To offer the California Ecology and Conservation program opportunity to all students in the UC system, the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) has partnered with UCEAP to assist program participants with logistical, financial, and academic registration tasks. Please look carefully at the Pre-Departure Checklist linked below and click through the Money Matters and Policies tabs on this web page to make sure you have completed all pre-departure requirements. Pre-Departure Checklist Summer 2019
Course Information and Registration
The California Ecology and Conservation is an intensive field-work program with a workload equivalent to approximately four on-campus courses. Over the course of seven weeks, students will conduct an in-depth study of the ecosystems of California and the fundamental concepts and challenges in conservation biology.
Students will spend the entire seven weeks of the course living and studying at several of the 39 reserves of the UC Natural Reserve System. Students will attend lectures, participate in discussions, design and implement research projects, write reports, and present their work to the group while immersed in California ecosystems.
The program focuses on the following topics:
- fundamental concepts in ecology
- principles of conservation
- biology geomorphology and climate
- field research techniques
- experimental design
An introductory ecology or biology course is a prerequisite for this program!
NOTE: If you apply and are selected for this program, do not register for courses at your UC campus for the term that you will be studying with NRS.
All students take one course:
- California Ecology and Conservation
cross-listed as biological sciences (BIOL) and environmental studies (ENVS),
upper division, 19 UC quarter units (equivalent to 12.7 UC semester units)
The course will be entered into students’ MyEAP record prior to the start of the program. All participants will be expected to log in to their MyEAP portal to select a subject area (biological sciences or environmental studies).
- The course must be taken for a letter grade.
- Students must electronically submit their MyEAP study list registration as confirmation of their selections -- the reserves are equipped with Wi-Fi and students will be expected to regularly check their email for registration instructions and deadlines.
- Failure to submit a study list will delay the reporting of credit and grades to the UC Registrar at the student’s campus.
All the course information listed—subject area, title, and units—will appear on the official UC transcript once grades are reported to the UC Registrars at the end of the term.
Please note that each UC campus may enter a placeholder in your record that will not match the information in MyEAP. This information is only entered to indicate your registration status and will be replaced by the official course information and final grade after completion of the program.
Although credits may be applied toward major, minor, or GE requirements, students should contact an academic advisor to confirm how course credits will be applied toward their particular requirements.
Note: The NRS program keeps a list of previously mapped courses on their website