What will I learn?

McGill's Faculty of Science is one of the world's great centres of science education and research because we're a community consisting of top students taught by top professors. It's as simple as that. Our students have the highest entrance grades in the country, and are counted among the best in the world. We also boast a young and vibrant faculty, thanks to a hiring blitz over the past several years that has allowed us to rejuvenate our teaching staff and recruit top scholars from around the world.

Liberal Program

This is a flexible and modular program. This option allows you to combine a core science component (CSC) in one discipline with a breadth component which may consist of a minor, a major concentration from the Faculty of Arts, or a second CSC. Consider the Liberal program if you do not want to overly specialise - plus, you will still have room left over for elective courses.

Program Requirements
Required Courses (38 credits)

* Students who have taken CHEM 212 and/or CHEM 222 in CEGEP are exempted and must replace these credits with 4 or 8 credits of elective course(s).

BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 202 Basic Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 301 Cell and Molecular Laboratory (4 credits)
CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits) *
CHEM 222 Introductory Organic Chemistry 2 (4 credits) *
PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 (3 credits)
PHGY 210 Mammalian Physiology 2 (3 credits)
PHGY 212 Introductory Physiology Laboratory 1 (1 credit)
PHGY 213 Introductory Physiology Laboratory 2 (1 credit)
PHGY 311 Channels, Synapses and Hormones (3 credits)
PHGY 312 Respiratory, Renal, & Cardiovascular Physiology (3 credits)
PHGY 313 Blood, Gastrointestinal, & Immune Systems Physiology (3 credits)
PHGY 314 Integrative Neuroscience (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

12 credits selected as follows:

3 credits selected from:

BIOC 212 Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function (3 credits)
BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)

3 credits selected from:

BIOL 309 Mathematical Models in Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 373 Biometry (3 credits)
COMP 204 Computer Programming for Life Sciences (3 credits)
COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)
PSYC 305 Statistics for Experimental Design (3 credits)

Over the course of three years (U1, U2 and U3), students will complete a 90-credit degree. For students from high schools outside Quebec, a 30-credit freshman year (called U0) will be added at the start of your studies (making this a four-year, 120-credit degree).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (3 years or 4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$45,656.40 (US$ 36,903) per year
CAN $1,521.88 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: Pearson Test of English (Academic) with the minimum score of 85; Cambridge English (Advanced) with a grade B or better ; or Cambridge English: Certificate of Proficiency in English with a grade C or better; MELAB SCORE OF 85 and Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) with overall score of 60.

For international students

Students must have Canadian high school or its equivalent.

English Language Scores:

  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)) - Certificate awarded with a Grade C or better.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)) - Certificate awarded with a Grade B or better.
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall band score of 70 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better.
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) - Score of 115 or better
  • IELTS: A band score of 6.5 or better; individual component scores of 6.0 or better.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Overall score of 65 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Internet-based composite score (iBT) 90

Application Deadline: January 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.