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Major in Life Sciences

 

About

The Life Sciences Major is a cross-disciplinary program that features core courses in the fundamental biological sciences (animal, plant, microbiology, cell, and molecular) and specializations that range from concentrations in pure biology to multidisciplinary and applied life sciences. It features smaller class sizes and a great variety of laboratory and fi eld-based courses for practical experience, culminating in internships and research projects.

The specializations provide students with the option of either focusing on a specifi c discipline or exploring a wide range of courses in the life sciences area.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Major in Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) is its comprehensive nature. Students who enroll in the Major will receive a well-rounded education that encompasses many life sciences fields, including environmental, health, biotechnology and agricultural, any of which constitute a viable career option upon graduation.

The Major has two notable components that will benefit students tremendously in future careers: scientific writing courses and extensive lab work. The former will sharpen students’ report writing skills, the latter will reinforce in a hands-on manner material learned in the classroom. The recommended Specializations listed below give students the option of either focusing on a specific discipline or exploring a wide range of courses in the life sciences area.

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

Specializations

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

  • Animal Biology: Biology of large mammals and birds. Animal physiology, reproduction, genetics, and biotechnology. Can lead to veterinary medicine or sciences, pharmaceutical industry, or animal science research.
  • Animal Health and Disease: Animal physiology, function, and disease. Understanding of disease prevention and treatment in domestic animals. Can lead to an opportunity to pursue veterinary medicine.
  • Life Sciences (Multidisciplinary): A fl exible, multidisciplinary approach to the study of pure and applied life sciences.
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology: Pure and applied microbiology, molecular genetics and pathogenicity, environmental microbiology, genomics, biotechnology, and bioinformatics. A strong emphasis on lab-based learning.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Courses

The Life Sciences Major consists of a core of 42 credits plus a 24-credit Specialization. To view the list of courses:
Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Major Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) (42 Credits)

 

Careers

Career paths include:

  • Health sciences and medical programs
  • Veterinary science and medicine
  • Food and fermentation industries
  • Bioscience and pharmaceutical industries
  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Forensic sciences