Study Abroad and other Field Experiences

Geology student on windswept plains of Death Valley's Racetrack Playa.

"I will always be a field geologist at heart because I like to work in the sunshine, and explore geologic processes where they occur!" – Cara Harwood

Studying abroad is an excellent way to explore the natural world while fulfilling requirements towards your degree. Students can study abroad in almost any topic and gain General Education credit, complete a foreign language requirement, or gain valuable experience in an internship abroad. For programs that count towards the Geology major, consider the following. Remember to always visit UC Davis Study Abroad for the latest programs, deadlines, and other important information.

Make sure you’ve looked at the prerequisites for the courses you’re considering taking abroad.

Study Abroad in Geology

Geology 138: Study Volcanoes in Hawaii!

Geology 138: Volcanology is a course that is taught on campus for the lecture, and then goes on a week-long field trip to Hawaii to study volcanology up close. This course is not technically part of Study Abroad, and works just like any other course at UC Davis in terms of registration. It is usually taught as Summer Special Session in late August, and goes on the field trip in early September.

 UC Davis Courses Abroad

Bhutan—Introduction to Geographic Systems – Thimphu, Bhutan (UC Davis Summer Abroad): LDA/ABT 150, LDA/ABT 198

    • The Geology major accepts LDA/ABT 150 as an Upper Division Geology Elective.
    • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting LDA/ABT 198 toward your major.

Thermodynamics in the Land of Fire and Ice – Reykjavik, Iceland (UC Davis Summer Abroad):

    • The Geology major accepts ENG 105 as an Upper Division Geology Elective.
    • The Faculty Advisors have not approved ENG 198 to count as an Upper Division Geology Elective.

Antarctica as a Living System – Antarctica (UC Davis Seminar Abroad): courses TBD.

    • This course will meet in the Fall and travel to Antarctica during Winter Break. It will cover topics including Biology, Geology, Climate, and Human History, so it may be of interest to students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science. It is currently expected to start in 2019.
    • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting this course toward your major.
UC Education Abroad Program

Programs in Math and Physical Sciences (UC Education Abroad Program)

    • Search for classes at any of these universities, then talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting a course toward your major.

Programs in Biological and Environmental Science (UC Education Abroad Program)

    • Search for classes at any of these universities, then talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting a course toward your major.

International Summer School, University of Sussex – Brighton, England (UC Education Abroad Program; Summer)

    • Introductory Physics I (IS128) and Introductory Physics II (IS129) taken in sequence have been approved by the Physics Department to count for PHY 7A-B-C

Science & Engineering Summer School, University College Dublin – Dublin, Ireland (UC Education Abroad Program; Summer)

    • Introductory Physics 1 (PHYS 16S) and Introductory Physics 2 (PHYS 17S) taken in sequence have been approved by the Physics Department to count for PHY 7A-B-C  

Science Summer School, University of Glasgow – Glasgow, Scotland (UC Education Abroad Program; Summer)

    • Physics for Life Sciences 1 (PHYS 1016) and Physics for Life Sciences 2 (PHYS 1017) taken in sequence have been approved by the Physics Department to count for PHY 7A-B-C
    • Physics for Engineering 1 (PHYS 1018) and Physics for Engineering 2 (PHYS 1019) taken in sequence have been approved by the Physics Department to count for PHY 9A-B-C

Science Summer School, University of Glasgow – Glasgow, Scotland (UC Education Abroad Program; Summer)

    • Students take “Differential Equations, “Linear Algebra”, and “Scotland, the City of Glasgow and the Origins of the Modern World”.
    • Differential Equations (MATHS 2030) has been approved by the Mathematics Department to count for MAT 22B
    • Linear Algebra (MATHS 2031) has been approved by the Mathematics Department to count for MAT 22A
    • Work with your Dean’s Office to determine possible General Education Credit for “Scotland Origins”.

Field Geology Summer School at the University of St. Andrews – St. Andrews, Scotland (UC Education Abroad Program)

    • This program will serve as an introduction to Geology for first- or second-year students. The courses taken at this program will not count towards the Geology major at UC Davis, but the program will serve as an excellent introduction to the many areas of geology, in a geologically fascinating area of the world.  
Independent Programs

Feel free to search for an Independent Program that fits your interests. If you would like major credit for courses taken through an independent program, talk to your Faculty Advisor.

  • The School for Field Studies: Spend a semester or summer abroad taking classes and conducting research relating to local environmental issues. The School for Field Studies has programs around the world where you can study ecosystems, biodiversity, wildlife management, marine resources, or many more areas relating to the environment and conservation.
Other Field Experiences

The UC Davis Washington Program provides students with opportunities to take classes or intern in Washington, D.C for a quarter.

  • Internships in Geology
  • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting a class taken with the Washington Program toward your major.

Gain experience in policy and complete an internship in your chosen field with the UC Center Sacramento program.