Put simply, biology is the study of life. It aims to address fundamental questions about the origin, evolution, development, and behaviour of living organisms. Understanding biology helps us understand the past, present, and future of the natural world that surrounds us, and better appreciate our own place within it.

With flexible programs, concentrations and research opportunities, you can study biology in the way that best suits your interests and strengths - whether you are looking for depth and considerable research experience or want a basic understanding of biology to complement a degree in another discipline. The core undergraduate program will provide you with a thorough knowledge of biology at a general level. At the same time, you can concentrate on topics related to your specific interests through complementary and elective courses. You have the flexibility to choose which area of study you will focus on, including Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour, and/or Neurobiology and Behaviour.

Once you're past the large introductory classes, small class sizes will allow you to get to know your peers and instructors. The Department includes many biologists who are international leaders in their research fields but nevertheless remain deeply committed to undergraduate education.


A Biology degree at McGill combines in-depth scientific knowledge and experience with universal skills such as research, critical thinking, communication and teamwork, opening up a wide variety of career options in both industry and academic settings. You may also wish to pursue graduate studies in the life sciences or in medicine.

  • Botanist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Research Biologist
  • Pathology Technician

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Student experience

Through field courses you can study biology in a hands-on way, either in local ecosystems or in distant ones, like in Barbados, Panama, and Africa. You can carry out semester or year-long independent study projects for course credit in Biology research labs or in the field.

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Science in the Biological, Biomedical & Life Sciences group.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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