Practical experience in conservation social sciences is vital to enhancing your education and preparing you for your professional career. You'll participate in field courses that include traveling in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and a backpacking trip in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Our programs expose you to agency personnel to see firsthand how conservation programs are managed. Your hands-on experiences may include:
- Internships: The internship program challenges you to productively combine field experience with what you are learning in the classroom while pursuing your degree.
- Service-Learning Projects: You will extend you learning into the community for opportunities to apply classroom concepts to real-life situations. By engaging in such projects, you’ll address real community need and gain valuable field experience. Our undergraduates have successfully secured service-learning grants for projects such as increasing the use of reusable coffee mugs on campus and working with rural communities to apply conservation plans.
- Green Infrastructure in Dayton (example of service-learning project): Student Dana Coombs, with guidance from faculty, lead a group of students to introduce and implement green infrastructure – a process highlighting the importance of the natural environment in decisions about land use planning and conservation while engaging community residents in the decision-making process – to the town of Dayton, Wash.