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  • Locations: Geneve, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Eligible Majors:
All Majors, All Science Majors
Type of Program:
Intensive Course Abroad
Program Advisor:
Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

The History of Science and the Influence of Religion

Galileo Museum Italy

Program Overview

The course traces the development of science and religion through known human history, using astronomical discoveries to chronicle the positive and negative influences of religion over the past two millennia. The course content is largely covered in the winter quarter beginning with cosmology, progressing through chemical, biological, and hominid evolution to examine where life comes from and what being human means, followed by examining the lives several great scientists and concluding with topics in neuroscience that relate to the soul and the self. The course culminates in a 9-day learning adventure over the spring break to museums and exhibits in Europe featuring guest presentations and guided tours at sites in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. A few of the sites include the CERN supercollider in Geneva, the Einstein Museum in Bern, Kepler's House outside Stuttgart, the famous Deutches Museum in Munich, the Galileo Museum in Florence, and the Vatican and the Vatican Observatory in Rome.

By the end of the course students will be able to:
a. Articulate the major historical developments in science and their religious connections
b. Identify the main religious influences on science's development
c. Describe how personal, cultural, and religious influences affect science
d. Contrast religious and scientific perspectives
e. Apply historical precedent to current issues of science and religion.

*This program runs every other year. Spring 2019 is the next offering.


Academics

Credit/Registration
This course includes both an online (2 cr) and study abroad (1 cr) portion. Students are required to take both sections as follows:

  • Winter (online): History of Science and the Influence of Religion CHEM T-280, Section 940, 2 credits
  • Spring (study abroad): History of Science and the Influence of Religion CHEM T-280, Section 200, 1 credit

Instructor
Dr. Fraser Fleming, Chair of Drexel's Chemistry Department


Program CalendarSwitzerland CERN Laboratory

Winter Term: Online class
Arrival Date: March 25, 2017
Departure Date: April 2, 2017
Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

*This program runs every other year. Spring 2019 is the next offering.

Itinerary Highlights Include:

  • Geneva: History of Science Museum; CERN laboratory
  • Bern: Einstein Museum; Tour of Zytglogge
  • Stuttgart: Cistercian Monastery of Maulbronn; Kepler Museum
  • Munich: Paleontology Museum; Deutsches Museum
  • Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome; Basilica di Santa Croce; Museo Galileo
  • Rome: Vatican Museums and Observatory, St. Peter's Basilica, Colosseum and Roman Forum

*and much more!


Program Fee - $2095 for 2017Rome 2

Due November 15, 2016 - $25 application fee + $500 Advance Payment
Due January 15, 2017 - $1595 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodations in Italy, Germany, Switzerland
  • Tours and entrance fees for all program activities
  • On-site transportation
  • Two group meals
  • On Call Emergency Assistance insurance

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Round trip airfare $1200
  • Passport $135
  • Meals $320
  • Airport transfer $50
  • Course materials $15
  • Spending money $400
  • Visa (if applicable)

More Information

  • US citizens are not required to obtain a visa. Other nationalities must check the Italian, German, and Swiss Embassy websites for information.
  • A recommended flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own transatlantic airfare.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.