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Life Sciences in Japan

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.


Biological Sciences (BIS) 102 and 198 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


Biological Sciences (BIS) 102. Structure & Function of Biomolecules (3 units)

Structure and function of macromolecules with emphasis on proteins, catalysis, enzyme kinetics, lipids, membranes, and proteins as machines. Only one unit of credit for students who have completed Animal Biology 102 & 1.5 units of credit for students who have completed Biological Science 105. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE


TUTORS ONLY: Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) 197T. Tutoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology (3 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.


Biological Sciences (BIS) 198. Directed Group Study (5 units, 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.

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


Summer Abroad will be enforcing the completion of BIS 2A and CHE 8B or 118B or 128B. For visiting students: one semester or one quarter of a first year biology series, and one semester or two quarters of organic chemistry 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 (5). 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.) 

CHE 8B. Organic Chemistry: Brief Course (4). Laboratory—3 hours; Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 008A or CHE 118A or CHE 128A Laboratory concerned primarily with organic laboratory techniques and the chemistry of the common classes of organic compounds. Lecture portion a continuation of course 8A. Varying credit hours according to courses taken previously and corresponding expected workload for this course; full credit to students who complete CHE 118A or 128A; 3 units credit to students who have completed CHE 128A and CHE 129A (students who have completed CHE 129A are exempt from the laboratory portion of CHE 008B); 2 units credit to students who have completed CHE 128B; 1 unit credit to students who have completed CHE 118B or CHE 128B and CHE 129A (students who have completed CHE 118B are exempt from the laboratory portion of CHE 008B). GE credit: SE.

CHE 118B. Organic Chemistry for Health and Life Sciences (4). Laboratory—3 hours; Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 118A or CHE 128A Continuation of course 118A, with emphasis on spectroscopy and the preparation and reactions of aromatic hydrocarbons, organometallic compounds, aldehydes and ketones. Only one unit of credit to students who completed course CHE 128B.; not open for credit to students who have completed 8 or more units of CHE 128 and CHE 129 courses. GE credit: SE, SL.

CHE 128B—Organic Chemistry (3) Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 002C C or better or CHE 002CH C or better Introduction to the basic concepts of organic chemistry with emphasis on stereochemistry and the chemistry of hydrocarbons. Designed primarily for majors in chemistry. Chemistry majors should enroll in course 129A concurrently. Only two units credit allowed for students who have completed CHE 008A; not open for credit to students who have completed courses CHE 008B or 118A. GE credit: SE.