UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Planned for 2018

Genetics — The Global Language of Biology


UC Davis Summer Abroad is an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating both traditional lectures with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting.  Students will earn 8* quarter units in four weeks; therefore, students should expect a rigorous academic course work that is enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities. Auditing is not an option. 

Students on Summer Abroad programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 

Please see the Academics Student Resource page to learn more about applying Summer Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements. 

Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to inquire about enrolling in an additional unit.


Biological Sciences (BIS) 101 & MCB 198 - Syllabus Draft

The program schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


Biological Sciences 101. Genes and Gene Expression (4 units)

Nucleic acid structure and function; gene expression and its regulation; replication; transcription and translation; transmission genetics; molecular evolution.


Molecular and Cellular Biology 197T. Tutoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only)

Prerequisite: upper division standing, completion of course to be tutored, and consent of instructor. Assisting the instructor in one of the section’s regular courses by tutoring individual or small groups of students in a laboratory, in voluntary discussion groups, or other voluntary course activities. May be repeated for credit.


Molecular and Cellular Biology 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only)

Field study credit: This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.

For full course descriptions of Biological Sciences 101 and Molecular and Cellular Biology 198, view the UC Davis General Catalog.


Summer Abroad will be enforcing the completion of BIS 2A and 2B, CHE 8A, 118A or 128A, and STA 100, 13, 101 or 130A (STA 100 preferred) (or campus equivalent) before departure. Prerequisites can only be waived by individualized consent of instructor—please contact the instructor if you wish to discuss this option. Failure to complete unwaived prerequisites can result in administrative withdrawal and fees owed accordingly.  

BIS 2A. Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (4). Lecture—3 hours; discussion—2 hours. Essentials of life including sources and use of energy, information storage, responsiveness to natural selection and cellularity. Origin of life and influence of living things on the chemistry of the Earth. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 1A with a grade of C- or better. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.) 

BIS 2B. Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (5)Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: grade of C- in course 1A or 2A. Introduction to basic principles of ecology and evolutionary biology, focusing on the fundamental mechanisms that generate and maintain biological diversity across scales ranging from molecules and genes to global processes and patterns. Not open for credit for student who have completed Biological Sciences 1B with a grade of C- or better. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL, VL.—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, Su.) 

One of the below:

CHE 8A. Organic Chemistry: Brief Course (2)Lecture—2 hours. Prerequisite: C- or better in course 2B or 2BH. With course 8B, an introduction to the nomenclature, structure, chemistry, and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds. Intended for students majoring in areas other than organic chemistry. No credit to students who have completed courses 118A or 128A. GE credit: SciEng |SE.—F, S. (F, S.) 

CHE 118A. Organic Chemistry for Health and Life Sciences (4)Lecture—3 hours; laboratory/discussion—1.5 hours. Prerequisite: course 2C or 2CH with a grade C- or higher. The 118A, 118B, 118C series is for students planning professional school studies in health and life sciences. A rigorous, in-depth presentation of basic principles with emphasis on stereochemistry and spectroscopy and preparations and reactions of nonaromatic hydrocarbons, haloalkanes, alcohols and ethers.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

CHE 128A. Organic Chemistry (3)Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 2C with a grade of C or higher; chemistry majors should enroll in course 129A concurrently. Introduction to the basic concepts of organic chemistry with emphasis on stereochemistry and the chemistry of hydrocarbons. Designed primarily for majors in chemistry.—F, W. (F, W.)

One of the below:

STA 100. Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences (4). Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: Mathematics 16B or 17C or 21B. Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, ANOVA, regression; implementation of statistical methods using computer package. Only two units credit allowed to students who have taken course courses 13, 32 or 103; not open for credit to students who have taken course 102. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE.—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.)

STA 13. Elementary Statistics (4). Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: two years of high school algebra or Mathematics D. Descriptive statistics; basic probability concepts; binomial, normal, Student's t, and chi-square distributions. Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for one and two means and proportions. Regression. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 13V or higher. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE.—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.) 

STA 101. Advanced Applied Statistics for the Biological Sciences (4). Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 100. Basic experimental designs, two- factor ANOVA without interactions, repeated measures ANOVA, ANCOVA, random effects vs. fixed effects, multiple regression, basic model building, resampling methods, multiple comparisons, multivariate methods, generalized linear models, Monte Carlo simulations. GE credit: SciEng | SE, QL.—S. (S.)

STA 130A. Mathematical Statistics: Brief Course (4). Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Mathematics 16B or 17C or 21B. Basic probability, densities and distributions, mean, variance, covariance, Chebyshev's inequality, some special distributions, sampling distributions, central limit theorem and law of large numbers, point estimation, some methods of estimation, interval estimation, confidence intervals for certain quantities, computing sample sizes. Only 2 units of credit allowed to students who have taken course 131A. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE.—F. (F.)