Course Details for Dr. Fred J. Matthews - Winter - 2018-19

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(C)hemical (H)istory of (E)ngland; (M)useums, (I)conic (S)cientific (T)reasures, and (R)evelations of (Y)esteryear

Dr. Fred J. Matthews (More Info)

(C)hemical (H)istory of (E)ngland; (M)useums, (I)conic (S)cientific (T)reasures, and (R)evelations of (Y)esteryear

Program Dates:
December 26, 2018 - January 8, 2019

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
CHEM 475


Course Description:
The course will focus on the historical scientific and medical museums and hospitals of London, along with the contributions of British scientists and medical professionals. We will observe the wonders and discoveries of early chemistry and the medical fields, including dental, optical, and pharmaceutical, and enrich our minds with the astonishing experiences of scientists in the past and the obstacles and marvels attributed to them. Museum visits will tentatively include the British Museum, the Science Museum, and the History of Science Museum in Oxford. Field trips are also planned for specialized sites, including the Old Operating Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and the Alexander Fleming Laboratory.

Course will provide upper-division credit for undergraduate students; however, students must have completed a minimum of one semester of upper-division chemistry study.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Participants should be prepared for five (5) miles of walking on most days. London may be cold and windy during December / January. Sweaters / mid layers and other winter wear (rain jacket, scarf, hat, gloves) are recommended to have available.

Course Highlights:
  1. Provides 3 hours upper division credit for
  2. Chemistry major or minor
  3. General elective credit
  4. Prerequisites – one-year of general chemistry plus one additional chemistry course
  5. Focus on England’s scientific contributions to chemistry and medical fields
  6. Day-trips to various historical scientific, medical, and hospital museums
  7. Faraday and Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museums
  8. History of Science and Natural History Museums
  9. Old Operating Theatre, Wellcome Collection, and Hunterian Museums
  10. Royal Pharmaceutical Society, British Dental Association, Anaesthesia Museums
  11. Royal College of Surgeons of England and St Bartholomews Hospital Museums
  12. Sherlock Holmes Museum
  13. Perfect for chemistry major/minor and pre-dental/medical/optical/pharmaceutical students