Research courses for B.A. & Sc. students

BASC 396 / BASC 449 project approval form

BASC 396 / BASC 449 projects require the approval of the project supervisor(s) and the B.A. & Sc. Program Adviser. Download this form to get started.

What are BASC 396 and BASC 449 D1/D2?

They are independent research project courses which integrate both an Arts discipline and a Science discipline.

BASC 396 runs for one term and is worth 3 credits. BASC 449 D1/D2 is a more substantial research project, running over two terms and worth 6 credits.

Each project will contain a significant research component that requires substantial independent work by the student.

Each research project will have a grading scheme with at least 50% of the grade for the final report.

Students may not take these courses under the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option.

Note that enrolment may be limited. Students are advised to start the application process well before the start of the term and to plan for an alternative course in case no suitable project is available.

Some BASC 396 projects may be accessible to students in other disciplines.

Students cannot be supervised by the same instructor for two 396 courses.

Who can take BASC 396 and BASC 449 D1/D2?

These courses are open to students in any B.A. & Sc. program.

BASC 396 can be taken as early as after one term of undergraduate studies. The minimum CGPA is 3.0, although this requirement may be waived with the instructor’s permission.

Projects must also be approved by the B.A. & Sc. Program Advisory Committee Chair (or designate).

What if my project is not "integrative"?

BASC 396 and BASC 449 D1/D2 are independent research project courses which integrate both an Arts discipline and a Science discipline.

If your proposed project is not integrative, please consider a research course offered either by the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Arts.

How do these courses count toward my program?

B.A. & Sc. students may use BASC 396 to satisfy the second integrative course requirement, but not to satisfy any other program requirements.

BASC 449 D1/D2 is on the list of Complementary Integrative Courses for the B.A. & Sc. degree.

But wait… there's more!

Beyond 396 and 449 courses, there are other ways to do research for credit towards your degree. You can browse McGill's eCalendar to find research courses in your program, but the best way to find out about the latest opportunities on offer is to speak with your academic adviser.

See also

› Finding undergraduate research opportunities