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 research is not necessarily required in order to go to graduate school, the Honours program will provide MSE students with additional preparation for graduate level research.
The Honours in Environment program consists of 6 credits of honours research added to the original Major and Faculty programs in Environment. It does not necessarily require additional time to complete the degree, as the 6 credits of research come at the expence of 6 credits of electives. 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.
For students in the Faculties of Arts or Science (the BA, BSc, and BA&Sc degrees), the Honours Program requires ENVR 495 Honours Research. This is a 6 credit year long spanned course with two one-semester sections. For students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (the BSc(AgEnvSc) degree), students take ENVR 496 and ENVR 497 Honours Research Parts 1 and 2. These are each 3 credit one-semester courses. The result is the same: 6 credits of research taken over two semesters.
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 they must satisfy the following:
- Students apply for the Honours program in March or April of their U2 year (see Kathryn Roulet). This deadline is not firm, but since many professors leave town during the summer, it can be hard to contact potential supervisors after April.
- 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 (3.0) 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 Advisor for help). Thesis supervisors must be McGill Faculty Members (egs. 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 [.doc]
- presenting their project results at the Fall symposium (for those who started their research in the summer) or the Spring symposium (for those who started in Fall)
- giving a clean, final (after corrections) copy of their thesis report to the MSE, with an appropriate electronic data archive.
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.
Courses offered at the Macdonald Campus are marked with an (M). The MSE (ENVR) courses are offered at both campuses.
Science - BSc
63 - 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 57-66 credits, depending on the Domain. Plus, the Honours courses which are:
Arts - BA
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:
Arts - BA Joint Honours
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:
Arts and Science - BA&Sc
Open only to students registered in the B.A.&Sc. Interfaculty Program in Environment. The Honours program consists of 6 credits of Honours research added to the Interfaculty Program in Environment. The core and complementary courses amount to 54 credits. Plus, the Honours courses which are:
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - BSc(AgEnvSc)
63 - 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 57-63 credits, depending on the Domain. Plus, the Honours courses which are: