Opportunities for Environmental Undergraduates
The Carolina Environmental Program maintains
a network of field sites, administered in partnership with the Study
Abroad Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, integrating education,
research and outreach. The network has locations in Bangkok, Thailand; Highlands,
North Carolina; Manteo, North Carolina; and Salzburg, Austria. A site is planned
for Morehead City, North Carolina. Undergraduates attending a field site normally
take environmental classes plus a research Capstone that emphasizes multidisciplinary
teamwork. They go on in-depth field trips and, at domestic sites, attend a seminar
class offering presentations by noted experts.
To learn more about these field
sites, click on a site:
Ecological Field Site (Manteo, North Carolina)
Highlands Field Site
(Highlands, North Carolina)
Salzburg Field Site
Thailand Field Site
All students are encouraged (but
not required) to complete an independent or team research project. Such projects
introduce students to the tools needed for graduate study. They also provide
an important place where students can work directly with the world-class environmental
faculty and graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as in the many environmental
organizations in the Research Triangle. This area contains one of the largest
collections of environmental organizations and expertise in the world, providing
unique opportunities for students to conduct research on an immense range of
topics from fundamental scientific research to policy applications.
Students in either degree track may
participate in a program of honors research leading to graduation with honors
or highest honors. This distinction is earned by participation in honors research,
with an associated honors research seminar, culminating in ENST 99. The CEP
maintains a listing of faculty with projects in which undergraduate honors candidates
UNC-Chapel Hill, the CEP and other
organizations have developed a series of exchange and other study abroad programs
in which BA and BS students may conduct environmental studies at other universities.
These include an excellent environmental program at the University of East Anglia
in England; the School for Field Studies; the University of Salzburg; etc. Credit
from these programs may be applied directly to the BA and BS environmental degrees.
Students are encouraged to apply
for internships in local, state, national and international environmental organizations.
The CEP maintains an office from which information on internships may be obtained.
These internships provide valuable practical experience, and some may be conducted
for academic credit.