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Study Abroad for Biology Majors

The Biology Department values that studying abroad complements a liberal arts education and is a compelling option for meeting the COLL 300 requirement. Students choosing to study abroad gain maturity, self-knowledge, and appreciation of the cultural differences among people, all of which contribute to professional success. Biology majors interested in studying abroad should start discussions with their advisors early.

The Global Education Office (GEO) at the Reves Center for International Studies manages all aspects of study abroad programs for W&M. Advisors at the GEO will guide you from pre- to post-program with research, advising, and financial aid opportunities, procedures, academic credit, and more.

There are many options for Biology majors to earn Biology credits while studying abroad during the fall semester, spring semester, summer, or winter term. Biology majors have traveled all over the globe, including Australia, Costa Rica, Chile, France, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Scotland (St. Andrews), and South Africa, to name but a few.

Study abroad opportunity for students interested in Ecology and/or Marine Biology

Western Australia is a treasure trove with access to the largest fringing coral reef in the world and some of the planet’s most remarkable biodiversity. Gain hands-on experience and further your understanding of science with courses on key ecological concepts and techniques at CIEE Perth.

Information for Pre-health Career students

All prerequisite coursework required for domestic medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary school is best taken at an accredited American college or university – check with the relevant professional schools before deciding to take ANY prerequisite courses abroad. Required prerequisite coursework taken abroad may have to be retaken at an accredited college or university in the United States before matriculation at some medical schools. Consult the Health Professions Advisor for additional guidance.

Information for Summer non-WM Field Courses and/or biology Study Abroad Credits

With a petition, studying abroad may count toward your 37 Biology credits and other requirements. For appropriate courses, pre-approval is needed from the Biology Department and possibly a Petition to the Committee on Degrees. The Biology Department endorses appropriate courses. 

Under usual circumstances, the maximum study abroad approval toward a Biology major or minor is 8 credits.

Contact the Chair of Biology, Dr. Liz Allison, to learn more about the process and check on courses.