History Of Medicine - Biosciences
Texas A & M University
Spring Semester Program




The Germany Biosciences Program provides students with the opportunity to complete a full semester‘s worth of academic course work in their majors, including both required and elective course options. The program is particularly well-suited for students planning careers in human or veterinary medicine as well as in allied health, bioengineering and biotechnology.
Along with providing students with international experiences programmatically linked to all of their courses, the program is designed so that participating students do not „fall behind“ their on-campus peers in terms of progression towards advanced coursework and their baccalaureate degrees.



This semester-long study abroad program is designed for two specific student cohorts:

Stream 1:
Biomedical Science majors (includes life-science majors such as: biology, biochemistry, genetics, psychology, and related majors)

Stream 2:
Bioengineering majors (includes biomedical enginering and radiological health and safety engineering majors)

All Students
VTPP/BMEN 401: History of Human and Veterinary Medicinein Europe (4 hrs ) / German Language and Culture

Students may then choose from among the following courses as best suits their particular majors and curricular requirements:

Stream 1:
Biomedical Science (and related life science) majors
VTPB 489 Cellular Processes in Health and Disease (3 hrs)
VTPP 423: Biomedical Physiology I (4 hrs)
VTPP 425/VTPP625: Pharmacology (3 hrs)
VTPP 485: Directed Studies (1-4 hrs) and/or
VTPB 485: Directed Studies (1-4 hrs)

Stream 2:
Bioengineering and related majors:
VTPP 435: Physiology for Bioengineers II (4 hrs)
BMEN 211: Signals and Systems for Bioengineers (3 hrs)
BMEN 253: Design I (1 hr)


Addresses the major developments in human and veterinary medicine in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present; explores key events and fig ures in medical histor y and analyzes issues of current biomed ical concern in an historical context; for example, animal rights, ethics of human experimentation, euthanasia. In addition, it will give students an introduction to the German language which is to facilitate communication in everyday situations within the context of a study abroad sojourn. Intercultural comparisons aim to add to the students' understanding of unique features of German culture and (medical) history.

VTPP 423:
Physiological principles, review of cellular physiology, and development of an understanding of the nervous system and muscle, cardiovascular, and respiratory physiology; clinical applications related to organ systems. Prerequisites: VIBS 305; junior or senior classification.

VTPP 425/VTPP625:
Introduction to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; survey of major pharmaceutical classes; uses, mechanisms of action and adverse reactions of selected agents. Prerequisites: VTPP 423 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification.

VTPB 489:
Selected topics in an identified area of physiology, pharmacology, endocrinology or toxicology. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

VTPP 435:
A systems analysis of nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary function including information related to gross anatomy, histology and disease states; quantitative aspects of physiology and engineering applications to clinical medicine. Prerequisites: VTPP 434; junior or senior classification.

BMEN 211:
Quantitative analysis of biomedical signals and physiological systems; system classification; Fourier and Laplace transforms; frequency response of systems and circuits; A/D conversion, sampling, and discrete-time signal processing.


Bonn Situated 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 surroundings are rich in castles, medieval towns and natural beauty. Students can play Fußball in one of Bonn’s several parks, explore the gardens of Poppelsdorfer Castle or walk, run or bike along the Rhine.

Bonn has developed into an international technology, business, research and NGO hub, and serves as corporate headquarters for T-Mobile, Deutsche Post, DHL and is home to the famous gummybear company HARIBO; houses several world-renown research centers; and is a United Nations city.

Bonn is centrally located in Western Europe allowing easy train travel to cities such as Paris and Amsterdam. The Bonn-Cologne airport is served by many low-cost airlines allowing students access to cities such as Venice, Budapest, London, Rome, Prague and Barcelona, among others.

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The program includes a large number of day-long and overnight field trips to museums, research institutions, medical schools, and other sites of historical and cultural importance throughout Germany and neighboring EU countries. Some examples include visits to the Sigmund Freud House and Museum in Vienna, the UniKlinik at Bonn, the Museum of the History of Medicine in Berlin or Otto Bock Headquarters in Duderstadt. Proposed scheduled trips include: Cologne, Aachen, Remagen, Vienna, and Berlin. Students are free to travel throughout Europe on the weekends and during spring break.


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  • Good standing with TAMU and approval of the professor
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher by the end of the 2013 summer session
  • Complete the pre-requisite courses for all of the courses offered in the respective stream in the semester program


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


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

VCard Kristin Vosbeck Program Coordinator, M.A.

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E-Mail vosbeck@aib-studyabroad.org

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