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Does your major require an independent study or capstone project ?

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Adrianna’s Answer

This is going to vary a lot depending on your major and your school.

In my experience of getting a Zoology degree, my degree did not personally need a independent study or cap stone (though I did hear they were working to change that). Though almost every single other Biology related degree had a capstone or IS. I personally still did an IS, these are really good sources of experience that allow you to advance your resume. My partner used his cap stone to look at song bird distribution between different canopy coverage and I used my independent study to look at the pollination of a odd little plant that flowered during the winter.

These look amazing on a resume and allow you to really take a grasp of your degree with the added help of other students and professor to help you when you need it.

I know that they may seem like a burden at first, though I learned that it was work the extra effort to take them and I wouldn't suggest picking a major if you are mainly looking at it not having those two things.
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Shelby’s Answer

Like Adrianna stated, it's gonna definitely depend on your major and school. For secondary mathematics education at Florida Gulf Coast University, I am required to complete a capstone project in my final semester (which I am currently working on). This is a huge culmination of what I'll be completing over the course of this semester in my student teaching internship. Hope this helps!
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John’s Answer

For my undergraduate accounting degree, I had to take a capstone class in my final semester that was design like a semester long group project. The class was broken up into groups. We were managing a fictional shoe company while competing against each other in a simulation based our company performance. It was an interesting experience that forced me to apply what I had learn previously.

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YU’s Answer

I think Karoline is asking for individual experiences from different backgrounds. As the previous answers emphasized, the answer will depend on what major we had. For me, and I believe in most natural science majors, it is YES. Here is my list

1. Medicine degree-Besides clinic practice, I did a project about senescence and cancer.
2. Molecular Biology degree-A project of cellular skeleton protein in prostate cancer.
3. Data science - Build a patient database for a rare disease.

IMO, for a bachelor's degree, a capstone project is a training tool to prepare you for a real job later on. At the Master level, you should be able to conduct a semi-independent study under a senior supervisor. The key landmark for a doctoral degree is to be able to complete an independent capstone project, with some level of guidance from your mentor.
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Alisha’s Answer

I went to school for Network Security. It did require a capstone as a final step to graduation. Please don't fear that though, your school will prepare you for it. I was really excited about my career choice and I think that really helped. Find something you enjoy or have a passion for and then it will not feel like work.
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