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IDS 499 is an Interdisciplinary Capstone course that allows you to apply what you have learned in your disciplinary courses. In IDS 499 you will learn principles of interdisciplinarity and aquire basic project management skills. IDS 499 is an online course that beings at the beginning of the semester and has regular assignments throughout the semester. The major assignment for the course will be to complete an approved capstone project that showcases the skills and competencies developed in the interdisciplinary major  Your project needs to incorporate the areas of your Interdisciplinary Degree and should represent significant effort to produce a professional product. You are required to spend at least 50 hours working on your project during the semester you are registered for IDS 499.

Students are required to work with a professional mentor who can provide you with guideance and content expertise. It is your responsibility to come up with a project, but you should work with your mentor to refine your project plan and proposal.   Additionally, you will meet twice during the semester with your instructor to discuss issues related to their project. At the end of the semester, you will be required to give a professional presentation that outlines the goals, process, and results of your proejct.

The capstone project should be significant and relevant to your academic and career objectives. Students in IDS 499 will be required to demonstrate senior-level proficiency in research, visual communication, writing, and presentation skills.

Approval Process

  • Step 1: Decide on a project. The project should relate to the areas of your interdisciplinary degree. It should also help prepare you for your future career. 
  • Step 2: Find a professional mentor. Your mentor should be a content expert who can help provide guidance for your project. They can either be a campus faculty member or a member of the community. BYU-Idaho Online Faculty and members of your family cannot serve as mentors. You might start by talking to some of the professors from your major courses and asking them for suggestions of who has an interest in your project and could potentially serve as your mentor. 
  • Step 3: Complete the project proposal form. This online form can be filled out by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. Once you subit the form, a pdf file containing your responses will be emailed to you. 
  • Step 4: Register for the coure.  After your project is approved, authorization will be given for you to register for the course. 
Deadline: The deadline to submit a project proposal form is the first day of the semester in which you plan to take the course.


Click Here to Submit Project Proposal Form