Info for new students

Newly-Admitted Students

Welcome to Macdonald campus!

As Academic Advisor it is a pleasure for me to help you get a good start in your program, and make sure you understand how it works.


Checklist for new students:

  • Find out when to register for your courses: go to “register for courses" and then "when to register” on this page
  • Find out how to use Minerva for course registration
  • Learn to use McGill's Visual Schedule Builder to build schedules. Note that this tool feeds on information from Minerva, and that Minerva is the ultimate reference for course information. When in doubt, go to Minerva.
  • Check your McGill email account regularly (log in using your McGill credentials on Office 365). You will receive important information and potentially personalized advice at this address, before classes start.
  • Check your unofficial transcript on Minerva. You should get in to the habit of checking it regularly, to make sure your courses, credits and grades are in order. Between the time of admission and the start of classes, Admissions will add to your record the credit you were given upon admission, and any missing program pre-requisite courses will also be listed. Your unofficial transcript also indicates what year you are coded as (U0, U1, etc).
  • Become familiar with your academic program. To do this:
    • Learn your program's structure and rules
    • Make sure you are comfortable using McGill’s eCalendar to find program information. Always check that you are looking at the correct version of the calendar (look at the years at the top). When arriving to the eCalendar from Google, for example, it is usually NOT the most recent version that is displayed. Requirements for Majors and Specializations must be pulled up separately. Bookmark the pages with your requirements or make sure you know where to find this information, you will need to refer to it throughout your studies. 
  • If you still have questions, check out my FAQs, or contact me

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Here are the Freshman/Cegep-level science pre-requisites for programs under the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.):

Agricultural Economics Major:

Calculus 1  (MATH 140, AEMA 101, 201-NYA)

Calculus 2 (MATH 141, AEMA 102, 201-NYB)

General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 110, AECH 110, 202-NYA)

Introductory Physics 1 (PHYS 101, AEPH 112, 203-NYA)

General Biology 1 (BIOL 111, AEBI 120, 101-NYA) OR Cell Biology (BIOL 112, AEBI 122)

The codes in parentheses are for the courses offered on our main downtown campus, the courses offered at our Macdonald campus, and lastly for courses offered in Cegep.

All other Majors:

Calculus 1  (MATH 140, AEMA 101, 201-NYA)

Calculus 2 (MATH 141, AEMA 102, 201-NYB)

General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 110, AECH 110, 202-NYA)

General Chemistry 2 (CHEM 120, AECH 111, 202-NYB)

Introductory Physics 1 (PHYS 101, AEPH 112, 203-NYA)

Introductory Physics 2 (PHYS 102, AEPH 114, 203-NYB AND 203-NYC)

General Biology 1 (BIOL 111, AEBI 120, 101-NYA)

The codes in parentheses are for the courses offered on our main downtown campus, the courses offered at our Macdonald campus, and lastly for courses offered in Cegep.

If you are missing any of these, you should take them as soon as possible. Contact me if you need help with incorporating these courses into your schedule.

Important note for students entering the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with completed French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate Diplomas:

Your record will be evaluated once your official FB or IB examination results are received by McGill.

Should you be missing and/or not have achieved the minimum required score for exemption (i.e., 10) in the equivalent basic pre-requisites listed above, these courses will be added to your program and the adjustment will appear on your record in Minerva. As a result, your Major may be changed to "Freshman". Contact me if you need help with planning your first year.