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.

Some of the programs in this degree require additional or specific freshman courses as prerequisites. See this program-specific advice below.

NOTE: The B.A.&Sc. freshman program consists of a Science component (2 Math and 3 Science courses) and an Arts component (3 Arts courses). Courses taken for the freshman program cannot also be counted in any other program. There is no double counting of courses in the B.A.&Sc. degree.

Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) - Freshman Program(30 Credits)

    Offered by:Arts & Science Admin (Shared)
    Degree:Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirement:

Students who need to complete 97-120 credits to fulfil their degree requirements are admitted to the Freshman Program. Students with specific career goals should consult an academic adviser about their choice of program within the B.A. & Sc. However, students intending to pursue further studies following the B.A. & Sc. should refer to the admissions requirements of particular programs for the appropriate prerequisite courses.

Foundational Courses

The Freshman Program requirements include foundational courses in both Science and Arts which must be selected as follows:



    MATH

    At least two mathematics courses:

    At most one of a First Calculus:


    • 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


    At most one of a Second Calculus:


    • MATH 141 Calculus 2 4 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

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


    At most one of a Linear Algebra course:


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

    • MATH 134 Enriched Linear Algebra&Geom 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    SCIENCE

    At least three foundational science courses:

    Any number of:


    • 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

    • CHEM 120 General Chemistry 2 4 Credits*
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    * Note: CHEM 120 is not open to students who have taken CHEM 115.
    ** Note: Students may select CHEM 110 or CHEM 115 but not both.


    At most one of a First Physics:


    • 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


    At most one of a Second Physics:

    Note: PHYS 101 is a prerequisite for PHYS 102; and PHYS 131 is a prerequisite for PHYS 142.


    • PHYS 102 Intro Physics-Electromagnetism 4 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHYS 142 Electromagnetism & Optics 4 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    At most two of another Foundational Science:


    • 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

    • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 Credits*
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    * Note: Students in a minor or major concentration where COMP 202 or PSYC 100 is a required course will need to take an alternative COMP or PSYC course if using COMP 202 or PSYC 100 to satisfy the Freshman Program requirement.


    ARTS

    At least three Arts courses (or 9 credits) to be chosen in two of the following three categories: Humanities, Languages, and Social Sciences.
    A maximum of two courses (or 6 credits) may be chosen from one category, and no more than two courses (or 6 credits) can be taken in any one department.

    Note: No course may fulfil the requirements for more than one program, including the B.A. & Sc. Freshman Program.



      Humanities (Literature and Civilization):

      Courses selected from the following subjects:

      - Art History and Communications Studies (ARTH and COMS)
      - Classics (CLAS)
      - East Asian Studies (EAST)
      - English (ENGL)
      - French Language and Literature (FREN)
      - German Studies (GERM)
      - Hispanic Studies (HISP)
      - Islamic Studies (ISLA)
      - Italian studies (ITAL)
      - Jewish Studies (JWST)
      - Music for Arts (MUAR only)
      - Philosophy (PHIL)
      - Religious Studies (RELG)
      - Russian Studies (RUSS)



        Languages:

        Courses may be taken in this category to improve language skills.
        Languages include:

        - Classics (Latin, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek) (CLAS)
        - East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) (EAST)
        - English as a Second Language (CEAP, CESL)
        - French as a Second Language (FRSL)
        - French Language and Literature (FREN)
        - German Studies (GERM)
        - Hispanic Studies (Spanish) (HISP)
        - Islamic Studies (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu) (ISLA)
        - Italian (ITAL)
        - Jewish Studies (Hebrew, Yiddish) (JWST)
        - Russian and Slavic Studies (Polish, Russian, Armenian, Czech) (RUSS)



          Social Sciences:

          Courses selected from the following subjects:

          - Anthropology (ANTH)
          - Economics (ECON)
          - History (HIST)
          - Linguistics (LING)
          - Political Science (POLI)
          - Sociology (SOCI)



            Advanced Standing/Transfer Credits

            Students who have completed the Diploma of Collegial Studies, Advanced Placement exams, Advanced Levels, the International Baccalaureate, the French Baccalaureate, or McGill placement examinations may receive exemption and/or credit for all or part of the Mathematics and foundational science courses as well as exemption from all or part of the Arts courses requirement of the Freshman Program. Similarly, students who have completed courses at other universities or colleges may receive exemptions and/or credits.

            Advanced Placement Examination results with a score of 4 or 5 must be declared by the student at the time of initial registration at the University.
            For more information about advanced standing, please consult: http://www.mcgill.ca/students/transfercredit/. Students must carefully select their mathematics and science Freshman courses so that they have all the required prerequisites for their intended departmental programs.



               

              Note: All courses in PSYC, COMP, GEOG and MATH are considered science courses.

               

              Depending on your academic orientation, you will pursue one of the departmental programs listed below in science. The recommended course selection for the U0 year for each of these programs appears below. If you follow these recommendations you will have all the prerequisites you need to enter your departmental program in your U1 year.

              These Arts courses must be selected as described at the top of this page. There are no specific prerequisites for entry into any of the departmental programs in Arts.

              Program Specific Advice:


              BIOLOGY

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              BIOL 111 Principles:Organismal Biology
              BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology
              CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 or
              CHEM 115 Acc Gen Chem: Giants in Sci
              CHEM 120 General Chemistry 2 (not open to students who have taken CHEM 115)
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 141 Calculus 2 or
              MATH 151 Calculus B or
              MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
              Arts Course
              Arts Course
               
              Arts Course

              Please note that PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics and PHYS 102 Intro Physics-Electromagnetism are prerequisites for some of the 200 and 300-level Biology courses. See the Course Catalog for details.

              Notes: The maximum number of courses per term is five.


              CHEMISTRY

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 141 Calculus 2 or
              MATH 151 Calculus B
              CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 or
              CHEM 115 Acc Gen Chem: Giants in Sci
              CHEM 120 General Chemistry 2 (not open to students who have taken CHEM 115)
              PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics or
              PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves
              MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
              Arts Course
              Arts Course
               
              Arts Course

              Notes:

              The maximum number of courses per term is five.

              It is recommended that you take MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 and MATH 133 because they are all prerequisites for the U1 courses in Chemistry.


              COGNITIVE SCIENCE

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 141 Calculus 2 or
              MATH 151 Calculus B
              PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology
              Foundational science Foundational Science
              Arts course Arts course
              Arts course  

              Notes:

              The maximum number of courses per term is five.

              If you are interested in the Computer Science stream, you should take MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry and COMP 202 Foundations of Programming .

              If you are interested in the Linguistics stream, you should take LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics .

              If you are interested in the Neuroscience stream, you should take CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1, CHEM 120 General Chemistry 2, PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics, and PHYS 102 Intro Physics-Electromagnetism. These would be in place of the Arts courses indicated above; you would complete your freshman Arts requirement in subsequent years.

              NOTE:  No course can count for more than one program, whether that is the freshman, interfaculty or minor program.

              Students interested in Cognitive Science should contact ryan [dot] bouma [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ryan Bouma), the Program Advisor.


              COMPUTER SCIENCE

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 141 Calculus 2 or
              MATH 151 Calculus B
              Foundational Science
              Foundational Science
              Foundational Science
              Arts Course
              Arts Course
              Arts Course
              MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
               

              Notes:

              The maximum number of courses per term is five.

              It is recommended that you take all three Math courses: MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151, and MATH 133 in your freshman year because they are prerequisites for U1 courses in Computer. COMP 202 can be taken in U1. If you have advanced standing credits and/or exemptions for the B.A. & Sc. Freshman Program requirements you can take COMP 202 Foundations of Programming in your freshman year.


              EARTH, ATMOSPHERE AND OCEAN SCIENCES

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 141 Calculus 2 or
              MATH 151 Calculus B
              PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics or
              PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves
              PHYS 102 Intro Physics-Electromagnetism or
              PHYS 142 Electromagnetism & Optics
              CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 or CHEM 115 Acc Gen Chem: Giants in Sci Arts Course
              Arts Course Arts Course

              Notes:

              The maximum number of courses per term is five.

              Students should follow the PHYS 131, 142 stream of Physics.

              If you have advanced standing and/or exemptions for some of the B.A. & Sc. Freshman Program requirements, we recommend that you take ESYS 104 The Earth System during your freshman year.


              ENVIRONMENT

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 141 Calculus 2 or
              MATH 151 Calculus B or
              MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
              PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics or
              PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves
              Arts Course
              CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 or
              CHEM 115 Acc Gen Chem: Giants in Sci
              Arts Course
              BIOL 111 Principles:Organismal Biology Arts Course

              Notes:

              The maximum number of courses per term is five.

              If you have advanced standing and/or exemptions for some of the B.A. & Sc. Freshman Program requirements, it is recommended that you take ESYS 104 The Earth System in your freshman year. Also, we recommend that you take BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology if you are planning to take higher level Biology courses.


              GEOGRAPHY

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
              PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics or
              PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves
              Arts Course
              CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 or
              CHEM 115 Acc Gen Chem: Giants in Sci
              Arts Course
              BIOL 111 Principles:Organismal Biology Arts Course

              Notes:

              The maximum number of courses per term is five.

              If you have advanced standing and/or exemptions for some of the B.A. & Sc. Freshman Program requirements we recommend that you take GEOG 272 Earth\'s Changing Surface during your freshman year.


              MATHEMATICS

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 141 Calculus 2 or
              MATH 151 Calculus B
              Foundational Science MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
              Foundational Science Foundational Science
              Arts Course Arts Course
                Arts Course

              Notes:

              The maximum number of courses per term is five.

              You should take the three Math courses listed above as they are prerequisites for U1 courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


              PHYSICS

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 141 Calculus 2 or
              MATH 151 Calculus B
              PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves PHYS 142 Electromagnetism & Optics
              Foundational Science MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
              Arts Course Arts Course
                Arts Course

              Notes:

              The maximum number of courses per term is five.

              It is recommended that you take the three Math courses listed above as they are prerequisites for U1 courses in Physics.


              PSYCHOLOGY

              In your freshman year, you should take the following courses:

              Fall Term
              Winter Term
              MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or
              MATH 140 Calculus 1 or
              MATH 150 Calculus A
              MATH 141 Calculus 2 or
              MATH 151 Calculus B or
              MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
              PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology
              CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 or
              CHEM 115 Acc Gen Chem: Giants in Sci
              Foundational Science
              Arts Course Arts Course
              Arts Course  

              Notes:

              The maximum number of courses per term is five.