Field Biology Quarter

Field Biology Quarter (FBQ) General Info


The Field Biology Quarter (FBQ) is a quarter-long program designed to give advanced undergraduates an opportunity to focus on the biology of organisms living in their natural environments. Emphasis is always given to integrating field and laboratory studies of the local organisms in the chosen area. The program, which consists of 16 upper division units of coursework, fulfills the field quarter requirement for Ecology Behavior and Evolution (EBE) majors.

For more information on the FBQ and its history click here

Previous Sites Included:

  • AUSTRALIA
  • CALIFORNIA DESERT
  • ECUADOR
  • KENYA
  • MEXICO
  • NICARAGUA
  • THAILAND

Fbq Information:

  • 16 upper division units of coursework
  • Advantageous to have some training in field-related courses
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or above recommended
  • Fulfills the field quarter requirement for Ecology, Behavior and Evolution (EBE) majors
  • Fulfills the following requirements for Biology majors:
    • Fall 2000-Summer 2006 Requirements
      • 8 units in Category 4 (two courses)
      • 8 units in Category 5 (two courses)
    • Fall 2006-present Requirements
      • 4 units in Category 3 Lab (one lab course)
      • 8 units in Category 4 (two courses)
  • Preference is given to EBE majors and other majors in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Students in other departments are welcome to apply

Prerequisites:

Prerequisites for the FBQ are specific to each FBQ but always include Life Sciences 1. Prior to each FBQ application period, the faculty will determine a finalized set of prerequisites. Prerequisite courses may include EE BIOL 100, among others.

Application Process:

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION by clicking HERE, print it out and turn it in to the Undergraduate Advising office by the date specified on the application.

Applications for the FBQ will be available in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Office (Life Sciences 2325) during the designated application period. The application period may range anywhere from one year prior to the FBQ to two quarters prior to the FBQ.

Information about the application period for the FBQ will be posted on the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate News Listserv and on the Department web site.

It is highly recommended that students interested in applying to the FBQ subscribe to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate News Listserv in order to receive notification about the application period. Instructions on how to subscribe to the Listserv:

  1. Go to http://www.eeb.ucla.edu/ugrad_info_news.php
  2. Click "SUBSCRIBE" in the first paragraph under Undergraduate News Service.
  3. Complete the online form and submit.

Cost:

The cost of participating in the FBQ is variable, depending on the location. In 2007, the student contribution for the California FBQ was $ 200, the student contribution for the Nicaragua FBQ was $ 700, and the student contribution for the Kenya FBQ was about $ 2100. These prices include transportation and lodging for 3-4 weeks in the field. Personal items, such as clothes, boots, and immunizations, are not included.

Financial Assistance:

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has funds available for financial assistance for students who wish to participate. Please talk with one of the undergraduate counselors about availability of funds and procedure for application for student scholarships.