Research and Experiential Learning
At Utica University, learning is more than just time spent in a classroom. Here, learning is about unique and unforgettable real-world experiences, meaningful internships, a broad range of student activities and organizations, and service opportunities that allow students to engage with the world in new and surprising ways.
Explore New Knowledge, On and Off Campus
A large part of your learning at Utica University will happen outside of the traditional classroom setting. Whether you’re conducting light pollution experiments in a state-of-the-art lab on campus, visiting a construction job site, or studying ancient lives in Albania, undergraduate programs at Utica are hands-on from day one.
Learning on the Leading Edge
At Utica you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into fascinating subjects, do meaningful research, collaborate with accomplished faculty, present at conferences, work with the latest tools and techniques, and travel to wherever learning is happening. Working with our faculty, Utica students have:
- Discovered a new species of bacteria
- Produced stories for National Public Radio
- Explored the biological impacts of light pollution
- Managed a real investment portfolio
- Co-authored international journal articles on smartphone use
"It's exciting to know that I might be making a difference with my research"
Utica University offers advanced research facilities and technologies on campus, including:
- New State-Of-The-Art Science Center Annex
- New Construction Management Facility
- Stock Trading Room
- HD Broadcast Television Studio and Edit Suite
- Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Facility
- Fully equipped Nursing Lab with SIM manikins
- New Microbiology, General Biology, Organic Chemistry, and Zoology labs
Life science students do research in nearby wetlands and various wilderness locations close to campus.
On The Job:
Students in construction management take frequent trips to building sites, construction yards, and other locations to learn about current practices, technologies, and materials.
Health professions students gain valuable experience at area hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, and medical supply firms.
Utica offers many overseas learning opportunities, including:
- Forensic Field School in Butrint, Albania
- Occupational Therapy Field Experience in the Dominican Republic
Experiential Learning Courses
Experiential Learning Courses at Utica University
We offer a variety of experiential learning courses at Utica University, many of them are integrated into our majors. Here is the current list of our courses by school/division that provides experiential learning as a substantial part of the course.
Field School in Albania
“We could offer a course like this anywhere, even at home. The extra benefit of coming to a place like Butrint is the opportunity to visit unusual parts of the world.”
Thomas Crist, Ph.D.
Director of Utica University's Forensic Field School in Albania
Spotlight: Lab Technology
In recent years the University has added more than $350,000 in new instrumentation available for use by students, including a Bruker Avance III HD 400 MHz Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (FTNMR), two Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers (FTIR), and more.Chemistry Program Page
Learning at Utica
New Utica University students spend day volunteering at various nonprofits for annual Pioneer Pitch-In
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