Bachelor of Arts and Science
Major/Minor Concentrations

 

 

The B.A. & Sc. is an interdisciplinary degree intended for students who want to pursue simultaneously a program offered by Arts and one offered by Science.

The overall objective is to provide a broad education spanning substantive areas in the two faculties so that students can learn diverse content and varied methods of inquiry.

Students should meet regularly with each of their program advisors.  They should consult their Faculty of Science advisor to ensure they complete degree requirements, including the Freshman program and integrative credits.

Advising note: Freshman students should be aware that PHYS 101 and/or PHYS 102 are required for some of the courses in the Major and Minor Concentrations in Biology.


BIOLOGY MAJOR CONCENTRATIONS

Biology – Cell/Molecular Option (36 credits)

The Major Concentration in Biology, Cell/Molecular Option, which is restricted to students in the BA. & Sc., is a planned sequence of courses designed to permit a degree of specialization in cell/molecular biology.

Required Courses* (29 credits)

  • BIOL 200           (3)            Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 201           (3)            Cell Biology and Metabolism
  • BIOL 202           (3)            Basic Genetics
  • BIOL 205           (3)            Biology of Organisms
  • BIOL 215           (3)            Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL 300           (3)            Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • BIOL 301           (4)            Cell and Molecular Laboratory
  • BIOL 303           (3)            Developmental Biology
  • CHEM 212          (4)            Introductory Organic Chemistry 1

*Required courses taken at CEGEP or elsewhere that are not credited toward the B.A. & Sc. must be replaced by 3-credit courses from the Complementary Course List.  Regardless of the substitution, students must take at least 36 credits in this program.

Complementary Courses (7 credits minimum)

At least 7 credits selected from:

  • BIOL 306        (3)         Neural Basis of Behaviour
  • BIOL 313        (3)         Eukaryotic Cell Biology
  • BIOL 314        (3)         Molecular Biology of Oncogenes
  • BIOL 316        (3)         Biomembranes and Organelles
  • BIOL 370        (3)         Human Genetics Applied
  • BIOL 373        (3)         Biometry
  • BIOL 413        (1)         Reading Project
  • BIOL 568        (3)         Topics on the Human Genome
  • BIOL 575        (3)         Human Biochemical Genetics

Or other appropriate course at the 300-level or higher with permission of the Biology Advisor.

Biology – Organismal Option (37 credits)

The Major Concentration in Biology, Organismal Option, which is restricted to students in the B.A. & Sc., is a planned sequence of courses designed to permit a degree of specialization in organismal biology.

Students may complete this program with a minimum of 36 credits or a maximum of 37 credits depending if they have already taken CHEM 212 or its equivalent and on their choice of complementary courses.

Required Courses* (28 credits)

  • BIOL 200            (3)           Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 201            (3)           Cell Biology and Metabolism
  • BIOL 202            (3)           Basic Genetics
  • BIOL 205            (3)           Biology of Organisms
  • BIOL 206            (3)           Methods in Biology of Organisms
  • BIOL 215            (3)           Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL 304            (3)           Evolution
  • BIOL 308            (3)           Ecological Dynamics
  • CHEM 212           (4)           Introductory Organic Chemistry 1

*Required courses taken at CEGEP or elsewhere that are not credited toward the B.A. & Sc. Must be replaced by 3-credit courses from the Complementary Course List. Regardless of the substitution, students must take at least 36 credits in this program

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

9 credits selected from:

  • BIOL 303       (3)         Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 305       (3)         Animal Diversity
  • BIOL 306       (3)         Neural Basis of Behaviour
  • BIOL 307       (3)         Behavioural Ecology
  • BIOL 310       (3)         Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • BIOL 331       (3)         Ecology/Behaviour Field Course
  • BIOL 350       (3)         Insect Biology and Control
  • BIOL 352       (3)         Vertebrate Evolution
  • BIOL 373       (3)         Biometry
  • BIOL 418       (3)         Freshwater Invertebrate Ecology
  • BIOL 427       (3)         Herpetology
  • BIOL 435       (3)         Natural Selection
  • BIOL 441       (3)         Biological Oceanography
  • BIOL 463       (3)         Mammalian Evolution
  • BIOL 465       (3)         Conservation Biology

Or other appropriate course at the 300-level or higher with permission of the Biology Advisor.


BIOLOGY MINOR CONCENTRATIONS

Biology – Cell/Molecular Option (18 or 19 credits)

The Minor Concentration in Biology (Cell/Molecular Option), which is restricted to students in the B.A. & Sc., is a sequence of courses designed to yield a broad introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology.

Required Courses (9 or 13 credits)

  • BIOL 200            (3)           Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 201            (3)           Cell Biology and Metabolism
  • BIOL 202            (3)           Basic Genetics
  • CHEM 212           (4)           Introductory Organic Chemistry 1

Complementary Courses (9 or 6 credits, depending on whether CHEM 212 has been taken prior to entering McGill). Plus 2 or 3 appropriate courses at the 300-level or higher with permission of the Biology Advisor.

Biology – Organismal Option (18 or 19 credits)

Required Courses (12 or 16 credits)

  • BIOL 200           (3)           Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 201           (3)           Cell Biology and Metabolism
  • BIOL 205           (3)           Biology of Organisms
  • BIOL 215           (3)           Intro to Ecology & Evolution
  • CHEM 212          (4)           Introductory Organic Chemistry 1

Complementary Courses (6 or 3 credits, depending on whether CHEM 212 has been taken prior to entering McGill). Plus 1 or 2 appropriate courses at the 300-level or higher with permission of the Biology Advisor.