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Study Chemistry/Biochemistry Abroad

UC San Diego offers several options for students to take advantage of opportunities abroad. Options range from summer to yearlong programs for UC credit, as well as work, internship, and volunteer abroad opportunities. Visit the UC San Diego Study Abroad office to start your search for the right study abroad program for you!

Why Study Abroad?

The experience of studying abroad can assist you in the following ways:

  • Give you an experience of a lifetime.
  • Set you apart and improve your resume by showing recruiters that you possess international skills. Skills that many students do not possess - less than 1% of U.S. college students study abroad annually.
  • Widen your social network by meeting students and professors from around the world.
  • Expand your mind by learning a new culture and seeing the world from another perspective.
  • Add to your skill set by learning new techniques and approaches in biology that might not be taught at UC San Diego.

Getting Started


Helpful tips:

  • Start doing online research at least one year before you plan to go abroad. This will help you determine the best time of year to go abroad and whether you’re prepared academically.
  • Determine which program best fits your needs - UC Education Abroad Program (including the Global Seminar program) or the UC San Diego Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP).
  • If possible, complete your lower-division and foundational major coursework prior to studying abroad. These courses include general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, and physics.* 
  • Review coursework that could potentially satisfy UC San Diego college and major requirements. See section on Previously Approved Courses for details.

*If you are a Pharmacological Chemistry major, you are also required to take lower-division biology coursework.

Chemistry Department Majors - Steps for Studying Abroad

Chemistry Department Majors NOT Taking Chemistry Courses Abroad

    1. Drop off the UCSD Study Abroad Academic Planning Form to our office during our office hours. Allow 1-4 business days for processing; we will contact you when request is ready to be picked up
      1. You do NOT need an appointment for this

 

Receiving UCSD Credit for Chemistry Courses Taken Abroad

OPTION A

    1. Check our list of courses that have been pre-approved and taken outside of UCSD. If the course you wish to take has been previously approved, you do not need to submit a petition.
    2. Drop off the UCSD Study Abroad Academic Planning Form to our office during our office hours. Allow 1-4 business days for processing; we will contact you when request is ready to be picked up.
      1. You do NOT need an appointment for this
    3. After you have returned from study abroad/completed and passed your proposed course(s) you need to contact our department via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) so we can update your record with the UCSD course credit.

OPTION B

    1. If the course you wish to take is NOT listed on our pre-approved list, you must submit a pre-approval petition requesting the specific course you are planning to take abroad as well as the course you would like to earn UCSD credit for. This must be done before you go abroad AND before we sign your UCSD Study Abroad Academic Planning Form. '
      1. Department pre-approval petitions can take 2-4 weeks to process, so it is important that you submit these petitions well in advance of your study abroad program deadline.
    2. AFTER your pre-approval petition is approved, you need to bring your UCSD Study Abroad Academic Planning Form to our department to sign. Allow 1-4 business days for processing; we will contact you when request is ready to be picked up.
      1. You do NOT need an appointment for this
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    4. AFTER you have returned from study abroad/completed and passed your proposed course(s) you need to contact our department via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) so we can update their record with that course credit.

Conducting Chemistry Research and/or Lab Research Abroad

  1. Drop off the UCSD Study Abroad Academic Planning Form to our office during our office hours. Allow 1-4 business days for processing; we will contact you when request is ready to be picked up.
    1. You do NOT need an appointment for this
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  3. AFTER returning from your research abroad, you must submit a course substitution petition with the required Course Substitution Auxiliary Form – Research through Study Abroad form and all specified documentation.
    • Through the course substitution petition students will be requesting to earn Chem 197 credit for off campus chemistry/biochemistry research. They will also have the option to request for Chem 197 to waive an upper division chemistry elective course requirement.
    • Note: We will NOT allow students to waive a lab elective or biochemistry elective. 

Receiving UCSD Credit - Criteria

Can I receive major credit for chemistry coursework taken abroad?

It is definitely possible! Students may earn academic credit to satisfy major requirements, if approved by the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. 

Minimum Criteria 

To receive UCSD chemistry credit for any Study Abroad course, each course must meet all of the following minimum criteria (once posted to your UCSD academic history) to receive the specified UCSD equivalency/credit:

  1. UC transferable (Contact UCSD Admissions for verification)
  2. Upper Division (if trying to satisfy an upper division requirement)
  3. Taken no later than the expiration term (if one exists) listed on our pre-approved Study Abroad course list
  4. Completed with a passing grade*
  5. For Chemistry and Biochemistry majors: the number of classes taken abroad does not interfere with the 48 upper-division major requirement, nor the department residency requirement. Contact a Chemistry/Biochemistry academic advisor for details.

*Remember that you may only receive a maximum of ONE "D" in your upper-division major coursework for a major in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

 

Pre-Approved Study Abroad Courses

Please see the Courses Taken Outside of UCSD page for previously approved Study Abroad courses.

If the course you wish to take meets the minimum criteria listed in the Applying Coursework Taken Abroad Toward the Major section above, please send the Chemistry and Biochemistry department a message via the VAC after the course has posted to your UCSD academic history. We will then apply the stated UCSD equivalent credit to your record.