Life Sciences (Biological & Agricultural)


The Life Sciences Major (Biological and Agricultural) is a cross-disciplinary program that features core courses in fundamental biological sciences (animal, plant, microbiology, cell, and molecular) and specializations that range from concentrations in pure biology to multidisciplinary and applied life sciences. You will enjoy small class sizes and a great variety of laboratory and field-based courses for practical experience, including internships and research projects. 

This program offers a unique, comprehensive learning experience. You can receive a well-rounded education that encompasses many of the life sciences fields, including environmental, health, biotechnology and agricultural. This breadth of knowledge opens a world of possibilities upon graduation. 

This major will help you build great skills for your future career. Scientific writing courses and extensive lab work with help you to sharpen your report writing skills, and to apply the material you learn in class to hands-on projects. 

Students in this major must also take a specialization. The recommended specializations are:


Life sciences is a broad field that can lead to a variety of career paths. You can work in research and development or one of many areas of applied science. You may also wish to pursue graduate studies or a secondary degree in a professional program like veterinary science or medicine.  

  • Veterinarian  
  • Doctor  
  • Pharmaceutical researcher  
  • Agricultural biotechnologist  
  • Forensic scientist  
  • Food scientist  


Student experience

Hear it from Oceanna, who majored in Life Sciences, specializing in Animal Health and Disease:

"My name is Oceanna and I am from West Palm Beach, Florida. I majored in Life Sciences, specializing in Animal Health and Disease and I had a wonderful time studying at McGill’s Macdonald Campus. I loved the small classes as that gave me the opportunity to get to know both my classmates and my professors and gave me a strong sense of community. The classes I took at Mac like Comparative Anatomy, and Developmental Biology and Reproduction, provided me with the knowledge I needed to succeed in vet school. I am now a second year veterinary student at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland and I owe a lot of my success to the faculty, staff, and friends I made at MAC."

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Agriculture 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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