Integrating Activity Requirement
Approved October 2003
The Environmental Science Major requires all
students to do some form of Integrating Activity. This requirement is for a
minimum of ½
credit, and may be fulfilled by Research (ENVS 419, 425, or 499) or
through ENVS 405 – Internship in Environmental Science. ENVS 405 is a 1 credit
integrated internship arranged through the Internship Office. (Students may
elect to receive only ½ credit for the internship if they would have to pay
additional tuition for 1 credit) With
prior approval of the Program Director and the ENVS faculty, students my also
meet the integrating requirement through an approved Independent Study (ENVS 399). This
last option allows both volunteer and paid summer experiences to be used to
satisfy the requirement. Normally, ENVS 399 will not be accepted for this
requirement until students have completed ENVS 275. The duties must involve some
aspect of environmental science. That could be collecting data, analyzing data,
field research, laboratory research, library research, or analysis of documents
relevant to an environmental issue. They may also involve communicating
information on environmental issues to students, government officials, or NGO's.
(The duties should be substantive, not clerical)
1. Internships must be approved by the ENVS faculty before they are begun. Students should submit a brief description of the internship (job, etc) and planned duties. The supervisor must be identified and should provide a letter indicating that you have the stated position.
2. During the internship you should keep a
journal of your activities in which you record your observations and activities
and comment on them. This is not a laboratory notebook with all the technical
details but rather a place to note your general activities and reflect on them.
4. You should write a report (typically 7-10 pages) in which you reflect on what you have learned and done in the internship. The journal you have kept should help in constructing this paper.
5. The letter of completion from the supervisor, written report, and journal will be submitted to the faculty for final approval.
6. The Environmental Science faculty will sponsor an annual social hour in which students who have completed their internships during the last year will make poster presentations of what they did to the other majors, the faculty, and other interested students.