Incoming students for Fall 2019

Welcome to the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology!

  • Start by carefully reviewing the information for new students on the Faculty of Science website, the Accepted students website and the Courses and Programs website.
  • Next, review the program-specific information on our website.  Most U1 students will follow the suggested registration plans found on the handout PDF icon ACB Program Plans and on the ACB program pages.
  • Students with course exemptions from required program courses (i.e. CHEM 212, MATH 203, etc.) can choose to take a different program course in that space in the suggested program plans or take an elective/Minor program course.
  • U0 students who are interested in choosing ACB as their program in U1 and U1 students who must complete Science Freshman Program requirements during their first year at McGill will want to take note of the program-specific information here when choosing their courses.
  • If you have questions about your advanced standing/courses exemptions, program selection options or general degree-planning, you can contact a Science advisor at SOUSA over the summer at: [at]  All BSc students will be assigned a specific Science advisor by the start of the Fall semester and you'll be able to find their name on the top left of your Unofficial Transcript in Minerva.  
  • If you still have questions about your program requirements for U1 after reading over all of the information above, you can contact the ACB program advisor or come to a drop-in advising session.

Important Notes:

  • Do your best to put together your schedule for both the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 semesters using the information at the links above and register for as many classes as you can in both semesters when registration opens for you in June (registration dates can be found here).
  • You can make changes to your registration up until the Add/Drop deadline in each semester (Sept. 17 for Fall 2019 and Jan. 21 for Winter 2020), so there is plenty of time to adjust your courses as needed over the summer and once you've had a chance to contact your Science/program advisor and attend Orientation.
  • There will be an Orientation Session for all incoming ACB students held on Wednesday, August 28 at 10:00 am (in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Rm. 1/12).

Anatomy & Cell Biology (ACB) students trying to register for ANAT courses:
  • Please email the undergradadvisor.acb [at] (ACB program advisor) for assistance

ACB students trying to register for courses in other departments:

  • Refer to the list of departmental contacts for assistance
  • Please note that in most departments, registration permits are only given for required  courses

Non-ACB students trying to register in ANAT courses:

  • If the course is required for your program, please email the undergradadvisor.acb [at] (ACB program advisor) for assistance
  • If the course is a complementary or elective and you're receiving a "Reserve Closed" error message, that means that all the spaces for students in other programs are currently full.  You'll need to keep checking Minerva regularly and throughout the Add/Drop period to see if space opens up.  **We are not able to give registration permits for complementary or elective courses (this includes ANAT 321).**
All students encountering issues with registration:
ANAT 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  • Once you and your supervisor have completed and signed the project form, submit this to studentaffairs.acb [at] (subject: ANAT%20396) (Joelle Denomy) in Strathcona, Rm. M/28 (or leave it in the main office, M/30). Registration information will be sent be after the project is approved.
ANAT 432 Honours Research Project 9 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  • Required for students in the Anatomy & Cell Biology Honours program; open to other students by permission only.
  • Supervisor must be affiliated with the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology (found on Faculty, Joint Professors, Adjunct Members or Associate Members lists in the Directory.
  • Once you have found a supervisor and developed a project proposal, email the ANAT 432 Course Coordinator, huy.bui [at] (Dr. Huy Bui), with this information to request permission to register (CC your supervisor and the penny.kaill-vinish [at] (ACB program advisor) on this email).  Registration information will be sent be after the project is approved.
  • Honours students planning to complete ANAT 432 during the Fall/Winter semesters of their U3 year are advised to start contacting potential supervisors by the end of the Winter semester in their U2 year; students planning to complete ANAT 432 in the Summer semester prior to U3 should do this earlier, at the START of  their U2 Winter semester.