Program Information

School: McGill University
Faculty: Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Environmental Biology
Plant Molecular Biology
Description: The Plant Biology specialization emphasizes the study of plants from their cellular structure to their role in the ecosystem. You will examine the structure and development of plants in the context of their function as the primary producers on earth. You will learn about the physiology and biochemistry of plants from the basics of photosynthesis to the production of chemical compounds used for defense against herbivores, pests and pathogens. You will also develop skills in plant identification, plant propagation, and molecular methods for studying plants and fungi. You will learn how natural selection has shaped the diversity of plants, explore the dynamics of plant communities in the ecosystem, and appreciate the role of plants in society as the source of food, fiber, fuel, medicinal compounds, poisons, and recreation.

Most courses offer laboratory classes that expand on the lecture material and introduce students to the latest techniques in plant biology. Many laboratory exercises use the excellent research and field facilities at the Morgan Arboretum, McGill Herbarium, Lods Centre, the Horticultural Centre and the Plant Science greenhouses, as well as McGill field stations. Students may undertake a research project under the guidance of a member of the Plant Science Department as part of their studies.

URL: Environmental Biology: Plant Biology at McGill University
Length: 3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $21,367

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 Biology 
  • 2 of  Grade12 Chemistry 
  • 2 of  Grade12 Mathematics 
  • 3 of  Grade12 Physics 

Applicants must have Biology – NYA (OOUK), Chemistry – NYA, NYB (OOUL, OOUM), Mathematics – NYA, NYB (OOUN, OOUP), and Physics – NYA, NYB, NYC (OOUR, OOUS, OOUT).

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 577] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85]