Honours

This program is open only to students in the BSc Major in Environment, BSc(AgEnvSc) Major in Environment, BA Faculty Program in Environment, the BA&Sc Interfaculty Program in Environment, and the BA&Sc Interfaculty Program in Sustainability, Science & Society.

An Honours program gives students the opportunity to pursue a directed, focused and individual research project over the course of a full year under the supervision of a professor. While Honours is not necessarily required for graduate school, the Honours program will provide MSE students with additional preparation for graduate level research.

The Environment Honours program consists of 6 credits of Honours Research additional to the requirements of the Major, Faculty, and Interfaculty programs in Environment; and the Interfaculty Program in Sustainability, Science & Society.  Additional time is not required to complete the degree, as the 6 credits of research replace 6 elective credits. The degree requirements (120 or 90 credits, for example) remain the same.  Students should note that the Senior Research Project (ENVR 401 or equivalent) is still required for Honours students.

Honours students in the Faculties of Arts or Science (the BA, BSc, and BA&Sc degrees) register in the ENVR 495 Honours Research course.  This is a 6 credit course spanning two semesters over one year.   Honours students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (the BSc(AgEnvSc) degree) register in two 3 credit one-semester courses (ENVR 496 and ENVR 497 Honours Research Parts 1 and 2).  In both cases, the Honours Research is worth 6 credits in total, and should reflect about 250 hours of work. 

To be eligible for Honours, students must satisfy the requirements set by their home Faculty (Science, Arts, or Agricultural and Environmental Sciences).  Arts students should especially note the requirement of a Minor in a subject other than Environment.

In addition, students must satisfy the following:

  • students apply for the Honours program in March or April of their U2 year.  This deadline is not firm, but since many professors leave town during the summer, it can be hard to contact potential supervisors after April.  Applications are made to the MSE Academic Adviser. 
  • applicants must have a minimum Program GPA (GPA of all required and complementary courses for the Environment program taken at McGill) of 3.3 to enter the Honours program.
  • students must earn a B grade or higher for either ENVR 495 Honours Research or both ENVR 496 and ENVR 497 Honours Research Parts 1 and 2.
  • students are required to achieve a minimum overall CGPA of 3.0 at graduation, and a minimum Program GPA of 3.3 to obtain Honours.

The student is responsible for:

  • securing a thesis supervisor (see MSE Academic Adviser for assistance).  Thesis supervisors must be a McGill Faculty Member who conducts interdisciplinary research (examples:  MSE Jointly-Appointed Faculty and MSE Associate Members).
  • developing a project proposal with the supervisor that is relevant to the student's Domain
  • completing the Honours Research Student-Supervisor Agreement form [PDF]
  • presenting their project results at the Fall symposium (for those who finish their research in the summer or fall terms) or the Spring symposium (for those who finish their research in the winter term)
  • in-progress Honours students are expected to attend the Symposiums that take place throughout the course of their program
  • giving a clean, final (after corrections) hard copy and e-copy of their thesis Report to the MSE.

The thesis supervisor is responsible for:

  • assisting the student with a project proposal
  • providing research supervision and resources, including arranging for ethical reviews if needed
  • providing, where appropriate, assistance with grant and award applications
  • reviewing and grading the proposal and project, and assigning a final grade for ENVR 495 or ENVR 496 & ENVR 497
  • submitting the final grade over Minerva.
     

Program Requirements

B.Science Honours Environment
66 - 72 credits

Open only to students registered in the B.Sc. Major Environment. The Honours program consists of 6 credits of Honours research added to the Major program in Environment.  The core and Domain courses amount to 60-66 credits, depending on the Domain.  Plus, the Honours courses which are:

ENVR 495D1 - Honours Research (3)
ENVR 495D2 - Honours Research (3)

B.Arts Honours Environment
60 credits

Open only to students registered in the B.A. Faculty Program in Environment. The Honours program consists of 6 credits of Honours Research added to the Faculty Program in Environment.  The core and Domain courses amount to 54 credits.  Plus, the Honours courses which are:

ENVR 495D1 - Honours Research (3)
ENVR 495D2 - Honours Research (3)

B.Arts Joint Honours Environment
36 credits, plus a second Arts component (36 cr)

This program is open only to students registered in the B.Arts degree. See the MSE Program Adviser for more information. The Environment Honours component includes the Honours courses, which are:

ENVR 495D1 - Honours Research (3)
ENVR 495D2 - Honours Research (3)

B.A.&Sc. Honours Environment
B.A.&Sc. Honours Sustainability, Science & Society
60 credits

Open only to students registered in the B.A.&Sc. Interfaculty Program in Environment, or the B.A.&Sc. Interfaculty Program in Sustainability, Science & Society.  The Honours program consists of 6 credits of Honours Research added to the Interfaculty Program.  The core and complementary courses amount to 54 credits.  Plus, the Honours courses which are:

ENVR 495D1 - Honours Research (3)
ENVR 495D2 - Honours Research (3)

B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Honours Environment
66 - 69 credits

Open only to students registered in the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) Major Environment. The Honours program consists of 6 credits of Honours research added to the Major program in Environment.  The core and Domain courses amount to 60-63 credits, depending on the Domain.  Plus, the Honours courses which are:

ENVR 496 - Honours Research Part 1 (3)
ENVR 497 - Honours Research Part 2 (3)
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