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Ecological and Social Issues at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala 

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. 

See Academics 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.


Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) 101 and 155L - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) 101 or Anthropology (ANT) 101. Ecology, Nature and Society (4 units)

Interdisciplinary study of diversity and change in human societies, using frameworks from evolutionary ecology, anthropology, history, archeology, psychology, and other fields. Topics include population dynamics, subsistence transitions, family organization, disease, economics, warfare, politics, and resource conservation. GE credit: SS, WC, WE

Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) 155L. Wetland Ecology Laboratory (3 units)

Modern and classic techniques in wetland field ecology. Emphasis on sampling procedures, vegetation analysis, laboratory analytical procedures, and examples of successful wetland restoration techniques. GE credit: SE, SL.

Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) 198. Directed Group Study (1 unit, P/NP grading only)

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.

No prerequisites are enforced for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements.