Science for Arts Students

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Science for Arts Students

Location

Location

  • Prof. Louis Lefebvre
  • Rm W6/10, Stewart Biology Building
  • Telephone: 514-398-6457
  • Email: louis.lefebvre [at] mcgill.ca
  • Nancy Nelson
  • Rm W4/13, Stewart Biology Building
  • Telephone: 514-398-4109
  • Email: nancy.nelson [at] mcgill.ca

About Science for Arts Students

About Science for Arts Students

Students in the Faculty of Arts who have an interest in Science can choose between a Minor program (15 credits in an area of Science plus one required course) or can take electives from the list below. Not all courses are available in any given year.

NOTE: 100-level courses are not counted towards program requirements in Arts.

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

 
ATOC 181 (3) Introduction to Atmospheric Science
ATOC 182 (3) Introduction to Oceanic Sciences

Biology

Biology

 
BIOL 115 (3) Essential Biology
BIOL 210 (3) Perspectives of Science
BIOL 373 (3) Biometry

Chemistry

Chemistry

 
CHEM 180 (3) World of Chemistry: Environment
CHEM 181 (3) World of Chemistry: Food
CHEM 182 (3) World of Chemistry: Technology
CHEM 183 (3) World of Chemistry: Drugs

Computer Science

Computer Science

 
COMP 102 (3) Computers and Computing

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Earth and Planetary Sciences

 
EPSC 180 (3) The Terrestrial Planets
EPSC 201 (3) Understanding Planet Earth
EPSC 210 (3) Introductory Mineralogy
EPSC 233 (3) Earth and Life History
EPSC 243 (3) Environmental Geology
EPSC 334 (3) Invertebrate Paleontology

Geography

Geography

 
GEOG 203 (3) Environmental Systems
GEOG 205 (3) Global Change: Past, Present and Future

Physics

Physics

 
PHYS 224 (3) Physics and Psychophysics of Music
PHYS 225* (3) Musical Acoustics
* requires freshman prerequisites

Science for Arts Students Faculty

Science for Arts Students Faculty

Director
Professor Louis Lefebvre (Biology), 514-398-6457, louis.lefebvre [at] mcgill.ca
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Science for Arts Students (18 credits)

Freshman students interested in this Minor Concentration should seek advice at the earliest opportunity, either through the Freshman Advisers or by contacting the Program Director. In general, students should declare their intention to obtain this Minor Concentration during their U1 year and consult the Program Director regarding approval of courses to meet the requirements.

THIS MINOR PROGRAM IS IN THE MIDST OF UNDERGOING CHANGES. STUDENTS SHOULD SPEAK WITH AN ADVISER BEFORE BEGINNING THE PROGRAM.

Note: 100-level courses are not counted towards the program requirements in Arts.

Students select one of the following disciplinary areas as their area of specialization for the program:

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Biochemistry

Biology - Cell and Molecular Stream, Organismal Stream

Chemistry

Computer Science

Earth and Planetary Science

Geography

Mathematics and Statistics

Microbiology and Immunology

Pathology

Physics

Physiology

Psychology

This Minor Concentration is administered by the Department of Biology. For more information contact the Biology adviser, Nancy Nelson, in Room W4/13, Stewart Biology Building, 514-398-4109; or the Program Director, Professor Louis Lefebvre, Room W6/10, Stewart Biology Building, 514-398-6457.

Required Course (3 credits)

BIOL 210 (3) Perspectives of Science

Complementary Component (15 credits)

15 credits taken in one of the disciplinary areas given below. Where suggested courses have prerequisites at the 200- or 300-level associated with them, credit for the associated prerequisites may also be counted as part of the 15 credits.

Prerequisites at the 100-level cannot be counted towards the Minor Concentration.

With the prior written approval of the Program Director, an appropriate alternative set of courses may be substituted.

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Students should note that MATH 133 (or its CEGEP equivalent) is not essential as a prerequisite for these courses.

In consultation with the Program Advisor or Director, students select courses from the list below and other appropriate courses in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences to total 15 credits for the area.

ATOC 181 (3) Introduction to Atmospheric Science
ATOC 182 (3) Introduction to Oceanic Sciences
ATOC 214 (3) Introduction: Physics of the Atmosphere
ATOC 215 (3) Oceans, Weather and Climate

Biochemistry

Prerequisites which cannot be counted towards the Minor Concentration: BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 plus CHEM 120 (or CHEM 121) or their CEGEP equivalents.

15 credits taken from the following courses and their associated 200- or 300-level prerequisites.

Note:

BIOC 212 has BIOL 200 as its prerequisite.

BIOL 200 has CHEM 212 as its corequisite.

ANAT 262 (3) Introductory Molecular and Cell Biology
BIOC 212 (3) Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function
BIOL 200 (3) Molecular Biology
CHEM 212 (4) Introductory Organic Chemistry 1

Students who have completed CHEM 212 and CHEM 222 or their CEGEP equivalents may take one or both of the following.

Note:

BIOC 311 has BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or BIOC 212, and CHEM 222 as prerequisites.

BIOC 312 has BIOC 311, BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or BIOC 212 as prerequisites.

BIOC 311 (3) Metabolic Biochemistry
BIOC 312 (3) Biochemistry of Macromolecules

The courses below are 200-level prerequisites for courses in the above lists.

BIOL 201 (3) Cell Biology and Metabolism
CHEM 222 (4) Introductory Organic Chemistry 2

Biology

Students interested in Biology can choose between two streams. One is oriented toward cell and molecular biology and leads to upper-level courses in developmental biology, human genetics, molecular biology, or allied fields. The other is oriented more toward organismal biology and leads to upper level courses in biodiversity, ecology, sociobiology, neurobiology, behaviour, or conservation biology. See Ms. Nancy Nelson in the Biology Department, Room W4/13, Stewart Biology Building, to arrange a session for counsel on choice of courses above the 200-level.

Prerequisites which cannot be counted towards the Minor Concentration: BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 plus CHEM 120 (or CHEM 121) or their CEGEP equivalents.

Biology - Cell and Molecular Stream

Note: BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 plus CHEM 110, CHEM 120 and CHEM 212 or their CEGEP equivalents are prerequisites for these courses.

BIOL 200 (3) Molecular Biology
BIOL 201 (3) Cell Biology and Metabolism
BIOL 202 (3) Basic Genetics

Plus a selected subset of these or related upper level courses to complete 15 credits toward the stream.

BIOL 300 (3) Molecular Biology of the Gene
BIOL 303 (3) Developmental Biology
BIOL 313 (3) Eukaryotic Cell Biology
BIOL 314 (3) Molecular Biology of Oncogenes

Biology - Organismal Stream

Note: BIOL 111 and 112 plus CHEM 110, CHEM 120 and CHEM 212 plus PHYS 101 (or PHYS 131) and PHYS 102 (or PHYS 142) or their CEGEP equivalents are additional prerequisites for these courses.

BIOL 205 (3) Biology of Organisms
BIOL 215 (3) Introduction to Ecology and Evolution

Plus a selected subset of these or related upper level courses to complete 15 credits toward the stream.

BIOL 304 (3) Evolution
BIOL 305 (3) Animal Diversity
BIOL 306 (3) Neural Basis of Behaviour
BIOL 307 (3) Behavioural Ecology/Sociobiology
BIOL 308 (3) Ecological Dynamics
BIOL 310 (3) Biodiversity and Ecosystems
BIOL 465 (3) Conservation Biology

Chemistry

15 credits of Chemistry

Chemistry courses, with the exception of the World of Chemistry series, require CHEM 110, 120 and CHEM 212 or their CEGEP equivalents. CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 may not be counted toward the program.

The 100-level World of Chemistry series can enrich a concentration in this area but the obligation to take 12 credits at the 200-level or higher remains in force.

The department also strongly encourages students forming a concentration in chemistry to take one or more courses involving a laboratory because the science of chemistry is rooted in laboratory experience.

Only one of the World of Chemistry courses below may be counted toward the program.

CHEM 180 (3) World of Chemistry: Environment
CHEM 181 (3) World of Chemistry: Food
CHEM 182 (3) World of Chemistry: Technology
CHEM 183 (3) World of Chemistry: Drugs

Students select 200- and 300-level courses from the lists below. A minimum of 12 credits at the 200-level or higher is required.

CHEM 212 (4) Introductory Organic Chemistry 1
CHEM 222 (4) Introductory Organic Chemistry 2
CHEM 281 (3) Inorganic Chemistry 1
CHEM 302 (3) Introductory Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 381 (3) Inorganic Chemistry 2

One of:

CHEM 203 (3) Survey of Physical Chemistry
CHEM 204 (3) Physical Chemistry/Biological Sciences 1

One of:

CHEM 307 (3) Analytical Chemistry of Pollutants
CHEM 334 (3) Advanced Materials

Both of:

CHEM 287 (2) Introductory Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 297 (1) Introductory Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

Computer Science

Students in any Computer Science Minor Concentration, Major Concentration or Honours program cannot choose this disciplinary area.

Prerequisites which cannot be counted towards the Minor Concentration: MATH 139 or MATH 140, MATH 141, and MATH 133 and COMP 102 or their CEGEP equivalents.

Students select from:

COMP 202 (3) Introduction to Computing 1
COMP 203 (3) Introduction to Computing 2
COMP 250 (3) Introduction to Computer Science
COMP 251 (3) Data Structures and Algorithms

Plus any of the courses below to total 15 credits of Computer Science.

COMP 273 (3) Introduction to Computer Systems
COMP 302 (3) Programming Languages and Paradigms

Earth and Planetary Sciences

A combination of Earth and Planetary Sciences EPSC 210, EPSC 212, and one or more of EPSC 180, EPSC 201, and EPSC 181 provide a grounding in these inter-related disciplines in preparation for more specialized courses. Students should verify all prerequisites as some courses may have additional Science prerequisites, for example MATH 222 is a prerequisite for EPSC 320.

*Note: EPSC 182 and ANAT 182 are double-prefix courses and identical in content.

Students select 15 credits from the list below.

ANAT 182* (3) Astrobiology
EPSC 180 (3) The Terrestrial Planets
EPSC 181 (3) Environmental Geology
EPSC 182* (3) Astrobiology
EPSC 201 (3) Understanding Planet Earth
EPSC 203 (3) Structural Geology
EPSC 210 (3) Introductory Mineralogy
EPSC 212 (3) Introductory Petrology
EPSC 220 (3) Principles of Geochemistry
EPSC 231 (3) Field School 1
EPSC 233 (3) Earth and Life History
EPSC 320 (3) Elementary Earth Physics
EPSC 334 (3) Invertebrate Paleontology
EPSC 425 (3) Sediments to Sequences

Geography

Students in any Minor Concentration, Major Concentration, Honours or Joint Honours program in Geography cannot choose this disciplinary area

Geography advisors recommend including some preparation in chemistry, statistics and calculus for a concentration in this area even if formal prerequisites are not in place.

Students select 15 credits from:

GEOG 203 (3) Environmental Systems
GEOG 205 (3) Global Change: Past, Present and Future
GEOG 272 (3) Earth's Changing Surface
GEOG 305 (3) Soils and Environment
GEOG 321 (3) Climatic Environments
GEOG 322 (3) Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 350 (3) Ecological Biogeography
GEOG 372 (3) Running Water Environments

Mathematics and Statistics

Students in any Minor Concentration, Major Concentration, Honours or Joint Honours program in Mathematics and Statistics cannot choose this disciplinary area.

The 15 credits of courses listed below are suggested for this discipline:

MATH 133 (3) Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 203 (3) Principles of Statistics 1
MATH 204 (3) Principles of Statistics 2
MATH 222 (3) Calculus 3
MATH 338 (3) History and Philosophy of Mathematics

Microbiology and Immunology

Prerequisites which cannot be counted towards the Minor Concentration: BIOL 111 and BIOL 112, CHEM 120 (CHEM 121) or their CEGEP equivalents.

Students select 15 credits from the following MIMM courses and their associated prerequisites for this area:

MIMM 211 (3) Introductory Microbiology
MIMM 314 (3) Immunology
MIMM 323 (3) Microbial Physiology
MIMM 324 (3) Fundamental Virology

Associated 200-level prerequisites for the above MIMM courses:

BIOL 200 (3) Molecular Biology
CHEM 212 (4) Introductory Organic Chemistry 1

One of:

BIOC 212 (3) Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function
BIOL 201 (3) Cell Biology and Metabolism

Pathology

Prerequisites which cannot be counted towards the Minor Concentration: BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 plus CHEM 120 (or CHEM 121) or their CEGEP equivalents.

15 credits including PATH 300 and its associated pre- and corequisites from the list below comprise a disciplinary area well-suited to students with an interest in medicine.

BIOC 212* (3) Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function
BIOL 200 (3) Molecular Biology
BIOL 201* (3) Cell Biology and Metabolism
CHEM 212 (4) Introductory Organic Chemistry 1
PATH 300 (3) Human Disease
PHGY 209 (3) Mammalian Physiology 1
PHGY 210 (3) Mammalian Physiology 2

*Note: One of BIOC 212 or BIOL 201 but not both.

Physics

Prerequisites which cannot be counted towards the Minor Concentration: PHYS 131, PHYS 142, MATH 140, MATH 141, MATH 222 or their CEGEP equivalents.

Most of the courses listed require at least CEGEP-level prerequisites or their equivalent in both Mathematics and Physics.

Students select 15 credits from the lists below.

Introductory courses with no prerequisites:

PHYS 180 (3) Space, Time and Matter
PHYS 224 (3) Physics and Psychophysics of Music

Intermediate to advanced courses with 100-level Physics and Mathematics prerequisites that may not be counted toward the program:

PHYS 225 (3) Musical Acoustics
PHYS 230 (3) Dynamics of Simple Systems
PHYS 232 (3) Heat and Waves
PHYS 241 (3) Signal Processing
PHYS 242 (2) Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 257 (3) Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 258 (3) Experimental Methods 2

With the permission of the Physics Department, honours courses may be substituted for their major equivalents.

Physiology

Prerequisites which cannot be counted towards the Minor Concentration: BIOL 111 and BIOL 112, CHEM 110 (or CHEM 111), PHYS 101 (or PHYS 131) and PHYS 102 (or PHYS 142), CHEM 120 (or CHEM 121) or their CEGEP equivalents.

15 credits of Physiology from the lists below as indicated.

One of two sets of 200-level introductory Physiology courses.

Note: The two courses in the set below have CHEM 212 as their prerequisite.

PHGY 201 (3) Human Physiology: Control Systems
PHGY 202 (3) Human Physiology: Body Functions

Note: The two courses in the set below have CHEM 212, BIOL 200 and BIOL 201 or BIOC 212 as their prerequisites.

PHGY 209 (3) Mammalian Physiology 1
PHGY 210 (3) Mammalian Physiology 2

One or more of the higher level Physiology courses below.

Note: PHGY 311 is a prerequisite for PHYG 312 and PHGY 313.

PHGY 311 (3) Channels, Synapses & Hormones
PHGY 312 (3) Respiratory, Renal, & Cardiovascular Physiology
PHGY 313 (3) Blood, Gastrointestinal, & Immune Systems Physiology

Psychology

Students in any Minor Concentration, Major Concentration, Honours or Joint Honours program in Psychology cannot choose this disciplinary area.

Prerequisites which cannot be counted towards the Minor Concentration: PSYC 100 plus BIOL 111 or BIOL 112 or BIOL 115 (or their CEGEP equivalents).

Note: PSYC 204 is prerequisite to this area.

15 credits of Psychology selected as follows:

6 credits from the following core courses:

PSYC 211 (3) Introductory Behavioural Neuroscience
PSYC 212 (3) Perception
PSYC 213 (3) Cognition
PSYC 215 (3) Social Psychology

Plus Psychology courses at the 300-level or higher (excluding PSYC 305) to complete 15 credits for the area.

Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)