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Courses Outside the Faculties of Arts and Science

As a student in the Faculty of Science, you should consult the statement of regulations for taking courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science (see below). A list of approved/not approved courses in other faculties is posted on the SOUSA website ( ). You may take courses on the approved list and may not, under any circumstances, take courses on the not-approved list for credit. Requests for permission to take courses that are not on either list should be addressed to the Director of Advising Services.

The regulations are as follows:

  • You may take only 6 credits per year, up to 18 credits in all, of courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science.
  • Courses offered “in the Faculty of Science” or “in the Faculty of Arts” are found under Programs, Courses and University Regulations > All Courses (available at www.mcgill.ca/study) when filtered by "Faculty of Science" or by "Faculty of Arts".
  • Courses in other faculties that are considered as taught by Science (e.g., BIOT, EXMD, and PHAR) are so designated as offered by the "Faculty of Science" under Programs, Courses and University Regulations > All Courses (available at www.mcgill.ca/study).
  • Courses in Music are considered as outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, except MUAR courses, which are considered as Arts courses.
  • All courses listed in the Religious Studies section (RELG) are considered as courses in Arts and Science except for courses restricted to B.Th. or S.T.M. students and courses that require permission of the Chair of the B.Th. Committee.
  • Students should consult the list of restricted courses outside of the Faculties of Arts and of Science on the SOUSA website (www.mcgill.ca/science/student).
  • You must have the necessary prerequisites and permission of the instructor for such courses.
  • Credit for computer and statistics courses offered by faculties other than Arts and Science requires the permission of the Director of Advising Services and will be granted only under exceptional circumstances.
  • If you use Minerva to register for a course, and it exceeds the specified limitations or it is not approved, the course will be flagged for no credit after the course change period.
  • Credit will not be given for any “how to” courses offered by other faculties that are intended to provide you with only practical or professional training in specific applied areas. Examples include courses that teach the use of certain computer packages (databases, spreadsheets, etc.) or computer languages (SQL, COBOL, FORTRAN, etc.), machine shop or electronic shop courses, technical drawing courses, and professional practice courses.
  • As a student in the McGill School of Environment, you may exceed the 18-credit limit for courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, provided that all such courses are necessary to complete your program of study.
  • As a student in the Major in Software Engineering, you may exceed the 18-credit limit for courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, provided that all such courses are necessary to complete your program of study.
  • As a student in the B.Sc. Liberal Program taking a Major Concentration in Music, you may exceed the 18-credit limit for courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, provided that all such courses are necessary to complete your program of study, up to a maximum of 36 Music credits.
  • If you registered in the Minor in Management before September 2007, you may take 21 credits of courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science.
  • The 18-credit limit applies to students taking the Minor in Nutrition; equivalent courses in Science should be taken instead of courses in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.