Experiential Learning

Bowling Green State University aspires to be an institution that is distinguished by the rich opportunities available for students to participate in experiential learning. These opportunities include a range of experiential activities that occur inside and outside of the formal classroom setting.

The Career Center oversees the following types of experiences:

Clinical
A clinical laboratory applies only to health technology programs. A clinical is a laboratory section that meets at a health-related agency facility in lieu of on-campus laboratory facilities. Clinical laboratory sessions provide a realistic environment for student learning.

Co-op (Cooperative Education)
A co-op alternates or combines semesters of academic study with work experience in appropriate fields as an integral part of degree plan completion and involves a partnership among students, BGSU, and employers that formally integrates students’ academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations.

Co-op 50
A zero-credit transcript notation available to students completing an internship or co-op.

Internship
An internship is a repeatable, variable credit-based experience (at least 3 credit hours), typically graded S/U that involves a partnership among students, BGSU, and employers that formally integrates a student’s academic study with work or community service experience.

Practicum
A practicum is an on- or off-campus work experience that is integrated with academic instruction in which the student applies concurrently learned concepts to practical situations within an occupational field.