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**This requirement was formerly called "Observational Experience". The name change is effective Fall of 2011. Besides the name, the requirement has not changed.**

The Environmental Sciences Program requires each student to complete a hands-on experience in one area of Environmental Sciences.  Students must complete a minimum of 3 credits to satisfy the Experiential Learning requirement.  There are several options for students to complete this.:

1. Internships

A science internship provides a way for a student to earn academic credit for certain kinds of work done for a business, governmental agency, or other organization. It consists of full or part-time work that furthers and enriches a student's education. Students must discuss the internship and submit a completed Internship Agreement Form to David Dickson, Internship Coordinator, before enrolling in ENSC 410. Complete instructions can be found on the CEOAS Undergraduate Internship webpage.

The best resource for finding internships is the enscasso email listserv. Sign up by following the instructions on this LINK. Internships of interest are posted each week. Click this LINK if you'd like to view the listserve archives and see past listserv postings.

Additional resources for finding internships:

We would greatly appreciate it if you would bring back photos (either to be scanned or on disc) and a short write-up of your experiences for us to use on our website or in publications.

2. Research

Opportunities to assist in faculty research related to Environmental Sciences can provide valuable experience. Research involvement by the student may be part-time during the school year, full or part-time during summer, and paid or unpaid. With the approval of the guiding professor, students may receive academic credit for the research experience, registering under ENSC 401 (Research) or the appropriate research course number for the faculty member's department. If you are interested in doing research at OSU, you should find out which faculty are doing work that you are interested in and contact them directly. 

Students must discuss the research project with the Director of the Environmental Sciences Program - Dr. Larry Becker - and submit a completed Research Agreement Form to Dr. Becker before enrolling in ENSC 401.

Research Resources:

We would greatly appreciate it if you would bring back photos (either to be scanned or on disc) and a short write-up of your research experiences for us to use on our website or in publications.

3. Coursework

Certain courses provide "hands-on" experience consistent with the purpose of the Experiential Learning requirment.  A complete list of these courses can be found on the Environmental Sciences checklist.

4. Special Programs

Programs such as those offered through the Hatfield Marine Science Center Spring/Summer Term session and the SEA Semester also provide hands-on experiences that will satisfy the Observational Experience Requirement.