Global Expedition Program: Operation Wallacea Supported Courses - 2021 Field Season

Please note this page contains information for courses that support Operation Wallacea expeditions and not the Shasta College summer expedition with Operation Wallacea, which has been cancelled.

Out-of-District Students

If you are traveling to an Operation Wallacea destination on your own or with a group other than Shasta College, please read the following:

If you are part of a group coordinated by another institution, Shasta College offers science courses that couple with Operation Wallacea destinations. These are fully transferable within the UC and CSU systems and are likely transferable to other universities as well (check with your transfer institution) at a much lower cost. By taking these courses, you will be better prepared for the research projects offered by Operation Wallacea. You will get more out of your field experience, and you will furthering your education by gaining college science credits. 

Course Descriptions Related to Operation Wallacea Destinations

These courses involve some pre- and post-expedition online course work that includes readings, videos, assignments, discussions, quizzes, field journaling, and multi-media projects based on your expedition experience. Content will also be specifically related to the research project for your Operation Wallacea destination.

If you would like to enroll in coursework for transferrable units that corresponds to your Operation Wallacea destination, please read ALL of this information and then, if you are eligible to take the course and want to sign up, please complete the Steps to Enroll below. 

Shasta College Courses that Support Operation Wallacea Destinations for the 2021 Field Season

BIOL 12 - FIELD BIOLOGY (3 units/credits): This course is a wonderful option for students who are going to ANY Operation Wallacea destination. This course covers diverse ecosystems, ecological relationships, biodiversity, conservation, and general plant and animal morphology, classification, and evolution. through online and field study. 

This courses is fully transferable to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems as General Education Life Sciences. These courses may be transferable to universities in many other states as well (check with your institution).  

BIOL 12: FIELD BIOLOGY Shasta College Course Syllabus - Summer 2021 (PDF)

Approximate Course Dates: June 7th - August 13th

Students Who Are Eligible to Participate

These courses are available to students from most countries around the world. Due to laws in some US states*, if you are a United States Citizen, you are only eligible to participate if your state is one of the states listed below. Students from Canada are eligible to participate as well. 

Students from the following states can participate:

  • Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

*Students in some US states do not allow students who are residents in their states to register for online courses delivered by institutions outside that state unless they are part of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and California has, at this time, not joined SARA. However, there are still 25+ states and most countries outside the US, such as Canada, where these credits can be accepted (see above). If you do not see your state of residence listed, then unfortunately, at this time, you are not able to register and take these courses.

Steps to Enroll

  1. Complete and submit your Intent to Enroll form.
  2. Complete the Shasta College Application through CCCApply (there is no cost to apply). The admissions process can take as long as a few days, but does generate a student ID which you will need for Step 3.
  3. For International students (non-United States citizens) - Complete this application in the same manner that the information appears on your passport.
  4. For High School/Sixth Form Students - Be sure to choose "11-12th grade" within the Shasta College application AND, as a high school student, you must also complete a Concurrent Enrollment form (can be found here), also free! 
  5. Register for classes! For course section numbers, books assigned, start and end dates and course description, link to MyShasta and log in with your student ID (generated in Step 2).
    • To enroll/register, select "Summer" term and then use the course prefix (BIOL) to search for the classes offered this term. Courses offered for this program are described within the Intent to Enroll page (linked in Step 1).
    • Note: Step 1 and 2 must be completed in order for a student to actually register for classes.

Students should enroll as soon as possible. Courses may fill prior to this date, so be sure to enroll early to reserve your spot! 

Tips for success in the course

  • Be sure to start the online coursework (readings, videos, discussions) and purchase your field journals prior to expedition departure.
  • Make sure you bring both your field journals, writing utensils (pens, pencils, color pencils or markers), and a copy of your field journal guidelines and assignments when you leave for your field expedition.
  • Keep up with your field journal entries and assignments while in the fields.
  • Take a lot of photos while on the expedition for memories and to use in your final presentation for the course.
  • When you return from the expedition, complete all course assignments before the course end date.

Summary of Enrollment Costs

  • For most High School students in the U.S., and for High School/Sixth Form students anywhere in the world, tuition is free but health and campus fees in the amount of $34.50 are applied.
  • For College students who are residents of California, the per unit/credit cost is $46.00 plus the health and campus fees of $34.50.
  • For International College students and College students outside of California (U.S. citizen non-California resident), the per unit/credit cost is $280.00 plus the $46.00 per unit/credit in-state fee (a total of $326.00 per unit/credit) and the health and campus fees of $34.50.

Operation Wallacea Research Sites and Mission

For more information about Operational Wallacea, follow this link: Operation Wallacea.