Quick Links


Major Program-specific advice

Students interested in programs in the following areas are advised to select their Freshman courses in accordance with the corresponding recommendations.

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 options:

Option 1:
2 courses from MATH and 4 courses from BIOL, CHEM or PHYS;


Option 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.

Approved Arts Freshman Courses

As a freshman B.A. & Sc. student, you may select your Arts courses from those listed below. These are suggestions only.

Note: Courses not being offered are grayed-out in the on-line Calendar, and they do not appear in Class Schedule on Minerva. You should consult timetable information via Minerva for changes in course offerings or times and for the locations of the courses. Reminder: all courses have limited enrolment.

B.A.&Sc. Freshman Program Requirements

The B.A. & Sc. Freshman Program provides a reasonably broad background in basic sciences and enables you, to explore some disciplines in Arts. Before registering, be sure to reflect on your own academic orientation, so that your choice of courses in your first year will prepare you for departmental programs in Arts and in Science that interest you.


All B.A. & Sc. freshman students must, within their first year at McGill, complete at least 30 credits which include:

How to select courses

As a Freshman Program student you will be using the web to have your course selection approved by a Faculty adviser and will not be assigned to a departmental program adviser during your first year at McGill. However, you are encouraged to consult departmental advisers about specific academic information pertaining to prerequisites, courses and departmental programs. Their advice will enable you to have a better understanding of the departmental programs you may choose. B.Sc.

B.A.&Sc. Freshman Program (4-year degree)

Help Line for Newly Admitted B.A. & Sc. students: (2016-2017)

Tel: 514-398-5442
Hours: Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Except: Wednesdays: 10:00 to 4:30

Steps to Beginning Your Degree Successfully:

The table below contains the list of steps to follow for course selection, advising, and registration. Please read the information carefully.

B.Sc. Freshman Program (4-year degree)

Help Line for Newly Admitted SCIENCE students (2016-2017):

Tel: 514-398-5442
Hours: Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Steps to Beginning Your Degree Successfully

Special Note for Freshman Registration

Since B.Sc. U0 students begin registering after several other faculties start registering, we usually restrict access to our Freshman Science courses for part of the summer, and open them to everyone once our students have had a chance to register. This is to ensure that students who need these courses have equal access to places in the courses.

U0 Freshman students (4-year degree)

Students who need 97 or more credits to complete their degree requirements (4-year degree) are automatically registered in the Freshman program.