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London Science


London, England

Program Description

The Science in London program is designed for General Education and IDLS students to explore the scientific basis of our understanding of our physical universe, with an emphasis on British contributions. We will examine the scientific and social forces behind key scientific issues such as stem cell research, health care and climate change, focusing on differences between U.S. and U.K attitudes and responses. As resources, we will use selected readings from science magazines and videos, as well as visits to Stonehenge, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, Darwin’s residence, Cambridge University and City, and numerous London museums. We will also take in numerous cultural events and attractions, including 3-4 theatrical and/or musical performances, art and history museums, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle and St Paul’s Cathedral, to name but a few. There will be some free time, including one free weekend, to further explore London or other nearby destinations on our own. Our accommodations will be in the Bloomsbury area, within walking distance of the British Museum, Piccadilly Circus, the Oxford Street shopping area, Soho, Regents Park, inexpensive ethnic restaurants, cinemas, and Theatreland. With numerous nearby bus and tube stations and our tube and bus passes, the city is ours.

Student enroll in GSCI 101. Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience (3) -and- GSCI 104. Scientific Perspectives (1)

-or- CHEM 280. Chemistry in London (4)

Location Description

Welcome to London, the capital of England, the U.K., and arguably the world! London provides unparalleled opportunities to examine firsthand the contributions to modern society of past and current British scientists, including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Rosalind Franklin, Francis Crick, Alexander Fleming, Stephen Hawking, and many more. There will also be time to explore London’s art, culture and 2000-year old history. Come live and learn in this global, historical, modern, and vibrant city. There is no better place to earn your GenEd Cluster 3, IDLS science, or Honors option credits!


Deborah Warnaar | | Chemistry & Biochemistry


Accommodations will be provided for through a hotel in the Bloomsbury district, with a stipend to cover 2-3 meals per day, along with several group meals throughout the program.

Additional Items to Consider

The program fee covers admission to all program visits and tours, a cell phone, and a central London tube and bus pass, along with other program-related transportation.

This program is targeted towards sophomore through senior level students seeking General Education IdLS science in an international location.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • Attend an interview with the program director prior to the application deadline: Deborah Warnaar | | Chemistry & Biochemistry

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.7.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


GSCI 101: Physics, Chemistry, and the Human Experience (3 credits)

GSCI 104: Scientific Perspectives (1 credit)

CHEM 280: Chemistry in London: An Alternative Lower-Division Chemistry Experience (4 credits)