Rock your world at the Faculty of Science
McGill's Faculty of Science has a tradition of discovery that goes back almost two centuries and includes some of the top scientists and thinkers in history. Join us in our ongoing quest to extend the limits of knowledge-but first, see for yourself how we've changed the world. In the 1930s, for example, one of our chemists, Bill Chalmers, went on to invent a tough substance-still widely used around the world-known as Plexiglas, while in more recent years, computer science graduate Jade Raymond won fame and fortune as a top video game producer whose hits include the bestselling Assassin's Creed.
Chemistry and Computer Science are just two of the areas in which we excel. Our current students, researchers, and professors help keep McGill's great tradition alive in areas ranging from green chemistry to nanotechnology, from robotics to mathematics and from astrophysics to Earth sciences. In 2007, Faculty scholars were awarded no fewer than four prestigious Sloan Fellowships, more than any other Canadian university and surpassing even leading research-intensive U.S. institutions such as Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Stanford and Yale.
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.
When you choose to study science at McGill, your fellow students-and not just your professors-will inspire you to hit heights you never dreamed possible.
Move with the best
At the Faculty of Science, we believe that whole-person education is important. That's why we offer more than academic excellence. Our learning environment includes opportunities to learn, travel and grow.
We are boldly transforming the way science is taught, with an increased emphasis on student/professor interaction and outreach. This new approach is reflected in the Faculty's updated slogan, Learning Through Discovery, which emphasizes hands-on research at the undergraduate level and a more personal, one-on-one style between professors and students that traditionally did not begin until the graduate level. In 2005 the Faculty opened its Office for Undergraduate Research in Science and launched a new Freshman Interest Groups program, which allows groups of 10 to 15 freshman students to meet with a professor weekly. Our Soup & Science lecture series will help you find your own special area of interest by exposing you to the cutting edge work being done by our researchers.
There are many options for field studies abroad, paid internships in the private sector, and minors in a wide array of disciplines. We also offer opportunities to participate in basic research, if that's what interests you.
A world of choices
Whether you've already chosen your area of science or just want to know what we offer, check out our Science at McGill page to see what you can study. If you're still exploring your interests and options, please keep in mind that a McGill science degree in any discipline opens up a wide range of future possibilities.
Young, plugged-in and ready to work
Our graduates tell us that their education has prepared them for the top graduate and professional schools in the sciences or the humanities, and professional study in medicine, dentistry, and law, or for careers in government or industry, or as entrepreneurs. Medical schools say that any science major is excellent preparation for further studies in medicine. In fact, students do best when they choose the major that interests them the most.
Don't forget that the Faculty of Science is not just about research. Although we are proud of the research our scientists and students perform, a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill is an established stepping-stone to the workforce. Many international firms, such as L'Oreal, Ubisoft, and Merck Frosst, recruit our top students.
No matter which Science pathway you choose, we'll give you the tools to help put you on the road to success. Welcome to the McGill Science adventure.
Graduate admissions are handled by the departments in Science. Graduate studies are connected with research and researchers so explore the science on our departmental web pages to see where you might undertake a master's degree (MSc), doctoral degree (PhD), or a position as a post-doctoral fellow.