Computer Science and Biology

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
30.00 overall R-Score
Prerequisite courses:
  • Biology NYA (00UK) 01Y5;
  • Chemistry NYA (00UL), 01Y6; Chemistry NYB (00UM);
  • Math NYA (00UN), 01Y1; Math NYB (00UP) 01Y2; Math NYC (00UQ), 01Y4;
  • Physics NYA (00UR), 01Y7; Physics NYB (00US), 01YF; Physics NYC (00UT), 01YG.
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Honours
Joint Majors

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
93.00% top 6 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Honours
Joint Majors

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
93.00% top 5 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • Grade 12 English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus)
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Honours
Joint Majors

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12
Prerequisite courses:
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject tests (Subject tests must include two from: Math,
    • Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Honours
Joint Majors

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisite courses:
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Honours
Joint Majors

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

See the complete requirements

Overview

Life Sciences are becoming increasingly quantitative, analytical, and integrative. This program will train you in the fundamentals of biology - with a focus on molecular biology - and will give you the computational and mathematical skills needed to manage, analyze, and model large biological datasets.

The joint major in Computer Science and Biology provides you with an opportunity to learn the basics of both computer science and biology and to appreciate the intricacies involved in their joint application. The program trains you in the fundamentals of biology and gives you the appropriate computational and mathematical maturity to pursue a multidisciplinary career.

Two integrative features of the program are a three-credit joint independent studies course, and a one-credit seminar. Pursuing this unique program at McGill will offer you a solid training in two increasingly interconnected fields.


Careers

A degree in computer science and biology can come in handy in a huge variety of fields/industries. Graduates of the program have gone into a wide range of careers, from big tech companies to medical and other graduate schools. Many employers seek graduates with an integrated background in both biology and computer science, and this degree offers just that. Having skills in computer science and knowledge in biology are great assets.

You could work in:

  • Computational genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Biomodelling
  • Computational anatomy

Student experience

The advantage of a joint program like CS Bio is that there are lots of different resources to benefit from within both departments! Trottier 3090 is home to the CSUS Helpdesk for help with your computer science courses, and there are advisors from both departments (Nancy Nelson for biology, and Liette Chin for computer science) to help with course selection and any issues you may have.

Both departments have a wide variety of exciting talks and colloquia. The student societies for computer science (CSUS), biology (MBSU), and integrative biosciences (MIBS) organize and advertise all sorts of events and resources throughout the year.

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Science in the Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences group.

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

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