Student Development and Experiential Learning


Get real-world experience and earn course credit by participating in internships.

  • VISTA – learn to combine art and science to create visuals for clients in research, health care, and education.
  • Forestry
  • Environmental Science – students pursuing a degree in environmental science are required to participate in an internship. Students have the opportunity to work with

Service Learning

Apply your skills and knowledge from coursework and give back to the community.


Get personal mentoring from ANS graduates who know what it is like to be a Louisiana Tech student and can offer support and guidance as you prepare for life after graduation.

  • School of Biological Sciences: Students are nominated by their advisors to apply for this program.  Students are paired with an alumnus based on their expressed career interests for 2 quarters and are expected to dedicate time and energy in order to create a mutually beneficial mentor-mentee relationship.  Begun in 2020-2021 the program has had 8 mentors and 9 mentees.
  • Division of Nursing: Male nurses make up only 12% of individuals in the nursing profession.  This program is designed to support male nursing students by pairing them with male alumni from the Division of Nursing for two quarters. Students are nominated by their advisors.
  • School of Agricultural Science & Forestry:


Students can work closely with faculty on a variety of research projects for experience and sometimes even course credit! This is a great way to have hands-on experience, develop relationships with faculty and peers, and build a professional network. Visit Research and Outreach for more information on Centers and Labs in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences.

Summer Camp students in class.

Forestry Summer Field Session

A group of students paddle canoes down a river in Arkansas. Louisiana Tech students majoring in Forestry are required to attend courses that make up the Forestry Summer Field Session, or also known as Summer Camp.

Typically taken between their sophomore and junior years, students with a Forest Management (FORM) concentration take nine semester hours during Summer Camp; students concentrating in Wildlife Habitat Management (WHMG) take eight. The objective of these courses is to give students more hands-on, in-the-field opportunities to learn Forestry skills that would otherwise be difficult to accomplish during the regular academic year.

Summer Camp gives students the opportunity to practice their communication skills with private land owners and the general public, learn how to estimate the amount of timber available in a forest, techniques to tend trees from planting to harvesting, and to collect their own spatial data using GPS technology. Many agency and company representatives share their expertise with the students during Summer Camp, including those from Resource Management Service LLC, Mudd & Holland Consulting Foresters, Roy O. Martin, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Additionally, students attend two, one-week long field trips during Summer Camp, the first to the Buffalo National River in Newton County, Arkansas, and the second to the Louisiana Ecological Forestry Center in Sabine Parish.


  • FOR 310 – Forest Sustainability & Recreational Use
  • FOR 315 – Forest Measurements II
  • FOR 319 – Forest Products Manufacturing
  • FOR 320 – Field Silviculture
  • GISC 224 – GPS in Natural Resource Management