Program Information for students in

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

LIFE SCIENCES MAJOR

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Remember, your program requirements are those that were in effect when you started each component of your program. For example, you can be in the 2015-2016 version of your Major, and the 2016-2017 version of your Specialization. To see the term when you started a program component, look at your unofficial transcript on Minerva.

Find your program requirements, including complementary course lists, in the eCalendar:

2017-2018 version of the eCalendar

Previous versions of the eCalendar

Remember that if you click on individual courses in the eCalendar's program requirements, you can view pre-requisites and other restrictions. You can also search the eCalendar for courses.

Students in the Life Sciences Majors can choose from a list of Statistics courses - you are not restricted to AEMA 310. The following downtown Statistics courses are accepted for Life Sciences Students only: BIOL 373, ECON 227 D1/D2, ECON 257 D1/D2, GEOG 202, MGCR 271, MGCR 273, PSYC 204, SOCI 350. Note, however, that if you intend on taking ANSC 326 Fundamentals of Population Genetics, you must take as a pre-requisite AEMA 310 or a course that is considered equivalent to it as listed on the McGill-to-McGill equivalency table.

Note the following courses are offered only in alternate years:

Course   offered next offered
MICR 341 Mechanisms of Pathogenicity Required in Animal Heatlh & Dis. and Micro. Mol. Biotech. Odd-numbered Falls Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Fall 2021
MICR 338 Bacterial Molecular Genetics Required in Micro. Mol. Biotech. Even-numbered Falls Fall 2018, Fall 2020, Fall 2022
MICR 450 Environmental Microbiology Required in Micro. Mol. Biotech. Odd-numbered Winters Winter 2019, Winter 2021, Winter 2023

Suggested course progression

I highly recommend you follow the recommendations below, to ensure that you make adequate progress in your degree and avoid potentially serious scheduling difficulties in the coming years. If you take courses outside the recommended order, you may run into pre-requisite issues. Also, schedules are made in order for students to be able to complete their program in 3 years assuming they completed all program pre-requisites before starting their Major, and they follow the recommendations below. Of course, not all students can follow these recommendations for a variety of reasons. If you need help planning your courses, please talk to me directly. Note that complementary and even elective courses are included below - these are options which are conflict-free by design, but of course you can choose others, as scheduling permits.

If you are missing Freshman-level courses, please discuss with me the best strategy to include these in your schedule.

Most students take five 3-credit courses per term (15 credits total), but some choose to take four courses (12 credits total).  For most students the overall program can be completed in three years if a full course load (i.e., 15 credits) is taken each term.  If you take less than 5 courses per term it may be possible for you to "catch up" with summer courses, or you can take an extra semester or year. You are considered a full-time student if you register for at least 12 credits in a given term. Note that to be eligible for in-course scholarships from our Faculty, you must complete 27 graded credits in the school year.

The tables below are valid for the 2017-2018 school year. These tables represent blocks of courses that are conflict-free with each other.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1- Do not use these tables as lists of program requirements! Program requirements must be accessed from the eCalendar (pay attention to the version of the program you are in, and make sure you look at the correct information on the eCalendar). For example, if an instructor who teaches a required course goes on sabbatic and the course is not offered in a given year, it will not appear in the tables, but it's still required. Similarly, alternate year courses (some of which are required in some programs) will not appear in the tables, in the years when they are not offered.

2- These blocks of courses are conflict-free by design, and exist to ensure it's possible for a "typical" student to complete the program in 3 years. You are free to take different complementary or elective courses than the ones listed below, scheduling permitting. Whether courses from different blocks are conflict-free with each other is up to chance. It's not because courses from different blocks were conflict-free with each other one year, that they will also be in any other year.

3- If the courses listed in a given term are insufficient in number, fill up your schedule with other complementary courses of your choice, or electives. 

Legend for course types

(rM): required in the Major; (rS): required in the Specialization; (cM): complementary in the Major; (cS): complementary in the Specialization; (e): elective

Fall 2017 for students in U1 Winter 2018 for students in U1
AEBI 210 Organisms 1 (rM) AEBI 211 Organisms 2 (rM)**
AEMA 310 Statistical Methods 1 (rM) AEBI 212 Evolution and Phylogeny (rM)**
AEHM 205 Science Literacy (rM) OR FDSC 230 Organic Chemistry (e) if not already done* AEHM 205 Science Literacy (rM) if not already done
LSCI 204 Genetics (rM)

LSCI 202 Molecular Cell Biology (rM)

LSCI 211 Biochemistry 1 (rM)

LSCI 230 Introductory Microbiology (rM)†

*To register for LSCI 211 students must also be registered for FDSC 230 Organic Chemistry, in the same or a previous term unless an equivalent Organic Chemistry course was completed prior to coming to McGill. If you already completed a full term of Organic Chemistry, you do NOT need to take FDSC 230 and should replace it by AEHM 205 Science Literacy in your first term. If this is the case and Minerva prevents you from registering for LSCI 211 due to a “pre-requisite/test score error”, please contact me directly.

**Note that the labs for AEBI 211 and 212 are scheduled at the same time. Labs for AEBI 212 run from Jan. 8 to Feb. 16 2018, and labs for AEBI 211 run from Feb. 19 to April 16 2018. Some systems might indicate there is a scheduling conflict between these courses, but there is not.

†Note that the labs in this course are restricted by program. You must choose a lab section that is open to students in your program, as listed in the course's detailed schedule on Minerva. If you choose a section that is not open to you, you will get a Major Restriction error.

 

Life Sciences and Animal Biology

Fall 2017 for students in U2 Winter 2018 for students in U2
ANSC 250 Principles of Animal Sciences (cM)           ANSC 234 Biochemistry 2 (cM, cS)
ANSC 323 Mammalian Physiology (rS, cM) ANSC 251 Comparative Anatomy (cS)
ANSC 420 Animal Biotechnology (rS, cM) ANSC 312 Animal Health and Disease (rS, cM)
MICR 341 Mec. of Pathogenicity (cM) - next offered in Fall 2019 ANSC 324 Developmental Biol. and Reprod. (rS, cM)
PARA 438 Immunology (rM, rS) ANSC 424 Metabolic Endocrinology (cS)

Summer between U2 and U3: FAES 300 Internship 2 (cM) 

Fall 2017 for students in U3 Winter 2018 for students in U3
ANSC 326 Fundamentals of Population Genetics (cM, cS) ANSC 400 Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses (rM, cS)
ANSC 420 Animal Biotechnology (rS, cM) ANSC 424 Metabolic Endocrinology (cS)
ANSC 458 Swine and Poultry Production (e) ANSC 433 Animal Nutrition and Metabolism (cS)
MICR 341 Mec. of Pathogenicity (cM) - next offered in Fall 2019 ANSC 451 Dairy and Beef Prod. Man. (e)

 

Life Sciences and Animal Health and Disease

Fall 2017 for students in U2 Winter 2018 for students in U2
ANSC 250 Principles of Animal Sciences (cM)          

ANSC 251 Comparative Anatomy (cS)

ANSC 323 Mammalian Physiology (rS, cM)

ANSC 312 Animal Health and Disease (rS, cM)

ANSC 420 Animal Biotechnology (cM)

ANSC 324 Developmental Biol. and Reprod. (cM, cS)

MICR 341 Mec. of Pathogenicity (rS, cM) - next offered in Fall 2019

ANSC 424 Metabolic Endocrinology (rS)

PARA 438 Immunology (rM) WILD 424 Parasitology (rS, cM)

Summer between U2 and U3: FAES 300 Internship 2 (cM) 

Fall 2017 for students in U3 Winter 2018 for students in U3
ANSC 326 Fundamentals of Population Genetics (cM) ANSC 350 Food-Borne Pathogens (rS)
ANSC 420 Animal Biotechnology (cM)

ANSC 400 Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses (rM)

ANSC 458 Swine and Poultry Production (e) ANSC 433 Animal Nutrition and Metabolism (cS)
MICR 341 Mec. of Pathogenicity (rS, cM) - next offered in Fall 2019 ANSC 451 Dairy and Beef Prod. Man. (e)
  WILD 424 Parasitology (rS, cM)

Life Sciences and Multidisciplinary

Since all credits in this Specialization are complementary, there is no specific suggestion except:

Summer between U2 and U3: FAES 300 Internship 2 (cM)

 

Life Sciences and Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology

Fall 2017 for students in U2 and U3 Winter 2018 for students in U2 and U3

ANSC 420 Animal Biotechnology (cM, cS)

      

ANSC 400 Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses (rM)

FDSC 442 Food Microbiology (cS) BINF 511 Bioinformatics for Genomics (cM, cS)

MICR 341 Mec. of Pathogenicity (rS, cM) - next offered in Fall 2019

BTEC 306 Exp. in Biotechnology (rS, cM)
NRSC 333 Pollution and Bioremediation (cM) MICR 331 Microbial Ecology (rS, cM)
PARA 438 Immunology (rM) WILD 424 Parasitology (rS, cM)

Summer between U2 and U3: FAES 300 Internship 2 (cM)

Life Sciences and Plant Biology

Fall 2017 for students in U2 Winter 2018 for students in U2
BTEC 501 Bioinformatics (e)

BTEC 306 Experiments in Biotechnology (cM)

PARA 438 Immunology (rM)

PLNT 304 Biology of Fungi (cM, cS)
PLNT 305 Plant Pathology (cS) PLNT 310 Plant Propagation (cS)
PLNT 358 Flowering Plant Diversity (rS) PLNT 353 Plant Structure and Function (rS, cM)

Summer between U2 and U3: FAES 300 Internship 2 (cM) 

Fall 2017 for students in U3 Winter 2018 for students in U3

BTEC 501 Bioinformatics (e)

ANSC 400 Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses (rM)

PARA 438 Immunology (rM)

BINF 511 Bioinformatics for Genomics (cM, cS)

PLNT 305 Plant Pathology (cS)

PLNT 426 Plant Ecophysiology (rS, cM)

PLNT 358 Flowering Plant Diversity (rS)

PLNT 435 Plant Breeding (cM, cS)