Environmental Sciences

Prerequisites & Catalog Descriptions

Applied Service Learning (EVS 496)

Junior or Senior standing and consent of instructor. Forty hours of volunteer work in an environmentally-related activity approved by the instructor. Emphasis on placement with an organization related to the student's future career interests. This course fulfills the applied learning requirement. Additional liability insurance expense may be necessary.

Undergraduate Practicum (EVS 497)

Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing in environmental sciences, 2.00 GPA overall, and consent of instructor. Advanced field placement experience in governmental, corporate, NGO or other setting in the environmental field. Provides extended opportunity for fieldwork, research, and creative projects. Relates theory to practical application in the field. Satisfies University Studies V: Explorations Beyond the Classroom. Additional liability insurance expense may be necessary. 1 credit hour requires a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work at the host organization.

Graduate Practicum (EVS 597)

Permission of instructor. Students must have completed both EVS 501 and EVS 519 prior to applying for a Graduate Practicum.  Advanced field placement and experience in non-profit, governmental or private sector. Provides extended opportunities for fieldwork, research or creative projects and includes related theory to practical applications. Additional liability insurance expense may be necessary. Students must discuss this option with the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Jamie Rotenberg, prior to pursuing a placement. Additional liability insurance expense may be necessary. 

Application Process

The application process for ASL and both Undergraduate and Graduate Practica follow the same steps:
  1. Students secure a position with a host organization. To find a position, sign up for the EVS listserv and read about options on the Frequently Asked Questions page on the EVS website 
  2. Students submit an application for EVS ASL or Practicum credit to the Coordinator, Dr. Rachael Urbanek
  3. Dr. Urbanek will send the application to the student's supervisor at the host organization for verification and their signature
  4. Once the application is approved by both Dr. Urbanek and the student's supervisor at the host organization, the student will receive an override to register for the course
  5. Students are responsible for registering for the course online after they receive the override notification email from Dr. Urbanek. Failure to register for the course will exempt the student from earning credit even if they volunteer at the organization

Important Notes

  • No credit will be provided for work conducted prior to registration of the course
  • No credit will be provided for work conducted prior to the beginning of the term (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Applications for credit will be denied in the following situations:
    • The application is incomplete or contains spelling and grammar errors
    • The host organization and/or position is not suitable for credit (based on the discretion of the ASL and Practica Coordinator)
    • The supervisor of the host organization does not agree to application information provided by the student
    • The student fails to provide the ASL and Practicum Coordinator with the completed application with enough time to obtain the supervisor signature
    • The student fails to register for the course after the override is provided by the ASL and Practica Coordinator