STEM Program

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program at LdM Rome offers a unique educational opportunity for students to take part in rigorous science courses taught in collaboration with Università Roma Tre in state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. 

The core of the STEM Program is a required study on Italy’s Contribution to Modern Science. The course focuses on Italians from the Romans to the modern era who have contributed to the advancement of the sciences, often affecting paradigm shifts. By examining these important contributions, students explore the development of scientific thinking within cultural and civic contexts. Rome offers the perfect setting for this integrated exploration of the sciences and their histories.

LdM is expanding its offerings yearly giving STEM students new courses in the fields of biology, chemistry, and health sciences. Students can enrich their scientific background by choosing general education courses from a variety of subjects. These include art history, communications, ancient studies, philosophy, and political science and international studies, for a more balanced educational experience.

Students participating in the LdM Rome STEM Program are required to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Specific STEM attendance and grading policies apply which are different from the general LdM policy. Any student taking a science course in Rome during the semester belongs to the STEM Program.

Please consult the brochure for this program:

To apply, see the Study Abroad Requirements in the Admissions Section.

The core course and the STEM courses cannot be changed, dropped or withdrawn from. Italian language study is encouraged but not required. To help ensure a successful experience, we recommend that students take no more than two science courses with a lab component. 

Spring 2020 Program Offering

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Science Courses

Introduction to Molecular Genetics with Laboratory
BIO 280 R
Cr.: 4 – Contact hrs: 90
This course provides students with a foundation of the principles of genetics. Starting with the study of the function and structure of DNA and RNA, the course explores the principles of genetics such as transmission (Mendelian Inheritance), gene expression, and recombination. Lectures are combined with laboratory sessions to provide students with practical knowledge of the techniques of molecular genetics. This course is for science majors only. Taught in collaboration with Università Roma Tre.
Note: Specific STEM attendance and grading policies apply.
Prerequisite: General Biology I with Laboratory, or equivalent

Human Anatomy II with Laboratory
BIO 320 R
Cr.: 4 – Contact hrs: 90
This course is the second part of a two-semester introductory sequence to human anatomy and physiology. It emphasizes tissue organization, physiology, and the structure of endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, reproductive, lymphatic systems. The laboratory reflects these topics. This course does not involve the use of dissected or prosected materials. Italian law forbids the use of cadaver materials in all but medical school courses of instruction. This course is for science majors only. Taught in collaboration with Università Roma Tre.
Prerequisite: Grade C or higher in Human Anatomy I with Laboratory, or equivalent

Principles of Biochemistry
BIO 330 R / CHM 330 R
Cr.: 4 – Contact hrs: 90
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of biochemistry. It focuses on understanding the structure, synthesis and metabolism of the major biomolecules: nucleotides, lipids, proteins and carbohydrates. Furthermore, it expolres the biochemical principles of genetics, enzyme function and other signaling functions of the body.
Prerequisite: CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory and General Biology I, or equivalent

General Microbiology with Laboratory
BIO 380 R
Cr.: 3 – Contact hrs: 45
The course provides a survey of the biology of microorganisms, with emphasis on the domain Bacteria.Topics include cell structure, microbial growth, metabolism, genetics, DNA manipulation, diversity among Bacteria, Archea and Virus, microbial ecology and evolution. The course also explores the interaction of microorganisms with humans, infection diseases and their transmission. The laboratory experience includes general microbiology laboratory procedures of culturing, identifying, analyzing and researching microbes.
Note: Specific STEM attendance and grading policies apply.
Prerequisite: 1) General Biology I and II; 2) CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I; 3) BIO 280 Introduction to Molecular Genetics, or equivalents

Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory
CHM 222 R
Cr.: 3 – Contact hrs: 45
This course is the second part of a two-semester introductory sequence to organic chemistry. The course provides the extension of the principles of the relationship between structures, properties, functionalities, and the resulting reactions of organic compounds. The compounds covered include alcohols, ethers, conjugated system, amines, carbonyl derivatives, and others. The courses focuses on reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, multiple step synthesis, and advanced spectroscopic analytics. Accompanying three-hour weekly laboratory session provides hands-on experience that consolidates and expands upon the theories and concepts learned, with training in various techniques of separation, synthesis, and analysis. This course is for science majors only. Taught in collaboration with Università Roma Tre.
Prerequisite: 1) Grade C or higher in CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory, or equivalent

Principles of Environmental Science
EVS 282 R
Cr.: 3 – Contact hrs: 45
This course provides students with an overview of the principles of environmental science. In particular, it explores the impact that human activities have on the environment by studying issues such as pollution, waste management, biodiversity loss, and climate change. Emphasis is placed not just on understanding the complex relationships between individual activities and systemic effects on the environment,, but also on how to develop remedial solutions, while considering the roles governments, non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals play. This course is for science majors only.
Prerequisite: CHM 135 General Chemistry I with Laboratory, or equivalent

International Hospital Internship
HSC 361 R
An academic Internship is an extraordinary learning opportunity based on reflection, knowledge, direct observation, clear objectives and strict assessment. Guided by a STEM department as well as a professional on-site supervisor, students will observe the daily medical clinical activity at the Salvador Mundi International Hospital. Students will learn the art of clinical history taking, observe the performing of imaging tests (such as CT scan, MRI, ECG scans, x-rays, etc.) and complete tasks assigned by their on-site supervisor such as reading scientific papers or writing reports. Students will start to understand how medical insurances work and will be stimulated to reflect on ethical and bioethical cases. Guided by the experience of observing clinical practice, students will increase their awareness of patient-doctor relationships and the inner workings of hospitals, as well as gain insights into their future interests for specialization. The intern is monitored by both the on-site supervisor and an LdM faculty member. The grade assigned by the faculty internship supervisor reflects the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. Ten/twelwe hours weekly at the internship site; student internship schedules and on-site duties may vary.
Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission is contingent on the student’s CV, two reference letters, a formal letter of intent. Students who enroll must submit supportingdocumentation by the application deadline, and acceptance is conditional upon the result of an on-site interview during the first week of the term. Being an International Hospital, knowledge of Italian language s beneficial, but not mandatory.
Prerequisite: Pre-med, pre-nursing, or pre-health majors of sophomore standing.

Mandatory Core Course

Italy’s Contribution to Modern Science
HIS 281 R – Dual Listed: PHR 281 R
Cr.: 3 – Contact hrs: 45

This course introduces science students to the historic developments of the basic principles and theories of modern physics, astronomy, engineering, chemistry, and biology. Students learn about the contributions of great Italian scientists and mathematicians, from the early modern period, through the Enlightenment era, and the Twentieth Century. Figures studied include Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Vincenzo Viviani, Alessandro Volta, Enrico Fermi, and others. Ideas and discoveries are contextualized by exploring their impact (and that of related technologies) on history and society.
Note: Mandatory for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics majors.

Liberal Arts Courses

For general education courses and descriptions search the LdM Rome schedule.