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Honours Degree

The Honours Thesis in Biology


The honours thesis (BIOL4499) is highly recommended for anyone thinking about going to graduate school or who think they may be interested in research. By doing honours thesis research you will get a taste for what hands-on research is all about.


"Conducting an honours research project provided me with previously unmatched educational opportunities, and enabled me to engage in both scientific and self exploration - it was a learning experience unlike any other"                                                                                                  B. Milligan (2011)


"Doing an Honours degree at Mount Saint Vincint University gave me the opportunity to experience research first-hand. I gained not only valuable skills in the lab, but in writing, organization, and trouble-shooting. It opened new doors to new opportunities and I was better prepared for unlimited possibilities"                                                                                       S. Edsall (2009)


We are proud of our honours students, who have entered the graduate programs at University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, Memorial University; entered the Veterinary program at UPEI; and entered the Medical School at Dalhousie University.


For more information, please speak to one of the Biology Faculty members.

BIOL 3999 Biology Colloquium 

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Any 2000 level BIOL course
Development of skills in literature research, critical thinking, and evaluation of scientific presentations. Students will be required to make presentations using several different modes of communication.

This course is highly recommended to students wishing to improve their lab report, essay writing and class presentation grades.

Reasons for doing honours:

·       To conduct your own research project

·       To learn to work independently in the lab

·       To gain hands-on experience

·       To be part of a research team

·       To learn valuable scientific skills (writing, presentation skills, critical thinking etc)

·       To find out if you like research

·       To get to know the faculty

·       And to have immense fun…

If you are interested in finding out more about our Honours program,

Please email msvu.ca


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