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Basic Science Prerequisites

Applicants are required to have completed (with official grades submitted) all of the basic science pre-requisite course work (at the college or university-level) by January 15 of the year they will start their medical studies. Please note that the admissions office expects you to have no more than 2 outstanding basic science courses by the time of application. To learn more about the basic scientific concepts needed to apply to medicine at McGill, please read the following document: basic_concepts.pdf .

in Biology

in Chemistry

in Physics

  • a minimum six (6) semester hours of introductory coursework, with labs;
  • a minimum six (6) semester hours of general (or physical) chemistry coursework, with labs,
  • a minimum three (3) semester hours of organic chemistry coursework, with labs;
  • a minimum six (6) semester hours of introductory coursework, with labs;

where:

  • minimum credits do not include compulsory laboratory or practical work;
  • grades of "Pass/Fail" (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) or of similar schema are not acceptable in coursework; numerical or letter-class grades are required. Academic performance within these course will be considered;
  • courses completed more than eight (8) years before the application deadline will not be considered;
  • distance or correspondence education courses will be considered by the Admissions Office.

    Special Notes:

    • Though not required, university-level courses in biochemistry, cell and/or molecular biology and statistics are recommended.
    • If you have already completed a bachelor's degree, then Summer session, evening session or other alternate sessions may be accepted if the course is  university-level and is credited or can count toward the required semester-hours in the given subject. Summer or other interim session courses are discouraged when the purpose is to reduce the credit load in regular sessions.
    • Acceptable alternatives include: Advanced Levels (UK System), IBO Courses (Higher Level), French Baccalaureate année Terminale, Série S courses, AP results (CollegeBoard, Inc.).
    • Concordia University offers several entry-level biology courses, not all of which include laboratory work. Many successful applicants who have taken Biology at Concordia have taken the following: (1) BIOL 201, and either (2a) BIOL 225 with BIOL 227, or (2b) BIOL 226 with BIOL 227. It is recommended that you speak with your academic adviser for proper course planning. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required course and laboratory work is/will be fulfilled.
    • The University of Toronto has a different layout for chemistry courses when it comes to students who do not major in Chemistry. We are often asked how one can properly complete the chemistry courses requirements in this context. Many successful applicants from the University of Toronto have CHM138 and 139, along with CHM 220 and another chemistry-related course —including Biochemistry— that has laboratory work (e.g. CHM 217, CHM 238, CHM 247, CHM 249, BCH 370, ...). It is recommended that you speak with your academic adviser for proper course planning. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required course and laboratory work is/will be fulfilled.
    • If registered in the B.H.Sc.(H) program at McMaster, the courses HTH SCI 1I06, along with 2F03 and 2FF3, are considered as fulfilling the biology requirement. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required course and laboratory work is/will be fulfilled.