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Academics

Fields of Study: Social Sciences, Sciences

The University of Glasgow offers these tracks during the summer:

  • Physics
  • Pre-Med/Research
  • Life Science Research
  • Data Science

In addition to facilitating your academic studies this summer, UCEAP and the University of Glasgow invite you to experience Scotland through an exciting, all-inclusive social program!

Unique study opportunities

  • Complete the equivalent of one year of physics for your life sciences degree at UC (physics).
  • Complete the equivalent of one year of physics for your physical sciences or engineering degree at UC (physics).
  • Explore functional anatomy and do a life science research project (pre-med).
  • Focus on a six-week life sciences research project (pre-med).

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program: Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units.

  • Each course in the Physics and Pre-Med/Research track is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.
  • Each course in the Data Science track is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.
  • Take all courses for a letter grade.

Current Program Courses

Physics

The program offers two different course sequences: Physics for Life Sciences and Physics for Engineering. Both sequences are divided into two, four-week sessions. You’ll enroll in one course during each session and are required to take both physics courses.

  • Physics for Life Sciences 1 + 2: The physics sequence allows you to complete the equivalent of one year of physics for the life sciences. This sequence is normally required for biological sciences majors as well as anyone thinking of applying to medical schools.
  • Physics for Engineering 1 + 2: The physics sequence allows you to complete the equivalent of one year of physics for physical sciences and engineering.
Pre-Med/Research

Take this track if you’re intending to apply for medical school, dental school, or other health-related schools. The track is divided into two, four-week sessions: Session 1: Functional Anatomy, and Session 2: Life Sciences Research. You’ll enroll in one course during each session. All courses are upper division.

Functional Anatomy:

  • Introduces and demonstrates the use of medical terminology. 
  • Presents the principles of radiology and the identification of structures radiologically. 
  • Develops an understanding of gross anatomy and histology. 
  • Demonstrates clinical application of anatomical knowledge. 
  • Helps develop dissection techniques. 
  • Course assessment is modeled after USMLE-style questions.

Life Sciences Research:

The life sciences research track can be combined with the Pre-Med/Research track or become a 6-week program focused entirely on research. All research projects offer substantial opportunity for independent investigation. The available topics are:

  • Mesophiles and thermophiles in the urban environment.
  • Bacteria in fresh water: a historical record of past pollution.
  • Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism for genetic screens.
  • Investigating the reliability of Daphnia as a model to study the autonomic control of heart rate.
Data Science

This track offers two courses: Foundations of Data Science and Principles and Techniques of Data Science. The track is divided into two, four-week sessions. You'll enroll in one course during each session and are required to take both courses.

  • Foundations of Data Science: The sequence includes a Python-based course that combines the fields of statistics with computer science. Basic exposure to programming in Python and working with tabular data as well as visualization and machine learning is also covered.
  • Principles and Techniques of Data Science: The sequence explores the data science lifecycle, question formulation, analysis, and visualization. Data collection and cleaning is covered, as well as statistical prediction and decision-making.

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

If you take the Physics track, the pedagogical approach is very different from traditional classroom models. You will be introduced to the learning material before class and expected to complete the readings and online assignments as preparation. Classroom time will be used to deepen your understanding of the material through discussions and group learning activities. Your role is to take ownership of your learning outside of the classroom so that you are prepared to actively participate in problem solving activities that reinforce what you learned. Many students find this model engaging and motivating.

Assessment

Continuous assessment includes regular tests, exercises, and laboratory work to provide feedback. You will be working in small groups, each with a dedicated tutor.

Faculty

During this intensive program, lecturers and teaching assistants are readily available to you. Students love the small classes and friendly tutors. Faculty members (or instructors) are most often called lecturers. The title of professor is rarely used and held only by the head of a department or a chairman.

Writing

There is more emphasis on writing at the University of Glasgow than at UC. Significant emphasis is placed on literacy not only in the humanities and social sciences but also in the sciences. It is the norm that Scottish students have excellent writing abilities, and marking down for poor writing, spelling, and grammar is common.

Tip: Change your laptop setting to “English (Scotland/Britain)” when you use the Spelling and Grammar function.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for this program are usually available late September to early October.