Senior Courses

Senior Course Descriptions

College Genetics and Fresh Water Ecology  A college level study of genetics (1st semester) and freshwater ecology (2nd semester). Genetics includes the principles ranging from classical Mendelian inheritance to the most recent advances in the biochemical nature and function of genes and experimental design and statistical analyses using model organisms and bioinformatics. Freshwater ecology applies the biotic and abiotic factors that influence the structure and dynamics of freshwater habitats to research in aquatic ecology.  The course includes laboratory and field work that provides students with hands-on training and experience with a variety of equipment and technologies including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ARCView software.   Extensive laboratory experiences will focus on using the latest technologies in biotechnology and water quality. Students will be active participants in preparing and designing experiments.The course includes a three-hour lab per week . Upon successful completion of the course, students earn 4 semester credits per semester from Central Virginia Community College (CVCC).
Instructor: Cheryl A. Lindeman,  Ed.D.
Computer Science
The course teaches object oriented programming techniques by making use of methods, classes and objects to demonstrate the object oriented concepts of encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. The course introduces algorithm and problem solving methods and emphasizes structured programming concepts.  The course examines constructs for logic control, sequencing statements, input/output, searching and sorting and explores data structures including lists, trees, queues and stacks. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn 4 semester credits per semester from CVCC.
Instructor: Steve Howard, M.A. 
Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences
This college level course provides an overview of cellular physiology and reviews many human organ systems including the nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, skeletal, endocrine, muscular and urinary systems. Students will explore organ systems with the use of interactive modeling and will research current medical issues affecting one of the systems studied. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn 5 semester credits from CVCC.
Instructor: Shannon Beasley, M.S. 
Calculus of a Single Variable
A college level study of differential and integral calculus.  This course includes the study of limits, continuity, derivatives (definition, concepts), differentiation techniques (including inverse trigonometric functions and polar and parametric curves), curve sketching, optimization applications, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, 1st and 2nd Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, integration techniques, improper integrals, Trapezoidal and Simpson’s Rules, applications of the definite integral including geometry, density, center of mass and work, Infinite Series including Taylor Polynomials, separable differential equations with applications, slope fields, and Euler’s Method. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn 4 semester credits per semester from CVCC.
Instructor: Steve Howard, M.A.
Connections in Mathematics
This course provides students with introductory experiences in symbolic logic, graph theory, voting schemes and apportionment plans, probability,  mathematics of finance, statistics, differential and integral calculus, and separable differential equations.  Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding, solving real world applications, using technology, and fostering mathematical reasoning and communication. 
Instructor: Stephen C. Smith, Ed.D.
Linear Algebra/Vector Calculus
A college level study of linear algebra and vector calculus.  Linear algebra  includes systems of equations, matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations, bases, dimension, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and orthogonality.  Vector calculus includes vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, vector fields, partial derivatives and multiple integrals.  Both semesters emphasize computational techniques, geometry and theoretical structure, creative problem solving, and proofs.   Upon successful completion of the course, students earn 3 semester hours first semester and 4 semester hours second semester from CVCC.
Instructor: Charles A. Jones, Ph.D.
Senior Seminar (Engineering Bridge Project and Technology Laboratories)
Students are exposed to the use of sophisticated technologies in twelve mini-labs focusing on biotechnology, CAD, desktop publishing, electron microscopy, geographical information systems, high-speed photography, holography, microbiology, nuclear science, robotics, video production and wireless technologies. Students also participate in an engineering project during the first six-weeks of the course with engineers serving as mentors. Instructors: Scott Douglass, M.Ed., Cheryl A. Lindeman, Ed.D., Charlie A. Jones, Ph.D., and Steve Howard, M.A.