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Opportunities and Organizations
  • Undergraduate Research

    Research within the scientific disciplines helps us to explain natural phenomena and expand our knowledge of the world. At the undergraduate level, research can help promote these lofty goals as well as provide students with the experience of developing, executing, and presenting their o research projects. The department promotes development of novel research projects for students as part of the comprehensive undergraduate educational experience. All students are required to take a Research Methods class. Students also have the opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with faculty and other professionals during their research experiences which can lead to presentation at national, regional, or local scientific meetings and publication in professional journals.

    Some students obtain this research experience or professional experience during the summer through NSF-REU experiences, summer research programs around the country as well as internships. Others perform research during the academic year and receive credit as independent study courses which expand their knowledge in areas not currently offered in the curriculum.

    Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities at Capital. 

    Internships and Summer Science Opportunities

    Get more information on student internships, summer jobs, and research opportunities. Also, contact your advisor or individual members of the department for research opportunities. See faculty list for area of specialization.

    Field Trips

    Field experiences are important components of the environmental, geologic, and biologic education at Capital. The local and regional field trips provide a natural laboratory and hands-on experiences concerning scientific processes and systems. Below is a short list of some of the field trips taken throughout the academic year.

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    Local Field Trips

    Regional Field Trips

    Hocking Hills State Park
    OSU veterinary facilities
    The Wilds (Env. Science)
    Wright Patterson Air Force Base
    Alum, Scioto, Big Darby, and Olentangy Rivers
    OSU Wetlands
    Licking County Glacial Geology
    Granville Solvents and Wellfield
    Southern Ohio Aquatic Ecology
    Franklin County Conservatory
    Ohio Caverns
    Local MetroParks
     Geomorphology of Southern Lake Erie Coastline, Ashtabula and Lake Counties
    Hydrogeology of Wooster, Ohio Contamination
    Aquatic Systems, Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie, Middle Bass Island
    Newport Aquarium, Kentucky
    Oceanography, Andros Island, The Bahamas
    Tropical Ecology, Costa Rica
    Environmental Problems and Natural History of Cuba