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.
Biology is the study of life. Its scope extends from molecules to organisms and ecosystems. It deals with fundamental questions such as the origin and evolution of plants and animals, interactions between living organisms and their environment, mechanisms of embryonic development, the structure and function of the living cell, the molecular basis of inheritance, the biochemical and genetic basis of human diseases, and the operation of the brain and the nervous system. Staff of the Biology Department conduct research and offer teaching programs in all these areas. The Department of Biology's well-equipped teaching and research laboratories are located in the Stewart Biology Building and the Bellini Life Sciences Building.
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers various undergraduate programs that lead to work in the medical, pharmaceutical or research fields. A degree in microbiology provides an excellent basis for entering professional and postgraduate programs in biomedical research, education, medicine, dentistry, and the veterinary sciences.
Physiology is the branch of the biomedical sciences that deals with the study of how living organisms function. We focus on understanding the nature of the processes that sustain the human body. Physiological research currently active in the department includes studies ranging from molecular and cellular aspects of function, all the way to integrated systems and applications to patients in the clinic, or even astronauts in space!
Many of our graduates go into graduate studies, research, medicine, or dentistry, or take further training in another discipline. A B.Sc. in Physiology is also an excellent stepping stone to employment opportunities in universities, hospitals, government, and industry.
One of the greatest challenges in the biomedical sciences today is to understand disease processes and to develop new therapies. Pharmacology is the multidisciplinary science that deals with all aspects of drugs and their interactions with living organisms. Thus, it involves the physical and chemical properties of drugs, their biochemical and physiological effects, mechanisms of action, absorption, distribution and elimination from the body, and therapeutic and illicit uses. Pharmacology has developed its own set of principles and methods to study the mode of action of drugs, in addition to utilizing many techniques and approaches from several disciplines, including: biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, and cell and molecular biology
Interfaculty Program in Cognitive Science
The Interfaculty Program in Cognitive Science is restricted to students in the Arts & Science (B.A./B.Sc.) degree program. Students can also graduate with an Honours in Cognitive Science. Those students interested in exploring the interdisciplinary approach offered by cognitive science who are not in the B.A./B.Sc. program can complete a minor in Cognitive Science in either the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Arts as a complement to their major within one of the disciplines of Cognitive Science.