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Undergraduate programs in Anatomy and Cell Biology

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offers courses that deal with cell biology, histology, embryology, neuroanatomy, and gross anatomy. The Honours Program is designed as the first phase in the training of career cell and molecular biologists. The Major and Liberal programs offer decreasing levels of specialization in Anatomy and Cell Biology but with a broader base in other biological sciences. These programs also form a sound background for graduate studies in Anatomy and Cell Biology, or for further professional training. You may refer to the following link for McGill Medical School Admission Requirements. A BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology provides an excellent preparation for technical and administrative positions in laboratories of universities, research institutions, hospitals, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries.

The Department is equipped to perform protein purification, recombinant DNA technology, micro-injection of molecules into single cells, cytochemical, immunocytochemical and fluorescent analysis and electron microscopy, proteomics and genomics. The Department has a well-equipped centre for electron microscopy as well as a centre for confocal and immunofluorescence. The new cryo electron microscope facility in the department is unique and represents a cutting edge technology to apply fundamental discoveries to therapeutic applications.

Inquiries about programs should be directed to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Please refer to the following "Recommended Courses" document before you go for departmental advising: course_selection_by_level__program.pdf

It is also recommended that you review our most frequently asked questions: faqs.docx


NOTE: The office has moved to the main floor (M-30) of Strathcona Anatomy & Dentistry Building.


Monday: 2:00 to 3:00

Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:00 and 2:00 to 3:00

Thursday: 10:00 – 11:00 and 2:00 to 3:00

If you are not available during these times, please e-mail vittoria [dot] catania [at] mcgill [dot] ca your availability (as well as your student ID #) and she will get back to you with an appointment.


 Undergraduate Studies: Programs

Liberal Program

Liberal Program Requirements - Anatomy and Cell Biology.pdf

This program requires 47-48 credits. Students are also required to do at least one minor or minor concentration in another discipline.

Major Program


The 67-credit Major program, which may be entered in the first year of a three year program, or the second of a four year program, is more specialized than the Liberal Program. By contrast with the Liberal Program, it provides a stronger core content of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology along with more concentrated training in Anatomy & Cell Biology. Among these are 24 credits of options in upper level courses, allowing for “streaming” along lines of interest in various areas of Anatomy & Cell Biology and related biomedical sciences.

 Honours Program


The Honours program becomes more specialized in Anatomy & Cell Biology during the final two years, requiring a total of 73 science credits. The program may be entered in the second year of a three year program and the third year of a four year program, it is restricted to a limited number of students who are selected on the basis of good performance and motivation. The goals of the Honours program are to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of Anatomy & Cell Biology and related biomedical sciences.


Program Requirements

As of Fall 2009, 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 the Biologically Oriented course (BOC). Undergraduate Course Calendar - Anatomy & Cell Biology.

Any substitutions in the program must be approved by Vittoria Catania, the Student Affairs Officer, Room M-30, Strathcona Anatomy & Dentistry Building.

A minimum grade of "C" must be achieved in all program courses.

A student may take only one statistics course of Psychology PSYC 204, Mathematics MATH 203, or Biology BIOL 373. The University considers them to be equivalent courses.

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, so acts as the prerequisite for Biology 202, BIOL 301, and other Biology courses.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The first Undergraduate Research Day was held on November 17th, 2010. The purpose of this event was to expose students to the world of research and stress its importance. If you are interested in research as an undergraduate student, please see the PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Fiona Bedford, outlining your options within the program. Undergraduate Research Opportunities - Research Day Presentation.ppt

Student Exchange Program

Students who are interested have the opportunity to complete one term or a year of their program at another university, in Canada or abroad. We strongly encourage any U1 student who might be interested in our exchange program to come and speak to our Student Affairs Officer:

Ms. vittoria [dot] catania [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Vittoria Catania)
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
McGill University
Strathcona Anatomy & Dentistry Building, NEW LOCATION M-30
3640 University
Montréal, Québec
H3A 0C7

(514) 398-6335
vittoria [dot] catania [at] mcgill [dot] ca

McGill Student Exchanges and Study Abroad


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The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) is here to help students make decisions about their future. We offer a range of services and tools, including: individual advising appointments, CV and application review, workshops and programs, opportunities to meet industry professionals at career events, on-campus recruitment activities, access to our job postings database, and an extensive resource library.



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