Undergraduate Study

Experiential Learning

Apply What You Learn

Experiential learning is about students applying their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems and authentic situations. The classroom, internships, undergraduate and community-based research, service learning, and study abroad can all serve as settings for experiential learning and can be powerful in deepening knowledge in context, developing skills, and supporting new understandings of people, communities, and issues.

Students learn culinary skills in NUTR 420
Students in a NUTR 241 Culinary Nutrition Science class learn modern culinary techniques that transform basic ingredients into prepared foods.

Strengthen Self-Awareness

Experiential learning involves reflection on how the experience extends and differs from what students have learned in courses and what they have previously understood. Reflecting on new experiences helps to strengthen self-awareness and identify interests.

Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health majors are encouraged to engage in experiential learning and structured experiences that earn academic credit. See Food Systems Major Requirements for more information about counting experiential learning credits towards the upper-division course electives requirement for the major.