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— in a creative activity.  For a biologist, a fundamental expression of applied knowledge, creativity, and critical reasoning is to engage in scientific inquiry.

Through the capstone experience, the Biology and Wildlife Department provides every student majoring in Biology or Wildlife with an enriching research experience in which they will learn research techniques while conducting original research in the laboratory or field. Students may complete their capstone research project in a formal course, such as The Human Microbiome, or as an independent study in a faculty member's laboratory. The latter provides students with greater flexibility to pursue their own research passion.