Capstone Experience

General Capstone Information

The University of Cincinnati College of Arts & Sciences requires each graduating senior to have had a "capstone experience" that involves:

    - Hands-on integration of knowledge
    - Analytical and problem-solving aspects
    - Written an oral documentation
    - Demonstration of some aspect of social relevance

In the Department of Geology, the purpose of the Capstone is to expose students to field experiences, though laboratory experience may be integrated as well.  The Capstone requirement varies depending on program:

Geology BS majors, all concentrations - the student is required to participate in a 4-6 credit hour field camp.  The field camp must be approved by the Undergraduate Director.  Under special circumstances, a student may substitute an internship, faculty-led research project, or other arrangements for partial or full Capstone fulfillment upon approval by the Undergraduate Director and the Capstone Advisory Committee.

Geology BA majors - the student may participate in a 3-6 credit hour field camp or one departmental upper-level field course (GEOL4021C, Himalaya Field Trip GEOL4022C, High Latitudes Field Trip, GEOL4023, Ocean Margins/Bahamas Field Trip, GEOL6033C, Earth History Field Trip).  A field camp must be approved by the Undergraduate Director.  Under special circumstances, a student may substitute an internship, faculty-led research project, or other arrangements for partial or full Capstone fulfillment upon approval by the Undergraduate Director and the Capstone Advisory Committee.

Capstone Scholarship

Since the Capstone experience is an extra cost to students on top of general tuition, the Department of Geology provides Capstone funds for eligible geology majors.  To be eligible for this scholarship (this applies to students who joined the geology program fall semester, 2013 or later), the student must have a minimum geology GPA of 2.75 at the end of the fall semester prior to the summer the field camp/field course takes place.  For example, if a student is attending field camp the summer of 2015, they must have a geology GPA of 2.75 at the end of fall semester, 2014.  The geology GPA can be found on the student's degree audit and is calculated using the grades from the "Geology Core" and "Science Electives" sections on the audit.  Additionally, if a student does not meet the GPA requirement, it is at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Department Head whether funds should be awarded.   

With current modifications to the BS and BA Capstone requirements, the process of awarding funds and the amounts to be awarded are being reviewed.  

Contact Information

For questions regarding field camps and/or the individualized study option, please contact Carl Brett, Geology-Physics building room 510.

For all other questions, please contact Krista Smilek, Geology-Physics building room 500.