Starting autumn 2019, only Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) students in the Wildlife Conservation option, Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture option, and honors will be required to complete the 10-credit capstone. Students in the ESRM Sustainable Forest Management, Natural Resource Environmental Management, or general options will no longer be required to complete the capstone.

For students who do not complete the 10-credit capstone, an additional 10 credits of 400-level coursework will be required, bringing the total ESRM credits to 45. Twenty-five of those credits will need to be at the 400 level or above.

If you are uncertain about whether or not you need to do a capstone or what your options are, please see this Capstone Summary chart for more information and resources.

ESRM Capstone

ESRM students that are required or who choose to complete a 10-credit senior capstone can do so in one of three ways: A senior project, a senior research thesis or the restoration ecology capstone. Faculty advisors oversee the research and projects, and students present their work to the general public. Further details about requirements and registration for students needing to complete capstones can be found on the ESRM Capstone Guidelines page or on the ESRM Capstone Form. For help with capstone project funding, use the Capstone Award Form.

The Campus Sustainability Fund also offers grants for up to $1,000 anytime throughout the year through a streamlined application process, with just a two-week week approval turnaround. Poster printing services are available on campus. UW Poster Printing can be found nearby in the Health Sciences building. Assistance from UW Creative Communications is also available. Questions? Email or stop by Student and Academic Services, Anderson 116.

ESRM Capstone Resources

ESRM Capstone Guidelines
ESRM Capstone Faculty
ESRM Senior Capstone Form
Capstone Award Form
ESRM Capstone Projects Archive
Solving the Mysteries of ESRM 494, 495, and 496

ESRM Capstone Frequently Asked Questions

Does any ESRM class count toward the required 45 ESRM credits?

No, in the new requirements, students will need at least 25 credits at the 400 level or above.

What must students do for ESRM Honors?

Students who desire to earn department honors must complete the senior capstone in the honors sections (for example, ESRM 494B and 496B).

Are there other requirements?

Yes, students will need to check writing credits to make sure they earn 10 credits (this is a College of the Environment requirement). If you do not complete a capstone, then you may not have enough from your previous coursework. Students may sign up for the Restoration Ecology Capstone, which starts in autumn quarter (ESRM 462, 463, 464) in order to earn ESRM 400 level credit and complete the writing credit.

What if a student has completed a portion of the capstone?

Students can speak with their capstone adviser and ask to receive a grade for the current work you did (ESRM 494) and take ESRM 400-level courses to finish the remaining five credits needed.

What if a student is a senior and wants to graduate in summer, but hasn’t started the capstone yet?

All students are welcome to complete a capstone, but are not required to under the new requirements.

What if a student wants to do a capstone?

Students outside of the honors program may complete a capstone if they wish.

Does any ESRM class count toward the 10 additional credits?

The ESRM classes must be at the 400 level.

What if a student is pursuing an ESRM option (Wilidlife, Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture, Sustainable Forest Management, Natural Resource and Environmental Management)?

Wildlife conservation students must complete ESRM 494 and 495 or 496 OR ESRM 462, 463, 464.
Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture students must complete ESRM 494 and 495 or 496 OR ESRM 462, 463, 464.
Sustainable Forest Management students need only to complete required course work.
Natural Resource and Environmental Management students need only to complete required course work.

What if a student’s extra ESRM 400-level classes are not listing correctly in the degree audit?

Until the change officially occurs, any student electing to take upper level course work in place of the capstone, must inform the undergraduate adviser so the audit can be updated individually.

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