Year 4 Research Project Courses

The 4000-level Research Project courses (listed below) are mandatory in Year 4 of the discipline-specific Honors Specialization modules and available only to students in those modules.  Under the mentorship of a faculty member, students work on Research Projects that usually include:

  • literature review
  • experimental design
  • collection, analysis and interpretation of results
  • communication of the scientific process and findings through oral and written presentations
  • research seminars

See Admission and Progression to Year 4 BMSc for information about applying to Year 4 of the various Honors Specialization modules (maximum capacity, minimum Weighted Average needed for admission in the past, etc.).

Information on the department's webpages (accessible via links under each course) usually includes the (i) course description, (ii) process for selecting a supervisor, and (iii) sample projects that have been undertaken in the past.  

All of the Year 4 research project courses are worth 1.5 credits and are designated as essay courses (E).  They satisfy 1.5 of the 2.0 essay courses required for the essay requirement for graduation.

Anatomy and Cell Biology 4480E

  • Anatomy and Cell Biology 4480E is required in the Honors Specialization in Medical Cell Biology
  • either Anatomy and Cell Biology 4480E or Biochemistry 4483E is required in the Honors Specialization in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Biochemistry 4483E

  • Biochemistry 4483E is required in the Honors Specialization modules in Biochemistry, Computational Biochemistry and in the combined BMSc (Biochemistry)/HBA Program
  • either Biochemistry 4483E or the Research Project course listed below is required in the following (jointly offered) Honors Specialization modules:
    • Anatomy and Cell Biology 4480E (Honors Specialization in Biochemistry and Cell Biology)
    • Chemistry 4491E (Honors Specialization in Biochemistry and Chemistry - leads to BSc degree)
    • Microbiology and Immunology 4970E (Honors Specialization in Biochemistry of Infection and Immunity)
    • Medical Biophysics 4970E (Honors Specialization in Medical Biophysics and Biochemistry
    • Pathology 4980E (Honors Specialization in Biochemistry and Pathology of Human Disease)

Chemical Biology 4500E

Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4900E

Medical Biophysics 4970E

  • Medical Biophysics 4970E is required in the following Honors Specialization modules:
    • Medical Biophysics (Medical Science Concentration)
    • Medical Biophysics (Biological Science Concentration) - BSc degree
    • Medical Biophysics (Physical Science Concentration) - BSc degree
  • either Medical Biophysics 4970E or Biochemistry 4483E is required in the Honors Specialization in Medical Biophysics and Biochemistry

Medical Biophysics 4971E

  • Medical Biophysics 4971E is required in the Honors Specialization in Medical Biophysics (Clinical Physics Concentration)

Medical Health Informatics 4980E

Microbiology and Immunology 4970E

  • Microbiology and Immunology 4970E is required in the Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology.
  • Either Microbiology and Immunology 4970E or Biochemistry 4483E is required in the Honors Specialization in Biochemistry of Infection and Immunity
  • Either Microbiology and Immunology 4970E or Pathology 4980E is required in the Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology with Pathology

Pathology 4980E

  • Pathology 4980E is required in the Honors Specialization in Pathology
  • either Pathology 4980E or Biochemistry 4483E is required in the Honors Specialization in Biochemistry and Pathology of Human Disease
  • either Pathology 4980E or Microbiology and Immunology 4970E is required in the Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology with Pathology

Physiology and Pharmacology 4980E

The Honors Specialization in IMS does not contain a 4000-level research project -- the capstone courses are Medical Sciences 4900F/G and 4930F/G (advanced lab and selected topics courses).

Did you know???

That special permission is NOT granted for students to take a fourth-year research project course if their module(s) does not require a research project?