Outside the Classroom

Experiential, Field-Based Learning

  • All incoming SEAS students spend time at the 10,000-acre U-M Biological Research Station.
  • Many SEAS courses include a strong field-based component.
  • SEAS maintains six nature areas totaling 1,761 acres, as well as the 854-acre Matthaei Botanical Gardens and 500-acre Nichols Arboretum near campus.
  • Summer internships provide real-world experience. Our Career Services staff assists students in identifying opportunities and reaching out to contacts within selected organizations (Rocky Mountain Institute, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps, Nature Conservancy, National Park Service, and others).
  • There are many projects in Detroit. Students have installed stormwater runoff mitigation projects, engaged in food access programs, studied urban agriculture projects, and partnered with the city to study recycling and waste plans. 
  • Students present their research at national conferences (Impact Seattle, Ecological Society of America, North American Association for Environmental Education, Student Conference on Conservation Science, and others).
  • Sites for master's projects involve engagement with local, national, and international communities and organizations. 
  • Research labs and institutes across the university provide students with the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research (Center for Sustainable Systems, Michigan Sea Grant, Cardinale Lab, Perfecto Lab, and others).