Chem 1A is UC Berkeley’s introductory chemistry course designed to identify freshmen who have the talent to continue on a pre-medical path in a one-semester pressure cooker. But whenever Professor Phillip Geissler taught it, students could have at least a moment of relief when he brought his guitar.
Standing in front of 500 students as if the Pimentel Auditorium were a concert hall, he sang catchy chimerical tunes, with titles like “The Mole Song” and “Acids and Bases”. He would even bring in a professional singer as a guest performer. It’s the kind of extra effort that has earned Geissler top campus teaching awards.