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396 undergraduate research project courses

Where can I find 396 projects?

Please refer to our Project list.

What are 396 courses?

396 courses:

  • allow undergraduate Science students to conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a McGill professor;
  • contain a significant research component that requires substantial independent work by students;
  • feature a final report worth at least 50% of the final grade;
  • are elective courses;
  • can be taken outside your own department (i.e., by students whose major is outside the offering unit);
  • count towards the requirements of the Dean's Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research List (DMURL);
  • can be taken after one term of undergraduate studies; and
  • are not available under the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option.

See also the "General prerequisites" section below.


Purpose

These courses are designed to increase undergraduate research opportunities by

  • broadening the scope of research courses,
  • making them available to more students, and
  • making the undergraduate research component more interdisciplinary.

General prerequisites

  • At least one term of undergraduate studies, a CGPA of at least 3.0, or permission of instructor to waive these requirements.
  • Open to students in any program offered by the Faculty of Science.
  • A project proposal form must be completed by the student and instructor and approved by the unit head or his/her delegate* before the start of the term.(* For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, it is the Neuroscience Program Director or the Cognitive Science Program Director, and the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser.)
  • Instructors will list project-specific prerequisites with the project description listings.
  • A student may take more than one 396 course, but cannot be supervised by the same instructor for two 396 Science courses. Each 396 course must also be for a different project.

Participating departments, schools, or programs

The following departments, schools, or programs offer 396 courses. See our list of projects currently offered.

Department, school, or program Course number
Anatomy and Cell Biology
ANAT 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
ATOC 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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Biochemistry
BIOC 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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Biology
BIOL 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Chemistry
CHEM 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Cognitive Science
COGS 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Computer Science
COMP 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Earth and Planetary Sciences
EPSC 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Environment, McGill School of
ENVR 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Geography
GEOG 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Human Genetics
HGEN 396 Human Genetic Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Mathematics and Statistics
MATH 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Medical Physics
MDPH 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Microbiology and Immunology - MICROBIOLOGY
MIMM 396 Ugrad Research Proj-Microbiol 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Microbiology and Immunology - IMMUNOLOGY
MIMM 397 Ugrad Research Proj - Immunol 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Neuroscience
NSCI 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Pharmacology
PHAR 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Physics
PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Physiology
PHGY 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Psychology
PSYC 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Redpath Museum
REDM 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer