BIOL 331 - Ecology and Behaviour Field Course


Mont St Hilaire
Monday, August 20 – Friday, August 31, 2018

Registration and Fees
Students should contact Susan Gabe (Stewart Building, N7/9A) early to sign up for the course. To maintain a favourable ratio between students and teachers, registration will be limited to 16 students. This is also the number that can be accommodated comfortably at the field station.

To register on MINERVA, you must first complete the downloadable application form. Once your application and deposit are received, then you will be authorized to register on MINERVA. The course follows the standard MINERVA procedure for fall term courses, but you will not be allowed to register in MINERVA until you turn in your application form and deposit.

MBSU Field Study Bursary
The McGill Biology Students Union offers a $350 bursary in support of students taking a Biology field course. To be eligible for the bursary, you must be enrolled in a Biology Department program, have a CGPA of at least 3.0, and have completed BIOL 206, BIOL 215 and BIOL 308 [Note: this requirement may change]. Applications are typically due in late March each year.
Email for information or call (514)-398-2188.

Summer inquiries about the course are best directed to the course coordinator as well as to the undergraduate affairs office so that you are more likely to reach someone despite holidays and periods of research away from campus. The course coordinator is Professor Simon Reader. He can be reached by email at The course has limited enrolment, so the sooner you register the more likely you are to be able to get into the course. If spaces become available, late registration for the course is possible until early August.

The sooner you submit your application form and deposit, the better as spaces in the course are limited. The deposit on the total course fee (estimated at $586.73) is $200; the deposit is non-refundable after June 30. The course fee covers the costs of providing room and board at the field station. See the application form for details on when the balance of the course fee is due. Note that the course costs do NOT include the registration fees associated with taking the course; these vary with your residency and fall course load and are assessed through the Student Accounts Office.

Fill out the Application Form and e-mail it to Susan Gabe (

Once your application and deposit (of $200.00) have  been submitted, you will receive an email letting you know you have been approved to register on MINERVA. As soon as you receive that notification, please register for the course to hold your place. If for some reason during the summer you must withdraw, then immediately inform both the course coordinator and Susan Gabe by email, so that someone on the waiting list can be contacted to take your place.

Both the deposit and the balance of the course must be paid through your student fee account using any of the acceptable payment methods. After making the deposit into your student account, please email Student Accounts ( to notify them that the payment has been made, with the subject of the email being Biology 331 – Deposit. This will earmark the payment for the field course.  Please also copy Susan Gabe on that email ( so that she can open MINERVA to allow you to register for the course. Include your I.D. number in all correspondence. Failure to send this confirmation email may result in misallocation of your payment and a delay in receiving permission to register.

last update: March 6, 2018

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