Molecular Environmental Biology

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology has provided information for students who plan to study abroad. Review your department’s responses to the Major Advising Questionnaires below, then contact the department directly with any additional questions.

 

Advising Resources

Study Abroad for Molecular and Cell Biology Majors (PDF) 

Study Abroad Information on the Molecular and Cell Biology Website

Molecular and Cell Biology Advising Contact Information

 

Berkeley Programs Questionnaire

 

Does your department currently sponsor a Berkeley Summer Abroad or Berkeley Global Internships program?

No.

Do any courses offered on a Berkeley Summer Abroad or Berkeley Global Internships program currently satisfy requirements within your major?

No.

 

UCEAP Programs Questionnaire

 

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 who study abroad may use up to two (2) upper division courses toward the major requirements. These courses must be advanced level courses meant for 3rd/4th year students and equivalent to 3-4 semester units. Courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a C or better to have it count.

Does your department maintain a list of courses previously awarded credit on UCEAP and/or a list of pre-approved courses for UCEAP programs? How do students access this information?

Yes. Please visit our website.

Does your department have a 4-year or 2-year plan available to students that incorporates semester or year-length study abroad? How do students access this information?

Yes. Please visit our website.

What is the process in your department to have courses evaluated? What materials must be submitted? What is the timeframe for response?

Pre-Approval (before you go abroad): Students must obtain a course syllabus (with a detailed list of lecture topics, reading lists, and grading methods) for courses of interest. They must bring this information to a staff advisor in 3060 VLSB, who will then refer them to a faculty advisor for tentative pre-approval. Courses cannot receive official approval until the grades received have been posted to your UC Berkeley transcript. However, pre-approvals are honored as long as significant changes are not made to the course while enrolled. Students are responsible for determining that they have the adequate prerequisites and background when enrolling in a course abroad.

Final Approval (after you return): Once study abroad grades have been posted on CalCentral, students must bring a course syllabus to the Undergraduate Affairs Office. Staff advisors will provide the necessary substitution paperwork and then refer you to the advisor that gave the pre-approval. Please note that most courses that go through the pre-approval process are accepted toward major requirements as long as the content is similar to what was originally proposed and you earn a C or better in the course.

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?

Yes,

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?

N/A

Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?

The undergraduate 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.

Do you have any department specific advice for students participating on a UCEAP program in their last term at Berkeley?

Make sure to talk to a staff advisor to ensure that all of your major requirements have been fulfilled or will be fulfilled. If you are trying to complete major requirements abroad in your last semester, make sure to be in close communication with your faculty advisor to confirm that your study abroad coursework will be approved.

 

Independent Programs Questionnaire

 

Have any Independent programs been approved by your department and the Study Abroad Advisory board for credit in the major?

No.

Are there any pre-approved courses for your major from other UC summer abroad programs (UCLA, UCD, etc.)?

No.

What is the process to have a course from an Independent study abroad program evaluated for your major?

Pre-Approval (before you go abroad): Students must obtain a course syllabus (with a detailed list of lecture topics, reading lists, and grading methods) for courses of interest. They must bring this information to a staff advisor in 3060 VLSB, who will then refer them to a faculty advisor for tentative pre-approval. Courses cannot receive official approval until the units received have been posted to your UC Berkeley transcript. However, pre-approvals are honored as long as significant changes are not made to the course while enrolled. Students are responsible for determining that they have the adequate prerequisites and background when enrolling in a course abroad.

Final Approval (after you return): Once study abroad units have been posted on CalCentral, students must bring a course syllabus to the Undergraduate Affairs Office. Staff advisors will provide the necessary substitution paperwork and then refer you to the advisor that gave the pre-approval. Please note that most courses that go through the pre-approval process are accepted toward major requirements as long as the content is similar to what was originally proposed and you earn a C or better in the course.