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Honours & Directed Studies

Undergraduate research

Interested in doing research as part of your degree in biological sciences? The honours and directed study options, undertaken in the fourth year of the degree, may be for you. The links below provide access to information on both of these options, and to the application form which must be submitted by the end of the third year of your BSc degree.

What are honours and directed studies all about?

Not sure what the honours and directed study programs are? Click on the link below to download a PowerPoint file that summarizes honours and directed study options in biological sciences. This document also outlines the reasons for doing an honours or directed study project, explains what work is involved, and how to apply. To view this file, you must have the Powerpoint software on your computer.

Honours & Directed Study PowerPoint

Also, all third-year students thinking of doing an Honours project in the next year of their degree should take BIOL/CHBI 3980: Introduction to research. This course is required as a prerequisite for the Honours program. Students thinking of doing a Directed Study project are also encouraged to take BIOL 3980.

Supervisors and fields of research

So you've decided you're interested in doing an honours or directed study project in biological sciences, but don't know what type of project you might do, or who might supervise your research? Just look up the following link: Potential supervisors and fields of research

Directed study (BIOL 4480)

Required: BIOL 4480 (Directed Study)

Recommended: BIOL/CHBI 3980 (Introduction to research)

To apply: Application form

To complete the program: Timeline



  • BIOL / CHBI 3980 (Introduction to Research)
  • BIOL 4980 (Honours Seminar)
  • BIOL 4990 (Honours Thesis in Biology) OR CHBI 4990 (Honours Thesis in Chemical Biology)

To apply:

To complete the program:

Need more information? Ask the BSc advisor and chair of Biological Sciences, Eric Littley