series, series expansions, and polar coordinates. Five hours per week. Every semester. Prerequisite: MAT 161.

MAT 261 Calculus III (4)
Multivariable calculus; introductory linear algebra and differential equations; partial derivatives; multiple integrals. Five hours per week. Every semester. Prerequisite: MAT 162.

MAT 265 Probability and Statistics (3)
A calculus-based study of probability distributions and densities, mathematical expectation, sampling theory and hypothesis testing. Fall semester, alternate odd numbered years. Prerequisite: MAT 162.

MAT 307 Linear Algebra (3)
Vectors, vector spaces, matrices, determinants, linear transformations, eigen values. Fall semester. Prerequisite: MAT 261.

MAT 309 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (2)
Groups, rings, integral domains, and fields. Spring semester. Prerequisite: MAT 130.

MAT 310 Introduction to Real Analysis (2)
Real numbers, sequences, limits, continuity, and derivatives. Spring semester. Prerequisite: MAT 162.

MAT 320 Complex Variables (3)
Complex numbers and functions, complex derivatives and integrals, complex series, residue theory, and conformal mappings. Fall semester, alternate even numbered years. Prerequisite: MAT 261.

MAT 350 Numerical Methods (3)
Solution of linear and nonlinear equations, polynomial interpolation and extrapolation, numerical differentiation and integration, ordinary differential equations, matrix operations. Fall semester. Prerequisites: CSC 101 and MAT 261.

MAT 403 Methods of Teaching Math (4)
Study of the methods and procedures needed to teach high school algebra and geometry. Fall semester. Prerequisites: math education major, MAT 261, EDU 380, and EDU 382.

MAT 404 College Geometry (3)
Euclidean Geometry developed from basic postulates. Fall semester. Prerequisites: math education major and MAT 261.

MAT 405 Differential Equations (4)
Methods of solution and application of ordinary differential equations. Spring semester. Prerequisite: MAT 162.

MAT 409 Partial Differential Equations (3)
Sturm-Liouville Theory. Fourier analysis and boundary value problems. The heat and wave equations. Spring semester. Prerequisites: MAT 261 and MAT 405.

PHY 160 Introduction to Acoustics (3)
Practical applications of physical, physiological, psychological, musical, and architectural acoustics. Sound recording, reproduction, and measurements. Wave phenomena, harmonic analysis, and their application to musical scales and instruments, transducers, and reverberation. Techniques and equipment demonstrated. Spring semester. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

PHY 181, 182 General Physics I, II (4, 4)
Mechanics, properties of materials, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, light, sound, atomic and nuclear structure. Problems require knowledge of algebra. PHY 181 in Fall semester, PHY 182 in Spring semester. Three lectures and one laboratory per week.

PHY 201, 202 College Physics I, II (4, 4)
Mechanics, heat, and sound the fall semester, electricity, optics, and modern physics the spring semester. Three lectures and one laboratory period per week. PHY 201 in fall semester, PHY 202 in spring semester. Prerequisite: MAT 162, which may be taken concurrently with PHY 201. PHY 201 is a prerequisite for PHY 202.

PHY 250 Observational Astronomy (3)
A quantitative survey course in general astronomy with an observational laboratory component for students in the technical majors. The students will master the operation of the LX200 telescope at the Geneva College observatory and its associated CCD camera to complete a series of observing projects. Prerequisite: MAT 161. Offered on demand at department‘s discretion.

PHY 301 Classical Mechanics (3)
Principles and techniques of non-relativistic mechanics. Includes motion of a point mass in a vector force field, potential theory, conservation laws, rotating coordinate systems, and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian techniques, with applications to planetary motion, scattering, rigid body motion, forced oscillations, and continuous media. Fall semester, odd numbered years. Prerequisites: PHY 202 and MAT 405.

PHY 303, 304 Advanced Physical Measurements I, II (1-3)
An intermediate course in experimental physics. Equipment available for work in atomic physics, nuclear physics, solid state physics, thermodynamics, optics, electromagnetic fields, and digital and analog computation. Areas of experimentation selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. Special experiments available for future science teachers. Prerequisite for PHY 303: PHY 182 or PHY 202 or consent of the instructor. Prerequisite for PHY 304: PHY 303.

PHY 306 Optics (3)
Begins with the electromagnetic wave solutions of Maxwell‘s equations. Includes matrix formulation of paraxial geometrical optics, wave propagation, polarization, interference and diffraction, stimulated emission and lasers, Fourier transform spectroscopy, and non-linear optics. Spring semester, even numbered years. Prerequisite: PHY 202.

PHY 307 Thermodynamics (3)
Includes the laws, kinetic theory of gases, and introduction to classical statistical mechanics. Fall semester. Prerequisites: PHY 202 and CHM 221 and MAT 162. Cross-listed as CHM 307.

PHY 333 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3)
Introduces the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and develops the mathematical techniques used in studying quantum mechanical systems. Prerequisite: PHY 201.

PHY 405, 406 Methods of Theoretical Physics I, II (3, 3)
Applications of wave mechanics to atomic phenomena, matrix elements, perturbation theory and variational methods, and relevant mathematical techniques. Other topics may include molecular bonds, classical and quantum statistical mechanics, relativistic electrodynamics, quantum theory of scattering, nuclear structure, and elementary particles. PHY 405 on demand, PHY 406 on demand. Prerequisite: PHY 202 or consent of the instructor.

PHY 408 Modern Physics (3)
Introduction to wave mechanics and its application to the hydrogen atom, atomic structure and spectra, and electrons in solids and semiconductors. Other topics may include molecular bonding, special relativity, nuclear models, and crystal structure. Spring semester, odd numbered years. Prerequisites: PHY 202 and MAT 261.