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Minor in Natural History (24 credits)

Note: for rules and restrictions of courses taken outside Arts & Science, please consult:
http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/continuingstudents/bsc/outside

The Minor Natural History involves the exploration of the natural world via specimen-based studies, object-oriented investigations and field studies. Museum collections are used to provide hands-on experience with real objects and specimens.


he required course brings students to the Redpath Museum and other McGill natural science museums and exposes them to natural history methodologies and the value of specimen-based studies.

Complementary course lists are drawn from a variety of disciplines to emphasize breadth and integration with the inclusion of specimen- or object-based courses and field courses in zoology, botany, and earth and environmental sciences. To ensure breadth, students are required to choose courses from among these lists. A compulsory field course component rounds out the program.

Required courses (3 credits):

Course
Credits
Course Title
REDM 400
3
Science and Museums


Complementary courses (21 credits):

Students select 21 credits from among four course lists:
A (Zoology), B (Botany), C (Earth and Environmental Sciences), and D (Field Courses) with the following specifications.

  • At least 3 credits and no more than 9 credits from each of Lists A, B, and C.
  • At least 3 credits from List D.
  • No more than 3 credits from any one list may be at the 200 level.

Note: Students may take up to a maximum of 9 credits of courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science.

List A: Zoology

* Note: BIOL 205 and BIOL 215 may be applied to either List A or List B.
** Note: Students may take either ENTO 330 or BIOL 350 as these courses have similar content.

Courses
Credits
Course Title
AEBI 211
3
Organisms 2
ANTH 312
3
Zooarchaeology
BIOL 205*
3
Biology of Organisms
BIOL 215*
3
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 305
3
Animal Diversity
BIOL 350**
3
Insect Biology and Control
BIOL 352
3
Vertebrate Evolution
BIOL 418
3
Freshwater Invertebrate Biology
BIOL 427
3
Herpetology
BIOL 463
3
Mammalian Evolution
ENTO 330**
3
Insect Biology
ENTO 440
3
Insect Diversity
ENTO 535
3
Aquatic Entomology
EPSC 334
3
Invertebrate Paleontology
WILD 307
3
Natural History of Vertebrates
WILD 350
3
Mammalogy
WILD 420
3
Ornithology


List B: Botany

Courses
Credits
Course Title
AEBI 210
3
Organisms 1
BIOL 205
3
Biology of Organisms
BIOL 215
3
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 240
3
Monteregian Flora
BIOL 355
3
Trees: Ecology and Evolution
PLNT 304
3
Biology of Fungi
PLNT 353
3
Plant Structure and Function
PLNT 358
3
Flowering Plant Diversity
PLNT 460
3
Plant Ecology


List C: Earth and Environmental Sciences

Courses
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 540
3
Ecology of Species Invasions
ENVR 200
3
The Global Environment
ENVR 202
3
The Evolving Earth
EPSC 210
3
Introductory Mineralogy
EPSC 233
3
Earth and Life History
ESYS 200
3
Earth System Processes
ESYS 300
3
Investigating the Earth System
GEOG 203
3
Environmental Systems
GEOG 272
3
Earth's Changing Surface
GEOG 470
3
Wetlands
GEOG 550
3
Historical Ecology Techniques


List D: Field Studies

Note: students may take either of the cross-listed courses NRSC 405 and REDM 405, but not both. Students may also take other field courses with the permission of the Program Advisor, Rowan Barrett (email: rowan.barrett@mcgill.ca)

Courses
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 331
3
Ecology/Behaviour Field Course
BIOL 334
3
Applied Tropical Ecology
BIOL 335
3
Marine Mammals
BIOL 573
3
Vertebrate Palaentology Field Studies
ENTO 340
3
Field Entomology
EPSC 231
3
Field School 1
NRSC 405
3
Natural History of East Africa
REDM 405
3
Natural History of East Africa
WILD 475
3
Desert Ecology