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UK, France, Germany & Sweden: History of Biology & Museums


   Introduction

The 2015 International Studies Program to UK, France, Germany and Sweden to be conducted between July 6th and August 6th, 2015, will provide approximately 15 undergraduate students and 5 graduate students a unique opportunity to study the history of biology and the roles played in that history by the world’s great European museums in the actual settings where most of the development occurred in the 18th and 19th centuries.


   Summary Facts

  • Summer Session II
  • Tentative Travel Dates: July 6 – August 6, 2015
  • Six semester hours of undergraduate and graduate credit
  • Application deadline: Nov. 10, 2014

   Courses

ISTD 4381: History of Western Biological Sciences: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance. A study of the nature of science as a way of knowing, the historical development of science as a discipline, and the history of scientific study of diversity, evolution, and inheritance. Instructor: Dr. Michael T. Dixon.

ISTD 4381:  The history and Function of Natural History Museums. The origin of natural history museums in Western Europe and the ways in which they have contributed to our understanding of biology. Included will be the basic workings of the modern museum, including collection management, program planning, and exhibit design. Comparisons and contrasts with zoological and botanical gardens, as living museums will also be made. Instructor: Dr. Robert C. Dowler.

ISTD 6381: Historical Base of Biology: Science in the 18th and 19th Centuries. An advanced study of the history of western biological sciences. In addition to understanding the development of study of diversity, evolution, and inheritance, each student will examine a particular facet of natural history exploration or evolutionary thought that is represented by personalities or events in Europe. Instructor: Dr. Michael T. Dixon.

ISTD 6381: Natural History Museums in Europe: Contributions to Modern Biology. An advanced course treating the origin, history, and function of natural museums in western Europe and the ways in which they have contributed to our understanding of biology. Included will be the basic workings of the modern museum, including collection management program planning, and exhibit design. Comparisons and contrasts with zoological and botanical gardens, as living museums, will also be made. Students will present papers and oral presentations on aspects of the growth and importance of natural history museums in the 20th century. Instructor: Dr. Robert C. Dowler.


   Travel Arrangements

Students will be extensively briefed prior to departure regarding travel arrangements and schedules with addresses and telephone numbers given each participant.  All travel arrangements will be made by the program directors and approved by the University.  All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care or emergencies.  Participants must provide the directors with a copy of the policy number and company name of their insurance policies.


   Itinerary

The program schedule for this 2015 international program in London and the European mainland will be available as soon as details are formalized. We anticipate using the dormitories of the University of London as our base while in the United Kingdom (approximately 2 weeks) and spending about 5 days in Paris, 5 days in Germany, and 4 days in Sweden. The schedule is subject to revision as additional details of the travel schedules and excursions are developed in consultation with travel companies in Europe and with the International Studies officials at ASU.


  
  Student Eligibility

Undergraduate Students:

  • Must be accepted into an ASU-sponsored study abroad program.
  • Must have completed a cumulative 30 hours of course work at time of application and be enrolled at ASU and remain an ASU student through the study abroad program
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 at time of application

Graduate Students:

  • Current students must have GPA of 3.0
  • Newly accepted students must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Transfer students must have GPA of 3.0

   Program Cost

The basic cost of the program will be about $4,800.00 which will cover round-trip airfare, class excursion fees and travel, and accommodations.  Students will also be responsible for tuition, fees, course materials, passport, travel insurance, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Local transportation, additional excursions and meal expenses will be the responsibility of the student. The program cost does not include ASU tuition and fees for six credit hours. This amount has not been set by the Board of Regents, Texas Tech University System for summer, 2015. Summer 2014 undergraduate resident tuition and fees was $1,681.08.


   Faculty Leadership

The program will be co-directed by Dr. Michael T. Dixon, Associate Professor of Biology and  Dr. Robert C. Dowler, Tippett Professor of Biology.  Both co-directors have experience in the fields to be taught in this program as well as international field research experience.  Both Dixon and Dowler previously have taught study abroad courses in Europe including a successful program in 2013.

Learn More About this program

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Dr. Robert Dowler
Tippett Professor of Biology
Office: CAV 107B
Phone: (325) 486-6639

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Dr. Michael T. Dixon
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: CAV 016
Phone: (325) 486-6636

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