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BSc Liberal Program- Core Science Component Chemistry- Biological

 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

Modern chemists seek an understanding of the structure and properties of atoms and molecules to predict and interpret the properties and transformations of matter and the energy changes that accompany those transformations. Chemistry courses at the university level are traditionally divided into four areas of specialization: (1) organic chemistry, dealing with the compounds of carbon; (2) Inorganic chemistry, concerned with the chemistry and compounds of elements other than carbon; (3) analytical chemistry, which deals with the identification of substances and the quantitative measurement of their compositions; and (4) physical chemistry, which treats the physical laws, kinetics, and energetics governing chemical reactions, behaviour of materials, and molecular structure.

The department of Chemistry offers a variety of programs in the various areas of specialization.  Consult the detailed program outlines below.

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Eligibility Criteria

Program requirement:

Program Prerequisites
Pre-program requirements:

Students entering from Freshman program must have included CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 or CHEM 115, BIOL 111 or BIOL 112, MATH 133, MATH 140/MATH 141 or MATH 150/MATH 151, PHYS 131/PHYS 142, or their equivalents in their Freshman year. Quebec students must have completed the DEC with appropriate science and mathematics courses. Note that students who have successfully completed MATH 150 and MATH 151 do not have to take MATH 222.

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 Cultural 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 center 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

Required basic core courses (26 credits)

The required courses in this program consist of 26 credits in chemistry and mathematics, listed below. The courses marked with an asterisk (*) are omitted from the program of students who have successfully completed them at CEGEP. Students from outside Quebec or transfer students should consult the Academic Adviser.
See http://www.chemistry.mcgill.ca/advising/inside/advisors.php.

The Liberal Program: Core Science Component in Chemistry - Biological Option is not certified by the Ordre des chimistes du Québec. Students interested in pursuing a career in Chemistry in Quebec are advised to take an appropriate B.Sc. program in Chemistry.

A computer science course, either COMP 202 or COMP 208, is strongly recommended during U1 for students who have no previous introduction to computer programming. Students should contact their adviser on this matter. Completion of Mathematics MATH 222 during U1 is strongly recommended.

* Denotes courses with CEGEP equivalents.
** Students who have successfully completed MATH 150 and MATH 151 are not required to take MATH 222.

  • CHEM 212 Intro Organic Chemistry 1 4 Credits*
  • CHEM 222 Intro Organic Chemistry 2 4 Credits*
  • CHEM 223 Intro Phys Chem 1 2 Credits
  • CHEM 243 Intro Phys Chem 2 2 Credits
  • CHEM 253 Intro Phys Chem 1 Lab 1 Credits
  • CHEM 263 Intro Phys Chem 2 Lab 1 Credits
  • CHEM 267 Intro. Chemical Analysis 3 Credits
  • CHEM 281 Inorganic Chemistry 1 3 Credits
  • CHEM 381 Inorganic Chemistry 2 3 Credits
  • MATH 222 Calculus 3 3 Credits**

 Biological option courses (21 credits) 

18 credits:

  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism 3 Credits
  • CHEM 302 Intro Organic Chemistry 3 3 Credits
  • CHEM 392 Integrated Inorg/Org Lab 3 Credits
  • CHEM 482 Organic Chem:Natural Products 3 Credits
  • CHEM 502 Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry 3 Credits

 3 credits from any CHEM course at the 300 or higher level.


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How to Apply

Step-by-step guide

Step 1: Logging in 

Step 2: Completing your application 

Step-by-step guide

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

  • At the beginning of the application, you will be asked to select a Login ID and PIN.  Keep a record of your ID and PIN as you will need them if you would like to save your application and finish it later.  You can log in and out of your application as many times as you need to before you submit it.  However, once it has been submitted, you will no longer be able to login to make changes.  

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
  • Mature status
  • Program selection
  • Address information
  • Personal information
  • Employment and non-academic activities
  • Disclosure Information
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  • Tests taken
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  • Extenuating circumstances
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  • Mistakes on your application
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