Undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) programs of study

On this page: Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Science program group | Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences program group | Biological, Biomedical & Life Sciences program group | Neuroscience program group | Only available as Science Minors | Other Faculty Minors | Arts programs open to B.Sc. Students | Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A. & Sc.) programs | Graduate programs

What can I study in the Faculty of Science?

Below is a detailed list of all our programs of study.

But first:

What can I major in? What groups can I choose from? What are B.Sc. program groups?

B.Sc. students are admitted to a group, such as the Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Science group. You can choose any program from within that group. ("Program" means Major, Liberal Core Science Component, and Honours programs.) For more details about program groups, and applying to Science, please consult the Undergraduate Handbook.

What is the difference between Major, Honours, and Liberal programs?

You can choose breadth or depth. For more details, consult our program types webpage.

What can I minor in?

B.Sc. students may choose any Minor in any group.

Is a minor program optional or required?

B.Sc. Majors and Honours students do not need to complete a second program (such as a minor); it is optional.

B.Sc. Liberal students must combine a core science component (CSC) in one discipline with a second program.  This second program is one of: (1) a minor from a variety of disciplines, or (2) a minor or major concentration from the Faculty of Arts, or (3) a second CSC. Note that a science minor or second CSC can be in any group.

What do the abbreviations in the following table mean?

Short name Full name
Lib. Liberal (Core Science Component)
Maj. Major
Jt. Maj. Joint Majors
Hon. Honours
Jt. Hon. Joint Honours
Min. Minor
Maj. Conc. Major Concentration

Where can I find more details about these programs?

Please see the McGill eCalendar, more specifically:
Programs, Courses and University regulations > Faculties & Schools > Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Academic programs.
OR: Follow the links in the table below. These generally take you to the calendar pages of the departments or schools offering the programs, where you can find all the programs for each department.

Programs of study

B. Sc. Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Science group

Lib. Maj. Jt. Maj. Hon. Jt. Hon. Min.
Atmospheric Sciences Lib. Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Atmospheric Science and Physics     Jt. Maj.      
Chemistry Lib. Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Computer Science
(See also Software Engineering below)
Lib. Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Earth & Planetary Sciences
(See also Programs only available as Science Minors below)
Geology   Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Planetary Sciences       Hon.    
Earth System Science (inter-departmental)   Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Environment   Maj.   Hon.   Min.
(See also Programs only available as Science Minors below)
Lib. Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Mathematics Lib. Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Mathematics and Computer Science     Jt. Maj.   Jt. Hon.  
Mathematics and Physics         Jt. Hon.  
Applied Mathematics       Hon.    
Statistics Lib. Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Statistics and Computer Science     Jt. Maj.   Jt. Hon.  
Physics Lib. Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Physics and Chemistry         Jt. Hon.  
Physics and Computer Science     Jt. Maj.   Jt. Hon.  
Physics and Geophysics     Jt. Maj.      
Software Engineering (see School of Computer Science) Lib. Maj.   Hon.    

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences group

Lib. Maj. Jt. Maj. Hon. Jt. Hon. Min.
Biology and Mathematics     Jt. Maj.      
Computer Science and Biology     Jt. Maj.   Jt. Hon.  
Physiology and Mathematics     Jt. Maj.      
Physiology and Physics     Jt. Maj.      

B. Sc. Biological, Biomedical & Life Sciences group

Lib. Maj. Jt. Maj. Hon. Jt. Hon. Min.
Anatomy & Cell Biology Lib. Maj.   Hon.    
Biochemistry Lib. Maj.   Hon.    
Biology Lib. Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Immunology (Inter-departmental Honours) (open only to current McGill students by separate application.)       Hon.    
Microbiology and Immunology Lib. Maj.   Hon.    
Pharmacology & Therapeutics   Maj.   Hon.   Min.
Physiology Lib. Maj.   Hon.    
Psychology Lib. Maj.   Hon.   Min.

B. Sc. Neuroscience group

Lib. Maj. Jt. Maj. Hon. Jt. Hon. Min.
Neuroscience   Maj.   Hon.   Min.

B. Sc. Programs only available as Minors

Biotechnology Min.
Cognitive Science Min.
Field Study Min.
General Science (note: only available to B.Sc. Liberal Students) Min.
Geochemistry (see Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences) Min.
Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing Min.
Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Min.
Natural History (see Redpath Museum) Min.

Other Faculty Minors — Open to B.Sc. Students

Chemical Engineering (note: Open only to Chemistry students) Min.
Education for Science Students Min.
Electrical Engineering (note: Open only to Physics students) Min.
Entrepreneurship for Science Students Min.
Human Nutrition Min.
Kinesiology for Science Students Min.
Management for Non-Management students Min.
Musical Applications of Technology Min.
Musical Science and Technology Min.
Arts programs — Open to B.Sc. Students There are MANY programs offered by the Faculty of Arts which are approved for B.Sc. students, both major concentrations and minor concentrations. They are too numerous to list here; consult the Arts majors and minors for Science undergraduates page for a full list. Please note: B.Sc. students may take an Arts major concentration or minor concentration as a second program, in addition to their science program; B.Sc. students must take a Science major program, honours program, or a liberal program core science component.
Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A. & Sc.) programs Please consult the B.A. & Sc. eCalendar.
Graduate programs The Faculty of Science also offers master's (M.Sc.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees.
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