The London College of General Studies (CGS) Summer Program in the Natural Sciences is for CGS students who have completed their first year and provides a hands-on historical approach to the acquisition of knowledge in the sciences. Students take classes at the centrally located BU London Academic Center. Field trips to museums and historical sites in and around London complement the coursework.

The coursework provides a hands-on historical approach to the acquisition of knowledge in the sciences. Museums and historical sites in and around London complement the coursework.

Students in enroll in these courses:

  • CGS NS 201 Biology 1 (4 credits)
    • Paradigm Shifts and Contemporary Application in Biology. This course examines general concepts in the biological sciences concentrating on the process of gaining knowledge in the sciences and the integrative nature of biology. Beginning with observation of natural events, the course uses models of time measurement (Astronomical, Precise, Geological) to provide the foundation for the unifying concept in biology—Organic Evolution. The paradigm shift in thinking about species (particularly humans) brought about by the Darwinian Revolution, as well as modern views of evolution using genetic models, are considered. Trips to the Royal Society, Stonehenge, the Royal Observatory, the South Downs, Cambridge, and Down House form the laboratory component of the course. The course uses an experiential, student-directed model to facilitate learning.
    • Syllabus
  • CGS NS 202 Biology II  (4)
    • Human Ecology and Sustainability in an Urban Environment. This course examines the basic ecological requirements for life and focuses on the problems and prospects posed by humans living in urban environments. Using London as both an historical and contemporary example of an urban environment, the course focuses on ecological principles (energy flow, biogeochemical cycling, and population dynamics) as a foundation to access the sustainability of London. Using the “ecosystem” represented by London, the course takes an in-depth look at how ecological and environmental issues occurred and were managed from the Victorian time to the present. Trips to the Museum of London, the Wetlands Center, specific districts of London (the Embankments, Soho, East London), and the Victorian Sewage Station at Crossness form the laboratory component of the course. The course uses an experiential, student-directed model to facilitate learning.
    • Syllabus
Program Residences

  • Accommodations are apartment-style suites in BU’s own housing in the centrally located South Kensington neighborhood. All residences are approximately a 15-minute walk from the BU London Academic Center. Bedrooms consist of doubles, triples, and quads and all bedrooms come with an en-suite bathroom. Limited single rooms are available on a space-available basis for a supplemental fee.
  • Fully equipped kitchens are available within BU housing. Kitchens are shared between approximately 6–14 students.
  • Students are responsible for budgeting their own cost of meals. Board isn’t included in this program.
  • BU London does not have dining hall facilities, but there are ample grocery stores, restaurants, and other amenities in the immediate area surrounding the residences.
  • All buildings are within walking distance to local transportation, including the London Tube and bus systems.
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the basements of all residences. Cost of laundry is not included in the program fee.
  • Students have access to the BU London Library for research and printing purposes. For recreational and social activities, students may take advantage of the BU London Social Programme as well as the clubs and societies of Imperial College London.
  • WiFi is available throughout all the BU buildings.
  • Summer Term: Late June to early August
  • Summer Term: December 1