INTS 295: Field-Based Work

INTS 295-N01: Biodiversity & Sustainability
(Summer 2015)

08:00 AM to 06:00 PM MTWRF

Section Information for Summer 2015

Are you curious about ways in which conservation works in the real world? Are you interested in learning field skills in conservation at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation for one week this summer? In this 1-credit lab, students make explicit connections to species and habitat conservation and climate change. You will acquire first-hand exposure to field work in conservation and how conservation professionals use the scientific method to contribute to the long-term survival of species in natural habitats. Students will understand conservation as a value-based discipline which emphasizes documenting species distribution and abundance, investigating human impacts, and mitigating those impacts. The course emphasizes developing observational skills, defining research questions and interpreting results in the context of species and habitat conservation, while exploring the natural history of Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

The course will be offered from May 18th to May 22nd, and students will be in residence at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, VA for the duration of the course. If you have any questions, email

NCLC 295-N01 meets 5/18-5/22 Off Campus (Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation, Front Royal VA).$475 course fee (in addition to tuition) to cover their room & board, transportation to the course, and equipment. See part of term 1A at for add/drop details.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-18

Directed field studies in topic not otherwise available to students. Notes: Topics vary, but entire course or significant component is located off campus. In addition to fieldwork, course may also include reading assignments, tutorials, lectures, papers, presentations, portfolios, journals, and exams. Students bear costs of required field trips and should consult the Center for Social Action and Integrative Learning for more information. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Internship
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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