Undergraduate research and internship ENV 408 and ENV 485

Degree requirement

An internship or research project is required for all the Environmental Science (BS) and Environmental Studies (BA & BS) degrees, along with the minor in Environmental Science. This requirement is designed to give senior students real world experiences in environmental programs.

Students have done internships and research projects all over the world. They have worked for cities, tribes, states, NGOs, and federal agencies, studying everything from pronghorn antelope to hazardous waste management. In terms of topics, you are only limited by your imagination. Here is a spreadsheet of past projects. For help finding an internship or research project relevant to your interests, talk to professors in your emphasis area (check out the Faculty Directory or ask professors in your current ENV classes for guidance) or talk to your academic advisor (Marisol Holder). 

Option 1: Internship

With ENV 408, the internship requirement, you’ll combine theory and work experience in a non-academic setting—on or off-campus. You’ll be supervised on the job site.

You should take this class after ENV 230, but early enough in your education that you can also take coursework that relates to your internship field.


ENV 408 will help:

  • prepare you to enter the field of your choice
  • refine and develop your professional skills
  • guide you as you choose a profession after graduation

Option 2: Research

In ENV 485, the research project requirement, you’ll apply current research techniques to answer a question within your field. You’ll be supervised by a university professor, researcher, or professional in the field.


ENV 485 will help:

  • introduce you to the planning, implementation, and interpretation of original research in your field
  • refine your focus on a study area and on professional choices