All SUA seniors must enroll in CAPSTONE 390 in the fall, CAPSTONE 400 during January block, and CAPSTONE 450 during spring semester to produce a 30-page written capstone. An Environmental Studies capstone should consist of a suitable independent research project focused on some aspect of environmental science, environmental studies, environmental management and policy, or environmental planning and practice. The capstone must include an appropriate and clearly stated research question or questions, a clearly stated methodology for answering the research question or questions, and data sources. The capstone project is developed and conducted in close collaboration with the faculty mentor. Some capstone projects require field research or laboratory experiments while others might be more focused on a literature analysis. Laboratory capstones require specific coursework and substantial preparation in the summer prior to the senior year.