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Program open for January 2015: B.Sc. (Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Science group) only.

Note that Science (Biological, Biomedical & Life Sciences Group, Neuroscience Group) programs are not open for January 2015.

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Faculty of Science

Tel.: 514-398-5442
Email: newstudentadvising [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca
www.mcgill.ca/science/student

Discover McGill
January 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

 

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Four-Year (U0) Students (97-120 credits)

Discover McGill
January 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

See the video to hear from undergraduate students and faculty advisers.


Course selection and approval

The full-time course load in the B.Sc. is 12-15 credits per term.

Consult the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) website at www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents. Read all the information on the Bachelor of Science Freshman Program. Consult the Calendar and, with the information you learned from the websites, select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms.


Science Freshman Program

Students who need 97-120 credits to complete their degree requirements will normally be registered in the Science Freshman Program until they complete their first year. They must consult an adviser in the SOUSA Office to obtain advice and approval of their course selection. Full details are available on the SOUSA website at www.mcgill.ca/science/student. Academic advising is also available by e-mail at newstudentadvising [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca.


B.Sc. Freshman Program requirements

Students normally complete 30 credits which must include at least 7 courses from the list of Approved Freshman Science courses.


General Math and Science Breadth (6 courses)

Six of the freshman courses must satisfy one of the following:

1. 2 courses from MATH and 4 courses from BIOL, CHEM or PHYS; or
2. 3 courses from MATH and 3 courses from BIOL, CHEM or PHYS.


Science Complementary (1 course)

One additional course from the list of Approved Freshman Science Courses.

Notes:

1. Students who have not studied all of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the grade 12 level or equivalent are strongly advised to include at least one course in the missing discipline in their freshman program.
 
2. Many students will complete more than 7 courses from the Approved Freshman Science Courses list, particularly those who wish to leave several options open for their choice of major.
 
3. Students entering the Freshman Program should be aware of the department specific requirements when selecting their courses. To assist in this, U0 students are invited to attend departmental advising sessions held during the last week of August. Detailed advising information will be available at:
http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u1/programorientation.
 
4. The maximum number of courses per term - required, complementary and elective - is five.
 
5. Some medical and dental schools have specific freshman course requirements. Check the admission requirements of the school(s) to which you intend to apply. Please check the following page for program-specific advice: www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u0/bscfreshman/specific.

List of Approved Freshman Science Courses

  • BIOL 111 Principles:Organismal Biology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CHEM 115 Acc Gen Chem: Giants in Sci 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (not open to students who have taken CHEM 120
  • CHEM 120 General Chemistry 2 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (CHEM 110 is not a prereq)
  • COMP 202 Foundations of Programming 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ESYS 104 The Earth System 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (not open to students taking or who have taken MATH 134)
  • MATH 134 Enriched Linear Algebra&Geom 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (not open to students taking or who have taken MATH 133)
  • First calculus course, one of:
    MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    MATH 140 Calculus 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    MATH 150 Calculus A 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • Second calculus course, one of:
    MATH 141 Calculus 2 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    MATH 151 Calculus B 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • First physics course, one of:
    PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • Second physics course, one of:
    PHYS 102 Intro Physics-Electromagnetism 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (prereq: PHYS 101, coreq: Calculus 1)
    PHYS 142 Electromagnetism & Optics 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (prereq: PHYS 131, coreq: Calculus 2)
  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Electives

Students wishing to take elective courses may choose them from introductory courses offered by departments in the Faculties of Science or of Arts at:
http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u0/bscfreshman/suggested-elective-courses. Certain courses offered by other faculties may also be taken, but some restrictions apply. Consult the SOUSA Office website at www.mcgill.ca/science/student/continuingstudents/bsc/outside for more information about taking courses from other faculties.


Freshman Interest Groups (FIGS)

Freshman students should consider registering for a FIG. These groups meet for one hour, normally once every two weeks, during the Fall term only. FIGS 196 - Freshman Interest Groups a non-credit activity, does not cost anything, and does not appear on your McGill transcript. It is an opportunity to interact with professors, guest speakers and other students in an informal setting of about 15 students. See www.mcgill.ca/science/student/fig/ for more information.


Advising

- All students must consult the SOUSA website at www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents. Read the information on advising.

- Academic advising is also available by e-mail at newstudentadvising [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca

- All students in the Science Freshman Program must obtain approval for their course selections, consult the website www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u0/bscfreshman/course-approval-form for details.

 


To add or change your program

Students cannot change from a B.Sc. Freshman program (97 or more credits).

Students cannot use Minerva to change degree, or to select a program in another faculty or school.


Course change

Date/time to be confirmed

Consult the SOUSA website at www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents. Read the information about how to obtain your adviser’s approval when making course changes. After receiving approval for the changes, access Minerva and make the changes to your record.


Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Three-Year (U1) Students (96 credits or less)

Discover McGill
January 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD


Course selection and approval

The full-time course load in the B.Sc. is 12 -15 credits per term.

Consult the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) website at www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u1. Read all the information for Bachelor of Science U1 Program students. Consult the eCalendar and read all the information on the departmental program(s) you intend to take. With all of the above information, select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms.


Advising

Departmental Orientation Sessions are held during the last week of August.

Attend orientation sessions offered by departments in which you intend to do a major and/or a minor. The schedule of advising periods and departmental orientation sessions is available on the SOUSA website: http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u1/programorientation and on departmental websites. At these sessions, you will be able to schedule an advising appointment with a departmental adviser who will approve your course selection. Use Minerva to make any resulting changes to the courses for which you have registered.


Course change

Date/time to be confirmed

Academic advisers in the departments will be available to approve changes to the courses that you have selected. After receiving approval for these changes, access Minerva and make the changes to your record.


Science program groups

Science students may choose majors or honours programs only within the Science group to which they were admitted. They may choose minor programs from any group

The groups within the B.Sc. are:

  • Biological, Biomedical & Life Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Science

For a list of specific programs in each group, see www.mcgill.ca/science/prospective/scienceatmcgill/.

To change to a major or honours program in another Science group students must make an Intra-Faculty Transfer application. See: www.mcgill.ca/science/student/general/transfer/intra.


Program types

The B.Sc. Liberal program provides students with the opportunity to study the core of one science discipline along with a breadth component from another area of science or from many other disciplines.

Major programs are more specialized than Liberal programs and are usually centered on a specific discipline or department.

Honours programs typically involve an even higher degree of specialization, often include supervised research, and require students to maintain a high academic standard. Students who intend to pursue graduate study in their discipline should consult a departmental adviser regarding the appropriate selection of courses in their field. Some Honours programs are available to U1 students, others are only available in later years.

Minor programs may be selected in addition to a Major or Honours program, or as part of the Liberal program. These are coherent sequences of courses in a given discipline or interdisciplinary area.

More information on these program types is available on the SOUSA website at www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u1/bscprogram.


To add or change your program

Students admitted to the Faculty of Science may add or change a program within their faculty using Minerva.

Students may change major, minor or B.Sc. Liberal programs. Certain restrictions may apply. Students may also change between Bachelor of Science programs, Bachelor of Science Honours programs, and Bachelor of Science Liberal programs.

Prior to making any changes, students should see the appropriate departmental academic adviser(s) for approval.

Students cannot use Minerva to change degree, or to select a program in another faculty or school.


Special, Visiting and Exchange Students

Discover McGill
January 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD


Course selection and approval

Consult the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) website at www.mcgill.ca/science/student/special/science. Read all the information for Special, Visiting and Exchange Students in the subsections “General advising and course information” and “Science Special, Visiting and Exchange students”. Consult the Calendar at www.mcgill.ca/study and read all the information on the departmental program(s) where you intend to take courses. With all of the above information, select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms.


Advising

Departmental Orientation Sessions are held during the last week of August.

Attend orientation sessions offered by departments in which you intend to take courses. The schedule of advising periods and departmental orientation sessions is available on the SOUSA website: http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u1/programorientation and on departmental websites. At these sessions, you will be able to schedule an advising appointment for the following week with a departmental academic adviser, who will approve your course selection.

When you meet with the adviser you should bring detailed information about relevant courses you have taken at other universities.

Use Minerva to make any resulting changes to the courses for which you have registered.


Course change

Date/time to be confirmed

Academic advisers in the departments will be available to approve changes to the courses that you have selected. After receiving approval for these changes, access Minerva and make the changes to your record.

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