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Programs Specifically for Earth Systems Science


Sustainability: Sciences, Landscape Architecture & Environmental Management


Tropical Biology & Conservation, Monteverde


Marine Biology & Terrestrial Ecology, Univ. of Queensland


Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Sustainable Development Track


Biodiversity, National Univ. of Singapore

These are only programs that target coursework in Earth Systems Science. Immersion, exchange, field studies, and international school programs should also have a selection of offerings to suit Earth Systems Science majors.

Immersion & Exchange Programs Suggested for Earth Systems Science


Univ. of Copenhagen


Univ. of the West Indies


Univ. of Cape Town


Lund Univ.


English Universities: Univ. of East Anglia


National Univ. of Singapore (NUS)

By no means is this list comprehensive, but you may also search additional program opportunities.

UCEAP Courses Publicly Approved

The School of Natural Sciences has made some previously approved courses for SNS substitutions and/or requirements available to the public. This is not a comprehensive list of courses available but it may be a starting point in your research.

Course Approvals for UCEAP

Course Approval and Course Approval Forms

With a few exceptions of previously approved courses (ask your academic advisor), courses will need to be approved to meet individual degree requirements. In these cases, students will use the Course Approval Form for the school that would typically offer such a course at UC Merced:

The school will usually require a syllabus or equivalent in order to do a review. Keep in mind that syllabi may be protected intellectual property of certain professors or universities and may not be publicly posted online. If it is a UC Center program, you may be able to acquire syllabi through your study abroad advisor. If the program is with a local host university and the course is not posted online, you may be able to inquire with the instructor or host university in some cases.

Academic Planning

No matter your academic intentions while studying abroad, you should consult your academic advisor in Natural Sciences and your MyAudit report to plan out your study abroad academic goals. Once you narrow your search to 1-3 study abroad programs consult your program page or ask your study abroad advisor about resources for researching courses in your program.