Honours Biology Program (71-72 credits)

 

[Please refer to the Honours Program Web Site for complete details]

Students may complete this program with a minimum of 71 credits or a maximum of 72 credits. The Honours program in Biology is designed expressly as a preparation for graduate studies and research, and provides students with an enriched training in biology and some research experience in a chosen area.

Acceptance into the Honours program requires a CGPA of 3.50 and approval of a 9- or 12-credit Independent Studies proposal (see listing of BIOL 479 and BIOL 480 for details). Students also complete a 4-credit Honours Seminar course, BIOL 499. For an Honours degree, a minimum CGPA of 3.50 in the U3 year and adherence to the program as outlined below are the additional requirements.

Students may prepare to enter the Honours Program in Biology near the end of the U2 year by contacting the Biology Undergraduate Advisor, Nancy Nelson, W3/25, phone 398-4109, nancy.nelson@mcgill.ca

It is the responsibility of students to visit professors in the Biology department, with whom they wish to do their Honours Independent Study and discuss research projects and research space availability. There is a list of professors and outlines of their research interests posted on the Biology Web Site (see the Faculty listing).

(As of Fall 2014)

Required courses (32-33 credits):

Credits
Department
Courses
Course Title
3
Biology
BIOL 200
Molecular Biology
3
 
BIOL 201
Cell Biology and Metabolism
3
 
BIOL 202
Basic Genetics
3
 
BIOL 205
Biology of Organisms
3
BIOL 206
Methods in Biology of Organisms
3
BIOL 215 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
4
BIOL 301 Cell and Molecular Laboratory
3
*BIOL 373 Biometry
4
 
BIOL 499D1/D2
Honours Seminar in Biology
4
Chemistry
**CHEM 212
Introductory Organic Chemistry 1
*If a student has already taken an equivalent statistics course, the credits can be made up with a 3-credit Biology complementary course
** If a student has already taken CHEM 212 or its equivalent, the credits can be made up with a 3- or 4-credit complementary course to be approved by the Biology Advisor.

Honours complementary course (9-12 credits)

Credits
Department
Courses
Course Title
9
Biology
BIOL 479D1/D2
Honours Research Project 1
12
 
OR BIOL 480D1/D2
Honours Research Project 2


Core complementary courses (12 credits) - selected from:

Credits
Department
Courses
Course Title
3
Biology
BIOL 300
Molecular Biology of the Gene
3
  BIOL 303 Developmental Biology
3
  BIOL 304 Evolution
3
  BIOL 306 Neural Basis of Behaviour
3
 
BIOL 308
Ecological Dynamics

Other Complementary Courses (15-18 credits):
18 credits of Biology courses at the 300+ level if taking BIOL 479, and 15 credits if taking BIOL 480.
With permission of the Biology Advisor, up to 6 credits may be taken from other Science department courses (300+-level). Up to 6 credits of previous independent research courses may be included.

DEADLINES:

June 1st
Notification of intent
September 1st
Completed application form with abstract
September 1st
Start of Academic Year and Honours Program
October 15th
Research Proposal due
Last day of class in April
Research Project due


Go to Honours Program Website