B.Sc. Freshman Program (4-year degree)

Help Line for Newly Admitted SCIENCE students (2018-2019):

Tel: 514-398-5442
Hours: Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Steps to Beginning Your Degree Successfully

All newly admitted Science students must complete our on-line course approval form (which will be available as of June 1, 2018). Please note that you can register before receiving approval, but you must have your selection of courses approved by August 14, 2018.

The table below contains the list of steps to follow for course selection, advising, and registration. Please read the information carefully.

The dates in the table are provided for your convenience. Please consult the complete list of Important Dates for details.

Inform Yourself: June 1 - September 1

Read all our information on the B.Sc Freshman program requirements.

Advanced standing

Newly admitted students may receive advanced standing for university work completed elsewhere, or in another faculty at McGill, or for results in International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Levels, Advanced Placement tests or the Diploma in Collegial Studies.

It is essential that you know if you will be granted credit and course exemption for work completed elsewhere as you will not be given additional credit towards your degree for any McGill course where the content overlaps substantially with any other course for which you have already received credit, such as for advanced standing results.

For information about advanced standing credits as a result of the tests mentioned above, please refer to the following: advanced standing, and Science placement examinations.

If you have completed university work elsewhere, please ensure that you include this information in the freshman on-line Course Approval form (available as of June 1, 2018), that you will be submitting to your Faculty adviser, as listed farther below. Your adviser will be able to inform you about possible course equivalences and exemptions from your freshman program requirements.

Advising: June 1 - September 18

From the beginning of term (June until the end of the drop/add period in September our team of academic advisers in the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) Office will be available in a variety of ways (see below) to provide you with information and answer your questions. We provide service all year, but our schedule may change periodically.

If, after reading the information in the e-Calendar and on our web site, you need clarification or you have questions of an advising nature, contact us by newstudentadvising.science [at] mcgill.ca (email) at newstudentadvising.science [at] mcgill.ca (please include your full name and McGill ID number in your email).

When e-mailing the advisers, please include your name and student number in the subject line. Make sure to use your McGill email address, which should be activated as soon as you confirm that you will be coming to McGill. Please read the following information about McGill's new email policy, e-mail communication with students

Allow at least seven business days for the advisers to respond to your questions. You will receive a response. Please do not send your questions to other people in the university as this will slow the advising process and result in longer delays for you and all other students.

Sometime after the end of June you will receive the contact information from an individual adviser in the SOUSA Office who will be your resource person until you graduate.

Course Selection June 1 - September 18

Select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms using the e-Calendar and the class schedule on Minerva. Don't forget to select the Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 term. 

Keep in mind that the "normal" course load is four or five courses (12-15 credits) per term. We do not recommend that you take more than 15 credits in your first term.

Course Approval: June 1  - September 1

All newly admitted Science students must complete our on-line course approval form. Please note that you can register before receiving approval, but you must have your selection of courses approved by mid-August.

Registration: June 15 - September 18

Use Minerva to register for the courses which the adviser has approved. New students have until August 14th to register for at least one course in order to avoid late registration penalties.

Should you experience any difficulties registering, please call Service Point (514-398-7878), or drop by their office (3415 McTavish St). Also, please refer to Tips on handling registration problems.

When you have registered, don't forget to activate your McGill e-mail account. Please read Welcome to McGill for details. As of the end of course change period, all e-mail from your adviser will be sent only to your McGill e-mail account.

Discover McGill (Orientation): Tuesday, August 28

Attend McGill's day-long, university-wide orientation. It is a day of exciting activities designed to familiarize you with the University.

Advising Sessions: August 23 - August 31

SOUSA Advising for Newly Admitted Students:

Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) advisers will be on hand to personally advise newly admitted students about their course selection for the coming year and answer any specific questions or concerns students may have.  All new freshman students should attend a Freshman Program information session prior to meeting with an adviser. 

Freshman Program Information Session
B.Sc. Info session, to be announced

Academic Advising:

Thursday, August 23rd and Friday, August 24th:
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dawson Hall, 4th Floor, Room 405

Monday, August 27th:
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dawson Hall, Room 405

Tuesday, August 28th:
Discover McGill Day - no advising

Wednesday, August 29th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30
Location:  Dawson Hall room 405

Thursday, August 30th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Dawson Hall room 405

Friday, August 31st
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Dawson Hall, Room 405

Course Change Approval: September 4 - September 18

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (weekdays only)

After you have registered you will be able to use Minerva to make changes to your course selection. You can obtain an adviser's approval for your course changes at the SOUSA Office in Dawson Hall, Room 405

Continued Advising After Course Change Period

You will be receiving an email (towards the end of June) from an adviser in the Faculty of Science who will be your resource person until you graduate. Your adviser will send you e-mails at intervals during the first year. Make sure you read them carefully as they will contain important information.

If you have questions your adviser will be having drop-in sessions (schedule will be posted in September 2018) throughout the academic year. For more serious issues you can arrange an individual appointment with your adviser. Appointments are done by email with your adviser.  If you have a simple question, you can e-mail your adviser. When e-mailing your adviser, please include your name and student number in the subject line and use your McGill email.  Be aware during busy periods (like the beginning of term) your email may not be answered in a timely fashion.

Other Sources of Information

You can obtain information on a broad range of topics from other offices at McGill by following the links below. Their e-mail links are also provided in case you have questions after having read the information.