STEM Courses at Umbra
(Fall Semester Only)
At Umbra we recognize how difficult it is for STEM majors to study abroad, especially in countries where English is not the native language. However, it is now easier than ever thanks to a new cooperative that offers STEM courses, taught entirely in English, in the beautiful, centrally-located Italian hilltop town, Perugia, Italy. This exciting new initiative sponsored by Roger Williams University School of Engineering and in cooperation with the Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia welcomes highly-motivated math, engineering and science students who want to take advantage of the unique opportunity for an Italian study abroad experience. The courses offered are designed for sophomore-level students in the sciences to help maintain a steady progression in the fulfillment of their graduation requirements. The courses run only once per year, each fall semester, with a limited number of spaces available, so apply early to ensure your participation in this unique Italy-based STEM program for the Fall of 2017.
CHEM 191: Principles of Chemistry I & Lab (4 credits)
The goal of this course is to provide a basic background and understanding in the theory and principles of chemistry. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the areas of dimensional analysis, matter and its properties, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, bonding theory, the periodic properties of the elements, and other fundamental chemical principles. Through Umbra’s collaboration with the University of Perugia, students will have access to chemistry labs at the local Italian university. The laboratory component of the course is evaluated separately from the lecture, and will involve writing a laboratory report using a provided template. Lecture proficiency will be evaluated using traditional quizzes, tests, and a comprehensive final exam.
MATH 317: Differential Equations (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to ordinary differential equations with applications in science and engineering. Differential equations software will be used. Topics include the classification of, and what is meant by: the solution of a differential equation; first-order equations for which exact solutions are obtainable; explicit methods of solving higher-order, linear differential equations; an introduction to systems of differential equations; and the Laplace transform. Applications of first-order, linear, differential equations and second-order, linear, differential equations with constant coefficients will be studied.
ENGR 210: Engineering Mechanics I – Statics (3 credits)
This course allows you to study static equilibrium forces acting on particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions. Among the topics covered in the course, students will learn to calculate the resultant force due to a system of forces, external reactions for rigid bodies in 2D equilibrium, the Centroid of composite bodies, external reactions of rigid bodies in 3D equilibrium, member forces in a truss, internal forces in multi-force members, internal cable forces for discrete load systems, and more. Additionally, students will be able to solve static dry friction problems. Students will use vector algebra, free-body diagrams, and centroids.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is imperative that you submit all course syllabi to the appropriate department for transfer approval at your home institution, prior to your arrival in Perugia. Your home institution must pre-approve each course and acknowledge that you meet all prerequisites that will allow you to properly enroll in STEM materials while abroad.
ITLN 101-310 – Italian Language (requiredAll students who attend the Umbra Institute must take an Italian language course or a course taught in Italian as part of their semester curriculum. All levels of study are available from beginner to advanced from 4- to 6-credits.
General Elective Course
You may choose one or two general elective courses to take during your semester abroad. View Umbra’s full course selection to choose your general elective course.
If you have any questions about the STEM course at Umbra, please contact us using the form below or email us at [email protected] We will be happy to assist you with any information or documentation you may need.