Nearly half of students in the Biology program are involved in practical learning experiences on- and off-campus through internships, research projects, and other hands-on activities. On-campus teaching internships are available every semester to upper-level biology majors for credit.
Off-campus internships are available to upper division biology majors. Students may do faculty-sponsored internships at state agencies such as the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, or an agency from another state such as the Arizona Fish and Game. The U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the World Bird Sanctuary and the International Wolf Center are other agencies through which students have completed faculty-sponsored student internships. Students may also do internships at local hospitals and medical or veterinary clinics. In addition, students are offered internships at several of the local life science industries in the St. Joseph area, including Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Experience in the field is beneficial to each student’s education. Internships provide students with a valuable hands-on experience that is difficult to duplicate in the classroom.