Anatomy in Italy: IT 175 & BIOL 475N

Verona, Bologna and Florence, Italy

March 6 – 14, 2020

Program Summary

During spring break, students will travel with the instructors to Italy and study in Verona, Bologna, and Florence. While in Italy, students will compare and contrast anatomical waxes to modern representations, analyze the anatomy of Michelangelo, da Vinci, and other artists, and discuss the historical circumstances that gave rise to, supported, and sometimes hindered the development of anatomy as a science.

IT 175: This course is for students who have little or no knowledge of Italy’s language and culture. This course is a co-requisite of BIOL 475 (Anatomy in Italy) and prepares students for the required, embedded Spring Break portion of the course. Properly preparing for an abroad experience helps students to fully exploit their time in the target culture, maximize their opportunity to leverage the study of anatomy while in Italy.
BIOL 475N:
This course will explore the origins of human anatomy as a modern science in the context of renaissance-era Italy, especially its culture, art, and history. During the in-class portion of the course, students will participate in discussions of science, history, and art, prepare and lead presentations on assigned topics, and perform human cadaver studies.

Embedded Course Information

Students must be enrolled in BIOL 475N (GH)(GN) and IT 175 (IL)(GH) for the Spring 2020 semester, with permission from the instructors, to be eligible to participate in the embedded program.

Prerequisites: Complete either BIOL 129 or BIOL 141 or BIOL 161 or BIOL 240 or BIOL 472 or KINES 202 or BIOL/VBSC 421 by the end of Fall 2019

Faculty Leaders

Professor Jason Laine ( and Joel Waters

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program Fee, Including Airfare: $3,250
  • In-Country Costs: Approx. $200 for some meals

Application Process

Email the following: your full name, Penn State email, 9-digit ID number, major, class standing (i.e. sophomore, junior, etc), current cumulative GPA, and a statement on why you would like to enroll in this class.