Undergraduate Handbook

The Faculty of Science's Undergraduate Handbook is your guide to obtaining a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts & Science degree at McGill University. Read the Handbook in conjunction with the eCalendar, which is the definitive authority on all courses and programs at McGill.

Don't hesitate to ask for advice!

Neither the Handbook nor the eCalendar is a substitute for speaking with an academic adviser. See your SOUSA advisor's Same-Day advising schedule and come in for a visit.


Table of contents

1. Applying

› 1.1 Applying to the Bachelor of Science degree

› 1.2 Applying to the Bachelor of Arts & Science degree

› 1.3 Applying to the Bachelor of Arts degree

› 1.4 Second Bachelor degree

2. New Students

› 2.1 Welcome to the Faculty (Link to New Student website)

3. Later years

› 3.1 Finishing your first year

› 3.2 Bachelor of Science students

> 3.2.1 Restrictions on courses outside the Faculty of Science

> 3.2.2 List of approved and restricted courses outside the Faculty of Science

› 3.3 Bachelor of Arts & Science students

4. Study Abroad Options

› 4.1 McGill Student Exchange Programs

› 4.2 Study at a Quebec university (IUT)

› 4.3 Independent study away

› 4.4 Summer studies at a university outside Quebec

› 4.5 Transfer credits

5. Degree transfers

› 5.1 Before you apply

› 5.2 Minimum transfer requirements for the Bachelor of Science

› 5.3 Minimum transfer requirements for the Bachelor of Arts & Science

› 5.4 Submitting an application

› 5.5 Next Steps

› 5.6 Contacts
 

6. Readmission

› 6.1 Readmission to the Bachelor of Science

› 6.2 Readmission to the Bachelor of Arts & Science

7. Special, visiting and incoming exchange students

› 7.1 Getting started at McGill

› 7.2 Advising appointments

› 7.3 Selecting courses as a special, visiting or exchange student

› 7.4 What to do if you experience difficulties

› 7.5 Extending your time at McGill

8. Academic advice

› 8.1 Making academic decisions

› 8.2 Self-assessment

› 8.3 Study skills

› 8.4 Failing a course

9. Choosing courses

› 9.1 Credit load

› 9.2 English and French second language courses

› 9.3 Language courses

› 9.4 600-level courses

10. Course and program registration

› 10.1 Online registration system

› 10.2 Registering for programs

› 10.3 Registering for courses

› 10.4 Registering for foundation year courses

› 10.5 Courses offered by faculties other than Arts and Science

› 10.6 Tips on handling registration problems

› 10.7 Add/Drop period

› 10.8 Verifying your student record

› 10.9 Registration errors

› 10.10 Cancelling your registration

› 10.11 Proof of enrolment

11. Exams and assessment

› 11.1 Academic integrity

› 11.2 Course evaluation and grading procedures

› 11.3 Final examinations

› 11.4 University examination regulations

› 11.5 Reassessment and rereads

› 11.6 Deferred examinations

› 11.7 Supplemental examinations

› 11.8 Illness

12. Internships and field studies

› 12.1 Credit for internship courses for B.A. & Sc. students

13. Withdrawals

› 13.1 Course withdrawals

› 13.2 University withdrawals

14. Graduating

› 14.1 Graduation checklists

› 14.2 Frequently asked questions about graduation


1. Applying

If you are interested in pursuing undergraduate science studies at McGill, you should consider applying to any one of the following degrees:

› Bachelor of Science
› Bachelor of Arts & Science
› Bachelor of Arts

Admission to these programs is handled by the Admissions Office in Enrolment Services. The Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) cannot answer questions related to admissions.  Visit mcgill.ca/applying to find out more about the application process, including application deadlines, admissions criteria, special requirements for specific programs, language proficiency requirements, visa requirements, transcript requirements, and more.

If you are already a McGill undergraduate student and wish to return to your studies after an absence of part of an academic year or longer, or you wish to transfer to the Faculty of Science from another McGill faculty, you will need to apply through the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA), not Enrolment Services. For more information, please see:

› Readmission
› Inter-faculty transfers

1.1 Applying to the Bachelor of Science degree

When you apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science degree, you will be asked to nominate one of the following program groups and a major/subject within that group:

  • Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group
  • Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group
  • Neuroscience Group
  • Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Science Group

It is important to apply for the group that interests you most because, if you are admitted, your choice of a major or honours program will be limited to the options available in that group.

If you later decide you wish to pursue a program in a different program group, you will need to apply for an intra-faculty transfer, subject to academic performance, availability and other conditions.

1.1.2 Bachelor of Science program groups

The options available within each program group are as follows:

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group

Biological, Biomedical & Life Sciences Group

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group

Neuroscience Group

Neuroscience Group

Major Program

Honours Program

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Science Group

Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Science Group

Major Programs

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Only applicants with a Quebec CEGEP diploma may select the Neuroscience group. All other applicants may seek entry to the neuroscience program once they have completed a year at McGill and have satisfied the transfer requirements for Neuroscience. Note that admission to Neuroscience is competitive and meeting the minimum entrance/transfer requirements does not guarantee admission.

If you are likely to be granted exemptions from some or all of the foundation year science requirements based on advanced standing or transfer credits, you can select a major/subject from your chosen group at the time of your application. Alternatively, you can select the option ‘Undeclared’ if you wish to make this decision at a later time.

If you are not likely to be granted exemptions from any of the foundation year science requirements, select ‘Foundation Year Science’ as your major/subject.

The online application form allows you to make two program choices for a single application fee. You may choose two different Science program groups, or choose one Science group and a program from another faculty. Applicants are encouraged to use both choices, putting their preferred choice first. Both choices will be considered and you will receive an admission decision on both. If you wish to apply for more than two programs, you will need to submit another application and pay an additional application fee.

1.2 Applying to the Bachelor of Arts & Science degree

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. While the degree provides a broad education that includes in-depth study of disciplines in both Faculties, the number of elective courses a student can take is limited. Students entering the B.A. & Sc. program therefore must know in precisely which disciplines they wish to focus. Note that students who intend to pursue graduate studies in science or to attend medical school may have to complete additional courses as electives or beyond the basic degree requirements.

1.3 Applying to the Bachelor of Arts degree

There are four units within the Faculty of Science that offer B.A. degrees through the Faculty of Arts as well as B.Sc. degrees through the Faculty of Science. They are the School of Computer Science, the Department of Geography, the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and the Department of Psychology.

One reason to consider a B.A. over a B.Sc. is if you have the prerequisites for computer science, geography, mathematics and statistics, or psychology, but do not have all the basic science prerequisites needed for admission to a B.Sc. In the case of computer science, bear in mind that computer science programs have a strong mathematics component regardless of whether you choose the B.A. or B.Sc. stream.

You might also choose to apply for admission to a Bachelor of Arts because you wish to pursue a particular program combination only available in a B.A. – e.g. Joint Honours in English and Mathematics.

1.4 Second Bachelor degree

Information on how to apply to either the B.Sc. or the B.A. & Sc. as a second bachelor degree after the completion of a first bachelor degree can be found on the Admissions website.

For information on taking a B.Sc. or B.A. & Sc. as a second degree concurrently with a first degree, please contact pete.barry [at] mcgill.ca (Pete Barry), Chief Academic Adviser in Science.


2. New Students

2.1 Welcome to the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science's Accepted Students Website is a must-read for all new Science and Arts & Science students.

The Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) team would like to help you begin your McGill career successfully. We have prepared the Accepted Student Website to help you organize your priorities as you begin your university studies.  On the site, you will find information on the following topics:

  • Checklist to help you organize your academic priorities
  • Orientation information
  • Preparing for registration by planning your first year course selection (includes information on transfer credits and exemptions, Foundation program (formerly known as Freshman) requirements and degree requirements)
  • Important registration information and tips
  • Academic advising for new students

For information on other aspects of your first year university experience (finances, housing, legal documents and more), please consult Enrolment Services' “Next Steps” website.

 


3. Later years

3.1 Finishing your first year

As you approach the end of your first year as a Science or Arts & Science student, it's time to start thinking about the next stage of your degree. Here are a couple of things you need to do to make sure the transition is a smooth one:

1. Get advice

All currently registered students who expect to return to McGill are strongly encouraged to see their adviser(s) and to register for courses before leaving for the summer. As all courses are limited by enrolment, you may not be able to register for the courses of your choice if you postpone registration until August. Make sure you register in at least one course prior to the date when late registration fees are charged.

Foundation year advising appointments
If at the end of the current term you will have 97 or more credits left to complete your degree requirements, you will be continuing in the foundation year program. You should arrange for an advising appointment with a Faculty adviser by contacting SOUSA or by coming to the information counter in Dawson Hall.

Departmental appointments
If at the end of the current term you will have 96 or fewer credits left to complete your degree requirements, you should be registered in a departmental program or preparing to choose one for the upcoming year. Please contact the department(s) for information about your program requirements.

For foundation year students who are not certain of which program(s) they wish to select, you may contact your Faculty advisor.

Science departmental office hours, locations, and phone numbers should be available on their websites, and also in the Arts and Science sections of the eCalendar.

2. Register for the next term

For more information on what to do next, refer to the sections in this handbook on Choosing courses and Registration.

3.2 Bachelor of Science students

The eCalendar is the definitive authority on the course and program requirements you need to meet in order to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree at McGill. Here are a few sections from the eCalendar frequently sought by B.Sc. students.

Advanced standing

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing of up to 30 credits may be granted to students who obtain satisfactory results in International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Levels, Advanced Placement tests, or the Diploma of College Studies (DCS). Quebec students with a DCS in Science are granted 30 credits Advanced Standing and will have normally completed the equivalent of—and are therefore exempt from—the basic science courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Students with satisfactory results in International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Levels, and Advanced Placement tests may be exempt from some or all of the basic science courses. Students will not be given additional credit toward their degree for any McGill course where the content overlaps substantially with any other course for which they have already received credit, such as for Advanced Standing results.

AP Examination results with a score of 4 or 5 must be declared by the student at the time of initial registration at the University.

For more information about Advanced Standing, consult: mcgill.ca/transfercredit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Course requirements

Course Requirements for Bachelor of Science

All required and complementary courses used to fulfil program requirements, including the basic Science requirements, must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students who fail to obtain a Satisfactory grade in a required course must either pass the supplemental examination in the course or do additional work for a supplemental grade, if these options are available, or repeat the course. Course substitution will be allowed only in special cases; students should consult their academic advisor.

Normally, students are permitted to repeat a failed course only once (failure is considered to be a grade of less than C or the administrative failures of J and KF). If a required course is failed a second time, students must submit an appeal in writing (by email) to their Faculty advisor, to obtain permission from the Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Faculty of Science to take the course a third time. If permission is denied by the Associate Dean and/or by the Committee on Student Standing on appeal, students must withdraw from the program. If the failed course is a complementary course required by the program, students may choose to replace it with another appropriate complementary course. If you choose to substitute another complementary course for a complementary course in which a D was received, credit for the first course will still be given, but as an elective. If you repeat a required course in which a D was received, credit will be given only once.

Full details of the course requirements for all programs offered are given in each unit’s section together with the locations of departmental advisory offices, program directors, and telephone numbers should further information be required.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Course Overlap Policy

You will not receive additional credit towards your degree for any course that overlaps in content with a course for which you have already received credit at McGill, CEGEP, at another university, or advanced placement exams, advanced level results, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or French Baccalaureate. It is your responsibility to consult with a faculty advisor in Arts Academic Advising (OASIS), the Science Student Advising (SOUSA), or the department offering the course as to whether or not credit can be obtained and to be aware of exclusion clauses specified in the course description in this publication. Please refer to the following website for specific information about Advanced Standing credits and McGill course exemptions: mcgill.ca/transfercredit.

Sometimes, the same course is offered by two different departments. Such courses are called 'double-prefix' courses. When such courses are offered simultaneously, you should take the course offered by the department in which you are obtaining your degree. For example, in the case of double-prefix courses CHEM XYZ and PHYS XYZ, Chemistry students take CHEM XYZ and the Physics students take PHYS XYZ. If a double-prefix course is offered by different departments in alternate years, you may take whichever course best fits your schedule.

Note for Arts students: Credit for computer courses offered by the School of Computer Science is governed by rules specified in each individual course description.
Note for Science, and Bachelor of Arts and Science students: Credit for statistics courses offered by faculties other than Arts and Science requires the permission of the Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Science, except for students in the B.Sc. Major in Environment, who may take required statistics courses in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences necessary to satisfy their program requirements. Credit for computer courses offered by faculties other than Science requires the permission of the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) Science, and will be granted only under exceptional circumstances.

Credit for statistics courses for Arts, Science, and Bachelor of Arts and Science students will be given with the following stipulations:

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 11, 2024).

Courses Outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science

Students in the Faculty of Science should consult the statement of regulations (see below) for taking courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science. A list of approved/restricted courses in other faculties can be found in the The Faculty of Science's Undergraduate Handbook (Section 3.2.2 List of approved and restricted courses outside the Faculty of Science). Students may take courses on the approved list and may not, under any circumstances, take courses on the restricted list for credit. Requests for permission to take courses that are not on either list should be submitted in writing (by email) to the Faculty advisor (SOUSA), to be approved by the Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Science.

The regulations are as follows:

  • Students may take only 6 credits per year, up to 18 credits in all, of courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science.
  • Courses offered in the Faculty of Science or in the Faculty of Arts are found in the eCalendar's All Courses search, when filtered by “Faculty of Science” or by “Faculty of Arts”.
  • Courses in other faculties that are considered as taught by Science (e.g., BIOT, EXMD, and PHAR) are so designated as offered by the Faculty of Science in the eCalendar's All Courses search.
  • Courses in Music are considered as outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, except MUAR courses, which are considered Arts courses.
  • All courses listed in the Religious Studies (RELG) section are considered courses in Arts and Science except for courses restricted to B.Th. or S.T.M. students and courses that require permission from the Chair of the B.Th. Committee.
  • Students should consult the list of restricted courses outside of the Faculties of Arts and of Science in the Science Undergraduate Handbook (Section 3.2.2 List of approved and restricted courses outside the Faculty of Science).
  • Students must have the necessary prerequisites and permission of the instructor for such courses.
  • Credit for computer and statistics courses offered by faculties other than Arts and Science require the permission of the Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Science, and will be granted only under exceptional circumstances. Requests must be submitted in writing (by email) to the Faculty (SOUSA) advisor.
  • If a students uses Minerva to register for a course that exceeds the specified limitations or is not approved, the course will be flagged for no credit after the course change period.
  • Credit will not be given for any "how to" courses offered by other faculties that are intended to provide practical or professional training in specific applied areas. Examples include courses that teach the use of certain computer packages (databases, spreadsheets, etc.) or computer languages (SQL, COBOL, FORTRAN, etc.); machine shop or electronic shop courses; technical drawing courses; and professional practice courses.
  • Students in the Bieler School of Environment may exceed the 18-credit limit for courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, provided that all such courses are necessary to complete their program of study.
  • Students in the Major in Software Engineering may exceed the 18-credit limit for courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, provided that all such courses are necessary to complete their program of study.
  • Students in the B.Sc. Liberal Program taking a Major Concentration in Music may exceed the 18-credit limit for courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, provided that all such courses are necessary to complete their program of study, up to a maximum of 36 Music credits.
  • The 18-credit limit applies to students taking the Minor in Nutrition; equivalent courses in Science should be taken instead of courses in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Correspondence, Distance Education, or Web-Based Courses

Science students may obtain transfer credit for correspondence, distance education, or web-based courses if they receive prior approval from the appropriate McGill department for the course content and prior approval from the Science Office of Undergraduate Student Advising for the method of delivery and evaluation. Consult the Science Undergraduate Handbook (Section 4.5 Transfer Credits) for details and instructions.

Courses taught through distance education from institutions other than McGill will only be considered for transfer credits under the following conditions:

  • The course is given by a government-accredited, degree-granting institution acceptable to McGill.
  • The course counts for credit toward degrees granted at the institution giving the course.
  • The combined total of regular course credits and distance education course credits do not exceed the permitted maximum number of credits per term according to Faculty regulations.
  • Courses taught through distance education may not be used to complete program requirements, except on an individual basis when serious, documented circumstances warrant it.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Courses in English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL courses are only open to students whose primary language is not English and who have studied for fewer than five years in English-language secondary institutions. Students in the B.Sc. may take a maximum of 12 credits, including academic writing courses for non-anglophones, from the list of ESL courses in the McGill Writing Centre.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Registration for First-Year Seminars in the Faculty of Science

Registration for First-Year Seminars is limited to students in their first year of study at McGill, i.e., newly admitted students in U0 or U1. These courses are designed to provide a closer interaction with professors and better working relations with peers than is available in large introductory courses. These seminars endeavour to teach the latest scholarly developments and expose participants to advanced research methods. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of students in any seminar is 25, although some are limited to fewer than that.

You may take only one First-Year Seminar. If you register for more than one, you will be obliged to withdraw from all but one of them. Please consult the departmental listings for course descriptions and availability.

First-Year Seminars
CHEM 199 FYS: Why Chemistry?
EPSC 199 FYS: Earth & Planetary Exploration
PSYC 199 FYS: Mind-Body Medicine
PSYT 199 FYS: Mental Illness and the Brain

The First-Year Seminars offered by the Faculty of Arts are also open to Science students. For a complete listing, please consult Faculty of Arts > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > First-Year Seminars.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Course Credit Weight

The credit assigned to a particular course should reflect the amount of effort it demands of a student. One credit equals about 45 hours of work. This may be a combination of lecture, laboratory, tutorial, and conference time plus personal study hours. Personal study hours may include required activities, group activities, time spent doing assignments, and preparing and reviewing for a course.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Grading and grade point averages (GPA)

Grading and Grade Point Averages (GPA)

Note for Physical and Occupational Therapy: A grade of C+ is the minimum required passing grade for courses with the subject codes of OCC1, PHTH, and POTH. A grade of C is the minimum required passing grade for all other courses. For complete details, refer to the Rules and Regulations, available at mcgill.ca/spot/programs.

Instructors may submit final grades as either letter grades or in percentages, but the official grade in each course, which is displayed on the transcript is the letter grade. Where appropriate, a class average appears on transcripts expressed as the letter grade most representative of the class performance. In such cases, the class average is calculated for courses, where the total number of grades in all its course sections is 25 or more, and the grades have a grade point (e.g. grades of S, U, or P do not have grade points).

Since Fall 2002, the University has only used letter grades on transcripts and verification forms.

Grades A through C represent satisfactory passes, D a conditional (non-continuation) pass, and F a failure. Certain courses have been approved for Pass/Fail (P/F) grading. Students may also designate elective courses to be graded under the S/U option. See Courses Taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option.

Policy on Pass/Fail Grading:

For a course to be graded P/F, a proposal must be approved by the Program Director, approved by the Faculty Curriculum Committee, and approved by the Subcommittee on Courses and Teaching Programs (SCTP). Courses that are approved to be graded P/F must indicate this in the course syllabus. Pass/Fail grading applies to all students in a course section and cannot be selectively added to individual students.

Grades of Pass are not included in the GPA calculation and as such are not normally applied to required courses. Grades of F are included in GPA calculations. However, both grades of P and F are included in the count of completed credits for determining eligibility for scholarships and awards.

Please refer to the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option for information on that grading option for students.

You must obtain a grade of C or better in courses that you take to fulfil program requirements. You may not register in a course unless you have passed all the prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better, except by written permission of the appropriate department chair.

Grades Grade Points Numerical Scale of Grades
A 4.0 85 – 100%
A- 3.7 80 – 84%
B+ 3.3 75 – 79%
B 3.0 70 – 74%
B- 2.7 65 – 69%
C+ 2.3 60 – 64%
C 2.0 55 – 59%
D 1.0 50 – 54%
F (Fail) 0 0 – 49%
Note for Engineering: The Faculty of Engineering does not use this numeric scale. See Note for Engineering below.
Note for Law: Faculty of Law does not use this numeric scale.

The University assigns grade points to letter grades according to the above table. Your Academic Standing (e.g., satisfactory, probationary), which is your academic status at the end of each term, is determined by a grade point average (GPA), which is calculated by multiplying the course credit by the grade points and dividing the sum by the total GPA course credits. The GPA result is truncated by two decimal points and not rounded up to the nearest decimal point. For example, a GPA of 3.596 will display on the transcript as 3.59 and is NOT rounded up to 3.60.

GPA course credits are the credits of courses with final grades that are assigned grade points according to the table above (e.g, a 3-credit course with a final grade of A has 3 GPA course credits, but a 3-credit course with a final grade of P has no GPA course credits because a grade of P does not have a grade point value).

The term grade point average (TGPA) is the GPA for a given term calculated using all the applicable courses at the same level in that term. The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is the GPA calculated using your entire record of applicable courses at McGill at the same level; if you change levels, e.g., from undergraduate to graduate, the CGPA starts again.

This policy took effect in January 2003. Prior to January 2003, if your degree program had changed—e.g., from B.Sc. to B.A.—the CGPA calculation restarted again. For students with academic information prior to Fall 2002, who are registered in a different program or in a different level post-Fall 2002, the transcript displays a special message regarding the CGPA restarting.

If you repeat courses, all final grades are included in the GPA calculation. Therefore, grades of D or F continue to be used in the CGPA calculation even after you repeat the course or if you take a supplemental examination. Note that credits are only granted once for a repeated course regardless of the passing grade.

You must obtain a minimum CGPA of 2.00 to be considered for graduation with a McGill degree.

Note: During the first week of lectures, each instructor will provide you with a written course outline. This information should include, where appropriate:
  • whether there will be a final examination in the course;
  • how term work will affect the final grade in the course;
  • how term work will be distributed through the term;
  • whether there will be a supplemental examination in the course, and if so, whether the supplemental exam will be worth 100% of the supplemental grade, or whether term work will be included in the supplemental grade (courses with formal final examinations must have supplementals);
  • whether students with grades of D, F, J, or U will have the option of submitting additional work, and, if so, how the supplemental grade will be calculated with the extra work (applicable only to students in Science and B.A. & Sc.).
Note for Engineering: In the Faculty of Engineering, letter grades are assigned according to the grading scheme adopted by the professor in charge of a particular course. This may not correspond to grades indicated in the “Numerical Scale of Grades” column in Grading and Grade Point Averages. A grade of D indicates marginal performance which is acceptable only for Complementary Studies courses (i.e., Group A Impact of Technology on Society; and Group B Humanities and Social Sciences, Management Studies and Law), Natural Science Complementary Courses (for Computer Engineering and Software Engineering students from CEGEP), and Elective Courses (for Mechanical Engineering students from CEGEP and for Architecture students). A grade of D is not acceptable for required (core) courses (including Year 0 (Freshman/Foundation Year) math and science courses), technical complementary courses, laboratory complementary courses, or courses in any other category of Engineering programs. Individual departments/schools will decide if a student with a D in a prerequisite course(s) may take the subsequent course.
Grades have the following designations:
A, A- Very Good
B+, B, B- Good
C+, C Satisfactory
D Conditional Pass
F Fail
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 3, 2024).

Grading and Grade Point Averages (GPA): Other Grades

Note: Not all grades listed below apply to every faculty, school, or level. Faculty policy prevails when determining if a student may be eligible to receive one of these grades.
Other Grades

J

unexcused absence (failed); the student is registered for a course but does not write the final examination or complete other required work; calculated as a failure in the TGPA and CGPA

K

incomplete; instructor has extended the deadline for submission of work in a course

KE or K*

further extension granted for submission of work in a course, approval from the Faculty SAO may be required

KF

failed to meet the extended deadline for submission of work in a course; calculated as a failure in TGPA and CGPA

KK

completion requirement waived; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA; Associate Dean approval is required.

L

approved to write a deferred examination in a course

LE or L*

permitted to defer examination for more than the normal period

NR

no grade reported by the instructor (recorded by the Registrar)

P

pass; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA

Q

course continued in next term (applicable only to courses taken pre-Fall 2002)

S

satisfactory; equivalent to C or better in an elective course; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA (See Courses Taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option)

U

unsatisfactory; equivalent to D or F in an elective course; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA (See Courses Taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option)

W

withdrew; a course dropped, with permission, after the Course Change deadline; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA

WF

withdrew failing; a course dropped, with special permission in an exceptional case, after faculty deadline for withdrawal from course, the student's performance in the course at that stage being on the level of an F; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA (Not used by Music.)

WL

faculty permission to withdraw from a deferred examination; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA

NA or &&

grade not yet available

W- - or - -

no grade; student withdrew from the University, not calculated in TGPA or CGPA (applicable only to courses taken pre-Fall 2002)

Note for Physical and Occupational Therapy: Grades of S/U are not applicable.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 3, 2024).

Grading and Grade Point Averages (GPA): Unexcused Absences

All students who miss a final exam or do not complete other required work in a course are given a J grade. You then have the following options:

  1. Ask to be assigned a grade based only on the grades earned for your work submitted up to, but not including, the final exam or other required course work.

    The grade earned is calculated by adding the grades obtained on the individual pieces of work and a grade of 0 for the portion of the final grade allocated to the final exam or other required course work. This option is not available if the professor stipulated in the course outline that the final exam or other course work is a required part of the evaluation.

  2. Request a deferred exam if you have the appropriate reasons and documentation.
  3. Apply for a supplemental exam if permitted by your faculty.
Note for Engineering: Option 1 is not available to students in the Faculty of Engineering.
Note for Law: Option 1 is not available to students in the Faculty of Law. Option 3 is by approval of the Associate Dean (Academic) or the Director (Student Life & Learning) only.
Note for Music: Option 1 is not available to students in the Schulich School of Music.

You must request option 1 no later than four months after the end of the examination period of the original course.

You must request option 2 by the faculty deadlines as indicated in Final Examinations: Deferred Exams.

You must request option 3 by the faculty deadlines as indicated at mcgill.ca/exams.

If you wish to appeal a J grade, you should write to your Associate Dean or Director.

Note for the Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.): Requests are made at Service Point (3415 McTavish Street). However, it is important that you also meet with a Faculty advisor in Arts OASIS or SOUSA to talk about your options and the effects that your request may have on your studies. For more information, see mcgill.ca/students/advising.
Note for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Only options 2 and 3 above are applicable to graduate students. Students wishing to appeal a J grade should write to the Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Equivalencies for non-basic Science courses

Equivalencies for Non-Basic Science Courses

Note that equivalencies for some non-basic science courses, such as CHEM 212 and CHEM 222 and PSYC 204, are granted on a per-CEGEP basis. In some cases, a grade greater than the minimum passing grade may be required. For more information about equivalences for non-basic Science courses, please consult: mcgill.ca/transfercredit/prospective/cegep.

If the CEGEP and/or course is not listed on this website, refer to your SOUSA advisor at mcgill.ca/science/undergraduate/advice/sousa.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Minimum credit requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree

Minimum Credit Requirement for Bachelor of Science Degree

The minimum credit requirement for your degree is determined at the time of acceptance and is specified in your letter of admission.

Students are normally admitted to a four-year degree requiring the completion of 120 credits.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Program requirements

Program Requirements for the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science offers a vast array of study and research opportunities at the undergraduate level, and it is very important that students familiarize themselves with all the alternatives available before deciding on a program of study. For an overview of programs offered in the B.Sc., see the Faculty of Science Programs of Study at mcgill.ca/science/undergraduate/programs.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Liberal, Major, and Honours Programs

As a Science student, if you need 96 or fewer credits to complete your degree requirements, you are required to select your courses in each term with a view to timely completion of your degree and program requirements. You must register in one of the following types of departmental programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science:

Liberal Programs

Liberal programs provide students with the opportunity to study the core of one science discipline along with a breadth component from another area of science or from many other disciplines. In a liberal program, you must complete a Core Science Component (CSC) (45–50 credits), plus a breadth component (at least 18 credits). The requirements for the CSC are given under departmental sections of this publication whenever applicable.

For the breadth component, you must complete one of the following:

  • Minor program (18–24 credits) – one of the programs listed in Minor Programs.
  • Arts Minor or Major concentration (18 or 36 credits) – one of the programs listed in Arts Major and Minor Concentrations Open to Science Students.
  • A Core Science Component in a second area (45–50 credits) – at least 24 credits must be distinct from the courses used to satisfy the primary CSC. Note that a second CSC can be selected from any of the Science groups.

Major Programs

Major programs are more specialized than liberal programs and are usually centred on a specific discipline or department.

Honours Programs

Honours programs typically involve an even higher degree of specialization, often include supervised research, and require students to maintain a high academic standard. Although honours programs are specially designed to prepare you for graduate studies, graduates of the other degree programs may also be admissible to many graduate schools. If you intend to pursue graduate studies in your discipline, you should consult a departmental advisor regarding the appropriate selection of courses in your field.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Minor and Minor Concentration Programs for the Faculty of Science

In addition to the liberal, major, and honours degree programs, students in the Faculty of Science may select a minor or approved minor concentration program. These are coherent sequences of courses in a given discipline or interdisciplinary area that may be taken in addition to the courses required for the degree program.

Science minor concentrations consist of up to 24 credits.

Arts minor concentrations consist of 18 credits.

A minimum of 18 new credits must be completed in the minor or minor concentration.

For a list of minor programs, see Minor Programs; for minor concentrations that are approved for Science students, see Arts Major and Minor Concentrations Open to Science Students.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Other Second Programs

In addition to a major or honours program, students may pursue a second major or honours program, or an Arts major concentration program. Each major or honours program must contain a minimum of 36 credits that are distinct from the courses used to satisfy the other program.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Special Designations for Bachelor of Science Students

The Faculty of Science recognizes Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) students who have gone beyond a typical B.Sc. experience by awarding certain special designations to their student record and degree at graduation.

B.Sc. Global Designation

For details on the B.Sc. Global Designation, students should refer to mcgill.ca/science/undergraduate/programs/bsc-global.

Internship Program Designation

All B.Sc. programs can include an internship component. For more details, students should refer to Science Internships and Field Studies and mcgill.ca/science/undergraduate/internships-field/internships.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Bieler School of Environment

The Faculty of Science is one of the four faculties in partnership with the Bieler School of Environment. For more information, see Bieler School of Environment.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Readmission after interruption of studies for a period of five consecutive years or more

Readmission after Interruption of Studies for a Period of Five Consecutive Years or More

Students who are readmitted after interrupting their studies for a period of five consecutive years or more may be required to complete a minimum of 60 credits and satisfy the requirements of a program. In this case, a new CGPA will be calculated. The Associate Dean, Student Affairs for Science, in consultation with the appropriate department, may approve a lower minimum for students who had completed 60 credits or more before interrupting their studies.

Students who are readmitted after a period of absence are subject to the program and degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. The Associate Dean, Student Affairs for Science, in consultation with the department, may approve exemption from any new requirements.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Residency requirement

Residency Requirements for Faculty of Science Degrees

To obtain a B.Sc. degree, students must satisfy the following residency requirements: a minimum of 60 credits of courses used to satisfy the B.Sc. degree requirements must be taken and passed at McGill, exclusive of any courses completed as part of the Science Freshman/Foundation Year program; see B.Sc. Freshman/Foundation Year Program. At least two-thirds of all departmental program requirements (Honours, Major, Core Science Components, or Minor) must normally be completed at McGill not including courses completed in a prior McGill degree. Exceptionally, students in major concentrations or interfaculty or honours programs who pursue an approved Study Away or Exchange program may—with prior approval from both their department and the Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Faculty of Science—be exempted from the two-thirds rule. In addition, some departments may require that their students complete specific components of their program at McGill.

The residency requirement for diploma programs is 30 credits completed at McGill.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 3, 2024).

Time and credit limit for the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree

Time and Credit Limit for the Completion of the Degree for the Faculty of Science

Students who need 96 or fewer credits to complete their degree requirements are expected to complete their degree in no more than eight terms after their initial registration for the degree.

Students in the Freshman/Foundation Year Program become subject to these regulations one year after their initial registration. Students who wish to exceed this time limit must submit their request in writing (by email) to their Faculty advisor, to be approved by the Associate Dean, Student Affairs, of the Faculty of Science.

Students registered in the B.Sc. are expected to complete the requirements of their program and degree within 120 credits. Students will receive credit for all courses (subject to degree regulations) taken up to and including the semester in which they obtain 120 credits. Students who want to remain at McGill beyond that semester must submit their request in writing (by email) to their Faculty advisor, to be approved by the Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Faculty of Science. Permission for exceeding the time and/or credit limits will normally be granted only for valid academic reasons, such as a change of program (subject to departmental approval) and part-time status. If permission is granted, students will receive credit only for required and complementary courses necessary to complete their program requirements.

Students who have been granted Advanced Standing for the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement examinations, GCE A-Levels, French Baccalaureate, and other qualifications may complete 120 credits following admission, as per the University regulations described in University Regulations and Resources > Student Records > Advanced Standing Transfer Credits.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 3, 2024).

3.2.1 Restrictions on courses outside the Faculty of Science

While all courses offered at McGill have academic merit, not all are appropriate for credit towards the B.Sc. degree. 

Unfortunately, Minerva will not prevent you from registering for courses that are not approved. However, not-approved courses will eventually be identified on your record and flagged for no credit. In some cases, this may only happen when your records are verified just before graduation, which could delay your graduation until appropriate courses are taken.

It is, therefore, your responsibility to consult the eCalendar regulations on taking courses outside the faculties of Arts and Science. These regulations may change from year to year. Any approval or disapproval of a course for credit towards the B.Sc. is valid for the current academic year only. No assumption should be made as to the past or future effect of a course's approval or disapproval for credit.

The information below is from the eCalendar page on "Courses taken outside the Faculties of Arts and Science." It is your responsibility to validate this information directly in the eCalendar.

From the eCalendar:

A list of approved/not-approved courses from other faculties is posted below (section 3.2.2). You may take courses on the approved list and may not, under any circumstances, take courses on the not-approved list for credit. Requests for permission to take courses that are not on either list should be addressed to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA).

The regulations are as follows:

  • You may take only 6 credits per year, up to 18 credits in all, of courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science.
  • Courses offered “in the Faculty of Science” or “in the Faculty of Arts” are found in the eCalendar All Courses search, when filtered by “Faculty of Science” or by “Faculty of Arts.”
  • Courses in other faculties that are considered as taught by Science (e.g., BIOT, EXMD, and PHAR) are so designated as offered by the “Faculty of Science” in the eCalendar All Courses search.
  • Courses in Music are considered as outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, except MUAR courses, which are considered Arts courses.
  • All courses listed in the Religious Studies (RELG) section are considered courses in Arts and Science except for courses restricted to B.Th. or S.T.M. students and courses that require permission from the Chair of the B.Th. Committee.
  • Students should consult the list of restricted courses outside of the Faculties of Arts and of Science on the SOUSA website (see below - 3.2.2)
  • You must have the necessary prerequisites and permission of the instructor for such courses.
  • Credit for computer and statistics courses offered by faculties other than Arts and Science require the permission of the Associate Dean, Student Affairs for Science and will be granted only under exceptional circumstances.
  • If you use Minerva to register for a course, and it exceeds the specified limitations or it is not approved, the course will be flagged for no credit after the course change period.
  • Credit will not be given for any “how to” courses offered by other faculties that are intended to provide you with only practical or professional training in specific applied areas. Examples include courses that teach the use of certain computer packages (databases, spreadsheets, etc.) or computer languages (SQL, COBOL, FORTRAN, etc.); machine shop or electronic shop courses; technical drawing courses; and professional practice courses.
  • As a student in the Bieler School of Environment, you may exceed the 18-credit limit for courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, provided that all such courses are necessary to complete your program of study.
  • As a student in the Major in Software Engineering, you may exceed the 18-credit limit for courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, provided that all such courses are necessary to complete your program of study.
  • As a student in the B.Sc. Liberal Program taking a Major Concentration in Music, you may exceed the 18-credit limit for courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science, provided that all such courses are necessary to complete your program of study, up to a maximum of 36 Music credits.
  • The 18-credit limit applies to students taking the Minor in Nutrition; equivalent courses in Science should be taken instead of courses in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

 

How can you tell which Faculty offers a course?

Copy the course number (or just the subject code) into the search window in the eCalendar. Make sure to select "Entire site" beside the search window, then hit Search. When the results come up, select the "Courses" tab and look for your course. Select it and look near the top of the page, just below the course title. There will be a line indicating who offers the course.

For example:

LSCI 211 Biochemistry 1 (3 credits)
Offered by: Parasitology (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

This course is offered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and is listed below on the Not Approved list.

 

3.2.2 List of approved and restricted courses outside the Faculty of Science

Students may take courses on the approved list below and may not, under any circumstances, take courses on the not-approved list for credit toward their BSc. Requests for permission to take courses that are not on either list must be reviewed by the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA)To submit a request, contact your Faculty Advisor well before the beginning of the term in question and include a detailed course syllabus.

Please note that credit for statistics courses offered by faculties other than Arts and Science requires the permission of the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA). Rules regarding statistics courses are clearly indicated in the eCalendar.  Contact your Faculty Advisor to submit a request.

Courses offered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

If a course does not appear on the following list(s), you must obtain permission from the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) before registering for it.

Approved

AEBI 421 Trop. Horticultural Ecology
AEBI 423 Sustainable Land Use
AEBI 425 Tropical Energy and Food
AEBI 427 Barbados Interdisc Project
AEHM 330 Academic & Scientific Writing
AEMA 310 Statistical Methods 1 (See note in Calendar about overlap with other stats courses.)
AEMA 305 Differential Equations (Students must submit a request to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))
AGEC 200 Principles of Microeconomics (note that credit will not be given for both ECON 208 and AGEC 200)
AGEC 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (note that credit will not be given for both ECON 209 and AGEC 201)
AGEC 231 Econ Systems of Agriculture
AGEC 330 Agriculture and Food Markets
AGEC 430 Agric, Food & Resource Policy
AGEC 442 Econ of Int\'l Agric Dvlpmnt
AGRI 210 course description not available
AGRI 215 Agro-Ecosystems Field Course
AGRI 325 Sustainable Agr&Food Security
AGRI 330 Agricultural Legislation
AGRI 340 Princ of Ecological Agricult
AGRI 341 course description not available
AGRI 411 Global Issues on Dev, Food&Agr
AGRI 413 course description not available
AGRI 435 Soil & Water Quality Mgmt
AGRI 452 Water Resources in Barbados
AGRI 519 Sustainable Development Plans
AGRI 550 Sustained Tropical Agriculture
ANSC 234 Biochemistry 2 (Students must submit a request to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))
ANSC 251 Comparative Anatomy
ANSC 312 Animal Health and Disease
ANSC 330 course description not available
ANSC 433 Animal Nutrition & Metabolism
ANSC 552 Protein Metabolism&Nutrition
ANSC 555 The Use and Welfare of Animals
ANSC 560 Biology of Lactation
BREE 217 Hydrology and Water Resources
BTEC 555 Structural Bioinformatics
CELL 500 course description not available
CELL 501 course description not available
ENTO 350 Insect Biology and Control (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science. Students may not receive credit for both ENTO 350 and BIOL 350)
ENTO 352 Biocontrol of Pest Insects
ENTO 440 course description not available
ENTO 520 Insect Physiology
ENTO 535 course description not available
ENVB 222 St. Lawrence Ecosystems
ENVB 315 course description not available (Credit will not be given for both ENVB 315 and BIOL 432)
ENVB 410 Ecosystem Ecology
ENVB 437 Assessing Environmental Impact
ENVB 500 Advanced Topics Ecotoxicology
ENVB 506 Quantitative Methods: Ecology
FDSC 200 Introduction to Food Science
FDSC 230 Organic Chemistry (Credit will not be given for both FDSC 230 and CHEM 212)
FDSC 251 Food Chemistry 1
MICR 450 Environmental Microbiology
NRSC 201 course description not available
NRSC 300 course description not available
NRSC 315 course description not available (Credit will not be given for both NRSC 315 and BIOL 432)
NRSC 333 Pollution and Bioremediation
NRSC 340 course description not available
NRSC 437 course description not available
NRSC 405 Natural History of East Africa
NRSC 451 Res in Ecol&Develop in Africa (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science, and is cross listed with BIOL 451)
NUTR 301 Psychology (Note: credit will not be given for both NUTR 301 and PSYC 100)
NUTR 307 Metabolism and Human Nutrition (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science.)
NUTR 337 Nutrition Through Life
NUTR 341 Global Food Security
NUTR 343 Financial Mgmt and Accounting (Note: credit will not be given for both NUTR 343 and MGCR 211)
NUTR 361 Environmental Toxicology
NUTR 403 course description not available
NUTR 404 Nutr. Field St. in East Africa
NUTR 406 Ecology of Human Nutrition
NUTR 420 course description not available
NUTR 436 course description not available
NUTR 450 Research Meth: Human Nutrition
NUTR 451 course description not available
NUTR 501 Nutrition in Dev Countries
NUTR 512 Herbs, Foods&Phytochemicals
PARA 515 Water, Health and Sanitation 
PARA 410 Environment and Infection
PLNT 300 Cropping Systems
PLNT 304 Biology of Fungi
PLNT 305 Plant Pathology
PLNT 310 Plant Propagation
PLNT 312 Urban Horticulture
PLNT 331 course description not available
PLNT 353 Plant Structure and Function
PLNT 358 Flowering Plant Diversity
PLNT 361 course description not available
PLNT 424 course description not available
PLNT 434 Weed Biology and Control
PLNT 458 course description not available
PLNT 460 Plant Ecology
PLNT 525 course description not available
PLNT 535 course description not available
SOIL 200 course description not available
SOIL 210 course description not available
SOIL 300 Geosystems (Note: Credit will not be given for both SOIL 300 and GEOG 272.)
SOIL 315 Soil Nutrient Management
SOIL 331 Environmental Soil Physics
SOIL 335 course description not available
SOIL 535 Soil Ecology
WILD 200 course description not available
WILD 205 course description not available
WILD 212 course description not available
WILD 302 Fish Ecology
WILD 307 Natural History of Vertebrates
WILD 311 course description not available
WILD 313 course description not available
WILD 350 Mammalogy
WILD 375 Issues:Environmental Sciences
WILD 401 Fisheries&Wildlife Management
WILD 410 course description not available
WILD 415 course description not available
WILD 420 Ornithology
WILD 421 Wildlife Conservation
WILD 424 course description not available (Credit will not be given for both WILD 424 and MIMM 413)
WILD 429 Ornithology
WILD 475 Desert Ecology
WOOD 410 course description not available
WOOD 441 Integrated Forest Management

Not approved

Note: Professional practice and techniques courses are normally closed to science students.
Note: Many Agricultural and Environmental Sciences courses may have substantial overlap with science courses. See Course Overlap Restrictions.

ABEN 251 Microcomputer Applications
ABEN 252 Structured Computer Programming
AEBI 210 Organisms 1
AEBI 211 Organisms 2
AEBI 212 Evolution and Phylogeny Approved for students in the Major or Honours Environment program
AEBI 306 Experiments in Biotechnology (not open to students in Biological Sciences, write for permission)
AEFR 306 Français Fonctionnel - Aliment et Nutrition
AEFR 307 Français Fonctionnel - Agriculture
AEHM 205 Science Literacy
AGEC 242 Management Theories and Practices
AGRI 195 Foundation year Seminar 1
AGRI 196 Foundation year Seminar 2
AGRI 482 Special Topics 3
ANSC 250 Principles of Animal Science
ANSC 565 Applied Information Systems
BREE 301 Biothermodynamics
BREE 314 Agricultural Structures
BREE 453 UG Seminar 3-ScientificWriting
ENVB 210 The Biophysical Environment (Science students should take GEOG 305 instead)
ENVB 301 Meteorology
ENVB 305 Population & Community Ecology
ENVB 415 Ecosystem Management
ENVB 530 Adv GIS for Natural Res Mgmt
EXTM 300 Communication - extension methods
LSCI 204 Genetics (was CELL 204) (not open to students in Biological Sciences, write to your Faculty advisor for permission)
LSCI 211 Biochemistry 1 (was FDSC 211)
LSCI 230 Introductory Microbiology
NRSC 350 Biological Illustration I - approved only for students in Biology department programs AND in McGill School of Environment (MSE) (Biodiversity and Conservation Domain)
NRSC 351 Biological Illustration II
NUTR 200 Contemporary Nutrition
NUTR 207 Nutrition and Health (closed to students in biology and biomedical programs)
NUTR 214 Food Fundamentals
NUTR 217 Application of Food Fundamentals
NUTR 322 Applied Sciences Communication
NUTR 430 Directed Studies in Dietetics/Nutrition I (write for permission)
NUTR 431 Directed Studies in Dietetics/Nutrition II (write for permission)
PLNT 201 Comparative Plant Biology (not open to students in Biological Sciences, write to your Faculty advisor for permission)
PLNT 211 Principles of Plant Science (not open to students in Biological Sciences, write to your Faculty advsisor for permission)
PLNT 221 Introduction to Fungi
PLNT 321 Fruit Production
PLNT 322 Greenhouse Management
PLNT 341 Horticulture - the Alliums
PLNT 342 Horticulture - Cole Crops
PLNT 343 Horticulture - Root Crops
PLNT 344 Horticulture - Salad Crops
PLNT 345 Horticulture: Solanaceous Crops
PLNT 348 The Brassicas
PLNT 421 Landscape Plant Materials
PLNT 450 Special Topics: Plant Science
PLNT 451 Special Topics: Plant Science 2
SOIL 342 course description not available

Courses offered by the School of Continuing Studies

Only Continuing Studies courses listed as Approved may be taken for credit. All others are not approved for credit.

CCE McGill Writing Centre (MWC) - approved

  • All WCOM courses are approved as they are offered under the Faculty of Arts. The courses below are older course codes which are no longer offered.
  • CEAP 150 course description not available (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science)
  • CEAP 250 course description not available (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science)
  • CESL 150 course description not available (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science)
  • CESL 200 course description not available (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science)
  • CESL 299 course description not available (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science)
  • CESL 300 course description not available (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science)
  • CESL 400 course description not available (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science)
  • CESL 500 course description not available (Note: It is NOT considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science)
  • CCOM 314 course description not available (Note: This IS considered to be a course outside of Arts and Science)

Courses offered by the Faculty of Education

If a course does not appear on the following list(s), you must obtain permission from the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) before registering for it.

Approved

EDEC 233 Indigenous Education
EDEC 247 Policy Issues:QC&Indigenous Ed
EDEC 248 Equity and Education
EDEC 249 Global Ed. and Social Justice
EDEC 260 Philosophical Foundations
EDEC 261 course description not available
EDEC 262 Media, Tech. and Education
EDEC 300 Special Topics 1 (Students must submit a request to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))
EDEC 301 Special Topics 2 (Students must submit a request to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))
EDEM 220 Contemporary Issues in Ed.
EDER 209 course description not available
EDER 250 L. and T. the J Way of Life
EDER 309 The Search for World Views
EDER 324 course description not available
EDER 394 course description not available
EDER 396 course description not available
EDER 406 course description not available
EDER 409 course description not available
EDER 410 Women in Higher Education
EDER 461 Society and Change
EDER 464 course description not available
EDER 491 course description not available
EDER 494 HumanRights&Ethics in Practice
EDER 499 Seminar on Women's Studies II
EDES 201 course description not available (requires permission from Faculty of Education)
EDES 335 Teaching Secondary Science 1 (approved only for students who complete the Minor in Education for Science students)
EDES 353 Teaching Sec. Mathematics 1 (approved only for students who complete the Minor in Education for Science students)
EDES 365 Experiences in Communications
EDES 366 Literature for Young Adults
EDKP 206 Biomechanics of Human Movement
EDKP 261 Motor Development
EDKP 303 course description not available (ANAT 214 is prerequisite)
EDKP 330 Physical Act & Public Health
EDKP 393 Skill Learning and Expertise (approved for Minor in Kinesiology)
EDKP 394 Historical Perspectives
EDKP 395 Exercise Physiology
EDKP 405 Sport in Society
EDKP 444 Ergonomics (ANAT 214 is prerequisite)
EDKP 445 Exercise Metabolism
EDKP 446 Physical Activity and Ageing
EDKP 447 Motor Control (ANAT 214 is prerequisite)
EDKP 448 Exercise and Health Psychology
EDKP 449 Neuromusc & Inflamm Pathophys
EDKP 485 Cardiopulmonary Ex Pathophys
EDKP 492 course description not available
EDKP 498 Sport Psychology
EDKP 505 course description not available
EDKP 542 Environmental Exercise Physiol
EDKP 566 Advanced Biomechanics Theory
EDPC 510 course description not available
EDPC 540 Socl Respblty&Relshps: Dig Age
EDPC 562 Career as a Lifelong Process
EDPE 300 Educational Psychology
EDPE 304 Measurement and Evaluation (approved only for students who complete the Minor in Education for Science students)
EDPE 335 Instructional Psychology
EDPE 355 Cognition and Education
EDPE 377 Adolescence and Education
EDPE 515 Gender Identity Development
EDPE 555 Socio-Cultural Fndns of LS
EDPE 560 course description not available
EDPI 309 Diverse Learners
EDPI 526 Supp. Stud. Strengths &Talent (provided students do a term paper for the major project)

Not approved

EDEA XXX None allowed
EDEC must write; see APPROVED list
EDEC 202: Effective Communication Faculty of Education
EDEC 203: Effective Communication Faculty of Education
EDEC 204: Communication in Social Work
EDEC 205: Communication in Management
EDEC 206: Communication in Engineering
EDEC 302 Language and Learning - Curriculum
EDEC 305 Communications for Management II
EDEC 310 Kindergarten/Elementary Curriculum
EDEC 402 Media, Technology and Education (closed to students except in certain programs)
EDEC 410 Multicultured/Multiracial Class (closed to students except in certain programs)
EDEC 500 Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice
EDEE XXX None allowed
EDEM 405 Policy Issues in Quebec Education (closed to students except in certain programs)
EDEM 450 Curriculum Alternatives: Great Teaching in an Alternative Education Setting
EDER 208 Philosophy of Human Nature
EDER 252 Understanding and Teaching Jewish Living
EDER 332 Guiding the Religious Response - Elem.
EDER 473 Living with Insight
EDES XXX None allowed
EDET XXX None allowed
EDFE XXX None allowed
EDKP XXX ANY Physical Education course, such as Basketball, Wrestling, Rugby, Weight Training, etc.
EDKP 201 Fitness Leadership
EDKP 205 Structural Anatomy 
EDKP 211 First Aid
EDKP 225 Golf
EDKP 231 Martial Arts
EDKP 292 Nutrition and Wellness (students should take NUTR 307 instead; students with little background in Biology and Chemistry must write to the Associate Dean, Student Affairs (SOUSA), Faculty of Science.)
EDKP 293 Anatomy and Physiology
EDKP 311 Athletic Injuries
EDKP 312 Aquatics
EDKP 331 Homeostatic Physiology
EDKP 391 Ergo-physiology (approved for students in Minor in Kinesiology)
EDKP 393 Skill Learning and Expertise (approved for students who are registered in the Minor in Kinesiology)
EDKP 396 Adapted Physical Activity (approved for students who are registered in the Minor in Kinesiology)
EDKP 485 Exercise in Chronic Health Conditions (approved for students in Minor in Kinesiology)
EDKP 492 Psychology of Motor Performance (replaced by EDKP 393 - approved for Minor in Kinesiology)
EDKP 495 Scientific Principles of Training (approved for students in Minor in Kinesiology)
EDKP 496 Adapted Physical Activity (approved for students in Minor in Kinesiology)
EDKP 550 Analyzing Instructional Behaviors
EDKP 553 Physiological Assessment in Sport
EDKP 568 Biomechanics Instruments
EDPC 501 Principles of Helping Rel.
EDPC 502 Group Processes and Individuals
EDPC 503 Human Sexuality: Professionals
EDPC 504 Practicum in Interviewing Skills
EDPC 505 Crisis/Trauma Intervention Processes
EDPC 508 Special Topics: Foundations of Family Life Education
EDPC 608 Group Counselling: Theory
EDPC 624 Group Counselling: Practice
EDPE 208 Personality and Social Development
EDPE 214 Child Development
EDPE 306 Values and Moral Education
EDPE 320 Adult Learning and Teaching
EDPE 394 Cognitive Development
EDPE 396 The Nature of Intelligence
EDPE 535 Instructional Design
EDPE 575 Educational Measurement
EDPE 596 Seminar in Special Topics
EDPI 211 Social & Emotional Development
EDPI 212 Perceptual Motor Development
EDPI 344 Assessment for Instruction
EDPI 440 Cog. & Psychomotor Prob. of Except. Chil.
EDPI 441 Behavioral Problems of Except. Chil.
EDPI 442 Psychology & Learning Problems
EDPI 527 Creativity and its Cultivation
EDPI 536 Practicum in Gifted Education I
EDPI 537 Practicum in the Gifted II
EDPI 539 Field Work I: Exceptional Students
EDPI 540 Field Work II: Exceptional Students
EDPI 543 Family, School and Community
EDPT XXX None allowed
EDSL XXX None allowed

Courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering

If a course does not appear on the following list(s), you must obtain permission from the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) before registering for it.

Approved

ARCH 250 Architectural History 1
ARCH 251 Architectural History 2
ARCH 252 course description not available
ARCH 253 course description not available
ARCH 355 Architectural History 4
ARCH 377 Energy, Environ, & Buildings 1
ARCH 385 course description not available
ARCH 515 Sustainable Design (Students must submit a request to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))
ARCH 522 course description not available
ARCH 523 Significant Texts & Buildings
ARCH 524 course description not available
ARCH 528 History of Housing
ARCH 529 Housing Theory
ARCH 536 Heritage Conservation
ARCH 541 Sel Topics in Architecture 2 (Students must submit a request to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))
ARCH 551 Urban Design and Planning (Note this course is cross-listed as URBP 551)
BIEN all approved, not counted as outside of Science
CHEE 200 Chem Engineering Principles 1
CHEE 204 Chem Engineering Principles 2
CHEE 230 course description not available
CHEE 291 Instrumentation&Measurement 1
CHEE 474 Biochemical Engineering 
CIVE 205 Statics
CIVE 323 Hydrology and Water Resources
CIVE 433 course description not available
CIVE 452 Water Resources in Barbados
CIVE 519 Sustainable Development Plans
CIVE 550 Water Resources Management
ECSE 200 Electric Circuits 1
ECSE 210 Electric Circuits 2
ECSE 221 course description not available (Credit will not be given for both ECSE 221 and COMP 273)
ECSE 321 Intro. to Software Engineering
ECSE 424 Human-Computer Interaction (Students must submit a request to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))
ECSE 427 Operating Systems
ECSE 429 Software Validation
ECSE 495 course description not available
ECSE 507 Optimization & Optimal Control
ECSE 526 Artificial Intelligence (Students must submit a request to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))
ECSE 539 Advanced Software Language Eng
MIME 260 Materials Science&Engineering
MIME 262 Prop.Materials in Elec. Eng.
MIME 308 Social Impact of Technology
MIME 310 course description not available
MIME 320 Extraction of Energy Resources
MIME 325 Mineral Industry Economics
MIME 329 Mining Geology
URBP 201 Planning the 21st Century City
URBP 506 Envrnmntl Policy and Planning
URBP 507 course description not available
URBP 506 Envrnmntl Policy and Planning
URBP 519 course description not available
URBP 520 course description not available
URBP 551 Urban Design and Planning (Note this course is cross-listed as ARCH 551)

Not approved

ARCH XXX generally not allowed with exceptions noted on APPROVED list.
CHEE 231 Data Anal & Design of Exp
CHEE 370 Elements of Biotechnology
CIVE 229 Surveying
ECSE 211 Design Principles and Methods
ECSE 291 Electrical Measurements Lab
ECSE 443 Introduction to Numerical Methods in Electrical Engineering
ECSE 508 Multi-Agent Systems (Students must submit a request to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))
FACC 100 Intro to the Eng. Profession
FACC 220 Law for Architects and Engineers
FACC 221 Engineering Professional Practice
MECH 201 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
MECH 220 Mechanics 2
MECH 260 Machine Tool Lab
MECH 261 Measurement Laboratory
MECH 262 Statistics and Measurement Laboratory
MECH 289 Design Graphics
MECH 553 Design and Manufacturing of Microdevices
MIME 221 Engineering Professional Practice
Note: Many Engineering courses may have substantial overlap with science courses. See Course Overlap Restrictions.

Courses offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management

All regular Management courses are approved with the exceptions listed below:

Not approved:

ORGB 423 Human Resource Management
ORGB 429 OB for Course Counsellors
ORGB 434 Topics in Organizational Behaviour 1

Statistics courses require the permission of the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA), submit your request through your Faculty advisor.

Computer and Information Systems courses are generally not approved for Science students; see list below.

INSY XXX None allowed

MGCR 331 Information Systems is approved for students enrolled in the course in Fall 2007 and in subsequent terms. It is not approved for students who were enrolled in the course before Fall 2007.

Courses offered by the Schulich School of Music

If a course does not appear on the following list(s), you must obtain permission from the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) before registering for it.

Approved

MUAR XXX (these are counted as Arts courses)
MUHL XXX
MUMT 201 course description not available
MUMT 202 Fundamentals of New Media
MUMT 203 Introduction to Digital Audio
MUMT 250 Music Perception and Cognition
MUMT 301 Music and the Internet
MUMT 302 New Media Production 1 (Approved only for students who complete the minor in Musical Applications of Technology)
MUMT 303 New Media Production 2 (Approved only for students who complete the minor in Musical Applications of Technology)
MUMT 306 Music & Audio Computing 1
MUMT 307 Music & Audio Computing 2
MUMT 402 course description not available
MUMT 501 Digital Aud. Signal Processing
MUMT 502 Senior Proj:Music Technology (Approved only for students who complete the minor in Musical Science and Technology)
MUPD 200 Intro to Music Marketing 
MUSP 240 Musicianship Training 3 (Approved only for students in the B.Sc. Liberal program who complete the B.A. Major Concentration in Music)
MUSP 241 Musicianship Training 4 (Approved only for students in the B.Sc. Liberal program who complete the B.A. Major Concentration in Music)
MUSR 200 Audio Recording Essentials (Approved only for students who complete the minor in Musical Applications of Technology)
MUSR 300D1 Intro to Music Recording (Approved only for students who complete the minor in Musical Applications of Technology)
MUSR 300D2 Intro to Music Recording (Approved only for students who complete the minor in Musical Applications of Technology)
MUTH XXX

Not approved

MUCT 235 Vocal Techniques

MUEN XXX None allowed
MUPD 201 Business Fundamentals for Musicians
MUPG XXX None allowed
MUJZ XXX None allowed
MUPP XXX None allowed (Science students in the BA Major Concentration Music should take MUHL courses as their complementary courses, instead of MUPP.)
MUSP XXX None allowed, (exceptions indicated in approved list)
MUSR 201 Audio Production Essentials

Students wishing to take Music courses that are not on either list above require permission from the Faculty of Music and from the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA))

3.2.3 Summer courses not approved for credit towards the B.Sc.

WARNING: THE COURSES LISTED BELOW HAVE BEEN ASSESSED, AND SCIENCE STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THEM.

Courses offered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Food Science:

  • FDSC 480 Industrial Stage/Food

Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • NUTR xxx None allowed

Plant Science:

  • PLNT 450 Special Topics: Plant Science 1 (To be determined*)
  • PLNT 451 Special Topics: Plant Science 2 (To be determined*)

Courses offered by the Faculty of Education

Education: Arts Education:

  • EDEA xxx None allowed

Education: Curriculum and Instruction:

  • EDEC 201 First Year Professional Seminar
  • EDEC 215 English Language Requirement
  • EDEC 253 Second Professional Seminar (Kindergarten/Elementary)
  • EDEC 254 Second Professional Seminar (Secondary)

Education: Student Teaching:

  • EDFE xxx None allowed

Education: Kinesiology and Physical Education:

  • EDKP xxx None allowed

Education: Psychology and Counselling (Counselling):

  • EDPC xxx None allowed

Education: Psychology and Counselling (Psychology):

  • EDPE 575 Educational Measurement
  • EDPE 595 Seminar in Special Topics

Education: Psychology and Counselling (Inclusive):

  • EDPI 450 Computers and Special Needs
  • EDPI 543 Family, School and Community

Education: Psychology and Counselling (Media):

  • EDPT xxx None allowed

Education: Education in Second Languages:

  • EDSL xxx None allowed

Education: Education Teaching and Learning:

  • EDTL 508 Critical Influences on Educational Praxis (To be determined*)

Courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering

Civil Engineering:

  • CIVE xxx None allowed

FACC - Faculty Course:

  • FACC xxx None allowed

Mechanical Engineering:

  • MECH xxx None allowed

Mining, Metals, Materials Engr:

  • MIME 203 Mine Surveying
  • MIME 280 Industrial Training 1
  • MIME 290 Industrial Work Period 1
  • MIME 291 Industrial Work Period 2
  • MIME 317 Analytical and Characterization Techniques
  • MIME 350 Extractive Metallurgical Engineering
  • MIME 380 Industrial Training 2
  • MIME 392 Industrial Work Period 3
  • MIME 410 Research Project
  • MIME 419 Surface Mining
  • MIME 422 Mine Ventilation
  • MIME 480 Industrial Training 3
  • MIME 481 Industrial Training 4
  • MIME 494 Industrial Work Period 4

McGill/Poly Mining Coop:

  • MPMC xxx None allowed

Courses offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management

Business Admin:

  • BUSA 434 Topics in General Management

Management Core:

  • MGCR 271 Business Statistics

Marketing:

  • MRKT xxx None allowed

Courses offered by the Schulich School of Music

Musicianship:

  • MUSP xxx None allowed

Music Theory and Analysis

  • MUTH 151 Theory and Analysis 2 (To be determined*)
  • MUTH 475 Special Project

*For more information about courses listed as "To be determined", please contact Jane Hawes at: jane.hawes [at] mcgill.ca

3.3 Bachelor of Arts & Science students

The eCalendar is the definitive authority on the requirements you must meet in order to obtain a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree at McGill. Here are a few sections from the eCalendar frequently sought by B.A. & Sc. students.

Grading and grade point averages (GPA)

Grading and Grade Point Averages (GPA)

Note for Physical and Occupational Therapy: A grade of C+ is the minimum required passing grade for courses with the subject codes of OCC1, PHTH, and POTH. A grade of C is the minimum required passing grade for all other courses. For complete details, refer to the Rules and Regulations, available at mcgill.ca/spot/programs.

Instructors may submit final grades as either letter grades or in percentages, but the official grade in each course, which is displayed on the transcript is the letter grade. Where appropriate, a class average appears on transcripts expressed as the letter grade most representative of the class performance. In such cases, the class average is calculated for courses, where the total number of grades in all its course sections is 25 or more, and the grades have a grade point (e.g. grades of S, U, or P do not have grade points).

Since Fall 2002, the University has only used letter grades on transcripts and verification forms.

Grades A through C represent satisfactory passes, D a conditional (non-continuation) pass, and F a failure. Certain courses have been approved for Pass/Fail (P/F) grading. Students may also designate elective courses to be graded under the S/U option. See Courses Taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option.

Policy on Pass/Fail Grading:

For a course to be graded P/F, a proposal must be approved by the Program Director, approved by the Faculty Curriculum Committee, and approved by the Subcommittee on Courses and Teaching Programs (SCTP). Courses that are approved to be graded P/F must indicate this in the course syllabus. Pass/Fail grading applies to all students in a course section and cannot be selectively added to individual students.

Grades of Pass are not included in the GPA calculation and as such are not normally applied to required courses. Grades of F are included in GPA calculations. However, both grades of P and F are included in the count of completed credits for determining eligibility for scholarships and awards.

Please refer to the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option for information on that grading option for students.

You must obtain a grade of C or better in courses that you take to fulfil program requirements. You may not register in a course unless you have passed all the prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better, except by written permission of the appropriate department chair.

Grades Grade Points Numerical Scale of Grades
A 4.0 85 – 100%
A- 3.7 80 – 84%
B+ 3.3 75 – 79%
B 3.0 70 – 74%
B- 2.7 65 – 69%
C+ 2.3 60 – 64%
C 2.0 55 – 59%
D 1.0 50 – 54%
F (Fail) 0 0 – 49%
Note for Engineering: The Faculty of Engineering does not use this numeric scale. See Note for Engineering below.
Note for Law: Faculty of Law does not use this numeric scale.

The University assigns grade points to letter grades according to the above table. Your Academic Standing (e.g., satisfactory, probationary), which is your academic status at the end of each term, is determined by a grade point average (GPA), which is calculated by multiplying the course credit by the grade points and dividing the sum by the total GPA course credits. The GPA result is truncated by two decimal points and not rounded up to the nearest decimal point. For example, a GPA of 3.596 will display on the transcript as 3.59 and is NOT rounded up to 3.60.

GPA course credits are the credits of courses with final grades that are assigned grade points according to the table above (e.g, a 3-credit course with a final grade of A has 3 GPA course credits, but a 3-credit course with a final grade of P has no GPA course credits because a grade of P does not have a grade point value).

The term grade point average (TGPA) is the GPA for a given term calculated using all the applicable courses at the same level in that term. The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is the GPA calculated using your entire record of applicable courses at McGill at the same level; if you change levels, e.g., from undergraduate to graduate, the CGPA starts again.

This policy took effect in January 2003. Prior to January 2003, if your degree program had changed—e.g., from B.Sc. to B.A.—the CGPA calculation restarted again. For students with academic information prior to Fall 2002, who are registered in a different program or in a different level post-Fall 2002, the transcript displays a special message regarding the CGPA restarting.

If you repeat courses, all final grades are included in the GPA calculation. Therefore, grades of D or F continue to be used in the CGPA calculation even after you repeat the course or if you take a supplemental examination. Note that credits are only granted once for a repeated course regardless of the passing grade.

You must obtain a minimum CGPA of 2.00 to be considered for graduation with a McGill degree.

Note: During the first week of lectures, each instructor will provide you with a written course outline. This information should include, where appropriate:
  • whether there will be a final examination in the course;
  • how term work will affect the final grade in the course;
  • how term work will be distributed through the term;
  • whether there will be a supplemental examination in the course, and if so, whether the supplemental exam will be worth 100% of the supplemental grade, or whether term work will be included in the supplemental grade (courses with formal final examinations must have supplementals);
  • whether students with grades of D, F, J, or U will have the option of submitting additional work, and, if so, how the supplemental grade will be calculated with the extra work (applicable only to students in Science and B.A. & Sc.).
Note for Engineering: In the Faculty of Engineering, letter grades are assigned according to the grading scheme adopted by the professor in charge of a particular course. This may not correspond to grades indicated in the “Numerical Scale of Grades” column in Grading and Grade Point Averages. A grade of D indicates marginal performance which is acceptable only for Complementary Studies courses (i.e., Group A Impact of Technology on Society; and Group B Humanities and Social Sciences, Management Studies and Law), Natural Science Complementary Courses (for Computer Engineering and Software Engineering students from CEGEP), and Elective Courses (for Mechanical Engineering students from CEGEP and for Architecture students). A grade of D is not acceptable for required (core) courses (including Year 0 (Freshman/Foundation Year) math and science courses), technical complementary courses, laboratory complementary courses, or courses in any other category of Engineering programs. Individual departments/schools will decide if a student with a D in a prerequisite course(s) may take the subsequent course.
Grades have the following designations:
A, A- Very Good
B+, B, B- Good
C+, C Satisfactory
D Conditional Pass
F Fail
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 3, 2024).

Grading and Grade Point Averages (GPA): Other Grades

Note: Not all grades listed below apply to every faculty, school, or level. Faculty policy prevails when determining if a student may be eligible to receive one of these grades.
Other Grades

J

unexcused absence (failed); the student is registered for a course but does not write the final examination or complete other required work; calculated as a failure in the TGPA and CGPA

K

incomplete; instructor has extended the deadline for submission of work in a course

KE or K*

further extension granted for submission of work in a course, approval from the Faculty SAO may be required

KF

failed to meet the extended deadline for submission of work in a course; calculated as a failure in TGPA and CGPA

KK

completion requirement waived; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA; Associate Dean approval is required.

L

approved to write a deferred examination in a course

LE or L*

permitted to defer examination for more than the normal period

NR

no grade reported by the instructor (recorded by the Registrar)

P

pass; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA

Q

course continued in next term (applicable only to courses taken pre-Fall 2002)

S

satisfactory; equivalent to C or better in an elective course; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA (See Courses Taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option)

U

unsatisfactory; equivalent to D or F in an elective course; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA (See Courses Taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option)

W

withdrew; a course dropped, with permission, after the Course Change deadline; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA

WF

withdrew failing; a course dropped, with special permission in an exceptional case, after faculty deadline for withdrawal from course, the student's performance in the course at that stage being on the level of an F; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA (Not used by Music.)

WL

faculty permission to withdraw from a deferred examination; not calculated in TGPA or CGPA

NA or &&

grade not yet available

W- - or - -

no grade; student withdrew from the University, not calculated in TGPA or CGPA (applicable only to courses taken pre-Fall 2002)

Note for Physical and Occupational Therapy: Grades of S/U are not applicable.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 3, 2024).

Grading and Grade Point Averages (GPA): Unexcused Absences

All students who miss a final exam or do not complete other required work in a course are given a J grade. You then have the following options:

  1. Ask to be assigned a grade based only on the grades earned for your work submitted up to, but not including, the final exam or other required course work.

    The grade earned is calculated by adding the grades obtained on the individual pieces of work and a grade of 0 for the portion of the final grade allocated to the final exam or other required course work. This option is not available if the professor stipulated in the course outline that the final exam or other course work is a required part of the evaluation.

  2. Request a deferred exam if you have the appropriate reasons and documentation.
  3. Apply for a supplemental exam if permitted by your faculty.
Note for Engineering: Option 1 is not available to students in the Faculty of Engineering.
Note for Law: Option 1 is not available to students in the Faculty of Law. Option 3 is by approval of the Associate Dean (Academic) or the Director (Student Life & Learning) only.
Note for Music: Option 1 is not available to students in the Schulich School of Music.

You must request option 1 no later than four months after the end of the examination period of the original course.

You must request option 2 by the faculty deadlines as indicated in Final Examinations: Deferred Exams.

You must request option 3 by the faculty deadlines as indicated at mcgill.ca/exams.

If you wish to appeal a J grade, you should write to your Associate Dean or Director.

Note for the Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.): Requests are made at Service Point (3415 McTavish Street). However, it is important that you also meet with a Faculty advisor in Arts OASIS or SOUSA to talk about your options and the effects that your request may have on your studies. For more information, see mcgill.ca/students/advising.
Note for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Only options 2 and 3 above are applicable to graduate students. Students wishing to appeal a J grade should write to the Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Minimum credit requirement

Minimum Credit Requirement for Bachelor of Arts and Science

You must complete the minimum credit requirement for the degree as specified in your letter of admission.

Students are normally admitted to a four-year degree requiring the completion of 120 credits, but Advanced Standing of up to 30 credits may be granted if you obtain satisfactory results in the Diploma of Collegial Studies, International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Levels, and Advanced Placement tests.

If you are readmitted after interrupting your studies for a period of five consecutive years or more, you may be required to complete a minimum of 60 credits and satisfy the requirements of a program. In this case, a new GPA will be calculated. The Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Science, in consultation with the appropriate department, may approve a lower minimum for students who had completed 60 credits or more before interrupting their studies.

If you are readmitted after a period of absence, you are normally subject to the program and degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

Residency requirement

Residency Requirement for Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree

To obtain a B.A. & Sc., you must satisfy the following residency requirements: a minimum of 60 credits of courses used to satisfy the B.A. & Sc. requirements must be taken and passed at McGill, exclusive of any courses completed as part of the math and science requirements of the B.A. & Sc. Freshman/Foundation Year program. At least two-thirds of all departmental program requirements (multi-track, honours, interfaculty) must normally be completed at McGill, not including courses completed in a prior McGill degree. Exceptionally, students in major concentrations or interfaculty or honours programs who pursue an approved Study Away or Exchange program may, with prior approval from both their department and the Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Faculty of Science, be exempted from the two-thirds rule. In addition, some departments may require that their students complete specific components of their program at McGill.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 11, 2024).

Time and credit limit for the completion of the degree

Time and Credit Limit for Completion of the Degree for Bachelor of Arts and Science

If a student needs 96 or fewer credits to complete their degree requirements, that student is expected to complete their degree in no more than eight terms after their initial registration. If a student is in the Freshman/Foundation Year program, they become subject to these regulations one year after the initial registration. If a student needs or wants to exceed this time limit, they must receive permission from the Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Science, to continue their studies.

If a student is registered in the B.A. & Sc., they are expected to complete the requirements of their program and degree within 120 credits. Students will receive credit for all courses (subject to degree regulations) taken up to and including the semester in which they obtain 120 credits. If a student wants to remain at McGill beyond that semester, they must also seek permission of the Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Science. Permission for exceeding the time and/or credit limits will normally be granted only for valid academic reasons, such as a change of program (subject to departmental approval) and part-time status. If permission is granted, that student will receive credit only for required and complementary courses necessary to complete program requirements.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 3, 2024).

Program requirements

Departmental Programs for Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree

If students are pursuing a B.A. & Sc., other than those registered in the Freshman/Foundation Year program, they are required to have an approved program (multi-track, joint honours, interfaculty, honours), and to select their courses in each term with a view to timely completion of your degree and program requirements. Students must complete one of the program streams described below.

Multi-Track

To recognize the diversity of student backgrounds and interests, and the multiple routes to understanding provided by a modern university, the Faculties of Arts and of Science offer a 90-credit multi-track program that includes a major concentration in one faculty complemented by a major concentration in the other faculty (see below):

Option
  • Arts Major Concentration (36 credits) + Science Major Concentration (36–38 credits) (see Overview of Programs Offered for a list of programs open to students in the B.A. & Sc.)
  • The required integrative course BASC 201 (3 credits)
Regulations
  • Programs offered by Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology are considered Science programs for the purpose of the B.A. & Sc. Exceptionally, you may take a Geography program in both Arts and Science.
  • Students will include within the 36 credits of their major concentrations any university-level (200 or above) prerequisites to required courses within their programs.
  • No course may fulfil the requirements for more than one program.
Definitions
  • Units: academic departments or administrative equivalents
  • Programs: lists of required and complementary courses (including university-level prerequisites for required courses) prepared and maintained by units
  • Major Concentration: a program of 36–38 credits taken from a unit's course offerings

Joint Honours Program

If students want to study at the honours level in two disciplines, they can combine a joint honours program component from an Arts discipline with one from a Science discipline; see Joint Honours Programs for a list of available programs. Each joint honours component consists of a maximum of 36 required and complementary credits (not including program prerequisites). In cases where a minimum of 24 credits are in courses normally restricted to honours students, the total of required and complementary credits may be as few as 30.

To choose the joint honours option, students must meet the GPA/cGPA requirements set out in University Regulations and Resources > Undergraduate > Graduation > Graduation Honours > Honours and First-Class Honours for Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.).
Option
  • Arts Joint Honours (36 credits) + Science Joint Honours (36 credits). (see Overview of Programs Offered for a list of programs open to students in the B. A. & Sc.)
  • The required integrative course BASC 201 (3 credits)
  • 13–15 credits of electives
Regulations
  • Programs offered by Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology are considered Science programs for the purpose of the B.A. & Sc.
  • Students will include within the 36 credits of their major concentrations any university-level (200 or above) prerequisites to required courses within their programs.
  • No course may fulfil the requirements for more than one program.

Interfaculty Program

An interfaculty program is an approved selection of courses constituting a concentration in an intellectually coherent and interfaculty field of studies. These courses must include approved selections from the Faculties of Arts and of Science and possibly other faculties. See Interfaculty Programs for a list of approved programs. Students in the B.A. & Sc. who complete an approved interfaculty program must also complete an approved minor concentration or a minor in the Faculties of Arts or of Science. Students must complete at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Arts and at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Science as part of the interfaculty program and the minor concentration or minor program.

Option
  • Interfaculty Program (54 credits) + Minor or Minor Concentration (18 to 24 credits) (see Overview of Programs Offered for a list of programs open to students in the B.A. & Sc.)
  • The integrative course BASC 201 (3 credits) is recommended
  • 12–18 credits of electives
Regulations
  • Students must complete at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Arts and at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Science as part of the interfaculty program and minor concentration or minor program
  • No course may fulfil the requirements for more than one program

Honours Program

Honours programs demand a high degree of specialization and require students to satisfy specific departmental and faculty honours requirements while maintaining good Academic Standing. They are designed to prepare students for graduate study. Students in the B.A. & Sc. who complete an approved honours program must also complete an approved minor concentration or a minor in the Faculties of Arts or of Science. Students must complete at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Arts and at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Science as part of the honours program, minor concentration, or minor program. See Honours Programs for a list of available programs.

Option
  • Honours Program (60 credits) + Minor or Minor Concentration (18 to 24 credits) (see Overview of Programs Offered for a list of programs open to students in the B.A. & Sc.)
  • The integrative course BASC 201 (3 credits) is recommended
  • Minimum cGPA at graduation of 3.00 (minimum cGPA at graduation of 3.50 for first-class honours)
  • Some departments have additional requirements which must be met before students are recommended for honours or first-class honours
  • 6–12 credits of electives
Regulations
  • Students must complete at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Arts and at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Science as part of the interfaculty program and minor concentration or minor program
  • No course may fulfil the requirements for more than one program

To choose the honours option, students must meet the GPA/cGPA requirements set out in University Regulations and Resources > Undergraduate > Graduation > Graduation Honours > Honours and First-Class Honours for Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.).

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 11, 2024).

  

    

 

3.3.1 Integrative course - Bachelor of Arts and Science degree

If you are in the Multi-Track Program or the Joint Honours Program, you must complete the required integrative course (BASC 201, 3 credits). For students in an Interfaculty or Honours Program, the Integrative course may also be used to fulfill the requirements of one of the B.A. & Sc. programs or may be considered as elective credit.

3.3.2 Restrictions on courses outside the faculties of Arts and Science

There are limits on how many credits students in the B.A. & Sc. degree take outside of the faculties of Arts and Science. Refer to:

Click to see the eCalendar regulations on taking courses outside the faculties of Arts and Science

Courses Outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science

The following regulations apply to students in the B.A. & Sc. who want to take courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science:

  • Regardless of your minimum credit requirement toward your B.A. & Sc., you are allowed a maximum of 12 credits in ELECTIVE and/or COMPLEMENTARY courses taken in faculties other than the Faculties of Arts and of Science.
  • Students in certain designated programs that include a number of REQUIRED and COMPLEMENTARY courses in other faculties are permitted a maximum of 30 credits outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science. These programs are the Interfaculty and Honours programs in Environment, the Minor concentration in Environment, the Interfaculty and Honours programs in Sustainability, Science and Society, and the Major concentration in Geography (Urban Studies).
  • Any courses taught at McGill University may be used toward the maximum allowed, except for courses taught by the School of Continuing Studies, for which you receive credits only in Continuing Studies (see the SOUSA website for a list of approved courses: mcgill.ca/science/undergraduate/handbook#basc-continuing).
  • For the purpose of this policy, courses taught in other faculties and specifically listed in Faculty of Arts > Undergraduate or Faculty of Science > Undergraduate are considered as courses taught in the Faculties of Arts and of Science.
  • The maximum number of credits allowed will be strictly enforced.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024).

 

 

 

 

3.3.3. School of Continuing Studies courses within a B.A & Sc. degree

Continuing Studies courses with subject numbers that do not start with a C can be taken for credit towards your B.A. & Sc. degree.

You may register for Continuing Studies courses for credit on Minerva according to the dates indicated on the Minerva web site for the summer, fall and winter terms.

Registering for a Continuing Studies course not for credit

  • Continuing Studies courses with subject numbers that start with C (except those listed above) are not for credit towards your B.A. & Sc. degree.
  • In order to register, you should go to the School of Continuing Studies at 688 Sherbrooke St. West.
  • Make the appropriate arrangements with the School, and their staff will add the course to your record.
  • You will not be able to request credit for these courses at a later date toward your B.A. & Sc. degree.

4. Study Abroad Options

Students interested in applying to transfer to another faculty or into Science should be advised that approval for McGill Exchanges or other study abroad activities will not automatically transfer if a student changes degree.

Students interested in transferring into Science should consult with the relevant advisor in Science to discuss how transferring into Science may impact their study abroad program. Students interested in transferring into the B.Sc should contact mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) and students interested in transferring to the B.A. & Sc. should contact tania.raggo [at] mcgill.ca (Tania Raggo).

Students interested in transferring out of the Faculty of Science should consult with the other Faculty’s advising office/study abroad coordinators as to potential impacts of a transfer.

SOUSA reserves the right to refuse to award McGill transfer credit for any studies completed at another university if these studies were not pre-approved or if the host school or any of its courses fails to meet the Faculty’s study away policies or McGill’s program or degree requirements.

Studying away from McGill is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity whose benefits can go far beyond academic learning. The opportunity to study at another university can add significant dimensions to your undergraduate education by enabling you to develop broader perspectives on your fields of study, to enhance skills in cross-cultural communication and critical thinking applicable to your everyday life and provide you with a chance for personal growth.

Graduating students

Students who are on any type of study away during their graduating term WILL NOT be able to graduate at the end of their final term; instead, these students must select a graduation term (on Minerva) for the term following their Study Away, Exchange, etc.

Note to American students regarding Federal Student Aid:

Students who are taking distance education (online courses), research abroad, Official McGill Exchange or a Study Abroad program, please review the rules and regulations on the Scholarships and Student Aid website or go to the Scholarships and Student Aid office, Brown Building.

Study-away advising sessions

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts & Science students: If you have SPECIFIC questions concerning your Study Abroad options which are NOT answered on this website, please schedule an advising session with the relevant adviser mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) if you are a B.Sc. student, or tania.raggo [at] mcgill.ca (Tania Raggo) if you are a B.A. & Sc. student.

4.1 McGill Student Exchange Programs

Exchange Applications for Winter 2025 :

Application to apply for the McGill Exchange Program for Winter 2025 on Minerva will open on April 15, 2024 with a June 10, 2024 deadline. 

The Faculty of Science will be offering several Information sessions for B.Sc students and B.A. & Sc. students wanting to go on Exchange for Winter 2025.

  • B.Sc students: Registration for these sessions is now available,  please click here to register (sessions held March to June).
  • B.A. & Sc. students: Registration for these sessions is now available, please click here to register (sessions held March to May).

As of the Summer 2011 term, students who are on any type of study away during their graduating term WILL NOT be able to graduate at the end of their final term; instead, these students must select their graduation flag (on Minerva) for the term following their study away.

Note to American students regarding federal student aid: students who are taking distance education (online courses), research abroad, Official McGill Exchange or a Study Abroad program, please review the rules and regulations on the Scholarships and Student Aid website or go to the Scholarships and Student Aid office, Brown Building.

McGill Student Exchange Programs are established tuition agreements between McGill and various host universities whereby students exchange places for one or two terms (excluding summer term). For these programs you pay your tuition to McGill while studying abroad.

When embarking on an exchange program it is a good idea to have a well thought-out plan. Please read the following steps, including the related links concerning policies and regulations, to ensure your participation in a McGill Exchange program is rewarding and successful.

Step 1: What factors should I consider when planning my exchange program?

The best time to participate in an exchange program is during the year before your graduating year, your U2 year. This would give you the opportunity to complete at least one year in your program(s) of study at McGill prior to departure. You would return to McGill with an enriched educational perspective to complete your remaining degree and program requirements.

1. Consider the following before going on an exchange program:

Studying away can have a significant impact on your academic career. The following are some questions you should be asking:

  • What is the language of instruction at the host university?
  • Do you want to study away for a year or one term?
  • How many credits do you have to complete for your degree and for each of your declared programs?
  • When do you expect to graduate? Will you graduate within the degree time limit?
  • Will you exceed your minimum credit requirement?
  • are you planning on making an inter-faculty transfer to another faculty at McGill, if so, please check with that faculty to make sure you will still be eligible to transfer and still go on an exchange.
  • If your course selection is unavailable at the host university will you be "out of step" with your program requirements upon returning to McGill?
  • Are you on a student visa; and if so, when does it expire?
  • Will you have to extend your degree at McGill if you don't receive as many transfer credits as expected, or as many direct course equivalences as expected?

2. Review Faculty policies:

Since your participation in an exchange program may be affected by certain faculty policies, use the following links to read and understand about Science or B.A. & Sc. course and degree requirements:

General degree requirements:

3. Review  Transfer credit policy.

4. Meet with your departmental academic adviser(s):

You are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with each of your departmental advisers to discuss your plans to participate in an exchange program. Consult the Program Adviser list for names and email addresses for each program and/or department.

With your adviser(s):

  • discuss your selected host university and courses;
  • discuss your required and complementary courses, and any alternatives, which will count toward your departmental programs at McGill. Discuss elective courses and possible exemptions from specific McGill courses as a result of your exchange program;
  • determine the status of your McGill program requirements. In other words, which courses have you completed and which remain to be completed? Can they be completed at another university? Are you abiding to the "1/3 credit rule"?

Step 2: How do I select an appropriate institution?

Step 3: What are the criteria to apply?

In order to be considered for an exchange program, at the time of your application, you must:

  • be currently registered in a full-time Bachelor of Science or Bachelor Arts and Science program at McGill (with your program(s) of study accurately reflected on Minerva);
  • have a CGPA of 3.0 or greater (and maintain it during all terms leading to the exchange term);
  • have completed a minimum of 12 graded McGill credits at the time of application; and
  • have completed a minimum of 24 graded McGill credits prior to the start of the exchange program.
  • Students wishing to go on Exchange for Fall 2024 and Full Year, will apply on the Exchange Minerva Module.  The module will open on December 5, 2023 and will close on January 15, 2024.
  • It is also recommended that you review the documents above.

Step 4: Is it possible to obtain funding?

Start thinking early about applying for funds to study abroad. There is a wide range of options available to you but you must be pro-active in your research and planning. For example, learn if you could tap into funds through federal or provincial-level government loans and bursary programs, foundations or private and public organizations. Inquire about the various application criteria and deadlines.

The following is a list of some organizations you could review for possible funding options.

Note to American students regarding federal student aid: While on official exchange from McGill you are considered to be a full-time McGill student for U.S. Direct Loan purposes. Please be aware that regulations by the U.S. Department of Education states that you can receive U.S. Direct Loans only if attending a school that participates in the U.S. Direct Loan program, and the school is located outside of the U.S. For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Student Aid website.

Step 5: How do I apply?

1. Consult the instructions from the McGill Abroad website.  There are 7 steps to review

2. Submit the Minerva Exchange Application form:

  • Exchange application on Minerva for Winter 2025 will open on April 15th and close on June 10, 2024.

There is a non-refundable application fee chargeable to your Student Account upon submitting an application.

3. Submit additional information:

  • If you are currently in your  'Year U3', final year of studies (according to your transcript on Minerva) you must write a letter of appeal explaining why you are requesting to go on exchange at this time.

    You must also provide a term-by-term outline of program and elective courses you will be completing upon your return to McGill. The purpose of this list is to ensure that you will not be exceeding your minimum credit requirement and/or the degree time limit.

    If required, explain why your degree and/or program requirements could not be completed within the time normally allotted and why you require an extension. Send this information to mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier), (B.Sc.) and tania.raggo [at] mcgill.ca (Tania Raggo )(B.A.& Sc.)
     
  • If you are thinking about transferring to another Faculty within McGill before submitting your exchange application, please contact the new faculty to make sure you will still be eligible to go on exchange should you be accepted to transfer into that Faculty.

Applications missing this additional information will not be processed.

4. Confirm your approval status:

In order to be considered for nomination to the host partner, you must first be granted Faculty Approval by SOUSA. Your application will be evaluated for the required academic criteria and will be granted a status of 'Approved' or 'Not Approved' in the 'Faculty Application Status' field of your Minerva Exchange Application. This is the first level of approval.

5. Nomination by the McGill Exchange Office at Service Point:

If your application was granted Faculty Approval, the McGill Exchange Office will review your application for nomination to the partner university. You must accept or decline the nomination on Minerva by the specified deadline.  This is a second level of approval. If your nomination is accepted by the partner university you will be contacted by email by the Exchange Office with details on how to apply to the host University.

Step 6: What should I do once my application has been accepted?

Only once you have been sent the offer of admission by the partner university (only a few months before you actual go on exchange), follow these steps:

Course Equivalency System

All courses taken abroad (outside of McGill) must be approved using the Course Equivalency System.

Search the database to determine if the course you want to take has already been approved. You may want to use the “External” course number and then “Country” or “Institution” to determine if the course has already been approved. Make sure you also tick off “Include Expired Decisions”. The course may have already been approved, but might be expired, which means you will have to request a “Reassessment”.

If the course is not on the course database, then you must login (using your McGill email address and password) and “Submit a Request”. For further information on using the system, please go to Frequently asked questions.

Once you have made an exchange application, you will then have access to the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment Form” (replaces the Course Approval Form). Only courses that appear on the Course Equivalency System can be added to the Transfer Credit Assessment Form. For further information, please refer to the Help Field on Minerva.

You cannot assume that you will receive 3 credits for a course equivalency even if the course is 3 credits at McGill. The Faculty of Science has the right to request a course syllabus (even if the course is approved on the course equivalency system). The Faculty of Science has the final approval for all courses taken by a Faculty of Science (or B.A. & Sc.) student taken outside of McGill.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) if you are a B.Sc. student, or tania.raggo [at] mcgill.ca (Tania Raggo) if you are a B.A. & Sc. student.

You must register for the Pre-departure Orientation:

Exchange students will receive instructions from McGill Abroad regarding Pre-departure Orientation.

Mandatory McGill Student Travel Registry

McGill requires all of its students who are studying outside of the Greater Montreal area to fill out the McGill Student Travel Registry. The app allows McGill to keep a record of your travel dates and study destinations and to contact students in case the safety situation in the location they are visiting changes.

Step 7: What should I do while I am at the partner university?

1. Keep all course materials:

You may need to refer to the course syllabus, exam questions, graded work, methods of evaluation, reading lists, etc. for final course approvals with your department adviser upon your return to McGill.

2. Regularly check your McGill email:

The SOUSA staff will email all correspondence including important notices and information about registration, fees, graduation, etc., to your McGill email account.

Step 8: How and when are my credits transferred to my McGill record?

Once your studies at the host university are completed, you must request an official transcript will be mailed to the McGill Exchange Office.

Please refer to the SOUSA Transfer Credit Policy for details about how transfer credits are approved and processed.

Step 9: If I decide not to go, should I cancel my application?

In order to cancel your exchange, you must fill out the appropriate webform Request to Cancel Exchange term (Note: The exchange application fee is non-refundable.)

 

4.2 Study at a Québec university: AEHE-Inter-University Transfer (IUT) including online courses

There are two options for studying at another university in Québec for credit towards your McGill Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts & Science degree:

  1. Registering for one or two courses per term at the host university in addition to your McGill courses in the same term using the AEHE-IUT (Autorisation d'études hors établissement) website.
  2. Registering for a full course load at the host university without taking any McGill courses in the same term using the AEHE-IUT website.

NOTE: U3 STUDENTS: If you are participating in any type of study away (including IUT) during your final U3 term, (even if you are taking only one course outside of McGill) you will not be able to graduate at the end of the term and must select the term of graduation (on Minerva) after your term away.

Step 1: What factors should I consider before applying for a course at another Quebec University?

1. Consider the following before applying:

Studying away can have a significant impact on your academic career. The following are some questions you should be asking:

  • What is the language of instruction at the host university?
  • How many credits do you have to complete for your degree and for each of your program(s)?
  • When do you expect to graduate? Will you graduate within the degree time limit?
  • Will you exceed your minimum credit requirement?
  • If your course selection is unavailable at the host university will you be "out of step" with your program requirements upon returning to McGill?
  • Will you have to extend your degree at McGill if you don't receive as many transfer credits as expected, or as many direct course equivalences as expected?

2. Review Faculty Policies:

It is your responsibility to read and understand Faculty policies and regulations. A lack of knowledge or understanding of these policies will not be grounds for an appeal later on. Since certain faculty policies may affect your course selection, read over the following information very carefully:

General course requirements

General degree requirements:

3. Meet with your Program Advisor(s):

You are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with each of your program advisors to discuss your plans to study at another university. Consult the Program Advisors for a list of adviser names and email addresses for each program and/or department.

With your advisor(s):

  • discuss your selected host university and courses you want to register for.
  • discuss your required and complementary courses, and any alternatives, which will count toward your departmental programs at McGill.
  • determine the status of your McGill program requirements. In other words, which courses have you completed and which remain to be completed? Can they be completed at another university? Are you abiding to the "1/3 credit rule"?

Step 2: What are the criteria for acceptance?

You must be a student in the Bachelor of Science, or the Bachelor of Arts and Science, and registered in a departmental program. You must have a CGPA of 2.00 or greater.

NOTE: Exchange, Special, Visiting or Foundation year (U0) students are not eligible to apply.

Step 3: What about online courses? Can I use them towards my degree?

You are allowed a maximum of 6 online credits to be used towards the fulfillment of the elective requirements of your degree.

Before registering, however, you must seek prior approval of the Associate Dean, Student Affairs. Please submit your written request to mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) (B.Sc.) or tania.raggo [at] mcgill.ca (Tania Raggo) (B.A.&Sc.) In your email indicate your reasons for taking this online course and attach a current course syllabus which includes the method of evaluation.

You will also have to get the course approved using the Course equivalency System.

Step 4: How do I go about making an AEHE-IUT application?

Watch this short VIDEO on how to use the new AEHE-IUT form.

  • Get your courses assessed for equivalency on the McGill Course Equivalency System. All courses must be evaluated.
  • Complete the online AEHE-IUT form:  All courses entered on the AEHE-IUT application must be evaluated and approved on the McGill Course Equivalency System before submitting the form.

NOTE:  If the course is assessed as a level equivalency ex: BIOL 3XX or PSYC 2XX, please put this course in the comment section of your application.

  • Register at the host university.  Once the course you wish to take is approved by both the host university and McGill Enrollment Services, you will be required to register for the course(s) at the host university following the registration instructions provided by the host university.
     

Step 5: What are the deadlines to apply?

Your AEHE-IUT application must be submitted prior to the start of the term to allow enough time to meet the host university's registration deadlines. These are strict deadlines:

for the Summer term: by April 15th for May term
by May 15th for June term
by June 15th for July term
for the Fall term: by August 15th
for the Winter term: by December 15th

Step 6: What happens once my IUT application has been approved at McGill?

1. Await the host university's approval:

Once McGill has approved your application, the host university will inform you of their decision by email.

2. Register at the host university:

If your application is approved by the host university, you will receive instructions on how to register at the host university.

Step 7: How and to whom do I pay my tuition fees?

The tuition fees for the course(s) at the host university will be charged to your McGill account.

Step 8: What should I do while I am at the host university?

1. Keep all course materials:

You may need to refer to course syllabus, exam questions, graded work, methods of evaluation, reading lists, etc. for discussion about course approvals with your department adviser.

2. Regularly check your McGill email:

The SOUSA office will email all correspondence including important notices and information about registration, fees, graduation, etc., to your McGill email account.

3. Register for McGill courses for the upcoming term:

If you expect to return to McGill for the upcoming term, be sure to register for your McGill courses by appropriate deadlines to avoid any late registration fees.

Step 9: What should I do when I return to McGill (if applicable)?

1. Have you registered for your McGill courses?

Access Minerva to register for courses and to verify that your registration for your term back at McGill is accurate.

2. Have you updated your contact information?

If you have changed residence or telephone number, please ensure that you update your contact information on Minerva so that we can contact you about any issues regarding your study away or your McGill registration.

Step 10: How and when are my credits transferred to my McGill record?

1. Ensure that your grade(s) have been submitted to McGill:

For any course(s) you complete at the host university, the grade(s) will be automatically submitted to McGill. If you login to your AEHE-IUT application and read "Grade transmitted to Home University", this is your confirmation that McGill has received the grade(s). Should you have any questions about the submission of your grade, please contact the host university.

McGill's Enrolment Services, in coordination with our office, will process the transfer credits to your McGill transcript on a priority and volume-based system.

NOTE: U3 STUDENTS: As of the Summer 2011, if you are participating in any type of study away/exchange (including IUT) during your final U3 term, you will not be able to graduate at the end of the term and must select the term of graduation (on Minerva) after your term away.

2. Refer to the SOUSA Transfer Credit Policy:

Please refer to the SOUSA Transfer Credit Policy for details about how transfer credits are approved and processed.

Step 11: If I decide not to go after all, should I cancel my application?

If you wish to drop or withdraw from a course after registering at the host Québec university, you must follow the drop/withdrawal procedures at the host university and submit this change on the AEHE-IUT application. Otherwise, you will continue to be registered for the course, and you will receive failing grades at the end of term, as well as be charged fees.
 

4.3 Independent Study Away

Applications for Fall 2024 and/or Winter 2025 independent study away will be available on Minerva as of March 1, 2024.  Students must register at a degree granting University and courses must be delivered in person.  Online courses will not be approved for program requirements. Should an in person course be moved to remote delivery due to COVID-related changes, students must immediately contact the SOUSA Office (see contact information below).

- Students may be asked to provide proof that a course was delivered in person in order to have their transfer credits awarded. Consult the eCalendar for full policy details: B.Sc distance education policy (eCalendar) / BA&Sc. distance education policy (eCalendar)

SOUSA reserves the right to refuse to award McGill transfer credit for any studies completed at another university if these studies were not pre-approved or if the host school or any of its courses fails to meet the Faculty’s study away policies or McGill’s program or degree requirements

U3 STUDENTS: If you are participating in any type of study away/exchange during your final U3 term, YOU WILL NOT be able to graduate at the end of your final term and must select the term of graduation (on Minerva) AFTER your term away.

Term Away Select Graduation term of
Fall Winter term (June Graduation/Convocation)
Winter Summer term (November Graduation/Convocation)

Note to American students regarding federal student aid: students who are taking distance education (online courses), research abroad, Official McGill Exchange or a Study Abroad program, please review the rules and regulations on the Scholarships and Student Aid website or go to the Scholarships and Student Aid office, Brown Building.

ALL STUDENTS: Please ensure that the host university mails your official transcript to: Enrolment Services, Student Records, McGill University, 3415 McTavish Street, Room MS 13, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 0C8.

The Independent Study Away (on your own) option allows you the flexibility to choose the country and institution where you wish to study. Before embarking on an Independent Study Away program it is a good idea to have a well thought-out plan. Please read the following steps, including the related links concerning policies and regulations, to ensure your experience is rewarding and successful.

Step 1: Planning process and regulations

The ideal time to pursue an independent study away program is during your U2 year, before your graduating year. This would give you the opportunity to complete at least one year in your program(s) of study at McGill prior to departure. You would return to McGill with an enriched educational perspective to complete your remaining degree requirements.

Although not recommended, you may study away during your final U3 year; refer below to "B. Consider the following before Studying Away".

  1. Research Your Intended Destination: Extensively research the universities and countries you are considering. Review websites, university catalogues, talk to your professors and colleagues who are from or have studied in these countries/geographical areas. If host university representatives visit McGill campus, make it a point to attend their information sessions.
  2. Consider the following before Studying Away: Studying away can have significant impact on your academic career. Some questions you should be asking:
    1. What is the language of instruction at the host university?
    2. Do you want to study away for a year or one term?
    3. How many credits do you have to complete at the host university?
    4. When do you expect to graduate? Will you graduate on time and within the degree time limit?
    5. If your course selection is unavailable at the host university will you be "out of step" with your program requirements upon returning to McGill?
    6. Will you have to extend your degree at McGill if you don't receive as many transfer credits as expected, or as many direct course equivalences as expected?
    7. Are you are on a student visa; and if so, when does it expiry?
  3. Funding your Study Away Program: Start thinking early about applying for funds to study abroad. There is a wide range of options available to you but you must be pro-active in your research and planning. For example, learn if you could tap into funds through federal or provincial-level government loans and bursary programs, foundations or private and public organizations. Inquire about the various application criteria and deadlines.

Note to American students regarding federal student aid: While on official exchange from McGill you are considered to be a full-time McGill student for U.S. Direct Loan purposes. Please be aware that regulations by the U.S. Department of Education states that you can receive U.S. Direct Loans only if attending a school that participates in the U.S. Direct Loan program, and the school is located outside of the U.S. For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Student Aid website.

D. Meet with your Program Adviser(s): You are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with each of your program advisers to discuss your plans to study away. Consult the list of Departmental Advisers for each program and/or department.

With your adviser(s):

  • Discuss your selected host university and the courses you may want to take.
  • Discuss your required and complementary courses, and any alternatives, which will count toward your departmental programs at McGill. Discuss elective courses and possible exemptions from specific McGill courses as a result of your study away program;
  • Determine the status of your McGill program requirements. In other words, which courses have you completed and which remain to be completed? Can they be completed at another university? Are you abiding to the "1/3 credit rule"?
  • NOTE: When choosing host university courses you must follow the criteria required to have the credits transfer toward your McGill degree; refer to TRANSFER CREDIT, B. COURSE CRITERIA

E. Review Faculty Policies: Since your participation in a Study Away program may be affected by certain faculty policies, use the following links to read and understand about Science or Arts courses and degree requirements:

General course requirements

General degree requirements:

Step 2: Where you can study

You can select any of the already approved universities from the list of Universities on the Minerva study away module.
Alternatively, you can choose to study at a different university and request that the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) consider it for approval. You must supply detailed information about the university with your application form as indicated on the Request Approval of a Host Institution. If the institution meets the faculty's criteria it will be approved as a suitable study away destination and added to the approved list on Minerva.

Only universities which confirm the following criteria to our office in writing may be approved:

  1. You will be registered and attending an accredited, degree-granting university;
  2. This SAME university will provide the official transcript of studies (third party "school of record" transcripts are not acceptable); and
  3. The venue of studies is the principal campus of the accredited university or college, a language centre (which has been approved by the corresponding McGill University language department), or an academic program which is field-based.

Study Away requests involving study abroad (Intermediary) organizations are not approved. This includes, but is not limited to, the following organizations:

  • Abroadco Study Abroad, Academic Programs International (API), American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Arcadia University, Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI), Council on International Educational Exchanges (CIEE), Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), Expanish, Greenpeace Organization, Institute for Study Abroad (ISA), Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Institute of American Universities, Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership (IPSL), International Studies Abroad (ISA), Living Routes, Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN), Road2Argentina, School of Field Studies (SFS), School of International Training (SIT), Woodenfish Project, World Bank Institute, Sotheby's Institute of Art, IAUSS (China). UNIS (The University Centre in Svalalbard).

Failure to have your host university/institution approved by SOUSA may result in NOT receiving transfer credits for courses taken elsewhere. Approval by a department or program adviser outside of SOUSA is a recommendation only and is NOT the final decision. Final decision is made by SOUSA.

Step 3: Requirements for a study away

You are permitted to study away for one semester or a full academic year at another university if you meet the following academic requirements:

  • are currently registered in a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts & Science degree at McGill University (with your program(s) of study accurately reflected on your Minerva transcript); and
  • have a CGPA of 2.70 or greater.

Step 4: McGill's application process

Apply online:

  • Log on to Minerva and navigate to: Student Menu > Student Records Menu > Exchange/Study Away Menu > NEW Request for Study Away. Follow the steps and refer to the provided information text and/or help keys.
  • Once you have been granted "Faculty Approval" status on your application, you can obtain an official "Letter of Permission" (LOP) by clicking on "Generate letter" link at the bottom of your Minerva Study Away application.

Course Equivalency System

All courses taken abroad must be approved using the Course Equivalency System.

Search the database to determine if the course you want to take has already been approved. You may want to use the “External” course number and then “Country” or “Institution” to determine if the course has already been approved. Make sure you also tick off “Include Expired Decisions”. The course may have already been approved, but might be expired, which means you will have to request a “Reassessment”.

If the course is not on the course database, then you must login (using your McGill email address and password) and “Submit a Request”. For further information on using the system, please go to Frequently asked questions

In addition to the required list of syllabus information, detailed on the Course Syllabus Checklist, you must also ensure that the syllabus contains the following information:
Institution's name
Course Number
Course description (content)
Date of course/syllabus (year/term).

Once you have made an independent study away application, you will then have access to the Minerva "Transfer Credit Assessment Form”. Only courses that appear on the Course Equivalency System can be added to the Transfer Credit Assessment Form. For further information, please refer to the Help Field on Minerva.

If you intend to use this course towards a program requirement you will need to email the departmental program adviser to get their approval on the Transfer Credit Assessment form once the course has been add to the form. Please consult with your program adviser.

You cannot assume that you will receive 3 credits for a course equivalency even if the course is 3 credits at McGill.

Online courses must be pre-approved by the Faculty of Science (even if the course has been approved on the course equivalency system). Send a detailed course syllabus to mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier). The Faculty of Science has the right to request a course syllabus (even if the course is approved on the course equivalency system).

The Faculty of Science has the final approval for all courses taken by a B.Sc. or B.A. & Sc. student outside of McGill.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) if you are a B.Sc. student, or tania.raggo [at] mcgill.ca (Tania Raggo) if you are a B.A. & Sc. student.

Submit your application according to the following period and deadlines:

For Fall term only
or Fall & Winter terms:
March 1st to August 15th
For Winter term only: March 1st to December 1st

C. Notification Procedure: If your request is approved, you will receive an email notification informing you that your Letter of Permission is available on Minerva.

Step 5: What about online courses? Can I use them towards my degree?

You are allowed a maximum of 6 online credits to be used towards the fulfillment of the elective requirements of your degree.

Before registering for an online course, however, you must seek prior approval of the Associate Dean, Student Affairs. Please submit your written request to mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier). In your email indicate your reasons for taking this online course and attach a detailed course syllabus (for the term you are requesting to take the course) which includes the method of evaluation as well as the information detailed in the Course Equivalency System section above.

If the Faculty of Science approves you to take the online course, it must then be evaluated using the course equivalency system. Once this has been done, the final approval from the Faculty will be given.

Step 6: Apply and enrol at host university

A. You apply directly to the host university as a visiting, special, independent, or non-degree student, according to their application process and deadlines. With your application, submit the Letter of Permission from McGill University.

B. Once offered admission, you enroll in course according to the registration dates made available to you.

Step 7: Before you leave

A. Get Course Approvals: using the Course Equivalency System.

B. You must register for the Pre-departure Orientation.

C. Must fill out the Mandatory McGill Student Travel Registry.

Step 8: While at the host university

A. Keep all course materials: You may need to refer to exam questions, graded work, methods of evaluation, reading lists, for any transfer credit issues.

B. Regularly check your McGill email. SOUSA staff will email all correspondence, including important notices and information about registration, fees, graduation, etc., to your McGill email address only.

C. Official Transcript. Order an official final transcript from the host university to be sent directly to: Enrolment Services, Student Records, McGill University, 3415 McTavish Street, Room MS 13, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 0C8.

D. If you expect to return to McGill after your study away term, be sure to register for your McGill courses by appropriate deadlines to avoid any late registration fees.

Step 9: Cancelling your study away application

If you need to cancel your independent study away application, please send an email to mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) (Science students) or tania.raggo [at] mcgill.ca (Tania Raggo )(B.A. & Sc. students).

4.4 Summer studies at a university outside Québec.

Announcement regarding Summer 2024 Study Away

Summer 2024 course(s) must be delivered in person (on campus). Online courses will not be approved for credit and will not count for program requirements. Therefore, we are now requiring you to provide proof that the course will be delivered in person before your application can be reviewed. This can be provided in the Student Comments section of the application in Minerva or can be sent by email to studyaway.science [at] mcgill.ca Please supply either a screenshot of the University timetable listing the course and where it will be held on campus (room location) or a link to the University’s website clearly indicating that Summer 2024 courses will be held in person.

If you choose a course that is online without prior approval, you will not receive transfer credits. The above information is required before SOUSA will review your Summer 2024 term away request.

- The Minerva application module is now opened and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

- Students may be asked to provide proof that a course was delivered in person in order to have their transfer credits awarded. If you decide to take an online course (elective credit only), please consult the eCalendar for full policy details: B.Sc distance education policy (eCalendar) / BA&Sc. distance education policy (eCalendar)

SOUSA reserves the right to refuse to award McGill transfer credit for any studies completed at another university if these studies were not pre-approved or if the host school or any of its courses fails to meet the Faculty’s study away policies or McGill’s program or degree requirements.

If you would like to take a summer course at another Quebec University please see Study at another Quebec university (IUT).

Studying at another university during the summer months allows you the opportunity to take a few courses away from McGill while experiencing a new city or culture.

U3 STUDENTS:  If you are taking any courses outside of McGill during the Summer months and you are graduating, YOU WILL NOT be able to graduate at the end of the summer and must select the term of graduation (on Minerva) to the next Fall term (which is the next February graduation).

Note to American students regarding federal student aid: Students who taking distance education (online courses), research abroad, Official McGill Exchange or a Study Abroad program, please review the rules and regulations on the Scholarships and Student Aid website or go to the Scholarships and Student Aid office, Brown Building.

Requirements to study away at another University during the Summer

Students in any year of studies, U0 to U3, are permitted to take summer courses at another university if you meet the following academic criteria:

  • You are currently registered in a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts & Science degree program at McGill and your program(s) of study are accurately reflected on your Minerva transcript.
  • You have a CGPA of 2.00 or greater.
  • You are permitted to take an overall maximum of 12 credits during the Summer session, including courses taken at McGill during the summer. 
  • All courses taken outside of McGill must be approved (using the Course Equivalency System) and all courses must be entered on the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment form.

Where you can study

Only universities which have confirmed, or will confirm, the following criteria to our office in writing are, or may be, approved:

Please review the website for Options for Studying Abroad.

  1. You may apply to study at a degree granting university already available on Minerva study away module.
  2. You can choose to study at a different university and request that the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) consider it for approval. You must supply detailed information about the university as indicated on the Request Approval Host Institution form. If the institution meets the Science Faculty's criteria it may be approved as a suitable study away destination and may be added to the approved university listing.
  3. You can learn French through the government-sponsored Explore Bursary Program. See specific information on this program below.
  4. Another Option to consider is the summer program offered by McGill University

Notes:

You MUST register and attend an accredited, degree-granting university;

This SAME university MUST provide the official transcript of studies (third party "school of record" transcripts are not acceptable); 

The venue of studies is the campus of the accredited university or college, a language centre (which has been approved by the corresponding McGill University language department), or an academic program which is field-based;

SOUSA WILL NOT approve study away requests involving any Study Abroad and/or Intermediary Organizations.

  • Abroadco Study Abroad, Academic Programs International (API), American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Arcadia University, Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI), Council on International Educational Exchanges (CIEE), Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), Expanish, Greenpeace Organization, Institute for Study Abroad (ISA), Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Institute of American Universities, Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership (IPSL), International Studies Abroad (ISA), Living Routes, Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN), Road2Argentina, School of Field Studies (SFS), School of International Training (SIT), Woodenfish Project, World Bank Institute, Sotheby's Institute of Art, SIE International Summer School, IAUSS (China).

 Unless otherwise indicated, universities are approved for "On campus studies" only.

Failure to have your host university/institution approved by SOUSA may result in NOT receiving transfer credits for courses taken elsewhere. Approval by a department or program adviser outside of SOUSA is a recommendation only and is NOT the final decision.

Apply and Enrol at Host University

  • Apply DIRECTLY to the host university as a visiting student (or their equivalent to a non-degree student status) according to their process and deadlines. 
  • Wait for "Faculty Approval" on BOTH your Minerva Study Away application and your Transfer Credit Assessment form.
  • With your application, submit the Letter of Permission and any other required documents. An official Letter of Permission can be printed from your Minerva Study Away application once "Faculty Approval" status has been granted. Click the "Generate letter" link on the form.
  • Once you are offered admission, register in courses according to the registration dates made available to you.

Before Studying Away

A. Meet with your Program Adviser(s) and your SOUSA Adviser: If you are planning to take courses which you want to have count toward your program(s) requirements, you are required to meet with each of your program advisers. Consult the list of Departmental Advisers for each program and/or department.

  • Discuss your selected host university and the list of courses you plan to take.
  • Discuss your required and complementary courses, and any alternatives, which you want to count toward your departmental programs at McGill.
  • Discuss elective courses with your SOUSA adviser and possible exemptions from specific McGill courses as a result of your study away;
  • Determine the status of your McGill program requirements. In other words, which courses have you completed and which remain to be completed? Can they be completed at another university? Are you abiding to the "1/3rd credit rule"?
  • When choosing host university courses you must follow the criteria required to have the credits transfer toward your McGill degree; refer to TRANSFER CREDIT, A. COURSE CRITERIA

B. Review Faculty Policies: Since your participation in a Study Away program may be affected by certain faculty policies, use the following links to read and understand about Science or Arts courses and degree requirements:

General degree requirements:

NOTE: It is your responsibility to read and understand these policies and regulations. You cannot make any appeals resulting from a lack of knowledge or understanding of these policies.

At the Host University

  • Keep all course materials; i.e., exam questions, graded work, methods of evaluation, reading lists, etc.
  • Official Transcript: Order an official final transcript from the host university to be sent directly to

McGill University
Enrolment Service
Student Records
3415 McTavish Street, Room MS 13
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 0C8

The Faculty of Science (SOUSA) will not transfer any credits for Summer 2021.

Once your studies at the host university are completed and you have arranged for an official transcript to be mailed to the Records Office (address above), the transfer credit process will begin. Please refer to TRANSFER CREDITS, C. Policies and Regulations, for details.

  • Transfer Credits: You must receive a passing grade of "C", or better, at the host university. Grades of C-, Pass (P) and Satisfactory (S) will not be accepted for transfer credits. Please refer to TRANSFER CREDITS, B. COURSE CRITERIA for the complete transfer credit policy.
  • You cannot assume that you will receive 3 credits for a course equivalency even if the course is 3 credits at McGill. The Faculty of Science has the final approval for all credits granted and courses taken by a B.Sc. or B.A. & Sc. student outside of McGill.

Cancelling your Study Away Request

  • McGill:

If you have been approved for summer courses at another university but end up NOT taking courses, you MUST cancel your request with the SOUSA Office, no later than August 1st. Please send an email to mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) (for Science students), and tania.raggo [at] mcgill.ca (Tania Raggo) (for B.A. & Sc. students).  Failure to cancel your Summer Term Away will prevent you from making changes to your Minerva record for the Fall term.

  • Host university:

Make sure, that you have cancelled your registration at the host university; otherwise, you will be charged for the courses, and you will receive a failing grade at the end of the Summer term.

Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) Coordinates

All correspondence relating to STUDY AWAY:

McGill University
Faculty of Science (SOUSA)
Dawson Hall, Room 405
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC, H3A 0G5
CANADA
ATT: SOUSA STUDY AWAY/TRANSFER CREDIT COORDINATOR

 

Explore Bursary Program

You can learn French through the government-sponsored Explore Bursary Program

  • You should consult the Explore Bursary Program website to determine the course you wish to take (see below for a list of institutions that are not acceptable for transfer credit).
  • You must submit a Minerva Summer Study Away application and you MUST indicate in the comment section that you wish to take a course through the "Explore Bursary Program" and the course must be pre-approved using the Course Equivalency System.
  • If you are accepted for the Explore Bursary Program you must confirm registration at the host institution, and then email: mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) to indicate acceptance into the Explore Bursary Program.
  • Your Minerva Summer Study Away application will then be approved.
  • In early July, a notation of "Inter-University Explore Pgm" will be added to your Minerva transcript.
  • Upon completion of the program, you must request an official copy of the transcript be sent to the following address:

​McGill University
Enrolment Service, Student Records
3415 McTavish Street, Room MS 13
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3A 0C8

The following institutions are not acceptable for transfer credits:

CEGEP de Rivière-du-Loup
CEGEP de Trois-Rivières
Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière
Collège Boréal au Nipissing
Collège Saint-Charles
La Cité collégiale
University of Victoria (Division of Continuing Studies)
University of Saskatchewan

4.5 Transfer credits

You are granted transfer credits for coursework satisfactorily completed at another University according to the regulations and procedures approved by the Faculty of Science as outlined below.

A. Which institutions are approved for transfer credits:

Transfer credits are accepted from institutions that meet the following criteria:

  1. The host university is accredited by a college board, or a degree granting institution.
  2. The host university offers a three or four year bachelor's degree or equivalent which is similar to a McGill Faculty of Science or Bachelor of Arts and Science degree.
  3. Institutions such as Community Colleges, which offer associate two-year degrees, are acceptable for transfer credits if courses were completed PRE-McGILL ADMISSION. Once admitted to McGill, all courses MUST be taken at university-level institutions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to have your host university/institution pre-approved by SOUSA may result in NOT receiving transfer credits for courses taken elsewhere. Approval by a department or program adviser outside of Science should be considered as a recommendation only and not as the final decision. The final decision for approval is made only by SOUSA.

B. Which courses are acceptable/not acceptable for transfer credits:

Courses accepted for transfer credits must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have academic content and be comparable in content and in method of evaluation to McGill courses that Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts and Science students are allowed to take for credit at McGill.
  2. Must be applicable towards the fulfillment of the host university's own bachelor degree requirements.
  3. COURSE OVERLAP:  courses must not overlap with courses already passed at McGill, CEGEP, another university or elsewhere. Please refer to eCalendar. It is your responsibility to verify your record.
  4. COURSES OUTSIDE OF ARTS & SCIENCE: Courses offered by the host university's faculties and/or schools outside of Arts & Science are bound by the same credit limit as McGill courses: refer to: eCalendar 
  5. Practicum ("How to") courses; e.g. dance, fashion design, journalism, photography, wine tasting, etc. are not permitted.
  6. Distance Education courses (Online courses):  You are allowed a maximum of 6 online credits to be used towards the fulfillment of elective credit requirement of your degree. Before registering, you must seek prior approval by the Associate Dean Student Affairs. Please submit your written request to mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) (B.Sc. students) or marina.saunders [at] mcgil.ca (Marina Saunders) (B.A. & Sc. students). In your email indicate reasons for taking online course and provide a detailed course syllabus, which must include the method of evaluation.  The course must include a minimum 50% invigilated final exam.
  7. Courses must receive final grades and be passed with a grade of "C", or better, at the host university. Grades of C-, Pass (P) and Satisfactory (S) will not be accepted for transfer credits. The letter grades achieved at the host university will take precedence over the corresponding numerical grades if both are provided. If the host university does not use a letter grade system, you must consult with the mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier) to confirm the minimum grade required for transfer credits. Please refer to the University eCalendar for more information on Transfer Credits.
  8. Transfer Credit Load: For Fall or Winter term away, a maximum of 15 transfer credits is normally granted; for a full academic year away, a maximum of 30 transfer credits is normally granted; for a Summer session, a maximum of 12 transfer credits is normally granted. It is the host university's full course load for degree students that will determine the calculation of your transfer credits. If you complete less than the equivalent of a full course load, transfer credits will be pro-rated.
  9. Language and Civilization Courses:
    1. Pre- and Post- Interviews or Placement Tests: You must consult the appropriate language department(s) before leaving for your study away to determine if a pre-interview or a pre-placement test is required. A pre-interview or pre-placement test is normally waived if you have previously taken a McGill course in the same language. Where appropriate, you must arrange to take a post-interview or post-placement test immediately upon returning to McGill. When you go to the post-interview or post-placement test, take detailed course information, including the method of evaluation, a copy of your host university transcript and an up-to-date copy of your Minerva academic record.
    2. Courses taken at language centres are normally not permitted. However, if you obtain written approval from the appropriate Department Chair on the 'Transfer credit assessment form', this will be taken into consideration when assessing your record for transfer credits.
    3. A language course which is not offered at McGill is normally assessed by our Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) Office as generic language transfer credits using course code 'TRNS LANG'. Send a detailed course syllabus to mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier).
  10. It is your responsibility to abide by the rules and regulations of the host university to ensure the completion of the courses.

C. Course Equivalency System

All courses taken abroad (outside of McGill) must be approved using the Course Equivalency System.

Search the database to determine if the course you want to take has already been approved. You may want to use the “External” course number and then “Country” or “Institution” to determine if the course has already been approved. Make sure you also tick off “Include Expired Decisions”. The course may have already been approved, but might be expired, which means you will have to request a “Reassessment”.

If the course is not on the course database, then you must login (using your McGill email address and password) and “Submit a Request”. For further information on using the system, please go to Frequently asked questions

Once you have made an independent study away application, you will then have access to the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment Form” (replaces the Course Approval Form). Only courses that appear on the Course Equivalency System can be added to the Transfer Credit Assessment Form. For further information, please refer to the Help Field on Minerva.

You cannot assume that you will receive 3 credits for a course equivalency even if the course is 3 credits at McGill.

Online courses must be approved (before being taken) by the Faculty of Science (even if the course has been approved on the course equivalency system). Send a detailed course syllabus to mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier). The Faculty of Science has the right to request a course syllabus (even if the course is approved on the course equivalency system). 

The Faculty of Science has the final approval for all courses taken by a Faculty of Science (or B.A. & Sc.) student taken outside of McGill.

D. How are Transfer Credits Processed:

Transfer credits are processed according to the following guidelines and regulations:

  1. Course exemptions and transfer credits are indicated for the term(s) in which they were taken. Courses that do not have direct McGill course equivalencies are indicated using generic or specific subject codes: e.g. BIOL 3XX (for a Biology course at the 300 level), TRNS HUMN (for a course in a Humanities subject), or TRNS LANG (for a language course not taught at McGill). 
    1. Courses given the following transfer credit codes can be used only as electives for your McGill Science or B.A. & Sc. degree: SUBJ 1XX; e.g. BIOL 1XX (for a course considered as "general" Biology course), TRNS GNST (General Studies), TRNS HUMN (Humanities), TRNS LANG (Language), TRNS MASC (Math and Sciences) or TRNS SOSC (Social Sciences).
    2. The number of credits transferred will reflect the number of credits completed at the host university, and may differ slightly from the credit weight for the equivalent McGill course, where such an equivalent course exists. Students are advised to verify their record and meet with their departmental adviser once the transfer credits are added to the Minerva transcript.
  2. The host university's full course load for degree students will determine the calculation of McGill transfer credits. If the host university has a different full course load for International students, the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) Office will use this requirement to calculate the number of transfer credits you will receive.
  3. The host university's full-year course load is equivalent to 30 McGill credits; their term (Fall or Winter) course load is 15 McGill credits. Consult our list of approved host universities (to be available shortly) to determine what is considered a "full course load".
  4. If less than the equivalent of a full course load is completed, credits will be calculated as follows.
    1. The number of credits taken at the host university, divided by the number of credits for a full-year course load at the host university, multiplied by 30.
    2. Here's an example: 10 units completed at University A ÷ 14 units for a full-year course load at University A x 30: [10/14 x 30 = 21.4] = 21 McGill transfer credits.
  5. In Europe, most universities use the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to assign credit weight to courses. Credit ratio is 2 ECTS credits =1 McGill credit; so 60 ECTS credits = 30 McGill credits; 30 ECTS credits = 15 McGill credits.
  6. All transfer credits will be displayed on the Minerva transcript regardless of whether the courses have been successfully completed or have been approved towards your McGill degree.
  7. The grades achieved at the host university will not appear on the McGill transcript and will not be included in the McGill CGPA; however, you are expected to maintain your McGill academic standing at the host institution. If the host university grade average is not comparable to the final McGill CGPA, the designations of Distinction or Dean's Honour List may be withdrawn at graduation.
  8. If your current academic standing is Unsatisfactory or Probationary, credits will only be transferred to your record once you return to Satisfactory standing.
  9. Departmental academic advisers in Arts, Science and in other faculties at McGill will evaluate courses (based on content, level and method of evaluation) for approval and make recommendations for transfer credit assessment. However, SOUSA has sole responsibility for the final decision made for granting transfer credits and for the number of transfer credits given. We will do our best to ensure you receive a fair assessment, but we cannot guarantee that the courses you choose will receive full credit.
  10.  Courses at a host university which you fail or from which you withdraw will appear on your McGill transcript with zero credit granted.

E. SOUSA Office and Coordinates

Official Transcript should be sent to: 

Enrolment Services, Student Records
McGill University
3415 McTavish Street, Room MS13
Montreal, Quebec CANADA H3A 0C8

All correspondence relating to TRANSFER CREDITS, must be addressed to:

Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) Office

Faculty of Science, Dawson Hall, Room 405
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC, H3A 0G5, CANADA
 


5. Degree transfers to the B.Sc. and B.A. & Sc.


The Faculty of Science welcomes transfer applications to the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and the Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A. & Sc.) degrees from McGill undergraduate students who have not graduated.

If you are studying at another university and want to transfer to McGill, you must apply through the Admissions website as a Transfer student.

Applications are available for the Fall semester only. There are no inter/intra-faculty transfers for the Winter or Summer Terms. 

Inter/Intra-Faculty Term Module Opens Module Closes
Fall term April 1st May 15th

 

5.1 Before you apply

5.1.1 What are the different types of transfer?

Transfer type Description
INTRA-Faculty Refers to B.Sc. students who want to switch from one program group within the B.Sc. degree into another program group (e.g. transferring from Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences (BBL) Group to the Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Science (PEMC) Group).  Students do no need to apply for an intra-faculty transfer to change programs within their current group (e.g. a student in the BBL Group who changes from a Major in Biology to a Major in Physiology).
INTER-Faculty Refers to changing from one degree to another (e.g. from a B.Sc. to a B.A. & Sc.). Please review section 5.1.2 (below) for an overview of the implications of an inter-faculty transfer.
Readmission & Transfer Refers to students who are returning to their studies after an interruption of one term or more and wish to apply for both readmission to McGill and an inter/intra faculty transfer. Students interested in readmission and transfer should also read through the information on readmission in Section 6 (below).

 

5.1.2 What are the implications of an INTER-faculty transfer?

Degree Requirements

Students who change degrees are required to meet all degree/course requirements their new degree (consult general degree requirements for B.Sc. or B.A. & Sc.), this includes the Foundation Year Program requirements (consult the B.Sc. Foundation year or B.A. & Sc. Foundation year requirements).

 

Tuition Fees 

Consult the Student Accounts website for information on the possible change of tuition fees and other services when changing between degrees. 

 

Exchange / Study Away 

  • If you have already applied or are applying for an Exchange/Study Away in the upcoming academic year, you must contact the appropriate advisor (see section 5.6 below for contacts) to discuss how transferring to the Faculty of Science may impact your Exchange/Study Away program 

  • If you have or will study away in the current academic year/summer, you should contact your current Faculty to ensure that your transfer credits will be processed. 

 

Advanced Standing / Transfer Credits 

If accepted for an inter-faculty transfer to the B.Sc. or B.A. & Sc. any previous advanced standing/transfer credits from courses taken outside of McGill will be reviewed. If you will be receiving any additional credits/exemptions or if any of your previous credits/exemptions will be excluded, you will be informed in your offer of acceptance.  

 

Courses outside Arts and Science 

  • If accepted for a transfer into the Bachelor of Science: You will receive credits for all courses completed in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science and up to 18 credits of approved courses from outside Arts and Science (some exceptions may apply; each applicant is assessed individually).  

  • If accepted for a transfer into the Bachelor of Arts and Science: You will receive credits for all courses completed in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science and up to 12 credits of approved courses from outside Arts and Science (some exceptions may apply; each applicant is assessed individually).  

If any of your completed courses will be excluded from counting towards the B.Sc. or B.A. & Sc., you will be informed in your offer of acceptance. 

 

Grade Point Average 

If accepted for transfer, your CGPA will continue in the new Faculty reflecting all grades including D, F's, and J's. If the conditions differ from the above, this will be explained in your offer of acceptance. 

 

5.1.3 What are the limits on eligibility to transfer?

You do not qualify for transfer if: 

  • You are registered in the School of Continuing Studies and have never been registered in a degree program at McGill University, or are a special student, or have already completed an undergraduate degree. If any of these apply to you then you must apply for admission to McGill through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

  • You are entering U3 with 84 or more credits: 

  • Students admitted to McGill from a CEGEP DEC and transfer students from another university – your credit limit is 84 credits. This is indicated by the TOTAL CREDITS value on your Minerva transcript. 

  • Students admitted to McGill from International Baccalaureate or the French Baccalaureate, or who were granted advanced standing due to Advanced Placement examinations, GCE A-Levels, and other qualifications – your credit limit is 84 + the number of advanced standing credits indicated on your Minerva transcript. (In other words, 84 credits post-admission.) 

 

5.2 Minimum transfer requirements for the Bachelor of Science

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications for transfer are competitive and depend on space available. Grades equal to or better than those listed do not guarantee your transfer will be granted.

In addition to the minimum course requirements of each group below, note the following: 

  • The minimum CGPA required is 3.00. 

  • Students entering U2 must have completed a minimum of 9 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with a minimum grade of B in each course. 

  • Students entering U3 with 84 or more credits are no longer eligible to apply to transfer into the B.Sc. See the information under section 5.1.3 Limits on eligibility to transfer.

  • Students entering U3 with less than 84 credits, must have completed a minimum of 24 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with an average GPA of 3.0 in these credits with no grade below "C." 

Program Group Minimum Transfer Requirements
Biological, Biomedical & Life Sciences

All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of B or higher: 

  • Two (2) of the following Math courses: MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 or MATH 133/134 

  • BIOL 112 

  • One of PHYS 101/131 or PSYC 100 

  • CHEM 120 

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences

All courses must be passed with a minimu grade of B or higher:

  • Two (2) of the following Math courses: MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 or MATH 133/134 

  • BIOL 112 

  • One of PHYS 101/131 or PSYC 100 

  • CHEM 120 

Neuroscience

Students interested in applying to Neuroscience must review the requirements on the Neuroscience website . In addition to the Minerva transfer application, students must also complete an application webform on the Neuroscience website. 

Students applying to the Neuroscience Group must also satisfy the minimum transfer requirements of the Bachlor of Science.  The following courses must be passed with a minimum grade of B or higher: 

  • Two (2) of the following Math courses: MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 or MATH 133/134 

  • BIOL 112 

  • One of PHYS 101/131 or PSYC 100 

  • CHEM 120 

Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Science

All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of B or higher: 

  • Two (2) of the following Math courses: MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 or MATH 133/134 

  • One of PHYS 101/131 or COMP 202 

  • Two of PHYS 102/142, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, ESYS 104 or a third MATH from the list above 

 

 

5.3 Minimum transfer requirements for the Bachelor of Arts & Science

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications for transfer are competitive and depend on space available. Grades equal to or better than those listed do not guarantee your transfer will be granted.

In addition to the minimum course requirements below, note the following: 

  • The minimum CGPA required is 3.00. 

  • Students entering U2 must have completed a minimum of 9 credits which can be applied to the proposed programs, with a minimum grade of B in each course. 

  • Students entering U3 with 84 or more credits are no longer eligible to apply to transfer into the B.A. & Sc. See the information under Limits on Eligibility to Transfer. 

  • Students entering U3 with less than 84 credits, must have completed a minimum of 24 credits which can be applied to the proposed programs, with an average GPA of 3.0 in these credits with no grade below "C".  Of these 24 program credits, at least 9 credits must have been completed in the Faculty of Arts and at least 9 credits in the Faculty of Science.

 

Minimum course requirements for transfer to B.A. & Sc. 

All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of B or higher: 

  • Two (2) of the following MATH courses: MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 or MATH 133/134 

AND any three foundation year sciences from: 

  • BIOL 111 or BIOL 112 

  • PHYS 101/131 or PHYS 102/142  

  • CHEM 110 or CHEM 120 

  • At most two of: COMP 202, ESYS 104 or PSYC 100 

 

5.4 Submitting a transfer application

Applications are available for the Fall semester ONLY.

To submit an application for transfer: Log into Minerva > Student Menu > Student Records Menu > Faculty Transfer/Readmission Menu: 

  • If you are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science and wish to apply for transfer to a different Bachelor of Science Program Group, select the "Request for Intra-faculty Transfer" option.

  • If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree other than the degree you wish to transfer to, select the "Request for Inter-faculty Transfer" option.

  • If you are returning to your studies after an interruption of one term or more and you wish to apply for both readmission and an inter/intra faculty transfer, select the "Request for Readmission" option. Indicate in the appropriate fields and Comments section that you also wish to transfer.

 

5.4.1 Selecting your program – Bachelor of Science (see 5.4.2 for Bachelor of Arts & Science)

When you apply for an inter- or intra-faculty transfer to the Bachelor of Science, you will be asked to nominate one of the following program groups and a major/subject within that group: 

  • Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group 

  • Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group 

  • Neuroscience Group 

  • Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Science Group 

It is important to apply for the group that interests you most.  If admitted, your choice of a major or honours program will be limited to the options available in that group. You must indicate at least one program on your application.

For full details of the programs available in each program group, refer to: Bachelor of Science program groups.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • Do not submit multiple applications to the same group. Multiple applications to the same group will be cancelled. If you are interested in more than one program within the same group, please indicate all programs within that group that you wish to be considered for (in order of preference) in the Comments section of your application. 

  • Do not select Major Undeclared or Major Foundation year (previously known as Freshman). If you do not indicate your intended major, your application will be cancelled.  

  • Honours programs: The Faculty of Science does not have the authority to approve an application to an honours program. If select an honours program, your application will be changed to the major program. If you are accepted and want to pursue an honours program, you must contact the department and ask for permission to register for this program and only then can you change your program on Minerva. 

  • Internship Program: Due to a programing error, you may see the option for “Internship Program” under Concentration. Students are not allowed to self-declare this option. If accepted to transfer, interested students should contact the Science Internship and Field Studies Office. 

 

 

5.4.2 Selecting your program – Bachelor of Arts and Science (see 5.4.1 for Bachelor of Science)

Students in the Bachelor of Arts and Science are required to have a minimum of two programs. Consult program options and degree structures available in the B.A. & Sc. in the eCalendar. 

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • You must indicate your second program in the Comments section of your application. If you submit an application with only one program indicated, you will be contacted by email and your application will be made incomplete. If you fail to provide this information, your application will be cancelled. 

  • Do not submit multiple applications to the Bachelor of Arts and Science. Multiple applications to the B.A. & Sc. will be cancelled. If you are interested in multiple programs in the B.A. & Sc., please indicate all programs that you wish to be considered for (in order of preference) in the Comments section of your application. 

  • Honours programs: The Faculty of Science does not have the authority to approve an application to an honours program. If you select an honours program, your application will be changed to the major program. If you are accepted and want to pursue an honours program, you must contact the department and ask for permission to register for this program and only then can you change your program on Minerva. 

 

 

5.4.3 Students applying to multiple groups/degrees 

If you are submitting multiple transfer applications (e.g. to more than one Bachelor of Science Program Group or to multiple degrees), you must list all your choices (in order of preference) in the Comments section of EACH and EVERY application you submit.

If you fail to provide your order of preference, your applications to the Faculty of Science will be made incomplete and you will be contacted by email. If you fail to reply to this email, all your applications to the Faculty of Science will be cancelled.  

 

5.4.4 Additional documentation 

If additional information or documents are required to process your transfer application, you will be contacted via your McGill email address. If you do not supply the requested information by the indicated date, your application(s) will be cancelled.  

Readmission and Transfer applicants who completed courses at another university during their absence are required to submit official transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the university you attended to McGill. Please refer to section 6. Readmission (below) for more information. 

 

5.4.5 Appeals 

Any inter/intra-faculty transfer applicant who does not meet the minimum transfer criteria must submit a letter of appeal (which should not be longer than one page) with the electronic application. Enter the appeal in the Comments area of the electronic application outlining the following: 

  • Any reasons which may have contributed to your performance 

  • Steps you have taken or plan to take to improve your academic performance 

If applicable, send any supporting documents separately to the relevant contact in the SOUSA Office (see section 5.6 below for contacts).

5.5 Next Steps

When can you expect a decision?

Faculty decisions are normally made during the months of June and July and will be entered on the Minerva transfer applications. An email will be sent to your McGill account notifying you of a "change of status" to your application. You must then log onto your Minerva transfer application to read the faculty decision and conditions. If you have questions about the decision, please contact the relevant person.

What does it means if your application is "Faculty File Incomplete"?

In some cases, the status of your application may be changed to "Faculty File Incomplete". Please read the details of what information or documents are missing and promptly follow through as requested. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will eventually be cancelled.

Accepting an offer

If you are offered admission to the Faculty of Science, read the conditions of your acceptance in the "External Comments" field of your Minerva application. You must then "ACCEPT" or "DECLINE" our offer by the indicated deadline.

If you have submitted a transfer application to another Faculty, it is possible you will receive a decision for one application before your other application(s) have been reviewed. If you ACCEPT a transfer offer, any pending applications will be automatically cancelled by Minerva.

5.6 Contacts

Transfers for Contacts
Transfers into the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca (Mary Gauthier)
Transfers into the Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A. & Sc.) marina.saunders [at] mcgill.ca (Marina Saunders)

6. Readmission

6.1 Readmission to the Bachelor of Science

Students who wish to complete their undergraduate degree after an absence of one or more academic terms or those whose most recent standing is “unsatisfactory,” must apply for readmission. Readmission is neither automatic nor is it guaranteed. If you no longer have access to Minerva, you will need to contact Service Point to be reactivated.

Apply Early! Readmission requests are processed from the moment the module opens and in the order they are received.

It is your responsibility to check your readmission application and email regularly as we may require further information. If this information is not provided by the specified deadline your application may be cancelled. 

 

6.1.1 Application Deadlines

B.Sc. students seeking readmission to the B.Sc. and to the same program group should be aware of the following deadlines:

To resume your studies in:

Minerva module opens

Minerva module closes

Summer

Note: Do not apply for Summer readmission unless you plan to register for courses in the summer. If you are accepted for Summer readmission and do not complete at least one course* during the Summer, your McGill record will become inactive and any Fall or Winter courses you may have registered for will be dropped.

March 1

June 1

Fall

March 1

July 1

Winter

October 1

November 15

*This may include a course taken at McGill or a McGill approved activity (e.g. exchange, internship, IUT, study-away).

 

Students seeking both readmission to McGill and an inter-faculty or intra-faculty transfer to the B.Sc. must submit their application as a Minerva “Request for Readmission” by the deadline below: 

If applying for readmission AND transfer

Minerva module opents

Minerva module closes

Fall

April 1

May 15

Notes:

  • The Faculty of Science does not accept transfer applications for the Summer or Winter terms. See: Degree transfers for additional information.
  • If you are applying simultaneously for readmission and transfer for the Fall term, you must apply by the transfer deadline. After May 15th, you may only apply for readmission.
  • If you have missed the transfer application dates but still wish to return to your studies (for Summer, Fall or Winter), you may apply for readmission to your present degree in preparation for making a transfer application for the Fall. You should speak with your current Degree Advisor to discuss your options.
  • Due to a technical error, the Minerva application will not prevent you from applying for transfer in the Winter or Summer terms. If you do so, your application will be Faculty Cancelled.

 

6.1.2 Key considerations BEFORE applying for readmission:

  • If you were a newly admitted students who withdrew from the University before the withdrawal with refund deadline, you cannot apply for readmission to return to McGill (you must apply with the Admissions Office).
  • If your McGill email has been deactivated, you must provide a valid alternative email. It is your responsibility to check your readmission application on Minerva and your email account regularly as additional information may be requested. If requested information is not provided by the specified deadline, your application may be cancelled.
  • Submit your application on time, even if you do not yet have all the necessary documents. If this is the case, add a note in the “Student Comment” section of the application that states which documents/information you will provide at a later date.
  • Review your Unofficial Transcript (Minerva > Student Menu > Student Records Menu > View Unofficial Transcript) to view your academic standing. This will impact the documents and information you must provide as part of your readmission application.
  • If you are readmitted, your rate of tuition may be different from when you were last enrolled at McGill. For more information, visit Student Accounts. Additionally, you may be required to provided updated proof of your residency status. For more information, please visit the following websites: Deferred Admission, Degree Transfers, Break in Enrolment AND Legal Documents (Quebec residents) 
  • International Students: Consult the Minerva "View your Tuition and Legal Status" page to see if your record at McGill reflects your most recent immigration status in Canada. If you are an international student, you must possess a valid Study Permit, CAQ and Permanent Code, for the duration of your remaining studies at McGill. If you need to obtain legal documents (CAQ, Study Permit), submit a readmission request as early as possible. For more information, visit Legal documents. For assistance please contact International Student Services

 

6.1.3 Application procedures

All students must follow the steps outlined in this section. Please consult sections 6.1.4 for additional instructions that may apply to your specific situation.

An incomplete application will cause delays and may result in the cancellation of your application.

1. Complete the online readmission application on Minerva (open Minerva and select: Students > Student Records Menu > Faculty Transfer & Readmission Menu).

  • To submit a new request, select “Request for Readmission.
  • To view the status of a request (including any previous requests), select “View Application Status.

 

2. Under the “Student Comments” section of the application, you must:

  • State the reason(s) for your absence from the University and give a summary of your activities during this period.
  • If your McGill email is no longer active, you must include a valid email address (note: McGill email address will be used for all active students).
  • Inform us if you studied elsewhere during your absence from McGill. Additional documentation will be required, consult Section 6.1.4 (below).
  • IMPORTANT: If you plan to apply for Study Away in the term for which you are applying for readmission, you MUST notify us in the Student Comments.

 

3. Additional information and/or supporting documentation may be required based on the reason(s) for your absence, activities undertaken during your absence, and/or your current academic standing.

  • Consult your unofficial transcript on Minerva to view your academic standing (in your most recent semester of study).
  • Review all scenarios outlined below (Section 6.1.4) that apply to your academic standing and the circumstances of your absence.

 

6.1.4 Situations that require additional information and/or supporting documentation.

Consult ALL information below as multiple situations may apply for your readmission application. Depending on your situation, additional information may be requested while your application is being processed. If your application status is listed as “Faculty File Incomplete” refer to the Minerva module/your email inbox for details on the requested information.

Students who studied at another university during their absence

 

If final grades ARE NOT yet available:

Email a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript(s), including all pages, from all schools that you have attended to readmission.science [at] mcgill.ca. Include your name and McGill ID in the subject line. If readmitted, you must arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly from the school(s) you attended to readmission.science [at] mcgill.cance final grades are available.

 

If final grades ARE available:

You must arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly from the school(s) you attended to readmission.science [at] mcgill.ca.

Students who intend to pursue Study Away in the term they are readmitted

Indicate your intentions in the Student Comments.

If your readmission application is approved, you must accept the readmission offer before you can proceed with a Study Away Application by the required deadline. Note that Readmission and Study Away are separate applications and approval of Readmission does not guarantee approval of Study Away.

Students in UNSATISFACTORY standing

1) Include a detailed statement of appeal under the Student Comments section. Your statement must:

  • Describe the extenuating circumstances that affected your academic performance.
  • Explain how you have addressed the challenges you faced and steps you have and will continue to take to improve your academic performance.
  • Note: It is highly recommended that you consult the self-assessment guide to help you describe your situation and improve your performance if readmitted.

 

2) Submit any supporting documents attesting to the extenuating circumstances you experienced (this may include medical or employment letters and/or other relevant documentation).

How to submit: copies of medical notes and other documentation must be sent to readmission.science [at] mcgill.ca. Include your name and McGill student ID number in the subject line.

 

3) If your unsatisfactory standing was due to medical issues, you are strongly encouraged to meet with your health practitioner to confirm you are ready to resume your studies before seeking readmission.  As part of your readmission application, you must provide an official medical note stating that you are ready to resume your studies. The note must confirm that your health enables you to return to your studies and it should include a recommendation for the number of courses you should take.

How to submit: official medical notes must be sent directly from your health care provider to readmission.science [at] mcgill.ca. A medical note hand-delivered in an unsealed envelope, a scanned note sent by you is NOT an official note and may not be accepted.

 

Note:

  • Students who are readmitted must meet with their Degree Advisor regularly to review the conditions of their readmission and progress throughout the year. If conditions are not met, a future readmission request may be refused.
  • If this is your second (or more) time in unsatisfactory standing, there may be additional information required and additional conditions to a readmission.

Students in SATISFACTORY standing who are seeking simultaneous readmission and transfer

  • If you have already completed 84 credits or more, you must provide an explanation of why you are requesting a transfer in the Student Comments section.
  • If you are in Unsatisfactory standing, consult the information in the “Students in UNSATISFACTORY standing” section.

6.1.5 Contacts and resources for readmission to the B.Sc.

Any questions about applying for readmission to the Bachelor of Science should be sent to //readmission.science [at] mcgill.ca">readmission.science [at] mcgill.ca. Please ensure that you include your student ID number.

Additional resources  
Contacting your B.Sc. Degree Advisor SOUSA Contacts
Self-Assessment Tools Undergraduate Handbook Section 8.2
Graduation Checklist Undergraduate Handbook Section 14
International Student Services - Immigration Documents Immigration Documents

 

6.2 Readmission to the Bachelor of Arts & Science

Students who wish to complete their undergraduate degree after an absence of one or more academic terms or those whose most recent standing is “unsatisfactory,” must apply for readmission. Readmission is neither automatic nor is it guaranteed. If you no longer have access to Minerva, you will need to contact Service Point to be reactivated.

Apply Early! Readmission requests are processed from the moment the module opens and in the order they are received.

It is your responsibility to check your readmission application and email regularly as we may require further information. If this information is not provided by the specified deadline your application may be cancelled.

 

6.2.1 Application Deadlines

B.A. & Sc. students seeking readmission to B.A. & Sc. should be aware of the following deadlines:

To resume your studies in:

Minerva module opens

Minerva module closes

Summer

March 1

June 1

Fall

March 1

July 1

Winter

October 1

November 15

Note: only apply for readmission if you intend to register for courses in that term.  If you are accepted and do not complete at least one course* during the term, your McGill record will become inactive and any courses you may have registered for in later terms will be dropped.

*This may include a course taken at McGill or a McGill approved activity (e.g. exchange, internship, IUT, study-away).

 

Students seeking both readmission to McGill and an inter-faculty transfer to the B.A. & Sc. must submit their application as a “Request for Readmission” by the deadlines below: 

If applying for readmission AND transfer

Minerva module opents

Minerva module closes

Fall

April 1

May 15

Notes:

  • The Bachelor of Arts & Science does not accept transfer applications for the Summer or Winter terms. See: Degree transfers for additional information.
  • If you are applying simultaneously for readmission and transfer for the Fall term, you must apply by the transfer deadline. After May 15th, you may only apply for readmission.
  • If you have missed the transfer application dates but still wish to return to your studies (for Summer, Fall or Winter), you may apply for readmission to your present degree in preparation for making a transfer application for the Fall. You should speak with your current Degree Advisor to discuss your options.
  • Due to a technical error, the Minerva application will not prevent you from applying for transfer in the Winter or Summer terms. If you do so, your application will be Faculty Cancelled.

 

6.2.2 Key considerations BEFORE applying for readmission:

  • If you were a newly admitted students who withdrew from the University before the withdrawal with refund deadline, you cannot apply for readmission to return to McGill (you must apply with the Admissions Office).
  • If your McGill email has been deactivated, you must provide a valid alternative email. It is your responsibility to check your readmission application on Minerva and your email account regularly as additional information may be requested. If requested information is not provided by the specified deadline, your application may be cancelled.
  • Submit your application on time, even if you do not yet have all the necessary documents. If this is the case, add a note in the “Student Comment” section of the application that states which documents/information you will provide at a later date.
  • Review your Unofficial Transcript (Minerva > Student Menu > Student Records Menu > View Unofficial Transcript) to view your academic standing.  This will impact the documents and information you must provide as part of your readmission application.
  • If you are readmitted, your rate of tuition may be different from when you were last enrolled at McGill. For more information, visit Student Accounts. Additionally, you may be required to provided updated proof of your residency status. For more information, please visit the following websites: Deferred Admission, Degree Transfers, Break in Enrolment AND Legal Documents (Quebec residents)
  • International Students: Consult the Minerva "View your Tuition and Legal Status" page to see if your record at McGill reflects your most recent immigration status in Canada. If you are an international student, you must possess a valid Study Permit, CAQ and Permanent Code, for the duration of your remaining studies at McGill. If you need to obtain legal documents (CAQ, Study Permit), submit a readmission request as early as possible. For more information, visit Legal documents. For assistance please contact International Student Services.

 

6.2.3 Application Procedures 

1. Students seeking readmission must complete an application using the readmission menu in Minerva. To access the application, login to Minerva and Select: Student Menu > Student Records Menu > Faculty Transfer & Readmission Menu:

  • To submit a new request, select “Request for Readmission."
  • To view the status of a request (including any previous requests), select “View Application Status 

 

2. When making an application, under “Student Comments” you must: 

    • Provide an alternate email address if you do not currently have access your McGill email.
    • Provide a summary of your activities since you were last at McGill.
    • TIP: Keep your responses concise and use bullet-points! 

     

    3. Additional information and/or supporting documentation may be required based on the reason(s) for your absence, activities undertaken during your absence, and/or your current academic standing.

    • Consult your unofficial transcript on Minerva to view your academic standing (in your most recent semester of study).
    • Review all scenarios outlined below (Section 6.2.4) that apply to your academic standing and the circumstances of your absence.

     

    6.2.4 Situations that require additional information and/or supporting documentation.

    Any additional documentation should be sent to Marina Saunders (marina.saunders [at] mcgill.ca) or included in the Student Comments 

    If more than one of these scenarios applies to you, please include all additional information. Depending on your situation, additional information may be requested while your application is being processed. If your application status is listed as “Faculty File Incomplete” refer to the Minerva module/your email inbox for details on the requested information.

    Students who studied at another university during their absence

     

    You must indicate this in your response to the question “During your absence from McGill did you take courses at another institution?” Additionally, in the Student Comments section also include the following information:

    • Name of the institution
    • When the course(s) were taken. If the courses are still in process, please include the expected date of completion. 

    You must send a copy of your unofficial transcript of studies at the same time as your application. During the readmission process you may also be asked to provide an official transcript to McGill. You will be notified if an official transcript is required. 

    Please note that SOUSA reserves the right to refuse transfer credit to any studies completed at another institution. 

    Students who intend to pursue Study Away in the term they are readmitted

    You must indicate this in the Student Comments section of your application and include the following information: 

    • The type of activity you will be applying for (Independent Study Away / Exchange / Inter University Transfer or Explore program)
    • The name of the institution you are planning to attend (if you already know this). 

    Please be advised that if readmitted, you are not automatically approved for an activity outside of McGill. Please consult Study Away for the guidelines on studying outside of McGill.

    Students in UNSATISFACTORY standing

    1) Include a detailed statement of appeal under the Student Comments section. Your statement must:

    • Describe the extenuating circumstances that affected your academic performance.
    • Explain how you have addressed the challenges you faced and steps you have and will continue to take to improve your academic performance.
    • Note: It is highly recommended that you consult the self-assessment guide to help you describe your situation and improve your performance if readmitted.

     

    2) Submit any supporting documents attesting to the extenuating circumstances you experienced (this may include medical or employment letters and/or other relevant documentation).

    How to submit: copies of medical notes and other documentation must be sent to marina.saunders [at] mcgill.ca. Include your name and McGill student ID number in the subject line.

     

    3) If your unsatisfactory standing was due to medical issues, you must also provide an official medical note stating that you are ready to resume your studies. The note must confirm that your health enables you to return to your studies and it should include a recommendation for the number of courses you should take.

    How to submit: official medical notes must be sent directly from your health care provider to marina.saunders [at] mcgill.ca (.)

     

    Note:

    • Students who are readmitted must meet with their Degree Advisor regularly to review the conditions of their readmission and progress throughout the year. If conditions are not met, a future readmission request may be refused.
    • If this is your second (or more) time in unsatisfactory standing, there may be additional information required and additional conditions to a readmission.

    Students seeking simultaneous readmission and transfer

    Readmission and transfer applications are only available for the Fall semester.  

    Students seeking both readmission to McGill and an inter-faculty transfer to the B.A. & Sc. must submit their application as a “Request for Readmission” by the deadline for transfer request. Students applying for readmission and transfer must also read through the information on Degree Transfers section.

    In order to keep your options open, if you wish to return to McGill regardless of whether or not you can transfer you might want to make a readmission application into your original program/faculty as wellIf you are submitting multiple applications, be sure to indicate which is your first choice in the Student Comments section.

    6.2.5 Application status

    What does it mean if your application status is Faculty File Incomplete?

    If your application status is Faculty File Incomplete, this means that additional information/action is required from you before your readmission application can be processed. Review the “External Comments” of your application for what is required and the deadline it must be supplied by. If you do not provide the requested information by the stated deadline, your application will be Faculty Cancelled.

    One reason your application may be made incomplete is if you are required to submit a repeated course appeal for a course you have previously failed twice and are required to take a third time.

    Repeated course appeals

    Students who have failed a required course twice must appeal to their degree advisor for permission to take the course for a third and final time. Please email your degree advisor with a CC to Marina Saunders (marina.saunders [at] mcgill.ca) with the subject line: Repeated course appeal – McGill Student ID Number. Please include the following:

    • Please explain your grades in XXX (e.g. Math 140 - F in Fall 2021 and D in Summer 2022).
    • Please explain why you believe you will now be able to pass this course and describe the steps that you will take to ensure that you pass this course if you are given permission to take it for a final time.

    If you are submitting a repeated course appeal for more than one course, please include all courses in the same email.

    If you are submitting/have submitted a repeated course appeal, please mention it in the “Student Comments” section of your application.

    Your degree advisor will need to confirm whether your repeated course appeal has been approved before a decision can be reached on your readmission request.

    6.2.6 If Readmission is approved

    • You MUST accept the readmission offer in Minerva within three weeks or your application will automatically be cancelled. Once an offer is accepted, it takes 5-7 business days for your Minerva record to be reactivated.
    • If you drop, withdraw from, or do not register for any courses (at McGill or as part of an approved activity like term away) in the term you were readmitted for (including Summer), your student status will become inactive and any courses in future terms will be dropped. If you are readmitted and ultimately do not take any courses in that semester, you must apply for readmission for the next term that you plan on taking classes. For example, if you are readmitted for the Summer semester and do not take any classes, you must apply for readmission for the Fall semester before the deadline to continue your studies in the Fall.
    • Please note that readmission decisions are made independently of financial or immigration circumstances. If you have any holds on your record (viewable through Minerva), you will not be permitted to register until the hold(s) has been resolved even if readmission has been granted.
    • It is your responsibility to be aware of registration dates to avoid late registration fees.

     

    6.2.7 Contacts and resources for readmission to the B.A. & Sc.

    Any questions about applying for readmission to the Bachelor of Arts and Science should be sent to Marina Saunders (marina.saunders [at] mcgill.ca). Please ensure that you include your student ID number.

    Additional resources  
    Contacting your degree advisor SOUSA Contacts
    Self-Assessment Tools Undergraduate Handbook Section 8.2
    Graduation Checklist Undergraduate Handbook Section 14
    International Student Services - Immigration Documents Immigration Documents

     


    7. Special, visiting and exchange students

    7.1 Getting started at McGill

    Inform yourself:

    Read all the information in this section of the handbook for special, visiting and exchange students. You should also read the sections on Choosing courses and Course registration.

    Select courses and register until the last day of the add/drop period)

    Select your courses for Fall and/or winter term using the eCalendar and the class schedule on Minerva. Don't forget to select the the Fall and/or Winter term on Minerva.

    Faculty Advising

    Mary Gauthier, your Faculty adviser from the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising Office (SOUSA) will be available to answer any academic questions you have about your time at McGill.During the first two weeks of the Fall and Winter terms, you have the opportunity to change the courses for which you have registered. You may drop and add courses as you wish, subject to any restrictions indicated in the eCalendar and Timetable. After the course change period, you may withdraw from courses until approximately the mid-point of each term. Head to mcgill.ca/importantdates for exact deadlines.

    If you are undecided about whether to drop or withdraw from a course, you can talk to an adviser in your department as well as an adviser in the SOUSA Office. You should assess your progress to date in the course, and try to reach a realistic evaluation of your ability to complete each course successfully.

    Discuss course changes with your departmental adviser(s) who will approve them if appropriate. Use Minerva to make the changes to your record. You can also go and see Mary Gauthier (Faculty Adviser), Dawson Hall, Room 405.

    Ongoing advice and support: until end of term

    If you have questions about your course selection, consult with your adviser in the department that administers the courses.

    For Exchange students: Your Faculty adviser (Mary Gauthier) will be your resource person. She will send you emails at intervals during the academic year. Make sure you read them carefully as they will contain important information.

    If you have questions, your Faculty adviser (Mary Gauthier) will be having Same-Day advising sessions throughout the academic year. For more serious issues you can arrange an individual appointment with her. Come to the SOUSA Office, 4th Floor, Room 405 of Dawson Hall and arrange for an advising appointment. If you have a simple question, you can email your adviser (mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca). When emailing your adviser, please include your name and student number in the subject line. Also, please make sure to use your McGill email account as per McGill's email policy: email communication with students [.pdf]

    7.2 Advising appointments

    In order to determine which courses will be appropriate for you, your departmental adviser will need to have information about the courses you've taken at your home university. Please bring the following pieces of information to your advising appointment:

    • a copy of your academic record (courses and grades) from your home university;
    • course descriptions for the courses you have taken at your home university;
    • information about the number of credits or courses required to complete your degree;
    • a list of suggested McGill courses that you think might be appropriate for you to take;
    • a list of questions you want to ask the adviser.

    The departmental adviser will review the courses you have already completed to ensure that you have the appropriate background for the McGill courses you intend to take.

    For advice of a more general nature, you should consult, as necessary, with your Faculty adviser (which will be indicated on your Minerva transcript) in the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising Office (SOUSA) on the 4th floor, Room 405 of Dawson Hall. The SOUSA Office is also very knowledgeable. You can come in person, or phone (514) 398-5442.

    › Contact SOUSA
    › SOUSA office hours

    7.3 Selecting courses as a special, visiting or exchange student

    Each course has a credit weight associated with it. The normal load for a full-time student in Science is five courses or 15 credits per term. The number of credits you take in a term should be determined by your own situation. If you have commitments outside the University, you might consider reducing your load to 12 credits per term (this is normally the minimum for those studying on a student visa).

    Course selection should be done with your departmental academic adviser. The courses you take should also be chosen with your personal situation in mind. If this is the first time you are studying in English, you might want to mix program courses, electives and English as a Second Language courses. If you have studied in English before, but feel that your writing should be improved, you should investigate the courses in English for Academic Purposes.

    Departmental restrictions (Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology)

    Students must contact Mary Gauthier, mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca, for information on how to register for courses that have a departmental restriction. Departments reserve the right to limit access to courses for which students do not hold equivalent prerequisite courses.

    Research courses

    Some Faculty of Science research courses are open to special, visiting and exchange students. Please contact your departmental adviser before registering for a research course.

    7.4 What to do if you experience difficulties

    Occasionally students experience serious problems which affect their ability to complete coursework on time. If there are medical problems, or other personal problems which prevent you from giving sufficient time to your courses or exams, there may be arrangements which we can make.

    If the situation interferes with the submission of term papers, writing of midterm tests, or other class work, consult with the course instructor. It may be possible to arrange for make-up tests, or extensions of deadlines. The instructor will require supporting documentation in the form of a doctor's letter, or other relevant documents.

    On the other hand, if you are unable to write formal final exams, or feel that withdrawal from courses or the University after the normal deadline may be necessary because of illness or family affliction, you should consult with your adviser in the SOUSA Office. If special arrangements are to be made, supporting documentation will be required.

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    8. Academic advice

    8.1 Making academic decisions

    1. What is the difference between an uninformed and an informed decision?

    Uninformed decisions are often made when:
    It doesn't seem all that important which choice you make.
    The problem is not that complex and the decision doesn't have large consequences.

    • You can make uninformed decisions intuitively, impulsively or randomly.
    • None of these methods of decision-making is necessarily inappropriate.
    • For example, you might decide intuitively to wear your raincoat because you have a feeling that it might rain.
    • You might decide impulsively to go to a concert at the very last minute.
    • You might pick your choice of movie randomly by flipping a coin.
    • If your decision involves more complexity and has larger consequences, you should make an informed decision.

    Informed decisions:

    1. Lead to focused, planned action.
    2. Are the result of gathering information, identifying alternatives, visiting your values and designing strategies.
    3. Choosing your departmental program of study, or where you want to live, are both examples of consequence-holding decisions that can benefit from informed decision-making.

    2. How can you make an informed decision? A decision-making method

    1. What is the problem?
    Identify and name the problem.

    2. What are the possible solutions?
    List all possible solutions.

    3. What do you need to know in order to choose a solution?
    Gather information that will help you decide what to do.

    4. What would happen if you chose a particular solution?
    Identify the outcome of each solution by listing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    5. How do you decide which solution to choose?
    Prioritize the advantages and disadvantages in order of their importance to you- check your values.

    6. Choosing a best solution.
    Choose the solution that has the greatest number of most important advantages and the least number of disadvantages.

    7. What if there is no 'best' solution?
    Choose the 'next best' solution, one that is not ideal but which you can accept and live with.

    8. Putting your solution into gear.
    Make an action plan.

    9. Act.
    Carry out your action plan.

    10. Monitor.
    Observe and evaluate the results of your actions.

    11. Apply what you have learned for next time.
    Keep actions which generated positive results; eliminate those that didn't.

    3. Applying the method to an academic problem - an example

    Let's try this method out on an academic problem.

    Scenario: Susan is enrolled in five courses for the fall semester. She is struggling with one of her 3-credit required courses and is worried that she might fail it. The withdrawal deadline with refund has already passed, but the withdrawal deadline with no refund is still one week away. She is unsure if she should withdraw from the course or not. Her finances are tight and she doesn't want to have to pay to repeat the course if she does withdraw. On the other hand, she is concerned about the effect of a low grade on her average. She is also extremely stressed and is having trouble sleeping and eating as a result of this stress.

    1. What is the problem?
    Identifying and naming the problem.

    Problem 1:
    Susan is struggling academically with the course.

    Problem 2:
    She has financial problems.

    Problem 3:
    She is experiencing stress.

    2. What are the possible solutions?
    Listing all possible solutions.
    To withdraw from the course. To remain in the course.

    3. What does Susan need to know about each of these solutions in order to pick one over the other?
    Gathering information that will help her decide what to do.

    Some questions she should answer:

    • Is her stress caused by this problem, or by something else?
    • When is the withdrawal with no refund deadline?
    • What would the withdrawal look like on her record?
    • Would the withdrawal affect her average?
    • What are the implications of having a withdrawal on her record?
    • Must she make up the 3 credits in the next semester, or can she do it later?
    • What minimum grade does she need in the course?
    • If she stays in the course and gets an "F", to what extent will this affect her average?
    • Can she obtain extra help to try and improve her performance in the course?
    • What are possible sources of extra help?
    • If the extra help isn't free, can she afford to pay for it?
    • How important is completing this course this term to her?
    • What effect will not completing it, or failing it, have on her winter course choice?
    • Is it a prerequisite for any of her winter term courses?
    • Are there additional questions she should answer?

    4. What would the result be of choosing to withdraw? To remain in?
    Identifying the outcome of each solution by listing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    Susan now lists the advantages and disadvantages of each solution.

    Solution 1 - Withdrawing:

    Advantages Disadvantages
    Would no longer be stressed about failing Would complete 3 fewer credits this term
    Would have more study time for other courses Would lose the tuition for these 3 credits
    Grade will not affect average Would have to repeat course if required
      Would have a "W" on her record

    Solution 2 - Remaining in:

    Advantages Disadvantages
    If passes, earns 3 credits Anxiety about failing will remain
    If earns a grade of "C" will not have to repeat it Resultant stress may affect ability to cope with courses in general
      Efforts to pass may affect other grades
      If does poorly, low grade will lower average
      If passes with "D" will still have to repeat it
      May cost money for extra help

    5. How to decide which decision to choose?
    Prioritizing the advantages and disadvantages in order of their importance to her- checking her values.

    Susan feels that doing well in the course is more important to her than having to pay to make up the credits, despite her tight financial situation.

    She feels that it is also important to reduce her stress level, which she thinks has worsened as a result of worrying about her performance in this course. She also wants to do well in her other courses, and does not want this course to affect her other grades.

    Susan has labelled each advantage and disadvantage according to its level of importance to her as follows:

    MI= Most Important

    I= Important

    SI = Somewhat Important

    NI = Not Important

    Withdrawing:

    Advantages Disadvantages
    Would no longer be stressed about failing MI Would complete 3 fewer credits this term I
    Would have more study time for other courses MI Would lose the tuition for these 3 credits I
    Grade will not affect average I Would have to repeat course I
      Would have a W on her record NI

    Staying in:

    Advantages Disadvantages
    If passes, earns 3 credits SI Anxiety about failing will remain MI
    If earns a "C", will not have to repeat it SI Resultant stress may affect ability to cope with courses in general MI
      Efforts to pass may affect other grades MI
      If does poorly, low grade will lower average I
      If passes with "D" but course is required, will still have to repeat it I
      May cost money for extra help I

    6. Choosing the best solution:
    Choosing the solution that has the greatest number of most important advantages and the least number of disadvantages.

    Susan feels that there are 2 best solutions, neither of which is possible. One is to have withdrawn from the course during the withdrawal with refund period. The other is to complete the course with a strong grade.

    7. What if there is no best solution:
    Choosing the 'next best' solution, one that is not ideal but which she can accept and live with.

    Susan chooses Solution 1 - Withdrawing.
    It contains the greatest number of advantages she has labelled as MI or I, and contains only those disadvantages which she can accept.

    The advantages include:

    • no longer being stressed about failing the course
    • having more time to study for her other courses.

    The disadvantages include:

    • finishing less credits this term than she had planned
    • losing her tuition
    • having to repeat the course

    She feels this is the next best solution. She will lose her tuition if she withdraws, but she doesn't believe it is possible for her to complete the course with a strong grade. However, despite losing her tuition and having to repeat the course, she feels that this decision is acceptable to her, because the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

    8. Putting her solution into gear:
    Making an Action Plan.

    Susan makes an Action Plan:

    • Access Minerva and withdraws.
    • Inform her instructor that she has withdrawn.
    • Make an alternative study plan for the remainder of the semester; allot extra study time to her other courses as necessary.
    • Look at her winter course choice and adjust it accordingly; consider delaying courses that have this course as a prerequisite.
    • Talk to instructors and departmental advisers about winter course choice.
    • Plan when she will repeat the course.
    • Monitor her stress level as the term progresses; notice whether or not the withdrawal has reduced it; if not, explore other reasons for her stress level; consider talking to a counsellor about her stress level.

    9. Acting:
    Carrying out her action plan.

    Susan completes each step of the above Action Plan.

    • Accesses Minerva and withdraws.
    • Informs her instructor that she has withdrawn.
    • Makes an alternative study plan for the remainder of the semester; allots extra study time to her other courses as necessary.
    • Looks at her winter course choice and adjusts it accordingly; considers delaying courses that have this course as a prerequisite.
    • Talks to instructors and departmental advisers about winter course choice.
    • Plans when to repeat the course.
    • Monitors her stress level as the term progresses; notices whether or not the withdrawal has reduced it; if not, explores other reasons for her stress level; considers talking to a counsellor about her stress level.

    10. Monitoring:
    Observing and evaluating the results of her actions.

    Susan assesses whether or not withdrawing had a positive effect on:

    Her stress level:

    • Is she able to eat and sleep?
    • Is she able to concentrate when studying?

    Her fall grades:

    • Did her other grades improve?
    • If so, does she think they did so as a result of withdrawing?
    • Or was it for some other reason?

    11. Applying what she's learned for next time:
    Keeping actions which generated positive results; eliminating those that didn't.

    • Susan draws conclusions about her decision by analyzing the results.
    • She applies what she has learned to her next academic problem.
    • She uses strategies which worked and changes or eliminates what did not.

    4. Making Your Decision: Your Decision-Making Worksheet

    Use this worksheet to analyze the problem and make a decision.

    1. What is the problem?
    Identify and name the problem.

    Write a sentence that names and describes the problem.

    2. What are the possible solutions?
    List all possible solutions.

    List all the solutions you can think of. Don't evaluate- just list!

    3. What do you need to know in order to make an informed decision?
    Gather information that will help you decide what to do.

    List all your questions and where to find the answers. Then, answer the questions.

    Question 1:

    Sources for answer:

    Answer:

    Question 2:

    Sources for answer:

    Answer:

    Question 3:

    Sources for answer:

    Answer:

    4. What would happen if you chose a particular solution?
    Identify the outcome of each solution by listing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    List all the advantages and disadvantages you can think of for each solution:

    Solution 1:

     
    Advantages Disadvantages
       
       
       
       
       
       

    Solution 2:

     
    Advantages Disadvantages
       
       
       
       
       
       

    Solution 3:

     
    Advantages Disadvantages
       
       
       
       
       
       

    5. How do you decide which decision to choose?
    Prioritize the advantages and disadvantages in order of their importance to you- check your values.

    For each solution, label each advantage and disadvantage on your table as follows:

    MI Most Important

    I Important

    SI Somewhat Important

    NI Not Important

    6. Choosing the best solution:
    Choose the solution that has the greatest number of most important advantages and the least number of disadvantages.

    Examine your list of solutions, advantages and disadvantages.
    Choose the solution that contains the greatest number of advantages that you have labeled as MI or I.
    If the solution you are choosing contains disadvantages, are they ones which are acceptable to you?

    Write your solution here:

    Solution:

    7. What if there is no best solution?
    Choose the 'next best' solution, one that is not ideal but which you can accept and live with.
    Choose a solution that contains at least some advantages that are important to you, and a minimum number of disadvantages that you can accept.

    Write your next-to-best solution here:

    Next-to-best solution:

    8. Putting your solution into gear:
    Make an action plan.
    What will you do to put your solution into action?
    What will your action plan consist of?

    ACTION PLAN:

    Action Date to be completed Date actually completed
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

    9. Acting:
    Carry out your action plan.
    On the Action Plan, write the date you actually completed each action.

    10. Monitoring:
    Observe and evaluate the results of your actions.
    As you carry out your action plan, evaluate the results of your actions. Make a list of questions you want to answer as a result of having made this decision. Write down the answers as you discover them.

    Question 1:

    Answer:

    Question 2:

    Answer:

    Question 3:

    Answer:

    11. Applying what you've learned for next time:
    Keep actions which generated positive results; elim