The College of the Environment Capstone Courses

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Senior Capstones for 2023-24

Capstone Course Name Credits Quarter Tentative Schedule
ESCI 431 Watershed Biogeochem-WP3 5 S24 PQ ESCI 325 & ESCI 361 or ENVS 327; S24 MWF 12-1 pm & M 1-5 pm
ESCI 454 Sci-Management Contaminated Sites (SMoCS) II 4 S24 PQ ESCI 453 (W); S24  TR 12-2
ESCI 470 Ecological Restoration I  5 F24 Offered every other even-number year. Not offered Fall 2023
ESCI 490 Env. Risk Assess-WP3 4 S24 Sr Status; S24 T/r 2-4
ESCI 491 Oceanography of Salish Sea  4 FWS PQ: 1 from: ESCI 204, 321, 393; or MACS 303; F23-S24 TR 10-12
ESCI 493 Env. Impact Assess -WP3 5 W24 Sr Status, OV; W24 MWF 1-2:20 
ESCI 494 Marine Conservation-WP2 5 WS W24 TR 2-3:15 pm &W 1-4; S24 2-3:15 &M 11-2
ESCI 497H Dynamics of Flow in Oceans, Rivers, Lakes 5 S24 TR 2-5; PQ PHYS 114 or 161, MATH 124, or ESCI 342
ENVS 414 Editing the Planet Magazine 5 FWS MW 2-4 pm Have to be selected 
ESCI 454 Sci-Management Contaminated Sites (SMoCS) II 3 S24 T 12-2 & Thu 12-1
ENVS 429  Pyrogeography 4 W24 TR 10-12
ENVS 430 Borderlands 4 W24 WF 2-4, PQ 1 course from C/Am 200, 331; ENVS 303, 331 or 332, 342; ENVS/ENRG 350, ESCI 330, UEPP 343, 350 
ENVS 466 Greening Business 5 S24 May sub  MGMT 466 TR 12-2 pm Business sustainability majors register first for MGMT 466
ENVS 491 Env. Communications  5 F23 F23 TR 2-4
ENVS 493 Env. Impact Assess-WP3 5 S24 Not offered? 
UEPP 410 Agroecology 4 F23 Fri 11-4:50; Sr Status; OV
UEPP 474 Planning for Sustain Communities 4 S24 TR-2-4, PQ UEPP 261 and 360
UEPP 493 Env. Impact Assess-WP3 5 S24 May be cancelled in S24

Capstone Goals

To provide a real world problem identification and solution driven experience.

To provide an opportunity to work collaboratively in small groups with other students.

To provide an opportunity to work with students from different disciplines, reflecting the reality of the work world.

To integrate skills and knowledge gained from previous courses and experiences.

To practice the full complement of communication skills, including written reports and platform presentations.

Capstone Course Methods

Capstone courses should use the methods of experiential learning.

Students work in small groups and participate in the organizational and decision-making process required to accomplish tasks requiring a variety of expertise.

The learning processes should include reflection and evaluation.

Written and oral presentation of results to audiences outside the classroom.

Capstone Course Content

Tied to real-world problems

Current topics and problems

Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary