The Resource Conservation Degree Program recognizes the importance of getting out of the classroom and exploring the world first-hand. Many Resource Conservation courses include field trips to nearby forests, streams, and grasslands, where students learn about ecology, natural resource management, and environmental conservation. Starting in Fall 2015, all Resource Conservation students will earn at least 3.0 credits of experiential education. These credits can be earned through field courses, internships, or independent research. These experiences help students build field and research skills, connect classroom learning to applied projects, and prepare students for employment after graduation. These hands-on learning opportunities are among the most meaningful and transformative educational experiences available to college students anywhere.