The Molecular and Cell 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.
Study Abroad Questionnaire
- Is there a specific time frame in which students are required to declare a major in your department? If yes, when?
Typically, students declare the MCB major during the second semester of their sophomore year or first semester of their junior year. In order to declare the MCB major, students must have completed Biology 1A/1AL and Chemistry 3B (or be concurrently enrolled in them and past the early drop deadline for Chem 3B; for Bio 1A, you will need to have at least taken the first midterm and received a C or better), have at least a 2.0 overall GPA, a 2.0 GPA in the lower-division prerequisites for the major, and know which emphasis to declare.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
Yes, a staff adviser will sign the EAP 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?
Advising is primarily done on a drop-in basis. Our office is open year-round with normal hours of Monday through Thursday, 9a-12n, 1p-4p and Friday, 9a-12n, 1p-3p. Check the website for occasional changes in office hours.
- 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 are typically limited to applying one UCEAP course towards the MCB major elective requirement. On rare occasions, two courses may be counted. Pre-approval is highly recommended for any courses you want to count. The approval process can be found on our website or by discussing it with a staff adviser.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Most students need a full year of honors research to collect sufficient data, write the thesis, and present their research. Students interested in departmental honors should meet with a staff adviser to discuss the impact of UCEAP and departmental honors on their academic program.
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
Yes, as long as the grades appear on the transcript and are calculated into the UCB GPA.
- 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?
Yes and no. Articulation requests are done on a case-by-case basis by staff and faculty advisers. Information concerning these requests can be found at http://mcb.berkeley.edu/undergrad/major/major/eap/ or by meeting with a staff adviser.
- 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 declared MCB students will have a registration hold placed on their account. We are happy to work with students who are abroad to release their hold. Students should email the request to the general office email address from their UC Berkeley email account and include their intended schedule for the upcoming semester. An adviser will usually respond within 24 to 48 hours with follow up questions or to notify the hold has been lifted.