As a liberal arts college, Luther wants its education to be as holistic as possible. Students are required to take classes that fulfill their general education requirements. These classes include fields like science, human behavior, human expression, quantitative, history, intercultural, and so forth. Now, most of my classes are in the human behavior and intercultural fields because my majors are Political Science and International Studies. I was rather nervous about taking science classes to fulfill the general education requirement because it has been awhile since I've exposed myself to any biology, chemistry, or physics at all. So last year, I decided to take one of the science classes that was highly recommended by many students here, SC 111 (Physical Science). Unlike other lab classes, this class does not have lab at a separate time, which is great for students with tight schedules. Considering that I'll have to take classes for both majors and work 13 hours per week, this was the exactly science class that I was looking for. It's two hours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with lab included in class some days in Valders and Sampson-Hoffland Laboratories. For this class, we learn the basics of physics for more than half of the semester and proceed with the basics of chemistry later on.
I look forward to this class most of the time, because it not only has a great syllabus but a great professor that guides us too! Professor Alisa Winsauer is one of the most helpful and caring professors I've ever had. She and her lab assisstant never fail to patiently help us in labs or homeworks until we fully understand the problem and are able to solve it. Since the science class starts at 8am, most of the students would normally feel groggy sitting through a 2-hour class. The professor, however, always helps our grogginess with her liveliness, keeping our spirits up throughout the entire class. She also structured the syllabus to support our performance in class so that we don't feel too pressured. She even drops our four lowest lab write-up grades. Every time when there's homework due for the next class, she makes sure that she dedicates the class before to help us out with homework questions and problems so that we have no trouble doing it ourselves outside of class. This class wouldn't have been as enjoyable had it not been for her.
Shoutout to Professor Winsauer! You're the best!
P.S. The pictures here are some apparatus and materials from our class which facilitate our lab and lecture really well!