B&W Capstone Experience

The capstone experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge and skills learned in previous courses—including scientific knowledge, quantitative literacy, and communication skills—to creative activities. The capstone experience differs for each of the three undergraduate degree programs offered in the department. 

Learn more about the three capstone experiences:


B.S. in Biological Science

Students pursuing a B.S. degree in Biological Science apply their knowledge, creativity, and critical reasoning by engaging in research. Each student conducts a research project of their choosing, either within one of the designated research capstone courses or by working individually with a faculty mentor. Either way, the student enrolls in BIOL F400, "Research Capstone in Biological Science".

B.A. in Biological Science

Students in the Biological Science B.A. program fulfill their capstone requirement by doing a creative interdisciplinary project. The project integrates biology with another discipline - generally the student's minor. All projects are conducted within BIOL F410, "Integrative Capstone in Biological Science".

Note - The capstone requirement for B.A. students who fall under catalog years prior to 2022 have a research capstone requirement, like students in the B.S. However, a B.A. student may choose to complete the integrative capstone instead regardless of their catalog year, and submit an undergraduate petition to have their project to fulfill the capstone requirement.

B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation

Students majoring in Wildlife Biology and Conservation under catalog years 2022-23 and later complete their capstone by taking the course “Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management", WLF F470. Students under earlier catalog years take "Design of Wildlife Studies", WLF F301.