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Precalculus (MA 109)

The study of functions from an algebraic, graphical, and numerical perspective. Concepts and procedures are emphasized, focusing on connections between equations, inequalities, and the analysis of function behavior. Algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions are examined and applied to problems from science and business. For students intending to take Calculus (MA 151 or MA 251).

Faculty biography

Dr. Timothy B. P. Clark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He teaches courses along the entire undergraduate spectrum, and particularly enjoys teaching future teachers, Calculus, Combinatorics, and Abstract Algebra. He conducts research in the field of Commutative Algebra, where he studies geometric and combinatorial objects that encode the solutions to systems of algebraic equations. Clark lives, cooks, and bicycles in Baltimore City with his partner and two children.

First-year Seminar in Psychology: Navigating Emerging Adulthood (PY 102)

Emerging adulthood (age 18 – 25) is a unique developmental period between adolescence and adulthood characterized by exploration, identity development and “feeling in-between.” During this time, emerging adults often experience instability as they transition from dependence on parents to other commitments including careers and romantic partners. This is also an introspective stage as emerging adults often have more freedom of choice than at other times in life. In this course, we will explore what science tells us about emerging adulthood. Students will be introduced to relevant developmental theorists and scientific methodology, and learn foundational psychology-related skills (e.g., reading empirical articles, writing in APA-style). In addition, students will engage in experiential activities related to the developmental milestones associated with emerging adulthood.

Faculty biography

Dr. Rachel Grover is a licensed clinical psychologist who studies social skills development, friendships, romantic relationships, and anxiety in children, adolescents, and emerging adults. She teaches Introductory Psychology, Child Development, Adolescent Development, and Research Methods in Psychology. She also teaches in both the Psychology Masters and Doctoral programs at Loyola University Maryland.

Mentor biography

Emily Kane is the Assistant Director for Social Justice in Campus Ministry. Emily graduated from Loyola in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies. She completed her Master's in Social Justice through the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, where she also served as a graduate assistant in Campus Ministry. Emily enjoys cooking, reading novels, practicing yoga, and going on walks!

Virtual Advisor

MA109 fulfills the math core requirement for some majors (i.e. communication, humanities majors) and serves as a pre-requisite for MA151: Applied Calculus or MA251: Calculus I for other majors that require calculus (i.e. Sellinger School or Business, Natural and Applied Sciences). For PY majors, PY102 counts as a major elective. For non-PY majors, PY102 may fulfill a social science core requirement (excluding Sellinger School or Business, sociology, and political science)