A laboratory or field research experience under the direct supervision of a faculty member. A learning contract that specifies the research goals and methodology must be filed with the Office of the Registrar. For 397 and 497 only, a maximum of four graded credit hours, completed as 2 credit or 4 credit experiences, may be applied to the upper level elective major requirement. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Learning contract filed in the Office of the Registrar.