Biology majors complete a Capstone Experience in their senior year that usually involves a research-intensive experience. Planning for the Capstone Experience begins in the junior year. Current juniors will receive an email from the department chair with a link to a Capstone Planning Google form which should be completed online.
Capstone Experience Planning – Class of 2022
Completion of a capstone experience that includes either two of the following: Biology 457, 458, 460, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477 (a research-intensive Short Term course may be substituted with prior departmental approval); or, with prior approval, Biology 460 plus a service-learning project. With prior departmental approval, a semester-long research experience in certain approved programs…combined with Biology 460, may serve to fulfill the capstone experience. (From the Bates College catalog.)
In the Winter term of the junior year, each student is required to submit a plan (Capstone Planning Form) to inform their adviser as to how they will fulfill their capstone requirement. Early planning for the capstone is strongly encouraged, particularly if it will involve off-campus programs such as those mentioned above. The student should discuss her/his capstone plan with their adviser as early as possible in the junior year. If the plan includes thesis, students should, in consultation with faculty, prepare a brief description of the proposed project; this does not replace the formal thesis proposal requirement (see Thesis Guidelines) at start of thesis enrollment. Students should discuss possible projects with two different advisers/mentors – although every effort will be made to match each student with their first choice, this cannot not be guaranteed.
DEADLINE FOR CAPSTONE PLANNING FORM SUBMISSION CLASS OF 2022
[Capstone Planning Form] (Google form)
This form must be completed by Friday, February 5th, 2021.
The online Google form will automatically be saved to the Biology Department’s Google drive.
Students will be notified by Friday, February 19th, 2021, about their options.
Students pursuing Biological Chemistry or Interdisciplinary Majors in Neuroscience, Environmental Studies, or other areas involving Biology are encouraged, but not required, to attend biology seminars.