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Spring Semester Program



The Bonn Study Abroad Science Program is for science majors primarily in their sophomore or junior year. The Bonn Science Program allows students to progress in their science major and core curriculum courses in a country that has a long history of significant scientific achievement as well as one at the cutting edge of creating sustainable communities. Through class, program excursions and special presentations, students will gain exposure to important scientific work being carried out in Germany and the European Union in the fields of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental science, and health and human science while also experiencing and learning about the German lifestyle and culture.

In particular, the Spring 2014 program offers the opportunity to witness firsthand the commitment by German scientists to social and environmental responsibility by seeking solutions to problems such as a rapidly growing population, demographic and climate changes, declining resources, globalization, urbanization and a growing concern for the environment. The students will also gain an understanding of the significant contributions that Germany and other European countries have made in the fields of science throughout history.



  • PHYS 254 General Physics II
  • MATH 398 Statistics in Science
  • PHIL 325 Environmental Ethics / Bioethics
  • ART 350 Visual Thinking
  • BIOL/CHEM/HHSC 398 Sustainable Practices
  • SCEM 198 German Language, Communication and Culture


PHYS 254
Electrostatics. Magnetism. Current, D.C. circuits. Electromagnetic waves. Geometrical and wave optics. Relativity. Nuclear physics. Laboratory experiments pertaining to electricity, magnetism, and optics.

MATH 398
Descriptive statistics, probability, discrete and continuous random variables, limit theorems, sampling distributions, estimations of parameters, nonparametric methods, hypothesis testing, linear regression.

PHIL 325
This course will introduce the students to the field of environmental ethics, or more broadly, environmental philosophy. Based on careful reading of some important papers in the field (both historical and current), we will discuss and analyze some of the key ideas and arguments in environmental ethics regarding human responsibilities to nonhuman beings. Specifically, we will cover such topics: the causes of the environmental problem; traditional views of nonhuman nature; moral considerability; animal rights; the intrinsic value of nature; biocentric and ecocentricc environmental ethics; deep ecology; ecofeminism; environmental justice and social ecology; roles of spiritual traditions, etc. We will also pay attention to the application of the ethical theories to practical environmental situations.

ART 350
This course promotes concept development and creative thinking. Visual problem solving and projects will be based on a concern for how each person examines and explores, ultimately interprets and recreates the world around them.


BonnSituated on the Rhine River, Bonn is the former capital of West Germany as well as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. The city and its surrounding area is filled with castles, medieval towns and natural beauty. Students can play fußball in one of Bonn’s several parks, explore the botanical gardens of Poppelsdorfer Castle or walk, run or bike along the Rhine.

Bonn is also an international technology hub, and is the corporate headquarters to T-Mobile and Deutsche Post; the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft & Raumfahrtechnik, the German space agency, is also nearby. Bonn is centrally located in Western Europe allowing for easy train travel to cities such as Paris and Amsterdam. Also, the Cologne-Bonn airport is served by many low-cost airlines allowing for travel on a long weekend to cities like Venice, Budapest, London, Prague, Barcelona and other European locations.

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Excursions of cultural and historical interest complement the academic program. The excursions will involve visits to other major cities in Germany and Europe, such as Berlin, Dresden, Amsterdam and Paris. Additionally scheduled activities may include a boat cruise on the Rhine River with all its scenic castles, a rooftop tour of Cologne Cathedral, and visits to assorted historical, cultural and arts museums.


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Funding is available in many forms. For information on fees & funding opportunities, please contact your study abroad office.


For any other program-related questions please feel free to contact your AIB program coordinator:

VCard Olivia Schäfer Program Coordinator, B.A.

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