Bachelor of Science: Anatomy & Cell Biology




The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University offers courses in cell biology, histology, embryology, neuroanatomy, and gross anatomy.  A Bachelor of Science (BSc) undergraduate degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology provides an excellent preparation for technical and administrative positions in university laboratories, research institutions, hospitals, pharmaceutics, and biotechnological industries.

The Honours Undergraduate Program in Anatomy and Cell Biology is designed as the first phase in the training for a career as a cell and molecular biologist. The Major and Liberal Undergraduate Programs, for their part, offer decreasing levels of specialization in Anatomy and Cell Biology with the advantage of a broader knowledge base in other biological sciences. All of our undergraduate programs form a sound background for graduate studies in Anatomy and Cell Biology, or for further professional training in areas such as Medicine.  With respect to the latter, we invite you to refer to the following link for McGill Medical School Admission Requirements.


Student Society

The McGill Anatomy and Cell Biology Students’ Society (MACSS) aims to serve the academic and social needs of all undergraduate students in Anatomy and Cell Biology. Their office is located in the lobby of the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building and is always open to visitors or students who may be in need of gloves, a lab coat, or resources for anatomy courses!

MACSS is well-known for events such as the Year-End Formal, as well as the annual Halloween Apartment Crawl, both of which are attended by students from a variety of departments. Throughout the year, many smaller events such as BBQs, Gert’s nights, and popular Wine and Cheese receptions help foster networking among professors and students.

For more information, please visit their website or send an macss.mcgill [at] (e-mail).




Eager to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University?  We thank you for your interest in our program!

All interested applicants must first apply for admission into the McGill University, Faculty of Science.  When you apply for B.Sc. programs in the Faculty of Science, you are not asked to choose your specific program of study (e.g. Anatomy & Cell Biology) before commencing your first year of study (unless you are a student who has completed CEGEP in the Province of Quebec; most other students will choose their specific department only at the end of the freshman year). 

When applying, however, you are asked to choose from one of several groups of programs within the Faculty of Science.  A program group comprises several departments within the Faculty of Science that have overlapping fundamental course requirements needed to pursue more specialized upper-level undergraduate study.  The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, for example, is included in the group Biological, Biomedical, and Life Sciences.  It is important that you indicate this group preference when applying.  Once admitted, you will only be allowed to choose your Major from the departments within that group.

For more answers to your questions regarding applications to programs in the Faculty of Science, please click here.  If you already know that you are ready to apply for admission to an undergraduate degree program at McGill University, please click here






(73 credits)

Students enter the Honours program in the second year of a three-year program or the third year of a four-year program.  Enrolment in Honours in Anatomy & Cell Biology is restricted to a limited number of students, who are chosen based on academic performance and assessment of their level of motivation in their studies.  The program provides selected students with a thorough knowledge of anatomy and cell biology as well as related biomedical sciences.  

For more details on the Honours program, please see the eCalendar here and the program audit form here.



(67 credits)

Students enter the Major program in the first year of a three-year program or the second year of a four-year program.  The Major is more specialized than the Liberal Program, and it provides a stronger core content of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology, along with more concentrated training in anatomy and cell biology.  24 of the credits consist of upper-level course options, allowing for “streaming” according to a student's particular subjects of interest among the various areas of Anatomy & Cell Biology and related biomedical sciences. 

For more details on the Major program in Anatomy and Cell Biology, please see the eCalendar here and the program audit form here.



(47-48 credits)

The Liberal program provides the least amount of specialization, in comparison with the Honours or Major, which has the advantage of allowing the student a broader and more general knowledge base.  Students registered in the Liberal program are also required to pursue a Minor Concentration in another discipline.
For more detailed information concerning the Liberal program, please see the eCalendar here and the program audit form here.



Notes on Courses and Program Requirements

  • Students are required to complete at least 6 credits in required 400-level course requirements. These courses may be selected from the list of Complementary and/or Biologically Oriented Courses (BOC).  Please consult the Undergraduate Course Calendar for Anatomy & Cell Biology for more information.
  • A student may take only one statistics course of Psychology PSYC204, Mathematics MATH203, or Biology BIOL373. The University considers them to be equivalent courses.
  • Students in the Major wishing to complete Research Courses of 6 credits or more, including the Anatomy & Cell Biology Honours Research Course (ANAT 432), must note that only 3 of these credits will count towards BOC Complementary Requirements, the rest would be considered elective credits.  These courses must be approved by the Departmental Student Affairs Officer.
  • If a student has completed any of the Organic Chemistry requirements before beginning the program, the credits may be taken as electives.
  • The crosslisted program course ANAT/BIOC212 is considered the equivalent to Biology BIOL 201 and therefore acts as the prerequisite for Biology 202, BIOL 301, and other Biology courses.
  • Any substitutions in the program must be approved by Penny Kaill-Vinish, Student Affairs Officer, Room M29, Strathcona Anatomy & Dentistry Building.
  • A minimum grade of "C" must be achieved in all required courses within the program.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities                       


If you are interested in research as an undergraduate student, please see your departmental advisor, Penny Kaill-Vinish (penny.kaill-vinish [at]  Additionally, please consult the new BSc-MSc track program in Anatomy & Cell Biology, which provides undergraduate students with excellent opportunities for advanced research experience.

Study Abroad

Many students within the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology choose to spend a term or a year of their undergraduate program studying in another university within Canada or abroad in Australia, the United Kingdom, or another country of the student's choosing. 

Our Department's student exchange programs are organized by the Faculty of Science, and we invite you to consult their website for more information.  

Additionally, if you are a U1 student interested in such an opportunity, we encourage you speak with Penny Kaill-Vinish, the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer for our Department.  To reach her, send an e-mail to penny.kaill-vinish [at] or come by to see her in Room M29 in the Strathcona Anatomy & Dentistry Building during the times indicated under the "Advising" tab above.

Advising & Contact










***Please note that the Department will be closed and no program advising available from December 22 to January 3, inclusive.***

Drop-in advising hours
Strathcona Building, Room M29

Week of December 11: 

Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday  2:00 – 4:00 pm
Thursday  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Week of December 18:

By appointment: Please email Penny at: penny.kaill-vinish [at]



If you’re not available during drop-in hours, please email penny.kaill-vinish [at] (Penny Kaill-Vinish) to make an appointment (from your McGill email address and include the times that you are free).

*Please take a moment to read our answers to Frequently Asked Questions before scheduling an appointment.  Thanks! 



For the policy on the grading of exams as well as exam reassessment procedures in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, please consult the following document.