Practical Experience

The Practical Experience requirement is an opportunity for PitE students to learn through action. Unlike traditional classroom-based courses, students are encouraged to explore diverse materials and ideas as they thrive in their natural setting. 

Opportunities that fulfill the Practical Experience requirement focus on skill development and learning experiences that are facilitated through interactions with a range of individuals and groups. Students are evaluated through a combination of presentations, papers, and exams. Every Practical Experience opportunity includes a research component that pushes students to engage with the larger arena of environmental issues through question formulation, data collection, analysis, and discussion.

Practical Experience opportunities are broken up into 3 main categories. Learn about each below:

Residential Field Stations

Study Abroad


All Practical Experiences must be elected as a 3 credit hour course. If you would like to pursue a Practical Experience that is not listed within one of the three categories above, you must obtain pre-approval from a PitE advisor to ensure that your plans will satisfy the requirement. Independent study research alone is not considered broad enough to satisfy the Practical Experience requirement.