Environmental Biology

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
25.50 overall R-Score
Prerequisites:
  • Biology NYA (00UK) 01Y5
  • Chemistry NYA (00UL), 01Y6; Chemistry NYB (00UM)
  • Math NYA (00UN) 01Y1; Math NYB (00UP) 01Y2
  • Physics NYA (00UR), 01Y7; Physics NYB (00US), 01YF; Physics NYC (00UT), 01YG

Students may be considered for admission with a minimum of 3 pre-requisites.  Please click below for details.

Language requirements:
Location:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

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

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
80.00% top 6 average
Prerequisites:
  • 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:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

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

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
80.00% top 5 average
Prerequisites:
  • 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:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

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U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
B average in grades 10, 11 and 12
Prerequisites:
  • 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:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

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.

Prerequisites:
Language requirements:
Location:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

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

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Overview

In the Environmental Biology Major, you'll receive world-class training on the biology, conservation and ecology of plants, birds and mammals, insects, fungi and microbes. 

Your courses will offer a foundation in endangered species conservation, environmental pollution and protected areas management. You’ll study how organisms adapt to changes in the environment and the consequences for ecosystems. You can even join in cutting-edge research on climate change and its effects on animals and ecosystems.  

The most critical environmental challenges we face today involve biologists with specialized knowledge of human impacts on species and ecosystems. Through training in environmental biology, you can make a difference. 

This major must be taken with at least one specialization. The recommended specializations are:


Careers

The experience and skills you acquire in this program will prepare you for a wide choice of careers in biological and environmental sciences.

Career paths include: 

  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Wildlife Veterinarian
  • Zookeeper
  • Public / Private Lands Manager 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Officer 

Student experience

Hear it from Laura, a recent McGill graduate from the Environmental Biology program, Wildlife Biology specialization:

"This program was an incredible way to gain hands-on experience in scientific research while developing a foundation of knowledge and critical thinking. My favourite course during my undergrad was the 3-week Desert Ecology field course, which had us camping through the deserts of the American southwest. It was an unforgettable way to learn about different ecosystems and execute research in a unique and challenging setting. I would highly recommend this program, as it gave me real-world experience and helped me decide on a direction for post-graduation. Mac’s small, friendly campus environment made it easy to get involved and helped me find my niche. It really prepared me for working in the worlds of research and biology, and I had no trouble finding an engaging and fulfilling career soon after graduation".


Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.


Related programs

Discover these related specializations, domains and majors:

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Check the full admission requirements for information about deadlines and whether supporting documents are required as part of your application. 

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