BIOL 466 and BIOL 467 (Fall, Winter or Summer)

Independent Research Project 1 and Independent Research Project 2

(3 credits each)

Any staff member of the Biology Department.
N. Nelson
(514) 398-4109
3 credits (0-0-9)
BIOL 206 or BIOL 301, or other suitable -300-level laboratory course. Open to U3 Biology students. All projects have to be arranged with individual instructors of the Biology Department. Honours Biology students may include a maximum of 6 credits of independent research as complementary credits. Liberal and Major Biology students may include a maximum of 9 credits of independent research as complementary courses.  A form, available online at, must be completed and returned to Nancy Nelson in N7/9B at the beginning of the term in order to register for these courses on Minerva.
Projects to be carried out independently by students under the guidance of individual staff members. The projects may include experimental work or concentrate on a study of published data and theories. Emphasis is on acquisition of skills in technique, analysis, and communication in the process of generating a scientific report. Students interested in Independent Studies should consult "Guidelines for Independent Studies", available at Students are expected to work a minimum of 9 hours per week for 13 weeks for a 3-credit project.

The full-time or affiliated staff member of the Biology Department supervising the project evaluates the overall performance in the various stages of the project, including the final written report. Work performed and the report will receive separate marks summarized in a final mark with weighting (70/30, 60/40, 50/50) at the discretion of the supervisor.  An electronic copy of the marked report must be submitted to Nancy Nelson.

Cannot be taken under the S/U option

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).

Last update: March 25, 2019