Quantitative Biology


Interdisciplinary research that draws from the natural and physical sciences is an important aspect of modern biology. The Quantitative Biology (QB) Honours option is designed for students with a deep interest in biology who wish to gain a strong grounding in physical sciences and their application to biological questions through both coursework and a research project. The QB B.Sc. Honours option has two streams: a theoretical ecology and evolutionary biology stream and a physical biology stream. Both streams provide a balance of theory and experimental components that along with a research component will provide outstanding preparation for graduate training. 


A Biology degree at McGill combines in-depth scientific knowledge and experience with universal skills such as research, critical thinking, communication and teamwork, opening 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
  • Research Biologist

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Student experience

Through field courses you can study biology firsthand, 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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