The Nelson Institute offers two opportunities for students to participate in directed study course work; Envir St 199 intended for freshman and sophomores and Envir St 699 intended for juniors and seniors. Envir St 699 requires that students have had previous or concurrent exposure to the subject at an intermediate level.
A directed study offers the student an opportunity to work with a faculty member on an individual study program that has developed from a concept or problem in a previous course that a student would like to further investigate. The availability of directed study courses are based on the student's preparation and a faculty member's willingness to work with the student.
Arranging a directed study is the responsibility of the student. The student needs to approach appropriate faculty members in their specific areas of interests to find a faculty member who will agree to sponsor the directed study and confirm the requirements and expectations of the study as well as the number of credits the student will earn. Each professor determines the content of his or her directed study courses.
Directed Study and Internships
Course credit is earned by completing courses with academic content. If you have an internship that is related to work you have done in a previous course and you would like to continue that work both academically and with your internship you may approach a faculty member with a directed study proposal. It is at the discretion of the faculty member if he or she will agree to sponsor the directed study.
For more information about Nelson Institute internships and credit opportunities check out our Internships page.
To register for a directed study please have the instructor send an email to the Nelson Institute Timetable Coordinator and please indicate the term, number of credits and student id number.