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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 399
Course Title: *Science Internship
Number of:
Credit Hours 1-3
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 1-3
Catalog Description:

Field experience working as an intern in a private or public agency. Supervised, on-site work is required. Forty-five clock hours of experiential work are required for each semester hour of credit. The directing faculty member must approve the internship placement. Grades are assigned as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Cross-listed as BIOL/CHEM 399. Prerequisites: Junior standing, minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA at time of registration of internship. Students may register for no more than twelve science internship credits (399 and 499 combined) during their time at Columbia College.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Junior standing (52 credit hours), minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at time of registration of internship. Students may register for no more than 12 science internship credits (399 and 499 combined) during their time at Columbia College.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

Course Objectives
  • To apply knowledge and skills gained in science coursework, in a practical setting.
  • To explore science-related career options.
  • To promote personal skills and work values.
  • To promote learning through practical experience.
Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate relationship of internship activity to science coursework.
  • Demonstrate increased personal understanding of relevant aspects of science, as a consequence of internship activities.
Topical Outline:
  • Locate science internship with help of appropriate faculty and Career Services coordinator
  • Complete internship contract with guidance from faculty member and Career Services internship coordinator
  • Complete internship orientation prior to beginning of internship
  • Complete 45 clock hours of internship work for each hour of academic credit (135 hours for three credit hours)
  • Complete all work as agreed upon in the internship contract
  • Submit periodic reports to supervising faculty member
  • Submit a final report on the internship to include a journal of internship activities, a summary description of how the learning objectives agreed upon in the internship contract were met, and a personal evaluation of the internship experience.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10

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Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: November 15, 2011
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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