Capstone Experience for BMS majors in the MVS Option

As part of the University of New Hampshire’s Discovery requirements, all students must complete a capstone experience.  A BMS capstone consists of completion of a designated capstone course or a minimum of 50 hours of a non-credit capstone experience completed after the student achieves senior status (90 credits or above).  Students should begin to discuss their intended capstone experience with their advisor during their junior year.

Capstone Courses:

            Check the BMS option electives checklist for courses designated as fulfilling the capstone requirement

Capstone Experiences:

  • Research projects and presentations in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biology or related field, including IROP or SURF, INCO 790, BMS 795, BMS 799
  • BMS 790 Undergrad Teaching Experience after verbal pre-approval of your advisor
    •  (≥ 4 credits - typically 2 semesters; must include class/lab presentations)
  • Internship, community service or service learning activity in areas such as medicine, microbiology, biotechnology, medical laboratory science, etc.*

*Requires a written agreement between student, UNH advisor & on-site supervisor.  (NOTE that internships at medical facilities often require a formal contract with UNH that includes certification of vaccinations, drug testing, etc. and take 3-4 months of advance preparation.)


Students must complete a BMS Major Non-credit Capstone Experience Approval form for any non-credit capstone experience that includes a typed description of the proposed activity and how the experience meets capstone criteria. The completed form should be submitted to the student’s advisor for prior approval before beginning the experience.  At the end of the experience, the on-site supervisor must sign the form, which is then presented to the student’s advisor for final approval.