Study Abroad and other Field Experiences

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 Marine and Coastal Science 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.

The following programs are not approved to count for the Marine and Coastal Science major requirements for “Field” or “Research/Internship” unless otherwise noted. Talk to your Faculty advisors about pre-approval for these requirements if your program will include a marine-related field experience or research project.


UC Davis Courses Abroad

Bio Sci 2A on the Emerald Isle – Cork, Ireland (UC Davis Summer Abroad): BIS 2A, BIS 198

  • The MCS major requires BIS 2A.
  • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting BIS 198 toward your major.

Organic Chemistry in Nottingham  – Nottingham, UK (UC Davis Quarter Abroad): CHE 128A-B-C, CHE 129A, CHE 198

  • The MCS major’s focus area in Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology requires CHE 8A-B. CHE 128A-B-C-129A-B-C is approved as an alternative way to complete Organic Chemistry. 
  • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting CHE 198 toward your major.

Genetics — The Global Language of Biology – Vienna, Austria; Brno, Czech Republic; Cambridge, UK; Stockholm, Sweden (UC Davis Summer Abroad): BIS 101, MCB 198

  • The MCS major’s focus area in Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology requires BIS 101.
  • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting MCB 198 toward your major.

Life Sciences in Japan – Kusatsu (near Kyoto), Japan (UC Davis Summer Abroad): BIS 102, BIS 198

  • The MCS major’s focus area in Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology requires BIS 102+103 or BIS 105.
  • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting BIS 198 toward your major.

Ecological and Social Issues at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala – Santa Catarina Palopo, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (UC Davis Summer Abroad): ESP 101, ESP 155L, ESP 198

  • ESP 155L will satisfy one class towards the MCS major’s focus areas in Coastal Environmental Processes or Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology.
  • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting ESP 101 or ESP 198 toward your major.
  • This program has been approved to count for the Field Requirement in the MCS major

Statistics in Cork - Cork, Ireland (UC Davis Summer abroad) 

  • Satisfies STA 100 for the Marine and Coastal Science major

UC Education Abroad Program

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.

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.

Take a year of Physics in one summer at one of many universities around the world. (UC Education Abroad Program; Summer)

  • UCEAP Summer applications open October 1st and fill up fast, so be sure to apply as soon as it opens.

Yonsei University – Korea (UC Education Abroad Program)

  • Genetics (BIO 3119) has been approved to count for BIS 101.

University of Manchester – Manchester, England (UC Education Abroad Program)

  • Cell Metabolism (BIOL 21132) has been approved to count for BIS 103

National University of Singapore – Singapore (UC Education Abroad Program)

  • Cell Biology (LSM 2233) has been approved to count for BIS 104
  • Metabolism and Regulation (LSM 2101) has been approved to count for BIS 105

University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh, Scotland (UC Education Abroad Program)

  • Molecular Genetics 3 (BILG 09002) has been approved to count for BIS 101
  • The “Structures and Functions of Proteins 3” course has been approved to count for BIS 102
  • The “Molecular Cell Biology 3” course has been approved to count for BIS 104
  • Evolution in Action 2 (BILG08005) has been approved to count for EVE 100

University of Canterbury – New Zealand (UC Education Abroad Program)

  • Evolution (BIOL 271) has been approved to count for EVE 100
  • Ecology (BIOL 270) has been approved to count for EVE 101
  • Marine Ecosystems (BIO 384 / BISE 147) has been approved to count for EVE 115
  • Intro to Environmental Science (ENVR 101 / ESTE 012) has been approved to count for EVE 111

University of Copenhagen – Copenhagen, Denmark (UC Education Abroad Program)

  • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting the “Marine Biology” course toward your major.

Marine Biology & Terrestrial Ecology at the University of Queensland – Brisbane, Australia (UC Education Abroad Program)

  • The Faculty Advisors have pre-approved the “Marine Biology” course to count for EVE 114, the Field Requirement, and the Research Requirement (13 upper division UC quarter units).

Tropical Biology & Conservation at the Monteverde Institute – Monteverde, Costa Rica (UC Education Abroad Program)

  • Students take “Tropical Diversity”, “Tropical Community Ecology”, “Tropical Biology Research Practicum”, “Agroecology” and “Spanish for Biologists”.
  • This program has been approved to count for the Field Requirement in the MCS major

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 StudiesSpend 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.
  • Wildlands Studies: Participate in a field studies program working on environmental and conservation projects, run through Western Washington University. Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting a course or research project toward your major.
  • Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies: This field program takes place in the Caribbean, where students will get the opportunity to snorkel or SCUBA dive in the Caribbean coral reefs. It’s offered Winter break or Summer and is run through the University of Montana at Missoula Environmental Studies Program, where students will take their ENST 391 course for 3 semester units (4.5 quarter units). Talk to your Faculty Advisor about the possibility of counting this course toward your major.

Other Field Experiences

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

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

The UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Program allows students to spend Spring, Summer, or Fall at NRS reserves, taking a course in the field and earning upper division units towards their degree.

  • The Marine and Coastal Science Faculty Advisors have pre-approved the Field Studies Program in UCNRS California Ecology and Conservation to count for 1 focus or breadth class in Oceans and the Earth System, the Field Requirement, and the Research requirement.