The Department of Earth and Planetary Science has provided information for students participating in the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). Students participating on other study abroad programs should contact the department directly for more information.
Study Abroad for Earth and Planetary Science Majors (PDF)
Study Abroad Questionnaire:
- Is there a specific time frame in which students are required to declare a major in your department? If yes, when?
No specific time frame.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
Staff can sign, but students should meet with their faculty adviser as well.
- Should students make an appointment to have their academic planning form signed in your department? If so, do they need to bring a transcript or any other supplemental materials with them to their appointment?
Students do not need an appointment to meet with the staff undergraduate adviser, but will need to make an appointment to meet with their faculty adviser. Transfer students should bring an unofficial copy of their transcript from previous institutions to these meetings. Students can make an appointment and view the staff undergraduate adviser's drop-in schedule here.
- What is the maximum amount of major credit given for courses taken during UCEAP? Is this maximum calculated by number of courses or by units of credit?
This is discussed on an individual basis.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Senior honors theses are generally two semesters, so if study abroad will disrupt the senior year, the student will need to meet with their honors adviser to see if it will work.
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
Only grades for those courses which will be substituted for required departmental courses.
- Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
Yes (see above).
- If you represent a department which teaches foreign language, does your department award major credit for the courses taken during the Intensive Language Program (ILP) portion of the UCEAP program?
- Does your department distribute a special information sheet for your majors which includes advice on how to articulate participation with UCEAP with the major?
- Does your department place Academic holds on declared majors prior to each registration period? If yes, what is your departmental policy on releasing advising holds for students currently abroad on UCEAP (e.g. is advising possible via email, skype, etc.)?
Yes, we place holds on all declared majors prior to registration. Students could email their faculty advisor and the staff advisor to review and approve their courses.