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The Visionary Course Pairing

General Chemistry Lab I (CH 105)

CH 105 is the entry level chemistry laboratory course, that will prepare students for college level study of sciences, including, chemistry, biology, and biochemistry. It is taken concurrently with CH 101 General Chemistry 1, which is the entry level science class for a variety of different science majors. In the co-requisite class, we will review fundamental principles of chemistry that are the basic principles of chemistry, but also often relevant to other natural and applied sciences. The Messina lab course is an introduction to the laboratory study of the physical and chemical properties of matter; the principles and applications of gravimetric, volumetric chemical, and qualitative analysis. By the end of the general chemistry class and lab, students will have a solid understanding of the nature of matter and phases, atomic and molecular structure and as well as a conceptual and quantitative understanding of reactions. It is a first course in the major sequence for chemistry, biochemistry and biology majors and a major level natural science elective or requirement for computer science, math, and specific engineering majors.

Faculty biography

Dr. Birgit Albrecht joined the Loyola Community in 2007 and serves as an associate professor of chemistry. A native of Germany, she was awarded her DPhil degree from the University of Oxford and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Yale University. Dr. Albrecht is known for her dedication to her students and has taken a specific interest in peer-led and active learning approaches to foster a more active learning environment and to increase student engagement, and was recognized as Loyola’s 2017 distinguished teacher of the year.

Effective Writing: How to Notice (WR 100)

Throughout the semester, students will explore what it means to be a visionary thinker, reader, and writer by inquiring into their own distinct ways of “seeing.” As a class, we will take risks and ask open-ended questions. How do we envision the future, and how might we consider the present in new ways? How can we share our visions, persuade others of our points of view? As a community of writers, we will work to participate in creative, intellectual exchange. We will explore writing as a way of noticing, affirming that visionary thinking does not have to be extraordinary, that it can be discovered in the everyday.

Faculty biography

Professor Helen Hofling is a writer, editor, and teacher. She received a BA in philosophy from Vassar College and an MFA in creative writing from The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Berkeley Poetry Review, the Columbia Review, Electric Literature, Epiphany, Fugue, New South, Passages North, Prelude, and elsewhere. She is a member of the PEN Prison and Justice Writing Committee and serves as a poetry judge for their annual writing competition. She teaches in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland.

Mentor biography

David Tiscione began his second stint at Loyola in 2018 as the director of student conduct. Originally from southern Maryland, he completed his B.A. in Communication Studies and Political Science with a minor in Leadership Studies at Frostburg State University and his M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His professional interests are student conduct, law and policy, alcohol education, assessment, and social justice. He also strives to bring fun and passion to his everyday work. In his down time, David enjoys spending time with his family and watching and playing any and all sports.


Virtual Advisor

This course pairing is strongly recommended for students considering a major in Pre-Health (Biology and Chemistry). Students will also be enrolled during the fall semester in CH 101 - General Chemistry I - with the same students in their Messina Chemistry Lab section. WR 100 will fulfill the Writing core requirement.

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