Marine & Coastal Science major

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

Microbiology Lab in the Kingdom of Smiles – Bangkok, Thailand (UC Davis Summer Abroad): MIC 102, 103L, MIC 198

      • This program has been approved to count for the Field Requirement in the MCS major

"Like many students at UC-Davis I took microbiology during Summer Session 1 2017. Unlike many students, I took my classes in Thailand through the UC Davis Study Abroad program. This included 4 units of lecture, 3 units of lab, and 1 unit of a directed group study. During the 6 week program I traveled all throughout Thailand-taking care of elephants in Chang Mai, rock climbing in Krabi, and even scuba diving with whale sharks in Phuket City- in addition to attending lectures and participating in laboratory sections at Assumption University in Bangkok. As a Marine and Coastal Science major, I was then able to apply what I learned in Thailand to classes such as Coastal Oceanography and how coliforms and pathogens travel throughout current systems along the coast. More importantly, my study abroad experience widened my perspective on how different countries tackle problems such as public health, waste management and food quality. I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge on how the microbiome affects humans and the surrounding environment, as well as to anyone who would like to experience living and being self sufficient in a foreign country." – MCS major, Summer 2017

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.
      • This program has been approved to count for the Field Requirement in the MCS 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.

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

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

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.

      • Internships in Marine and Coastal Science
      • 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.

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 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.