High-impact learning is immersive, hands-on experiential learning along with classwork. Students work closely with faculty and peers. There are many formats for high-impact learning. Some examples of high-impact learning practices are:
- Study abroad programs
- Honors programs
- Undergraduate research
- Undergraduate and graduate internships
Experiential learning allows students to receive feedback on performance, allow them to apply what they learn in the classroom and connect academics to professional development. High-impact learning deepens a student’s commitment to a subject.
Each of our departments is involved in high-impact learning, as is Texas A&M University.
- Agricultural Economics
- Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communications
- Animal Science
- Biochemistry and Biophysics
- Biological and Agriculture Engineering
- Ecosystem Science and Management
- Horticultural Sciences
- Nutrition and Food Science
- Plant Pathology and Microbiology
- Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
- Soil and Crop Sciences
- Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
More and more of our undergraduates complete a substantial research project during their academic careers.
Students have plenty of opportunities to get involved in research. For instance, the summer research program in plant pathology and microbiology is funded by the National Science Foundation and the College. Students help develop next-generation biofuels, create innovations that enhance sustainable agriculture, and work to ensure the integrity and safety of the global food and fiber supply. The students—a diverse bunch—actively participate in the scientific life of the department and university. Read more about NSF-REU opportunities.
In entomology, the NSF-funded undergraduate research program has students dive into topics such as genetics, molecular biology, and toxicology. They learn key techniques such as DNA sequencing, bioassays and scanning electron microscopy. The program has won awards for attracting students from underrepresented groups.
The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics NSF-funded program lets students explore wide-ranging possibilities in structural biology, molecular genetics, genomics, enzymology or biophysics. Students participate in weekly meetings exploring the diversity of research opportunities in biochemistry and biophysics, learn to critically read research papers, discuss research ethics and to learn effective oral and written presentation skills. Besides, social activities are provided on weekends. Financial support includes a stipend, living expenses on campus and some assistance with travel expenses.
Many of our students do internships with government labs, engineering firms, sports teams, and more. Some majors require internships. For example, undergraduates in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences must complete at least 400 hours of work related to their degree with an organization. RPTS students have interned with Southwest Airlines, the Dallas Cowboys, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Defense and hundreds of other places.
Global outreach and research have always been a top priority for us. Our students participate in faculty-led study abroad programs, exchange programs, international conferences, and international service projects. A dedicated advisor on College staff and a peer advising team help students navigate study abroad experiences. We also provide need-based scholarships for our students. Learn more about study abroad and other international programs on the College page for study abroad and at the Texas A&M Education Abroad Programs Office.
By serving their community, students grow as scholars, professionals, and individuals. Among many community service projects related to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is The Howdy Farm. To experience agriculture hands-on, promote local food, and facilitate organic research, 350 students per semester are drawn to a piece of turf on campus. The student-organized and student-run farm provides locally grown, organic produce for students dining on campus. Among its goals is to create a more sustainable campus.