The four pillars of the University's Commitment are foundational to your McGill experience. As a student in the Faculty of Science, you will be immersed in a culture grounded in your program’s unique perspectives, approach and curriculum.
Choose Breadth or Depth
- For your undergraduate degree, you can opt for a broad-based Liberal program, a more focused Major program, or a highly-specialized Honours program. You may also add a minor.
- Flexible and modular: B.Sc. Liberal Programs combine a core science component (CSC) in one discipline with a second breadth component from science or arts.
- Versatile and comprehensive: B.Sc. Major Programs focus on a primary area of study, such as Physics, Chemistry or Psychology, to name just three possibilities.
- Specialized: B.Sc. Honours programs include supervised research, require students to maintain a high academic standard, and provide solid preparation for graduate school.
- Complementary options: Minor programs provide coherent sequences of courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area, as an optional supplement to your major, honours, or liberal core science component program.
- Discover your program choices for majors, honours, and liberal programs, as well as minors, on our programs of study webpage.
- If you want to take your studies even further, all our departments also offer graduate degrees (M.Sc., Ph.D.).
- You have choices when you come to a flexible faculty in a comprehensive university!
- Interdisciplinary programs such as Neuroscience or Environment and joint programs such as Physiology and Physics, or Biology and Mathematics -these are the choice of 23% of B.Sc. and B.A. & Sc. students with a declared major.
- Options to take minors from Science or from other Faculties including Arts, Engineering, Management, and Education
- Freedom to study both arts and science at McGill, whether as a Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) student, or as a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) student. Find out which option is best for you on the Bachelor of Arts and Science website.
- Many academic fields, departments, disciplines, and interdisciplinary themes to choose from.
- You can also take individual courses from many other disciplines outside the Faculty of Science, such as Kinesiology, Religious Studies, Engineering, Urban Planning, and many more.
- The new B.Sc. Global Designation for students who broaden their horizons and graduate with language courses, independent research, and a complementary “real-world” element of either field studies, internships, study away, or global-related courses.
Learn from the Best
- At McGill in Science, you can expect to be taught by Teacher-Scholars. Science professors are the world’s leading researchers in their fields, and they are also our undergraduates’ teachers. We boast a young and vibrant professorial corps, thanks to a hiring blitz over the past several years.
- Our students have the highest entrance grades in Canada, and are therefore among the best in the world.
- When you choose to study science at McGill, your fellow students–in addition to your professors–will inspire you to reach heights you never dreamed possible.
- Connect with science outside the classroom, too, at public lectures and outreach activities that feature invited scientists from McGill, from Montreal, and from the global scientific community. These include the annual Trottier Public Science Symposium, the Cutting Edge public lecture series, and seminars organised by our departments.
Research: Discover Tomorrow,
- The Faculty of Science is a leader in promoting undergraduate research experiences. The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science is the first of its kind in Canada, and offers support and advice on how to get involved. The Office also organizes programs and events such as Soup and Science: a twice-yearly series of short talks to introduce students to McGill Science professors and their research. Mix and mingle over free lunch!
- At McGill, we do more than just teach you what is already known. We create new knowledge; that is what research is, and we want you to be a part of this. Most professors in the Faculty actively include undergraduates in their research programs.
- You can register for a research project course for academic credit, inside or outside your home department, which counts toward your degree requirements. Over 50% of graduating B.Sc. students do so. The Dean’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research List recognizes graduating students who complete research courses in at least two fields.
- There are many ways to get involved, year-round. In the Fall and Winter semesters, there are paid and unpaid research positions available (part-time). Each summer, there are over 250 paid research positions for undergraduates, supported by the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA), the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURAs), and other sources of funding.
- An annual Undergraduate Research Conference gives over 60 students a chance to share their work.
- Of course, research is not only for undergraduates! Our graduate programs (M.Sc., Ph.D.) are research-based.
Learn beyond the Campus
- Field study semester programs feature McGill courses, taught by McGill professors, in locations such as Panama, Barbados, and East Africa.
- Shorter field courses are offered through various departments including Biology, Geography, and Earth and Planetary Sciences.
- The Science Internship Program gives you a paid, full-time professional and practical experience in your field of studies prior to graduation. Choose between a one semester Industrial Practicum or a longer Internship Year in Science.
- Study away on exchange with universities world-wide.
- In 2013-14, 4% of B.Sc. students spent at least one term studying or working away from McGill.