Development of Biological Thought Topic of Class
Students enrolled in “The Development of Biological Thought,” with Biology Professor Charles Brockhouse, took on more than text books during their travel course this summer in London.
Five students accompanied Brockhouse to discover how the natural sciences emerged from medieval theology and philosophy and developed into experimental sciences during the “enlightenment” period. This learning experience incorporated lectures, field trips and demonstrations while providing students the intellectual tools to uncover the scientific history of the study of biology.
The group traveled to Oxford University, the Royal Society of London, Kew Gardens, the Natural History Museum, the Linnaean Society and Westminster Abbey.
The course helped students understand the role in development of natural science and the medieval intellectual contributions. Students were able to see how biology, once considered a gentleman’s hobby, transformed to the rigorous scientific endeavor it is today.