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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:
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Science and Religion:
From the Big Bang to Neuroscience 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.ICA CERN Center Group

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 2023 is the next offering.



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): Science and Religion: From the Big Bang to Neuroscience AS-I T-280, Section 940, 2 credits
  • Spring (study abroad): Science and Religion: From the Big Bang to Neuroscience AS-I 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, 2023
Departure Date: April 1, 2023

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!

2023 Program Fee - $2,495 ICA Science Religion Group

Due November 15, 2022: $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due January 15, 2022: $1,995 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 including train tickets
  • Some group meals
  • On Call emergency assistance, health and quarantine insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Round trip airfare $1,200
  • Passport $135
  • Meals $220
  • 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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 11/30/2022
11/30/2022 03/25/2023 04/01/2023

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This program is currently not accepting applications.