High Impact Learning

Discover how Geosciences will impact you with educational experiences that will change your life

students hiking in a jungle

The College of Geosciences is committed to providing its students with more hands-on, high impact, learning opportunities, including:

  • Field-based experiences
  • Undergraduate research
  • Internships
  • Study abroad

Undergraduate Research


All students in Geography, Environmental Programs, and Geology & Geophysics participate in a capstone project. This requires students to think independently, frame and analyze real-world issues, and apply their academic knowledge and skills.

NSF Research

Opportunities for student involvement in research for the National Science Foundation is ever changing and fast-growing. Past research experiences have included:

  • Undergraduate laboratory and field studies of the formation of clouds, aerosols, and ice particles.
  • Studying ocean observing systems in the Gulf of Mexico with the Geochemical and Environmental Research group (GERG).
  • Researching the ecohydrology of a tropical montane forest by studying the integration of climatology, meteorology, hydrology, and geology to close the water budget of a small tropical watershed.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad encompasses a variety of international experiences:

  • Study,
  • Research,
  • Internships,
  • Volunteer, and
  • Service Learning Programs.

The College of Geosciences has study abroad programs developed specifically for our students that build on academic coursework, including experiences in Costa Rica, Panama, and China.

Additionally, the Study Abroad Office at Texas A&M University can assist students with finding an international program that fits with your personal interests and goals.

High Impact Initiatives

The College of Geosciences offers additional high impact experiences throughout the year, including:

Students standing in a mountain range next to a stream

High Impact Through Global Research

Collecting peat samples from frozen land is far from the beach vacation most students imagine for their summer breaks. But for five Aggie geography majors, a freezing summer field expedition to the far reaches of the southern hemisphere was unforgettable. Photo by Patrick Campbell '18.

Read About the Patagonia Expedition Team