The Environmental Sciences major within the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department 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 Questionnaire
- Is there a specific time frame in which students are required to declare a major in your department? If yes, when?
Students should be declared in the major no later than fall of their junior year.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
The undergraduate adviser signs the UCEAP academic planning form.
- 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?
It is recommended that students make an appointment, but not required. Students may come during regular drop-in advising hours (MTuThF 9am-12pm, M-F 1-4p), except during Enrollment Advising periods (October and April each year). Students do not need to bring any other materials with them to this meeting.
- 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?
Students may petition to have up to two relevant courses from abroad count towards their major requirements. Courses must be at least 3 semester units, and must be taken for a letter grade, and must be approved by ES faculty. Consult with your major advisor for more information.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
All Environmental Sciences students take a year-long thesis course preceded by a research methods course, all of which must be taken on the Berkeley campus beginning spring of their junior year. One semester EAP programs can be worked out with advance planning, and the ideal term for students to go abroad is fall of their junior year.
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
Yes, for those courses accepted in completion of major requirements.
- Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
- 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?
No, but we talk to environmental sciences students about the problems in #5.
- 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, all CNR students, including those studying abroad, will receive an academic hold which prevents them from registering for the following term. The undergraduate advisor will email students in advance of their Phase I appointments requesting a proposed schedule for the following term. Once the student and advisor come to an agreement about the proposed schedule, the hold will be released so the student can enroll into their courses.