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McGill's Faculty of Science undergraduate students

On this page: Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of Arts and ScienceDiploma in Meteorology, Diploma in Environment, Facilities and Learning opportunities, Contact the Faculty

For people who like to ask questions, science leads to answers. What makes McGill's Faculty of Science special is the potent combination of internationally renowned professor-researchers and bright and accomplished students. McGill Science professors work closely with all levels of students, including undergraduates, to advance the frontiers of knowledge. We give you the opportunity to participate in your professors' work, not just learn about it.

Science at McGill addresses everything from cognitive science to galactic cosmology and everything in between. Fourteen departments, large and small, work to redefine our understanding of the universe, and share a commitment to combining theory and practice, giving you plenty of opportunities for fieldwork, research-based projects, internships, and cross-disciplinary studies. We make sure you get the best education possible at the undergraduate level.


B.Sc.: Bachelor of Science

Over the course of three years (plus a freshman year for students from outside Quebec), students can pursue Liberal, Major, or Honours programs leading to a B.Sc. The modular Liberal programs combine a core science component in one discipline with a required second program ((in Arts, Education, Kinesiology, Management or Science) for breadth; Majors programs are comprehensive, focusing more on the primary area of study than the Liberal program but still allowing for optional minors and electives in other areas; Honours programs are the most specialized. When it comes to interdisciplinary studies, many programs allow room for a second program in Science, Arts, or another Faculty. Joint Majors and Joint Honours are also available in many fields. In addition, there are interdisciplinary majors such as Earth System Science, Environment and Neuroscience.

B.A. & Sc.: Bachelor of Arts and Science

The B.A. & Sc. degree, jointly offered through the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, is designed for students who have clearly-defined interests in both Arts and Science. For more information, please visit
the B.A. & Sc. Degree website.

Bachelor of Arts: The B.A. is offered through the Faculty of Arts in the following Science Departments: Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics, Psychology. Note that these departments also offer BSc programs.

Diploma in Meteorology

This one-year program is available to holders of a degree in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Science or another appropriate discipline. Previous knowledge of Meteorology is not required.

Diploma in Environment

This undergraduate program is for students with an undergraduate degree (B.Sc., B.A. or equivalent) who wish to enrich or reorient their training. It is a one-year program if taken full-time. See the McGill School of Environment section for more details.

Other information

Multi-disciplinary areas of study for undergraduates include the Environment (bachelor's and diploma programs), Earth System Science, and new programs in Neuroscience. As well, Cognitive Science, spanning two faculties and many departments, is offered in the B.A. & Sc. degree, and as a minor to B.Sc. students.

Academic Unit Program      
+ Anatomy and Cell Biology        
– Anatomy and Cell Biology Honours Major   Liberal Program
+ Atmospheric Sciences        
– Atmospheric Sciences Honours Major Minor Liberal Program
– Atmospheric Science and Physics   Major    
– Meteorology       Diploma
+ Biochemistry        
– Biochemistry Honours Major   Liberal Program
+ Biology        
– Biology Honours Major Minor Liberal Program
– Biology and Mathematics   Major    
+ Biotechnology for Science Students        
– Biotechnology for Science Students     Minor  
+ Chemical Engineering        
– Chemical Engineering     Minor  
+ Chemistry        
– Atmosphere and Environment Honours Major    
– Biological Chemistry       Liberal Program
– Bio-Organic Chemistry Honours Major    
– Chemistry Honours Major Minor Liberal Program
– Materials Chemistry Honours Major    
– Physical Chemistry       Liberal Program
+ Computer Science - Bachelor of Arts        
– Computer Science   Major Minor Supplementary Minor
– Software Engineering   Major    
+ Computer Science - Bachelor of Science        
– Computer Games   Major    
– Computer Science Honours Major Minor Liberal Program
– Computer Science and Biology   Major    
– Software Engineering Honours Major   Liberal Program
+ Earth & Planetary Sciences        
– Earth & Planetary Sciences   Major   Liberal Program
– Earth Sciences Honours      
– Earth System Sciences   Major    
– Geochemistry     Minor  
– Geology     Minor  
– Planetary Sciences Honours      
+ Education for Science Students        
– Education for Science Students     Minor  
+ Electrical Engineering for Science Students        
– Electrical Engineering for Science Students     Minor  
+ Environment        
- Environment   Programs    
+ Geography        
– Geography Honours Major Minor Liberal Program
– Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing     Minor  
+ Kinesiology        
– Kinesiology     Minor  
+ Management for Non-Management Students        
– Finance     Minor  
– Management     Minor  
– Marketing     Minor  
– Operations Management     Minor  
– Technological Entrepreneurship for Science Students     Minor  
+ Mathematics and Statistics        
– Applied Mathematics Honours      
– Mathematics Honours Major Minor Liberal Program
– Mathematics and Computer Science Honours Major    
– Probability and Statistics Honours      
– Statistics     Minor Liberal Program
– Statistics and Computer Science Honours Major    
+ Microbiology & Immunology        
– Immunology (Interdepartmental) Honours      
– Microbiology & Immunology Honours Major   Liberal Program
+ Natural History        
– Natural History     Minor  
+ Neuroscience        
- Neuroscience   Major  Minor  
+ Pharmacology        
– Pharmacology Honours Major Minor  
+ Physics        
– Mathematics and Physics Honours      
– Physics Honours Major Minor Liberal Program
– Physics and Computer Science   Major    
– Physics and Chemistry Honours      
– Physics and Geophysics   Major    
+ Physiology        
– Physiology Honours Major   Liberal Program
– Physiology and Mathematics   Major    
– Physiology and Physics   Major    
+ Psychology        
– Psychology Honours Major Minor Liberal Program
+ Science        
– Cognitive Science     Minor  
– Field Studies     Minor  
– General Science     Minor  
– Interdisciplinary Life Sciences     Minor  
– Neuroscience   Major Minor  
- Science       Freshman Program

Departmental websites

Affiliated Departments (offering BSc Degrees)



  • The Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR) provides computer image processing and a networked environment combined with cutting-edge instrumentation, a modern infrastructure, and access to skilled personnel. The majority of the users of the facility are NSERC and CIHR grant holders.
  • The High Field (800 MHz) NMR Facility was officially inaugurated May 4, 2004. It is located in a newly renovated lab on the ground floor of the Pulp and Paper Research Centre at McGill University.
  • At the J.S. Marshall Radar Observatory, large S-band Doppler radar is used for weather surveillance around the Montreal area. Part of the Canadian radar network, it is used by the local weather office to monitor weather in real-time.
  • The McGill Nanotools Microfab laboratory is a micro-nanotechnology platform that is aimed at providing micro-nanofabrication tools and know-how to academic and industrial research.
  • The McGill University Phytotron brings together a combination of growth chambers and greenhouse compartments to provide a diverse array of environments for the growth of experimental plants and organisms.

Learning outside the classroom

The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science manages the NSERC undergraduate student research award program, coordinates some of the Faculty's research project courses, hosts an undergraduate student research conference each fall, and organizes other activities such as meet-the-profs lunchesñall of this so that more students participate in laboratory research and research projects from the start of their degree.

Under the Science Internship Program, McGill Science students can participate in a 4, 8, 12, or 16 month internship to gain hands-on opportunities and practical work experience before graduation.

Featuring multidisciplinary classes, research internships and field trips, the Panama Field Study Semester offers students the chance to encounter the issues raised by the distinct biological and human environments of Panama.

The Africa Field Study Semester provides an opportunity to study in East Africa for a semester, starting every January. Courses are offered in both natural sciences and social sciences and are taught on safari in environments ranging from desert to tropical rainforest.

Located on the downtown McGill campus, the Redpath Museum is a unique interdisciplinary facility. Its biology, geology and anthropology collections, its staff and its teaching facilities play a vital role in undergraduate teaching and graduate training.

Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados is Canada's only teaching and research facility in the tropics. Spend a week, two weeks or a semester doing courses and fieldwork studying the unique marine and land environment.

The Gault Nature Reserve, situated on Mont-Saint-Hilaire about 40 km from Montreal, is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Reserve plays an important role in more than a dozen different courses in the Faculty.

The McGill Arctic Research Station on Axel Heiberg Island is one of the longest-operating seasonal field research facilities in the high Arctic. It's used for research into glaciology, climate change, permafrost hydrology, geology, geomorphology, limnology, planetary analogues and microbiology.

The McGill Subarctic Research Station in Schefferville, Quebec, offers summer and winter access to a vast lichen woodland as well as alpine tundra.

Research centres & institutes

Field stations

Degrees offered

  • B.Sc.
  • B.A. & Sc.
  • Dip. Meteorology
  • Dip. Environment

Enrolment - Fall 2013

Canadian 3791
International 767
Male 2201
Female 2357
Canadian 659
International 367
Male 633
Female 393


Faculty of Science
Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA)
Dawson Hall
853 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 0G5

Tel.: 514 398-5442
Fax: 514 398-8102
advisor [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

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