Important Academic Year Datesimportant dates is available on the Office of the University Registrar's website.
Undergraduates who would like to participate in a science based study abroad program should consider our programs. Please visit the Study Abroad website for a list of additional study abroad opportunities.
Study Abroad Application Deadlines
Study Abroad in Dresden, Grenoble, and Madrid
The Dresden, Grenoble, and Madrid Science Programs combine science coursework with foreign language and culture studies. The programs allow students to take courses that fit neatly into their existing sophomore curricula and requirements. In addition to coursework, students participate in guided field trips to research institutions, industries, and technical museums. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn 16 to 18 Boston University credits.
Tropical Ecology Program, Quito, Ecuador
Biology students are offered an intensive, field-based scientific investigation of Ecuador’s vast and diverse ecosystems, from the Galápagos Islands, to the Andean highlands, to the Amazon basin. The following field sites are investigated:
- Montane: Day and overnight trips from Quito into the central cordillera of the Andes.
- Coastal: A guided, ship-based scientific expedition to the Galápagos Islands, followed by a two week project at Los Piqueros, near Machalilla National Park on the Pacific Coast.
- Tropical Rainforest: A four-week stay at the BU/USFQ Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station in the Amazon rain forest.
Students who are interested in the TEP can contact the Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology (CECB) for additional information.
Boston University Marine Semester (MS)
Students choose a sequence of four intensive, research-oriented, month-long courses from a slate of diverse course offerings. The courses are taught at an advanced undergraduate level in terms of independence, initiative, critical thinking, and understanding of the scientific process. Courses are taught by leading marine researchers from BU’s faculty and from Boston University’s academic partners, which include the New England Aquarium and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
Please visit the Marine Semester website for additional information.
School for Field Studies (SFS)
BU is also affiliated with the SFS and participants are eligible to receive a BU transcript and credit upon successful completion of the program. This program is open to non-BU students as well as BU students. Through a network of field stations in Australia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, and Turks and Caicos, the SFS has been teaching students how to address critical environmental problems using an interdisciplinary, experiential approach to education. SFS takes its students out of the classroom and into communities around the world to explore and examine the interdependent cultural, economic, and ecological aspects of real-world problems.
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Juniors and Seniors who are interested in going abroad should also consider the Auckland University Studies Program, which offers a variety of Biology courses that may be transferred back to BU and count towards the Biology Major (and specializations).
For a list of additional applications, forms, and policies and procedures, please visit the CAS Undergraduate Students page, CAS Academic Advising Forms website and the Registrar’s website. Please contact the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, Michelle Sherman with any questions.
- Biology AP Exam Course Credit Indicator Form
- Biology Department Petition Application
- Declaration/Change of Major/Minor Form
- Registration Form
- Transfer Course Equivalency Request
- Course Overload Guidelines
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