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Microbes and Man: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (BL 103)

Microorganisms shape the world that we live in in countless ways. This course provides a framework for understanding microorganisms like viruses, bacteria, and protozoans while focusing on their influence on day-to-day life. Topics range from the beneficial uses of microorganisms to diseases caused by them, as well as our efforts to control them.
Fulfills the natural science core requirement for nonscience majors.

Faculty Biography


Dr. Andrew Schoeffield has been teaching at Loyola since 1988 and received the university’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2006.  As a microbiologist, he is interested in the roles that microorganisms play in our world, specifically within microscopic communities called biofilms.  It is this passion for the microbial world, and how microorganisms affect your everyday life that is woven into Microbes and Man.

Introductory Psychology: You, Me, and Everyone We Know (PY 101)

As the title of the course suggests, we live in a highly social world where we must make sense of not only our own thoughts and feelings but also the thoughts and feelings of everyone around us. How can we possibly co-exist when we all have different backgrounds, cultural values, and ways of thinking? What happens when we interact with others? What happens when we disagree with one another? These are some of the questions we will ponder in class. In addition, we will cover major theoretical perspectives in psychology, learning and memory, development throughout the lifespan, emotion, sex and gender, personality theories, psychopathology, and social determinants of behavior. The course has three overarching goals: (1) to allow students to use psychology, as a science, to better understand themselves and others, (2) allow students the space to challenge their own preconceived notions about the human experience, and (3) to use psychological science to intervene in instances social injustice.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Carlucci earned her degree in Legal Psychology at Florida International University in Miami, FL. She is originally from Venezuela and moved the United States when she was 6 years old. She came to Loyola in 2011 and has taught Introductory Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Psychology of Gender, and Research Methods in Psychology. She also teaches and works with graduate students in the Psychology Department. Her research spans the areas of psychology and the law, including juror decision-making, eyewitness memory, lie detection, and incarceration. Dr. Carlucci loves food (mostly vegetarian), sour beer, and yoga.  

Mentor Biography

Brian Loeffler is the Head Coach for the Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving team.  He earned a Loyola undergraduate degree in Information Systems in 1991, and a MBA in 1994.  Brian has coached Paralympic swimmers in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Paralympic Games.  He has worked at Loyola for 26 years, and has mentored hundreds of student athletes through the years. 

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