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 house hold hazardous waste facility management. In terms of topics, you are only limited by your imagination. Here is a spreadsheet of past projects. Consult with your academic advisor for assitance with constructing your project. They have many resources and ideas.

Information on the policies and basic logistical information of your research project or internship are located here as a Power Point presentation.

Required undergraduate research classes 

An internship or research project is required to complete these:

  • Environmental Science (BS)
  • Environmental Studies (BA and BS)
  • minor in Environmental Science

To learn more about the internship and research options, download our PowerPoint presentation.


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 280, 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


In ENV 485, the research project requirement, you’ll apply accepted 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


Students have completed internships and research projects all over the world, studying everything from Pronghorn antelope to house-hold hazardous waste facility management. They have worked for:

  • cities and states
  • tribes
  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • federal agencies

Contact your academic adviser. Marisol Holder, to get started on finding an internship or research project.