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.
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.
Intro to Theater History (DR 250)
This course is an advanced introduction to the study of theatre history. All in one semester, this course will broadly sweep across many areas of theatre history starting with Ancient Greece and ending in the present day. Together we will travel the globe, throughout Europe, the United States, and parts of Asia, investigating how theatre reflected and informed society in its own time. By studying theatre of other eras and cultures, we will better understand theatre in our own society, and draw exciting parallels between the two. As a history class, this course will introduce students to the methods and sources of a historian.
Dr. Natka Bianchini is Associate Professor of Theatre where she teaches theatre history, directing, queer theatre, and seminars in dramatic literature. The author of two books (Samuel Beckett's Theatre in America, Palgrave MacMillan 2015 & Albee and Influence, Brill 2021), Dr. Bianchini's research focuses on 20th century American theatre and directing. She has directed more than 30 productions on the regional and university level and is an Artistic Associate and board member of the Iron Crow Theatre company.
Raven Williams has been with Loyola since September 2014 and is the Director of ALANA Services. She received her bachelor's degree in Communication from Eastern Michigan University and her master's degree in Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State University. Raven has been working in higher education for several years, and her work in student affairs includes student retention (with a focus on working with underrepresented students), diversity/inclusion/cultural competency awareness, academic advising/intervention, training and development, and mentoring.
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. DR 250 will fulfill the Fine Arts core requirement.