The Integrative Biology 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.
Department Handouts: Study Abroad for Integrative Biology 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, but we expect that a student declare by the end of their first semester of their junior year. For an idea of what you need to have to be eligible to declare, please visit our "Declaring IB as a Major" page.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
The undergraduate adviser signs the form, not the faculty adviser.
- 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?
No appointment is necessary. Please just drop in during our open hours, which can be found on our website.
- 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?
There is no maximum credit; it is based on courses. Students can use up to two (2) courses from UCEAP or outside of the major to count towards upper division units, no matter how many units those courses are. However, you are strongly advised to speak to a staff adviser for advanced academic planning.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Sure! If a student will be at Cal for at least two (2) semesters after they return from EAP and meet the GPA requirement, there is no reason why they could not pursue and honors thesis.
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
Yes, but only for courses that are approved to fulfill part of the major curriculum.
- Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
If a student is using the courses towards their major requirements, then yes, those grades will be counted in 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?
Please visit our EAP page on our website.
- 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.)?
Declared IB students can email the advisers at email@example.com prior to each registration period with their proposed academic plan to get their advising hold lifted.