Course Description

(Formerly LS 401)

This is the senior capstone course and provides Liberal Studies majors an opportunity to apply their knowledge and experiences gained throughout the program to researching and developing solutions to real-world problems. Over the course of the semester students will complete an extensive research project. The course is writing intensive and is intended to be the culminating experience of students’ undergraduate career in the Liberal Studies program.

This course fulfills the Research (R) piece of the Montana State University CORE Curriculum.

Meeting Place and Times



John Townsend-Mehler.

Dr. Townsend-Mehler earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Montana State University in 2001, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Zoology and Evolutionary Biology from Michigan State University in 2010, with a specialization in Cognitive Science. His research interests include both foraging behavior and decision-making in social insects as well as science education (in humans). He began developing and teaching online courses in 2011.



Senior standing and instructor permission.


Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedule.


Required Books/Materials



Computer Requirements:

Internet access

A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.


This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact John Townsend-Mehler at [email protected]


How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

Registration requires a PIN. Learn how to find your PIN.

Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.