Experiential Learning

Connecting the Classroom to the Real World

Experiential Learning Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences help students develop professionalism and a practical perspective by connecting the classroom to the real world.

The experiential learning continuum encourages students to “engineer today” in addition to attending class. Continuous, experiential learning enlarges students’ technical competence and prepares them for their future careers.


DREAM (formerly Tinkering) is the first step in the Experiential Learning Programs continuum. Students pursue self-led, hands-on practice as a precursor to being involved in more significant activities.

An engineering intramural is any problem-based extracurricular engineering activity that provides an authentic (i.e., “real-world”) learning experience for students.

Students are eligible to earn academic credit for internships and co-ops that may fulfill degree requirements. The process for receiving academic credit varies by department.

In this capstone course, seniors work in groups to tackle an engineering design problem and then present their work to a broad audience at the Engineering Senior Design Expo.