Students have many opportunities to obtain field experience while completing their degree. Students gain hands on experience through the many labs included in their curriculum. They have the opportunity to see what they have been learning actually put into practice through involvement with projects on campus or through field trips offered in several classes to areas around the state. Many students also participate in our study abroad programs to gain a broader perspective on wildlife, fish, conservation and ecology. Students gain very valuable experience when they apply the skills they have learned through internships.
Each year the department sponsors a trip to the island of Dominica in the Caribbean. An average of 18 students each year have traveled to Dominica during the first summer session. While there, they complete group projects as well as individual research projects. Time for touring and exploring the island is included in the itinerary. During the trip students are earning 9 hours of credit towards their degree.
Also during the first summer session each year, WFSC students have the opportunity to participate in a trip to South Africa. During this trip, students study eco-tourism while visiting Krueger National Park and several communities in South Africa. Students also receive 9 hours of credit while learning on this trip.
Many opportunities are available to travel around the world through Texas A&M University. The Study Abroad Programs office oversees trips sponsored by departments all over campus and has up to date lists of new programs and trips being offered. As their motto says, “Go Away” on a study abroad trip!
Field experience (an internship) is a requirement for all degree options and is highly recommended to students. By completing an internship, students have the opportunity to use the skills they have learned in a real world environment. Not only are they applying the knowledge they have attained throughout their academic career, but they are gaining job experience including networking and “people skills”.
The locations and fields where students interned were limited only by their imagination and resourcefulness. Examples of internships can be found here: http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/?job_category=internships