Academic Regulations & Procedures

Senior Integrative Exercise (Comps)

The College requires that each major include a capstone experience. It is the prerogative of individual departments and programs that offer majors to determine how many credits to award in connection with its senior capstone experience, within the following parameters:

  1. All departments and programs offering a major shall have at least one capstone course numbered 400, which is graded Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC). When 400 is passed with distinction, a note to that effect is posted to the transcript.
  2. The senior integrative exercise as a whole (400 plus any additional required work related to the senior capstone experience) shall be no fewer than three credits and no more than 15 credits.
  3. Courses associated with the senior integrative exercise (400 plus any additional required work) cannot be dropped after the drop/add period for the current term and may only be dropped if the student no longer plans to pursue that major (in the case of a double major) or when minor administrative adjustments must be made, e.g. changing the number of credits recorded for 400 during the drop/add period, or in the case of a medical leave of absence for that term.
  4. The senior integrative exercise must require no more than three credits of work during the final term of the senior year.
  5. The senior integrative exercise must require no more than 12 credits of work within a single term.
  6. The maximum of 15 credits is exclusive of other work (e.g., independent study or off-campus study) that may be related to, but not required for, a student’s senior capstone project.
  7. Students are expected to register for work related to the senior integrative exercise in the terms in which that work is undertaken.
  8. All work required for the senior integrative exercise should normally be completed before the Monday following the seventh Friday of spring term of the senior year.
  9. If the senior integrative exercise extends over more than one term, normally students shall receive a grade at the conclusion of each term for work completed to that point or, in the absence of a formal grade, students shall receive feedback on their work to that point.

    See also double major.

Last Revised: November 5, 2018

For: Students, Faculty

Last Reviewed: September 9, 2021

Maintained by: Office of the Provost