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About the Faculty of Science (Undergraduate)

  • McGill’s second-largest faculty: 14 schools and departments, including the Redpath Museum, Canada’s oldest museum of natural history focusing on teaching, research, and outreach; 20 research centres and institutes
  • Students: 4361 undergraduate, 906 graduate, and 131 postdoctoral researchers, for a total of 5398 students
  • 265 faculty members, including tenured and tenure-track professors
  • Has produced seven Nobel laureates: five were Faculty of Science graduates, while two winners were Science Faculty members.
  • Research budget of approximately $40 million, including $18 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, $5 million from Quebec and increasing annually. Approximately $150,000 generated annually per professor. Average of four papers per year.
  • Faculty renewal: aided by a pool of innovative government initiatives such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation and its Canada Research Chairs program, as well as the Quebec Tax Holiday for technical workers; the Faculty has recruited 160 new professors since 2000.
  • Canadian leader in Astrophysics and Cosmology, Climate Change and Extreme Weather, Green Chemistry, Life Sciences (developmental biology and cell information transfer), Earth Systems Science, Biodiversity and Conservation, Nanoscience and Social Neuroscience
  • Lead faculty in the establishment of the multidisciplinary McGill School of Environment in 2000
  • Offers top students an important Field Studies Program, which takes students out of the classroom and into the world to conduct research in biodiversity, climate change, volcanology, geology, and marine biology, and to work with native populations, governments, and NGOs in countries as wide-ranging as Africa, Panama, Barbados, the U.S., and Canada—all the way to Axel Heiberg Island, the University’s Arctic research station.
  • Established the Reginald Fessenden Professorships and Prizes in Science Innovation, the first such endowed program in Canada, to encourage and support the commercialization of research in Science conducted by world-class scholars.
  • McGill’s most multidisciplinary faculty, which conducts teaching and research in collaboration with many of the University’s other faculties, including Medicine, Engineering, Music, Arts, Education, Management, and the Montreal Neurological Institute in neuroengineering and brain imaging
  • Spearheaded the largest and most recent construction project at McGill, the $120 million McGill Life Sciences Research Complex, consisting of the Francesco Bellini Building and Cancer Research Building, which are physically linked to the McIntyre Medical and the Stewart Biology buildings.
  • Established Canada’s first comprehensive Earth System Science Program in 2006–2007, to study and research new forms of energy and gain a better understanding of climate change and natural hazards.
  • Innovative: the Tomlinson University Science Teaching Project conducts groundbreaking university-level science education research, and develops innovative and effective teaching methods for science instructors.
  • Inaugurated the Office for Undergraduate Research and the Science Undergraduate Research Awards to encourage top students to connect with professors during their degree program and pursue research projects in fields of interest, and established the Freshman Interest Group program, which provides an opportunity to meet other students, and help young students become more comfortable talking to and interacting with other professors.