Natural History Field Quarter

Natural History Field Quarter 1978

Applications for the spring 2018 Natural History Field Quarter (NHFQ) course are now available. We seek a group of motivated students to join us as part of the 44th NHFQ class at UCSC. Expect a challenging and exciting spring in which we discover first-hand the wonders of natural California. NHFQ is open to all students. Third and fourth year students with a clear interest in pursuing natural history-related careers are preferred. Participants will be selected based on the quality and content of their applications. To learn more, come to our informational meeting on Tuesday, December 5th from 7-8pm in Natural Science 2 Room 233.

Applications can be downoaded here:

NHFQ 2018 Application (word doc)

NHFQ 2018 Application (pdf)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM. You may bring a paper copy to the Environmental Studies department office, ISB-405, or send in email form to Chris Lay ( It is not necessary to use or include the application form as long as all the requested information is included.

For more information about NHFQ, read the linked pages below and visit the Norris Center in Natural Sciences II, room 239.  Feel free to drop by during open hours or call or email the Center Director (and NHFQ instructor) Chris Lay at 831-459-4763 or  

Overview of Field Quarter

History of NHFQ

What alumni learned from their FQ experience

How to Prepare for Field Quarter

The Field Quarter Application Process


NHFQ blog

Alumni Resources