Major Program in Biology (58-59 credits)

 

General Information:

The Biology Major Program has been designed to offer broad training in those areas of biology in which the department has outstanding human and physical resources.


The Major consists of 58-59 credits: 22 basic required biology credits and 36-37 additional complementary credits which are to be chosen by students in consultation with their advisor. Students interested in advanced studies in any biological discipline are strongly advised to develop their skills in computing as appropriate. As an aid to students wishing to specialize, the concentrations set out below list key and other suggested courses by discipline. They are suggestions, not requirements.

REQUIRED BIOLOGY COURSES (25-26 Credits):

Credits
Department
Courses
Course Title
3
Biology
BIOL 200
Molecular Biology
3
 
BIOL 201
Cell Biology and Metabolism
3
 
BIOL 202
Basic Genetics
3
 
BIOL 205
Biology of Organisms
3
 
BIOL 206
Methods in Biology of Organisms
3
 
BIOL 215
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
4
 
BIOL 301
Cell and Molecular Laboratory
4
Chemistry
CHEM 212*
Introductory Organic Chemistry 1


*If a student has already taken CHEM 212 or its equivalent, the credits can be made up with a 3-credit course approved by the Biology Advisor

CORE COMPLEMENTARY BIOLOGY COURSES (12 Credits):

12 CREDITS SELECTED FROM:
Credits
Department
Courses
Course Title
3
Biology
BIOL 300
Molecular Biology of the Gene
3
 
BIOL 303
Developmental Biology
3
 
BIOL 304
Evolution
3
 
BIOL 306
Neural Basis of Behaviour
3
 
BIOL 308
Ecological Dynamics


OTHER COMPLEMENTARY COURSES (21 CREDITS)

21 CREDITS OF BIOLOGY COURSES:

These must all be at the 300+ level, of which 6 credits must be at the 400+ level as of Fall 2014 entry. With permission of the Biology Advisor, up to 9 credits may be taken from other Science department courses (300+-level).

Unless part of the Major Program, prerequisites for these courses must be taken as electives.

Biology Concentrations for the Major Program:
1. These concentrations are only guidelines for specialized training. They do not constitute sets of requirements, nor will the name of the concentration appear on your transcript.
2. Courses below the 300 level, however, can only be taken as electives in the Biology Major.
3. For courses taken outside the Faculties of Arts and Science, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/continuingstudents/bsc/outside