RSENR Office of Experiential Learning
The Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) helps RSENR students build skills and experience by providing a diversity of learning opportunities. Reflective career development, coursework, and co-curricular activities are integrated to foster competencies that will make RSENR graduates highly competitive professionals and engaged, effective citizens.
The OEL takes a holistic approach to career preparation by supporting participation in community-based projects, internships, applied research, and career counseling. Course-based student development is facilitated through support of faculty and community partners as they create and implement community-based courses and research projects. At the heart of our work is a demonstrated commitment to student and faculty development and collaborative problem-solving between the school, the university, and the local, national, and international community.
The OEL works directly with the Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning Office and the UVM Career Services Office .
The curriculum in RSENR relies heavily on Vermont’s natural landscapes – its mountains, lakes, fields, and forests - to provide students hands-on experience studying ecology and ecosystem processes. In addition, RSENR offers a variety of intensive field courses during vacation breaks and summer session that provide students special opportunities to study outside of Vermont. Past field explorations have included: study of the wildlife of Florida or south Texas, exposure to the arid ecosystems and water resource issues in Israel, participation in environmental research in the Chesapeake Bay region, introduction to ecotourism and environmental interpretation in Costa Rica, experience with regional examples of sustainable forest management and practices, and the study of aquatic ecology in Lake Champlain from the deck of the Melosira, UVM’s research vessel.