The British Influence on Scientific Discovery
This Program Has CANCELLED
This program has been cancalled. Let us know if you're interested in a Summer 2014 option.
This Study Abroad course highlights the role of British scientists throughout history and their significant contributions to the advancement of our current understanding of the natural world.
Students will learn about Britain's rich scientific history by exploring the actual locations where pivotal discoveries were made or where noteworthy scientists lived and worked. Students will be able to see the actual DNA model of Watson and Crick in London, visit the famous Physics Cavendish Laboratory Museum in Cambridge, home to 29 Nobel Laureates including James Watson and Francis Crick, Max Perutz, and others. Learners will walk along the streets of Oxford where Robert Boyle, the father of modern chemistry, worked with Robert Hooke and came to determine the inverse relationship between volume and a gas, now known as Boyle's law. Visits will also include Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, the Father of Biology, where the famous "Origins of the Species" was written and the Roslin Institute in Scotland to see "Dolly" the first cloned mammal.
Our home base for the course will be Harlaxton College, a glorious 19th century manor house nestled in the beautiful English countryside, allowing for solace and reflection after a busy day.
Anticipated Learning Outcomes
- Gain knowledge about the life and accomplishments of select British / Scottish scientists from the 1600’s to the present
- Understand the significance of each scientist’s contribution to the advancement of their discipline or science as a whole
- Evaluate the role that religion and politics had on science in England during the 1600’s to present
- Visit childhood homes, museums, grave sites and other relevant points of interest to add a tangible connection to the lives of each scientist
The Program Leaders may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants shall meet these requirements:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0
- For Honors course, 3.2 cumulative GPA or good standing in the Honors College.
- Permission of instructor(s)
- Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses
- Good academic standing (Undergraduate Catalog p.27; Graduate Catalog p.30)
- 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure)
- Eligible to obtain a visa for destination and through all transit points (if needed) as determined by US DOS and host country
- Possess passport valid for at least six (6) months after return date
- No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs
- Full payment (or signed payment agreement) prior to departure
- Completion of all pre-departure orientation
This Faculty-Led Program in which credit can be earned in the following courses that both Dr. Rice and Dr. Davis will team-teach:
- HON 300: The British Influence on Scientific Discovery
- BIOL 275: The British Influence on Scientific Discovery
- Complete the Study Abroad & Global Learning application process on TopNet prior to being registered in this course. We suggest you start this application process immediately and respond to all emails promptly.
- The course includes a group flight that originates and returns to Nashville.
- Independent travel (before and/or after the programs start and end date) is permitted with prior notification to Program Leaders. There may be medical insurance issues to deal with, as well as changes to the airline reservations (with possible additional cost to participant), so advanced notice is required.
- Includes 3-credit hour tuition ($1,062 estimated value), round-trip airfare, accommodations, all group excursions, and medical insurance.
- Not included in program fee: transportation from home to the U.S. departure airport /return from airport to your home, and personal spending money.
- Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.
* Subject to change
- WKU Worldtopper Scholarship (apply via the Topnet Application form)
- Honors travel grant (Honors student only)
- Student Government Association scholarships
- Check with your major department for additional available scholarships
- Study Abroad courses are not eligible for employee tuition waiver
- Other funding options
You may contact Student Financial Assistance to determine your funding options if needed. You will need to provide the course number, name, your name and WKU ID (800#), and the Study Away course fee as stated above, in the email you send to financial aid.
- Grantham, England
- Bath, England
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- London, England
- Summer 2013 - CANCELLED
- Payment schedule coming soon.
- Syllabus (tentative)
- Right now! Contact us for next year.
* subject to change