March 13 - 21, 2015
Science Connections, 3 credits
Good Academic Standing.
Cost: $2,895 per person.
A limited number of $400 scholarships are available to matriculated CCSU students.
Prof. Stanislav Kurkovsky
Computer Science Department
(860) 832-2720, Kurkovsky@ccsu.edu
Making Science Connections Abroad
Not a single scientific discovery was made in isolation without preceding research work conducted in various fields. 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 Greece during the 2015 Spring Break. Achievement of ancient Greeks provided the foundation of Western civilization. Greek influence spans human rights, democracy, philosophy, arts, and architecture, as well as mathematics, physics, and astronomy. Greek theories from the 5th century B.C. described the planets and their movements. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher-scientist who lived in the 4th century B.C., wrote the first books about physics and laid the foundation for empirical science, a precursor to the scientific method developed over a millennium later. Eratosthenes, who lived in the 3rd century B.C., used principles of physics and mathematics to estimate the measurement of the Earth's circumference. Around the same time, Archimedes observed that placing a solid object underwater will displace an amount of water that matches the object’s weight. During the trip, students will visit the sites, museums, and locations associated with these and other achievements of Ancient Greece. Students in this course will visit the Acropolis and other sites in Athens, the ruins of Delphi, island of Aegina, and participate in many other cultural activities without which such a trip would not be complete.
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., some meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are at additional cost.
Connecticut Reciprocity Program
Under the terms of the State College/University Reciprocity Program, full-time students (graduate and undergraduate) may, in certain circumstances, take courses at another state college or university without paying additional tuition. This policy is applicable to students attending Connecticut State College and University System Institutions registering for spring Course Abroad programs offered by CCSU.
To request consideration under the Reciprocity Program, visit the Registrar’s Office (or the Registrar’s website) on your home campus to obtain a copy of the appropriate Request for Reciprocity form. Complete the form and submit it to your home campus’s Registrar for review and approval. After the form has been approved by the home campus Registrar, you can submit it to the CCSU Registrar’s Office at the time of registration for the coursework connected with the Course Abroad Program. The Registrar will process your course registration and forward your approved Reciprocity Agreement to the CCSU Bursar, who will waive the course tuition and registration fees for the program. The CIE Travel Program fee is not waivable under the Reciprocity Program.
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.