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Study Abroad

Study Abroad Guidelines
(Last Updated:  December 2015)

General Information About Study Abroad:

  • For more information about general CC International Studies and approved Off-Campus Programs, please visit the International Program website.
  • You will be asked to document the course content through the syllabi, copies of exams, textbooks and through discussion and/or a department member who teach the course for which you want to substitute elsewhere.
  • The best time to study abroad is generally in your junior year, after you have taken the basic coursework in the MB major (CH107, MB131, or MB111, MB201, MB231).
  • Course approvals can be requested through the required CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study, via SUMMIT (see the How to Apply portion of the International Programs website).  The system will contact your advisor, the Registrar, and the department study abroad advisor for electronic approval of your proposed coursework.
  • You must be a declared Molecular Biology (MB) major with a MB faculty member advisor before you may student abroad and have study abroad credits satisfy requirements for the MB major.
  • This guide is intended to provide only the guidelines for courses that will count towards the Molecular Biology (MB) major.
    • Substituting required courses for the major that are taught by other departments at CC, such as Chemistry, requires written approval by that Department and approval by your academic advisor in MB.
    • The Credit Transfer portion of the International Programs website describes policies for courses that may provide credit towards All-College Requirements.

Study Abroad Credits That Satisfy Requirements for the Molecular Biology (MB) Major 

  • Students can receive a maximum 2 credits towards the Molecular Biology major.
  • A course qualifies for a credit that satisfies a Molecular Biology major requirement if:

The course counts for 4 semester hours (4 semester credit hours = 1 CC unit)

Courses of only 3 semester hours only count as 0.75 units of CC credit and will not fulfill any MB requirement

The course prerequisites are equivalent to MB231 - Genetics.

If you are unsure if a course meets this requirement, please consult a faculty member in the MB department

The course is unique in your academic trajectory - that is, credit will not be awarded for courses that are very similar to, or largely duplicate, courses you've already taken at CC.

You receive a grade of at least a C in the course.

  • These 2 study abroad credits can satisfy any of the following Molecular Biology major requirements:

1 unit of 300-level lecture/discussion-based MB elective
1 unit of 400-level lecture/discussion-based MB elective
2 units of 300 or 400 level laboratory rich electives
Note:  These may be few and far between, as most traditional courses are a mix of lecture and lab, with a far smaller lab component.  Please consult a faculty member in the MB department if you are unsure if a course meets this requirement.

  • Since a maximum of 2 units of mentored research can count towards the MB major, a mentored research project (the equivalent of 4 semester hours, or 10 hours/week, per 1 CC credit) can count towards the MB major here.
  • 1 unit of organismal biology (Intro to Human Anatomy, Biology of Microbes, Biology of Plants, Biology of Animals)
    Note:  Please consult a faculty member in the MB department if the course you are interested in fulfilling this requirement.
    Note:  If you will, or may ever, take an upper-division OBE course where these may be a pre-requisite or switch to an OBE major, please check with the OBE department to see if this course would count as a pre-requisite.  The  OBE department has the say on what courses count towards their electives and major.
  • 1 unit of elective in the biological sciences - can be satisfied by any MB course for majors (not MB100, 101, or 111), or by selected courses in Biochemistry, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Anthropology, or Human Biology and Kinesiology (see MB Student Handbook for details)
    • Note:  Please consult a faculty member in the MB department if the course you are interested in fulfills this requirement.
    • Since a maximum of 2 units of mentored research can count towards the MB major, a mentored research project (the equivalent of 4 semester hours per 1 CC credit)  can also count towards the MB major here if the research is sufficiently related to molecular biology.  Please consult a faculty member in the MB department if you are unsure if a mentored research projects meets these guidelines.
  • 3 of the 4 units of Chemistry (CH108, CH250 and CH251)
    • As CH107 is required for MB131, you may not count study abroad credit towards the MB major for CH107.
    • Note:  Substituting required courses for the major that are taught by other departments at CC, such as Chemistry, requires written approval by that Department and approval by your academic advisor in MB.
  • 2 units of selected courses in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Physics (see MB Student Handbook for details)
    • Note:  Substituting required courses for the major that are taught by other departments at CC, such as Mathematics, requires written approval by that Department and approval by your academic advisor in MB.
  • Note:  A course with a combination of lecture and lab may only count towards either a 300/400 lecture/discussion-based elective OR a 300/400 laboratory-rich elective and not both
    • From MB student handbook:  No single one-block (in this case, > 4 semester hour) course can satisfy more that one requirement.
  • These 2 study abroad credits can never satisfy any of the following Molecular biology major requirements:  
    • 1 unit of MB 131-Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology or MB111-FYE Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • Note:  The Boston University programs in Grenoble, Dresden, and Madrid have a course similar to MB131 (CAS BI203: Cell Biology). This is the only study abroad course that the MB department counts towards MB131.  However, these programs will not allow students to take this course without our MB131 as a prerequisite.  This course does not satisfy any other MB major requirements.
    • 1 unit of MB201-Laboratory in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
      1 unit of MB231-Genetics
      1 of the 4 units of Chemistry (CH107)
  • As CH107 is required for MB131, you may not count study abroad credit towards the MB major for CH107
    • 1 unit of MB497 - Senior Capstone in Molecular Biology
      Must attend Molecular Biology Day as a senior
      Must participate in Departmental assessment activities such as the senior exit survey and examination
      Must complete the senior seminar requirement.

Study Abroad Programs with Potential For Credits that Satisfy Molecular Biology (MB) Major Requirements:

  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) Program
    • Copenhagen - DIS Copenhagen
      Stockholm - DIS Stockholm
      Note:  Many DIS courses are only 3 credit hours, so students will need more than one course to cover 1 elective course in MB.  The remaining course hours will count towards a 1/2 credit towards graduation requirement.
  • ACM Programs
              Oak Ridge Science Semester
    • CC - Approved Third Party Programs
      Boston University
      France - Grenoble Science Semester
      Germany - Dresden Science Semester
      Spain - Madrid Science Semester
      Note:  The Boston University programs in Grenoble, Dresden, and Madrid have a course similar to MB131 (CAS BI 203:  Cell Biology).  This is the only study  abroad course that the MB department counts towards MB131.  However, these programs do not accept students into this course without our MB131 as a prerequisite.  This course does not satisfy any other MB major requirements.

EuroScholars
           Many locations - visit EuroScholars Website
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
            Rothberg International School - Quantitative Biology Program
IFSA- Butler
            Many locations; please see CC's Semesters Off-Campus website for more information 
List in progress - please contact us if you've studies abroad and had credits count towards the MB major!

Study Abroad Programs & Courses with Former MB Major Participants:
List in progress - please contact us if you've studied abroad and had credits count towards the MB major!