Loyola University Maryland


The Visionary Course Pairing

Calculus I (MA 251)

A rigorous approach to Calculus for all majors. Topics include limits, definition, interpretation, and applications of the derivative; differentiation rules; antiderivatives; definition of definite and indefinite integrals; and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Faculty biography

Dr. Lisa Oberbroeckling
As an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, Lisa participated in an undergraduate research program at the Clinical Trials Data Management Center (CTDMC). Upon graduating, she was hired full time at the CTDMC until she moved to Oregon for graduate school. After graduate school, Lisa joined the faculty at Loyola in the Fall of 2002. She has published articles on her research in functional and numerical analysis and has spoken at many conferences on her research and her teaching, specifically on teaching the Programming in Mathematics course. Committed to the recruitment and the retention of all students in STEM, she has attended workshops on scientific teaching and high impact practices in higher education. She is currently a co-investigator on the NSF S-STEM grant that provides scholarships and mentoring to students of financial need majoring in computer science, physics, mathematics, and statistics (the CPaMS Scholars Program). Lisa has taught MA151: Applied Calculus in the Messina program and taught numerous times in Loyola’s previous first-year programs. She has been actively involved in Loyola’s chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma. Lisa is currently Loyola’s NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative. Recently, Lisa co-chaired the Career Outcomes working group in forming Loyola’s current strategic plan The Ignatian Compass.

Design, Creativity, Innovation and Engineering (EG103)

The pyramids and Gothic cathedrals as well as transportation, communication, and sanitation systems are just some examples of our engineered world. Students explore what makes engineering unique from the sciences-the elements of design and creative problem-solving. Emphasis is given to the historical and social contents of engineering design and its impact on our society. Students also explore the connections engineering has to visual thinking-graphic and industrial design.

Faculty biography

Dr. Suzanne Keilson has been at Loyola for 25 years. She created this course as a unique offering for the Messina program. Her PhD is in Applied Physics and her research interests are in engineering education, design and innovation, as well as biomedical engineering, assisstive technologies, and signal processing. Her other interests include family, community, STEM outreach and the usual array of films, books, and health activities.

Mentor biography

Dennis Velez currently serves as the Associate Director of ALANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Native American) Services at Loyola University Maryland. A Connecticut native, Dennis has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Sociology with a concentration in diversity and inequality. He now resides in downtown Baltimore and enjoys working with students. Go Greyhounds!


Virtual Advisor

This pairing is strongly recommended for students exploring a major in Engineering. Students must have taken high school calculus or attained a 76 or better on the ALEKS Mathematics Placement exam to be eligible for MA 251 during the fall semester.

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7 ways Loyola helps ease the transition to college

A student shares seven ways her first-year experience was enhanced by the people and programs at Loyola.

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