Having this much freedom with your schedule can be confusing and even overwhelming. So we hope this helps!

Once completing U1, you have a lot of freedom as to which order you want to take your courses in. This is simply a suggestion made from the students on CUSS and who are currently taking these courses or have in the past. As a chemistry student, you are not required to follow this scheme exactly.  

For more guidance on choosing your courses, you can contact the undergraduate chemistry advisor Sam Sewall (samuel.sewall@mcgill.ca) or your science advisor!

Notes/ Testimonials:

CHEM 212: Really recommended to take in your U1. If you are coming from CEGEP you might be exempt from taking the lab portion (CHEM 211). See https://www.mcgill.ca/transfercredit/prospective/cegep for more information

BIOL 200 : Really recommended to take in your U1 if you are in the Bio-organic stream. The course requires a lot of memorization and almost entirely multiple choice exams.

Notes/ Testimonials:

CHEM 222: Really recommended to take your U1. If you are coming from CEGEP, you might take this course in your U1 Fall if you have CEGEP credits for CHEM 212.

BIOL 201: Really recommended to take in your U1 if you are in the Bio-organic stream. The course is not as memorization-heavy as BIOL 200.

CHEM 281: The course is really helpful for CHEM 355.

Once you are done your U1 year, you might have an idea if you like the organic/inorganic field or the physical chemistry field better. So we made a plan of these two fields which can be taken in your U2 depending on which field you prefer. We recommend taking the field you have a preference for in your U2 as these courses can then later be used as prerequisites for your complementary courses in U3.

If you like the organic/inorganic field, we suggest the following:

And if you like the physical chemistry field, we suggest the following:

With all the required courses out of the way, you can now choose your complementary courses. Note that requisite courses for some streams can be taken as complementary or even electives for other streams. For example, a Bio-Organic Student can take CHEM 334 (Advanced Materials) as a chemistry complementary to fulfill the extra chemistry complimentary requirement for your degree. 

And if you are ever short of 1 credit, some possible course options are:

  • CHEM 400 (1 credit), Independent Study in Chemistry
  • BIOL 301 (4 credits), Cell and Molecular Laboratory