This spring, join Dr. Firenze and Dr. Musa for BIO 259, Neuroscience and Evolution: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Human Nature!

Darwin Tree

The science of human nature was forever transformed by Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking publication of “On the Origin of Species” in 1859. Explore how modern neuroscience and evolution contribute to our understanding of the natural world and our own human nature as we examine culture through the lens of Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Investigate how London’s Victorian society influenced art and science to usher in an age of enlightenment.

Pre-trip activities will include lectures on evolutionary theory, neuroscience, the relationship between art and science, the history and culture surrounding the Age of Enlightenment and Victorian Era. This class includes an eight day visit to London and other areas of Europe. While in London, we will visit sites including the British Museum, the Museum of London, the British Museum of Natural History, the Darwin Center, Down House (home of Charles Darwin), the National Portrait Gallery, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, and the British Library. We will travel by high speed rail to Bruges, Belgium to experience the history and culture of this beautiful, medieval city.

Picture1Discover how biology, behavior, and culture have been inseparably intertwined throughout human history, and develop a new understanding of the fundamental and universal human nature that links us all.


CLASSES: Mondays at 9 am

LONDON & BRUGES (exact dates TBA – late May-early June)

FEES: $2595** includes airfare, lodging, all ground transportation, and instructional activities.

*No extra tuition charge for full time students.

**Fees subject to slight variation.

Click the tabs above for a printable fact sheet and application.

For more information:

Dr. Richard Firenze, NS 207E, 778-5067,

Dr. Jennifer Musa, NS 311, 778-5088,


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