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United Kingdom
June 1 - 15, 2015

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2015

Courses: ISCI 104: Science Connections, 3 credits

Prerequisites: Good Academic Standing.

Cost: $2,995

CIE Scholarships: $500

Program Directors: Prof. Stanislav Kurkovsky
Computer Science Department
(860) 832 - 2720;


Making Science Connections Abroad: England and Scotland


Scientific discovery is not made in isolation, but depends on previous research.  Everyone would agree that the invention of the electric motor would have been impossible without previous studies in electricity and magnetism. However, there are many precursors, studies, and inventions leading up to the discovery of electricity and magnetism that reach far beyond physics. In fact, this discovery can be traced directly to one of the earliest areas of scientific inquiry - astronomy. The history of scientific progress has plenty of similar connections linking seemingly unrelated areas of science and technology together in a chain of discoveries leading to a single scientific breakthrough. For example, none of the modern advances in computing and information technology would have been possible without the invention of Jacquard loom, which revolutionized the textile industry at the beginning of the 19th century. The invention of the Jacquard loom itself would not have been possible without the invention of the camshaft by the ancient Greeks who used it in water-powered stamp mills.

This course will present students with an interdisciplinary view on the process of scientific progress with the help of a number of case studies. Each case study will trace a chain of scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs spanning a diverse range of disciplines, including physics, astronomy, chemistry, engineering, and computing. Students will examine how scientific method was used in the process of experimentation leading up to many of these discoveries. Each case study will also illustrate the impact of scientific innovation on our everyday lives and experiences.

This course will culminate with a trip to the United Kingdom during the summer 2015. Cities being visited will include London, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. London was one of the centers of Enlightenment in 18th century Europe, when the number of scientific discoveries and inventions blossomed as a result of promoting science and intellectual discourse, as opposed to superstition and intolerance. Scientists in England and Scotland made many very important discoveries laying the foundation for the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. England was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, which bloomed as a result of the invention of the steam engine. London and other cities included in this trip have many exceptional museums where students will see a variety of the scientific and technological artifacts discussed in this course. The cities visited also offer many historical locations where the scientists whose work is discussed in the course had lived and worked. In addition to visiting several science museums, students in this course will participate in many other cultural activities without which such a trip would not be complete.

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Registration Information and Program Costs
The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, some meals and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., most meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are at additional cost.

Summer Session Course fees are not included in the Course Abroad Program fee.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement:
All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.