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Major in Environmental Biology



The Major in Environmental Biology offers a vibrant learning experience by using the unique setting of the Macdonald Campus, one of the largest green spaces on the Island of Montreal. In this environment, students receive extensive field training in the diversity, biology, conservation and ecology of a broad range of organisms, from plants, birds and mammals, to insects, fungi and microbes. Students in this major will study ecosystems, the species in these ecosystems, and how plants and animals adapt to a changing environment. In essence, this Major combines outdoor learning and faculty expertise in a first-rate suburban/rural environment, preparing graduating students well for careers as ecologists, field biologists, ecosystem scientists, or taxonomists.

For more information, please contact the bsc-advisor [dot] agenvsc [at] mcgill [dot] ca (student advisor.)


Each specialization consists of 24 credits of courses (required and complementary) that provide a coherent package designed to prepare you for a future career in a given discipline.

Suggested Specializations

  • Wildlife Biology: Biology, ecology, and behaviour of mammals, birds, and fishes. Discover how to manage fish and wildlife populations and how to conserve these species in an everchanging environment.
  • Applied Ecology: Understanding ecosystems, from forests to oceans and lakes to fields. Learn about biodiversity and conservation. Apply this knowledge to current environmental challenges, from climate change to pollution and invasive species.
  • Plant Biology: Biology of plants, their role in ecosystems, the physiology and biochemistry of plants, as well as plant identification, propagation and their role in society. Strong lab and field components.

May I take any other specializations?

You will need to select at least one specialization. However, if you wish to broaden your training, you have the option of choosing to do two specializations. Click here to view the complete list.


The Environmental biology Major consists of a core of 42 credits plus a 24-credit Specialization. To view the list of courses, please see the Electronic Course Calendar


Career paths include:
  • Conservation biologist
  • Pest management
  • Impact assessment
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Horticulture
  • Field crop management
  • Soil and water management
  • Wildlife management