Chemistry & Art in Italy

Explore the connections around chemistry, conservation, and creativity in Italy with this special program designed for humanities and science majors alike! Please contact the Global Engagement Office if you would be interested in taking part in a modified version of this program in May of 2022.


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Experience two weeks in Italy exploring the connections between art and chemistry, including a visit to an art conservation lab, a paper marbling workshop, and learning about the creation of both ceramics and glass. Important art historical sites such as the Vatican and the archeological  site of Pompeii also offer perspectives on art making and art conservation. Italian cities on the itinerary include Florence, Rome, Perugia, and Vatican City. 

Courses offered:

4-credits in total including spring course and travel component

Spring Courses:

  • CHEM 105/105L Chemistry of Art Lecture/Lab (fulfills GCC lab requirement)


  • CHEM 442/442L Special Topics: Chemistry of Art (Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry and/or instructor approval)

Summer Travel Component:

  • CHEM 106: Chemistry of Art Abroad

The course presents concepts of chemistry within the context of art. Class will involve both lecture and hands-on creation of art. At the end of the semester, students will travel to Italy.

Faculty directors:

  • Dr. Sarah Goforth

Approximate Cost: $3,400

Includes ground transportation, housing, excursions and some meals.

CHEM 105/CHEM 442 are on-campus courses in 2020 Spring . Tuition for these will be included in the Spring semester.

CHEM106 is a summer course. Tuition for this will be charged in the summer.

Flight not included.

You can apply for financial aid!

Request an appointment with the Office of Study Abroad to receive the paperwork you need before you talk with the Financial Aid Office.

Email for an appointment.