Undergraduates are required to complete three semester credit hours of experiential learning. Students choose from internships, undergraduate research, a study abroad, or a combination of activities.
- Experiential Learning Manual (for internships and undergraduate research)
The majority of students in the department complete paid summer internships to fulfill their experiential learning requirements. Students receive information through the department, and are encouraged to attend career fairs and network with faculty and industry professionals to secure internships.
A few examples of companies with which our students have completed internships are:
|Bayer Crop Science||National Resources Conservation Service|
|Private Crop Consultants||United States Department of Agriculture|
|Houston Astros||Winfield United|
|Houston Dynamos||Aurora Agronomy|
|Boston Red Sox||Texas AgriLife Extension|
|Bellerive Country Club||Simplot|
|Texas Rangers||Los Angeles Country Club|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Scotts Miracle-Gro|
Students who choose to engage in undergraduate research participation in faculty research projects, including regional, national and international programs. Students have the opportunity to present their research findings at national professional meetings. Many undergraduates complete their research while being employed as part-time student workers in on-campus research programs.
We offer study abroad programs that will take you to exotic rain forest in Brazil and to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, where Dr. Norman Borlaug conducted Nobel Prize winning research. Students may also participate in study abroad programs offered through other university departments.
- SCSC420/620 – Brazil
- Brazilian Agriculture and Food Production Systems – Led by Dr. Terry Gentry, this course studies the agriculture practices and culture related to soil, water, and forest conservation and management in Brazil.
- SCSC 421/621 – Mexico
- International Agriculture Research Centers – Mexico – Led by Dr. Steve Hague, this course studies international agricultural research, CIMMYT interaction, modern and underdeveloped tropical agricultural systems and a critical evaluation of international agricultural issues and research programs.