Field experience is a requirement for all degree options. Internships, undergraduate research, and study abroad are all considered field experience.
Internships provide students an opportunity to use their academic knowledge and skills in a real-world environment to gain job experience, including networking and people skills.
To receive 3 credit hours for an internship, students must complete 136 hours of work experience relating to wildlife and/or fisheries. The internship must be approved by the WFSC Advising Office prior to the internship start date. Completed and signed internship agreement forms must be submitted to the WFSC Advising Office by the deadlines listed below. Any forms submitted after the deadlines will not be processed.
Students will not be enrolled in WFSC 484 until an approved internship agreement is on file with the WFSC Advising Office. A WFSC advisor will enroll the student in WFSC 484 (writing-intensive if requested) for the requested semester.
Internship agreement forms MUST be turned into the WFSC advising office by the following deadlines:
- June 1 for Fall internships
- December 1 for Spring internships
- April 1 for Summer internships
Writing Intensive Internship Option
Students must take at least two WFSC certified writing-intensive courses. One of these courses can be a writing-intensive internship, WFSC 484, which should be indicated by the student on the Internship Agreement.
Conducting research as an undergraduate student is an excellent way to work with faculty and graduate students and collaborate in five primary research areas; ecology applied to conservation and management with strengths in wildlife (terrestrial) ecology, fish (aquatic) ecology, and ecological modeling; biodiversity science (evolution, genetics, systematics, and zoogeography); and aquaculture science.
Interested students should contact WFSC faculty for research opportunities. Once a faculty member accepts a student for a research project, a WFSC 491 Undergraduate Research Student Agreement must be completed and submitted to a WFSC advisor for enrollment. Students cannot enroll in WFSC 491 without submission of this form.
Many opportunities are available to travel around the world through Texas A&M University. The Study Abroad Programs Office provides advising on trips sponsored by departments all over campus and has up to date lists of new programs and trips being offered.
Each year the department sponsors a trip visiting the Caribbean since the 1980’s. Research topics emphasize terrestrial, freshwater and marine vertebrate research and both basic and applied topics focused on insects. For more information, visit trinidad.tamu.edu and/or studyabroad.tamu.edu.
Amazon River Tropical Biology
Focuses on the natural history, ecology, evolutionary biology, geography, and culture of the Amazon River and Rio Negro, a massive black-water tributary. During this boat-based expedition, students will learn about tropical biology by surveying biota and recording observations about this unique ecosystem. For more information, contact the instructor, Dr. Kirk Winemiller.
During the winter mini-mester odd years, WFSC students interested in learning about approaches for the conservation of natural resources in a developing country and research into vertebrate natural history. These objectives are to provide students with first-hand experience of a wide range of ecological, economic and social factors affecting the effectiveness of nature-based tourism as a conservation tool in South Africa, and provide students with field experience in vertebrate natural history in a developing country. This study abroad satisfies one writing-intensive requirement. For more information, visit studyabroad.tamu.edu.
This full spring semester program is open to students of all majors interested in the natural sciences. The program is geared for Sophomores but outstanding Freshmen and Juniors who need to take the courses are encouraged to apply. The study abroad includes exploration of the ecology, biodiversity, and culture of Costa Rica, designed especially for students in the natural sciences. Explore National Parks, beaches, and rivers, work with local communities, go Ziplining, study rainforest ecology, speak Spanish, learn from indigenous leaders, and see sloths, macaws, monkeys, toucans, peccaries, red-eyed treefrogs, morpho butterflies, crocodiles, and more. https://vetmed.tamu.edu/international-programs/study-abroad/costa-rica-ecology-and-diversity-semester.