If you are completing an IE3 Global Internship listed in the abroad websites below you receive INTL 410 credit which may be counted for up to 3 credits of experiential learning electives for the Zoology or Biology majors and most Biology options. The INTL credits also count toward elective credits to reach the 180 credits needed to graduate, and many students need additional credits to reach 180 as the majors and Baccalaureate Core do not add up to 180 credits. if you are seeking approval for internships not listed in the Go Abroad in Biology and Zoology document or Go Abroad in Human Health Professions websites, email Brock McLeod a description of the IE3 Global Internship in question. Onlly Internships listed on the OSU GO website can be pre-approved as part of your degree program.

Students who are completing a study abroad program listed in the abroad websites (Go Abroad in Biology and Zoology document or Go Abroad in Human Health Professions websites) should review courses taken at a specific school in the OSU Course Equivalency Database. The course database does not list all possible courses, and it should be used in conjuction with the destination school website to explore possible courses of interest. You can use the list of course designators in the OSU Course Equivalency Database to find departments that likely offer courses of interest. For example, James Cook University (JCU) offers Marine Biology courses under the MB designator. Looking up that designator on the JCU website will likely show you other courses than what are listed in the OSU database.

A few considerations for study abroad course selection are outlined below, and you can email Brock McLeod if you have questions. 

  • Some schools have study abroad student pages which can be useful to search for before you look elsewhere. In some cases these outline specific restrictions, course access and information about the timing of terms.
  • Make sure you review courses to confirm they are offered the term you plan to attend the other institution. Most Biology and Zoology students will want to go in our summer to fall term (leaving early in summer) to avoid disrupting their major series cousres. Be sure to account for the term numbering or season being counterintuitive if you are looking at a school in the Souther Hemisphere (e.g. our fall is spring in Australia).
  • Courses taken abroad with 100 level numbers are generally equivalent to 100-200 level courses here, while courses with 200-300 numbers tend to be 300-400 level OSU courses.
  • Students who are going for a term abroad should focus on single-term, non-series courses, and health profession students should not take any professional prerequisites abroad. Advisors can generally help with scheduling all or part of series at other times.
  • It is a good idea to focus on elective categories in your major and option which can be used much more broadly that specific courses. For example, look for upper division science, organismal biology or other elective categories instead of a specific course like BI 311 Genetics.
  • It is a good idea to strongly consdier courses that are things you cannot take at OSU and take advantege of where you are going.
  • Students can generally take some courses abroad that do not count for specific requirements and still graduate in four years. Courses taken abroad on OSU approved programs count toward the 180 requirements for graduation even if they do not complete specific major or Baccalaureate Core requirements.
  • If you are taking courses to complete another major or minor you should seek seperate advising approval from those programs. In particular, abroad courses can frequently be counted toward University Honors College requirements.

Once you have developed a list of courses of interest and what you hope to count them for, you can email Brock.McLeod@oregonstate.edu with the list. In this list, you should include the course descriptions and course number at the other school (cut and paste them in to an email) along with any ideas you have about what you hope to count them for in your pgorams. This email will start the process of getting approval for the course, and you will meet with Brock in the to finalize your list after he has a chance to review them.