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.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Freshman Program(30 Credits)

    Offered by:Science
    Degree:Bachelor of Science

Program Requirement:

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 Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) to obtain advice and approval of their course selection. Full details are available on the SOUSA website at http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u0. Academic advising is also available by email. The address is newstudentadvising.science [at] mcgill.ca.

Students normally complete 30 credits which must include at least seven courses from the list of Approved Freshman Science Courses, selected as follows:



    General Math and Science Breadth

    Six of the Freshman courses to satisfy one of the following:

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



      Science Complementary

      The seventh course is chosen 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 seven 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. Detailed advising information is available at http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u0/bscfreshman/specific.
      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.



        List of approved Freshman Science Courses

        Select the approved courses according to the instructions above.


        • ATOC 100 Extr-Weath&Climate-Chg Physics 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • 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

        • 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

        • GEOG 205 Global Chg:Past, Pres & Future 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • 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

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


        * CHEM 115 is not open to students who are taking or have taken CHEM 110 or CHEM 120.
        * CHEM 120 is not open to students who have taken CHEM 115.
        ** Not open to students who are taking or have taken MATH 134.
        *** MATH 134 is an enriched version of MATH 133. MATH 134 may be used instead of MATH 133 to: (1) provide a course prerequisite; and (2) satisfy program requirements.



          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

          • PHYS 142 Electromagnetism & Optics 4 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. A list of recommended courses is found at http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/newstudents/u0/bscfreshman/suggeste.... Certain courses offered by other faculties may also be taken, but some restrictions apply. Consult the SOUSA website at http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/continuingstudents/bsc/outside/ for more information about taking courses from other faculties.