Senior Year Capstone Experience
Often found only at small liberal arts colleges, UC requires a senior-year experience that enables students to transition to a profession or graduate school and continue to pursue life-long learning and social responsibility.
The capstone experience is designed to demonstrate proficiency in the baccalaureate competencies (effective communication, critical thinking, knowledge integration, social responsibility, and information literacy) and in the content/skills of the program/major. As a culminating experience, the capstone requires interdisciplinary and contextual perspectives.
Here are some examples of students’ capstone experiences:
- Biological Sciences capstone requirement can be met through one of the following options: a research option; a capstone course; a capstone field trip; a senior or honors thesis; assistant TA; or an equivalent experience
- College of Allied Health Sciences 2010 PRaISE Conference video: Faculty and students talk about the 2010 Presentation of Research and Innovative Scholarly Endeavors (PRaISE, a comprehensive capstone experience)
- College of Engineering and Applied Science and Design Architecture Art and Planning: a capstone experience that helps a local community
- Geology capstone includes two major options: a field course/camp experience or individualized training and research projects
- Environmental Studies capstone project: click to view several project examples
- Solar house capstone experience, an interdisciplinary project including College of Business, Design Architecture Art and Planning, and the College of Engineering and Applied Science