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BSc Honours Biology

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

35482.8 CAD
7227.6 CAD

Application fee

International 104.67 CAD
National 104.67 CAD
Faculty of Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577
SAT (avg)1215
ACT (avg)33

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About this course

Biology is the study of life. Its scope extends from molecules to organisms and ecosystems. It deals with fundamental questions such as the origin and evolution of plants and animals, interactions between living organisms and their environment, the structure and function of the living cell, the biochemical and genetic basis of human diseases, and the operation of the brain and the nervous system. 

The program provides an introduction to the broad spectrum of Biological Sciences, in contrast to more specialized programs in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology and Anatomy and Cell Biology. It prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities, including entry to medical, veterinary and dentistry schools.  It also provides solid background for those interested in careers related to environmental protection, wildlife management, biotechnology and genetic engineering. It can also lead to post-graduate studies and research careers in universities, research institutes, hospitals, and industrial or governmental laboratories.

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Eligibility Criteria



Students may complete this program with a minimum of 71 credits or a maximum of 72 credits depending on their choice of complementary courses.

The Honours program in Biology is designed expressly as a preparation for graduate studies and research, and provides students with an enriched training in biology and some research experience in a chosen area. Acceptance into the Honours program at the end of U2 requires a CGPA of 3.50 and approval of a 9- or 12-credit Independent Studies proposal (see listing of BIOL 479 and BIOL 480 for details). Students also complete a 4-credit Honours Seminar course, BIOL 499. For an Honours degree, a minimum CGPA of 3.50 in the U3 year and adherence to the program as outlined below are the additional requirements.

First Class Honours will be awarded to students graduating with a GPA of 3.75 or better, and having successfully completed the Honours program.

Acceptable means to demonstrate English proficiency:

Institutional versions of the tests below are not acceptable. It is your responsibility to ensure official test results are sent to McGill.

When Test of English proficiency is required, results must come directly from the institution/examination board to McGill, and applicants should not attempt to upload the results. 

McGill’s strong preference is to receive results electronically, directly from the issuing organization, when possible.

McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English – Language and Cultureor English for Professional Communication
Certificate awarded.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
Overall band score of 70% or better; individual component scores of 60% or better.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
Certificate of Proficiency awarded with a C or better.

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
Certificate awarded with a B or better.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – Academic version
The regular Academic test and the test for UKVI are both accepted.
A band score of 6.5 or better; individual component scores of 6.0 or better.

We will accept paper score reports mailed directly by IELTS, ONLY if the test centre is unable to provide results electronically. 

MELAB (University of Michigan English Language Test)
A minimum mark of 85%.

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)

UG program-Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (including Dietetics and Human Nutrition), Architecture, Arts, B.A. & Sc., Education, Engineering, Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Religious Studies, Science, Social Work

Paper-based score (PBT)  -  577

Internet-based composite score (iBT)*  -  90*

(* minimum component score of 21 in each of reading, writing, listening, and speaking)

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Course Modules

32-33 credits:

  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism 3 Credits
  • BIOL 202 Basic Genetics 3 Credits
  • BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms 3 Credits
  • BIOL 206 Meth in Biology of Organisms 3 Credits
  • BIOL 215 Intro to Ecology and Evolution 3 Credits
  • BIOL 301 Cell and Molecular Laboratory 4 Credits
  • BIOL 373 Biometry 3 Credits*
  • BIOL 499D1 Honours Seminar in Biology 2 Credits
  • BIOL 499D2 Honours Seminar in Biology 2 Credits
  • CHEM 212 Intro Organic Chemistry 1 4 Credits**

* If a student has already taken an equivalent statistics course, the credits can be made up with a 3-credit Biology complementary course.

** If a student has already taken CHEM 212 or its equivalent, the credits can be made up with a 3- or 4-credit course to be approved by the Biology Adviser.

Honours (9-12 courses)

  • BIOL 479D1 Honours Research Project 1 4.5 Credits
  • BIOL 479D2 Honours Research Project 1 4.5 Credits


  • BIOL 480D1 Honours Research Project 2 6 Credits
  • BIOL 480D2 Honours Research Project 2 6 Credits

12 credits selected from:

  • BIOL 300 Molecular Biology of the Gene 3 Credits
  • BIOL 303 Developmental Biology 3 Credits
  • BIOL 304 Evolution 3 Credits
  • BIOL 306 Neural Basis of Behaviour 3 Credits
  • BIOL 308 Ecological Dynamics 3 Credits

Other (15-18 credits)

18 credits of Biology courses at the 300+ level if taking BIOL 479, and 15 credits if taking BIOL 480. With permission of the Biology Adviser, up to 6 credits may be taken from other science department courses (300+ level). Up to 6 credits of previous independent research courses may be included.


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How to Apply

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Step-by-step guide

Applying Tips
1.Keep track of your Login ID and PIN

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2.Provide a valid and reliable email address

  • McGill communicates with applicants by email, so it is very important that you provide a reliable email that you check regularly.

3.Use both your program choices

  • It does not matter what order you use for your program choices (we will review you for both of your choices and you will get a decision for both), but make use of these two choices if you are interested in multiple programs.  If you want to apply to more than two programs, you will need to submit – and pay for – another application.

4.Tell us who can obtain application information on your behalf

  • If you would like a parent, guardian, family member or friend to be able to contact McGill on your behalf and obtain information about your application, you must include their name in the “Disclosure information” section of the application form.  Otherwise, privacy laws prevent us from sharing your application information with anyone other than you and staff from your school.

Step 1-Logging in
The steps below provide information on how to access and log into the online application system.

1.  New student or current student?
2.  Create or enter your login ID

Step 2-Completing your application
This section provides instructions and tips for entering information into the main screens in the application.

  • Enter your biographical information
  • Apply for admission
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  • Tests taken
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  • Extenuating circumstances
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  • Mistakes on your application
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