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Cortona study-abroad program expands to include science, medicine courses

For more than 25 years, UGA students have had the opportunity to take a wide range of courses in the arts and humanities through the university’s study-abroad program in Cortona, Italy.  Now, for the first time, students with interests in science and medicine have something to choose from as well.

During May term 2006, the Cortona program will offer “Topics in Biology/Biology of Medicine” and the “History of Medicine.” The classes are upper-division, three-hour courses designed for undergraduate students with career goals in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, biological sciences and biomedical and health sciences research and teaching.  The deadline to apply for the May term science program is Jan. 17.

The “Topics in Biology” course will cover an array of current topics in biology that relate to modern medicine, including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology. These topics include cloning, stem cell biology, cancer biology, endocrinology and bioethics. Prerequisites for the course are BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1108 (or their equivalents).

The “History of Medicine”  course will cover Western concepts of medicine from a historical perspective with a focus on the contributions of Italian physicians and scientists. There is no prerequisite.