Science anyone?

When you think of Italy, your mind probably goes straight to art, literature and the other liberal arts. But did you know that the University of Bologna has 39 world-class science departments, as well as science museums and specialized libraries? Faculties such as the Faculty of Natural Sciences (where you will find physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, biotechnology, etc.), the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry and the Faculty of Pharmacy offer hundreds of courses, many of which are sure to appeal to you. Working with your advisor back home, the E.C.Co. staff can help you find exciting courses appropriate for your science major.

Given the nearly millennial history of the University, on can learn a great deal about the history of science in Bologna as well. You should not miss the Museo di Palazzo Poggi, which holds the collection of bizarre animal specimens of the great Renaissance naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi, as well as the Obstetrics Museum, an eighteenth-century collection of some 170 anatomical models in wax and baked clay used for teaching the trade to physicians and midwives. The Teatro Anatomico, where anatomical lessons (i.e. dissections of corpses) were held, was built in 1637 inside the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio. The Palace itself dates to 1563 and was the headquarters of the University until 1803. Other interesting science museums include the Museo della Fisica, a collection of instruments used for physics experiments starting around 1600; the Museo di Mineralogia, which holds a 5,000-item collection of meteorites, precious stones and other mineral rocks, and the Museo di Zoologia, boasting a collection of taxidermied animals dating back to the sixteenth century.

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