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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.

Requirements

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

At least two courses in Mathematics selected from:

One of a first Calculus:
MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Precalculus or MATH 140 Calculus 1
or
MATH 150 Calculus A ;

One of a second Calculus:
MATH 141 Calculus 2 or MATH 151 Calculus B ;

A Linear Algebra course:
MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 134 Enriched Linear Algebra&Geom

AND

At least three Science courses:

1 to 3 foundational science courses selected from:

BIOL 111 Principles:Organismal Biology
BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1or
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 - Mechanicsor
PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves
PHYS 102 Intro Physics-Electromagnetismor
PHYS 142 Electromagnetism & Optics

AND

0 to 2 other science courses selected from:

COMP 202 Foundations of Programming
ESYS 104 The Earth System
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology

AND

At least three Arts freshman courses to be chosen in two of the following three categories:

Social Sciences, Humanities (Literature and Civilization), and Languages. A maximum of two courses may be chosen from one area, and no more than two courses can be taken in one department.

Note: All basic science courses are worth four (4) credits except for BIOL 111 and BIOL 112, and MATH 140, which are weighted at three (3) credits.

Note: All courses in Psychology, Geography, Computer Science and Mathematics & Statistics 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 wendy [dot] brett [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Wendy Brett), 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.

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