The SUS is comprised of 19 departmental associations for each of the academic departments within the Faculty of Science. Find info on the each of the following departments below:
McGill Anatomy and Cell Biology Student Society (MACSS)
The McGill Anatomy and Cell Biology Student Society (MACSS) aims to serve the academic and social needs of all students in Anatomy and Cell Biology! Our office is always open to visitors so come by to chat or if you need gloves, a lab coat, or NTCs of the highest quality!
Some of our famous events include our Year-End Formal as well as our annual Halloween Apartment Crawl, both of which are attended by students from a variety of departments. Throughout the year we hold many smaller events such as BBQs, Gerts nights, and popular Wine and Cheeses to catalyze networking among professors and students.
The Anatomy and Cell Biology Program itself is renowned because it incorporates courses from many other biomedical departments such as physiology, biochemistry, and biology, and is one of the few North American programs that offer undergraduates the opportunity to study anatomy using human cadavers. Some of our best courses include Systemic Anatomy (ANAT 214) and Dynamic Histology (ANAT 261). For more information go to our website or contact us!
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Integrative Council (BASiC)
As one free-spirited BASc student once said, “we swing both ways.” Intellectual versatility is a distinctive asset in today’s competitive working world, not to mention at cocktail parties! The Arts and Science program is a unique opportunity to think critically in both scientific and humanistic dimensions, fostering a creative and integrative skill set.
BASiC is the immediate governing body for all students in the Arts & Science program. We are an energetic and driven group of students intent on providing you with academic resources and a lively social outlet, not to mention as much free food as we can afford! We also represent the interests of all Arts & Science students, providing resources such as peer support (informal advising) and planning events such as semi-formals, our infamous Beer Pong night, Ampersand: the Conference, and the National Integrative Research Conference (NiRC), among many things. We try our best to help you adapt to university life, so we also have many events that cater to YOU! We are your representation at McGill, so if you are unhappy with anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us! For more information on our initiatives and events, or – better yet – to join the constant party that is BASiC, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, check out our website,www.mcgillbasic.com, or stop by our cozy office at Leacock Room 114B! (It’s on the ground floor, between SNAX and the 24/7 study room.)
McGill Undergraduate Meteorological Student Association (MUMSA)
A question we always get in atmospheric and oceanic sciences is: “What do you study?” The answer: “Lots.” Everything from meteorology and forecasting to climate and climate change, to the oceans and atmospheric chemistry – everything you ever wanted to know about the weather!
Atmospheric science is a small, friendly department with about 40 undergraduates, where everyone is on a first name basis. And we get to do fun things, like a tornado-chasing trip in the States!
The field is fascinating and important, and you can start working in either the public sector or private industry as soon as you get your degree, or choose to go on to graduate school.
McGill is considered one of the best schools in the field, and we’ve got some cool equipment, like the radar at the Macdonald campus that Environment Canada uses data from, or wind profilers on the roof of Burnside. Burnside is also the building where our department is located, including our three (yes, three) undergrad lounges.
Here at McGill you can choose to do a major, minor, honours, joint major atmospheric science/physics, major or honours atmospheric chemistry, and there’s even a one-year diploma in meteorology for math and physics graduates. Visit our website at www.meteo.mcgill.ca/mumsa.
Biochemistry Undergraduate Society (BUGS)
The Biochemistry Undergraduate Society (BUGS) is a dynamic student-run organization that provides students with top-notch academic and social resources.
BUGS organizes NTCs for Biochemistry and Chemistry classes, and hosts symposiums to talk about careers and research opportunities in biochemistry. Our BUMP program pairs lower and upper year students for academic mentorship for the course of a year. From our Halloween parties, to Cabin in the Woods, and our end of year Formal, BUGS forms a tight-knit community of biochemistry students each year!
The council is comprised of approachable students from all undergraduate years, so feel free to ask questions about courses, applications, and exams, as well as all of our services and parties. For more information, check out the BUGS website at bugs.sus.mcgill.ca, or come visit our office in room 510 of McMed!
McGill Biology Student Union (MBSU)
“Such large classes!” That’s every new student’s response to the biology department. We’re much more than just a big number though. Biology covers a broad range of topics that incorporates elements from every scientific field. This includes cell biology, evolution, conservation ecology, animal behaviour, neurobiology, bioinformatics and so much more! The low number of required credits for a biology major allows students to explore their other interests whether to complete a double major, a minor or just for fun.
One of the highlights of the department is the field courses. Students can study the fauna and flora at Mont St. Hilaire, snorkel over beautiful coral reefs in Barbados or spend an entire semester in the tropical rainforests of Panama or in African savannahs. Field course scholarships are available from the McGill Biology Student Union (MBSU).
The MBSU’s main goal is to help the biology community enjoy their undergraduate experience as much as possible. We participate in various departmental committees, coordinate a note-taking club and announce research opportunities. Outside of academia, we recruit athletes for our intramural teams (go Ultimate Frisbee!), organize ingenious fundraisers (let’s shave our professors’ head!) and offer many events such as the Welcome Back BBQ, Free Bagel Fridays and our very popular Wine & Cheeses. Whether you’re looking for a place to chillax, a mentor to answer questions, an opportunity to get involved or just a free snack, our office (W2/4) is the place to be!
Chemistry Undergraduate Students’ Society (CUSS)
The Chemistry Department is one of the smaller departments at McGill. Because of this, the class sizes are small and students get to know each other as well as their professors easily.
Many undergraduate students engage in research in the department. In the basement of the Otto Maass building you’ll find Holmes room, the Chemistry undergraduate student lounge, where many students relax and study between classes.
The student council, Chemistry Undergraduate Students’ Society (CUSS), hosts numerous events throughout the year, including apartment crawls, keggers, and movie nights. Faculty members also enjoy events hosted by CUSS, such as “What’s Hot in Chemistry?’ wine and cheese and their year-end Semiformal (aka ‘Chemiformal’) event.
The McGill Chemistry Department is one of the top Chemistry Departments in Canada, associated with Chemistry greats, like Ernest Rutherford, Walter Lincoln Hawkins and Rudolf A. Marcus. The department offers the well known “World of Chemistry” electives, which are popular among students from other faculties.
Summer research opportunities for students exist in various research groups in the department and in laboratories of local industry.
For more information about undergrad studies in chemistry please e-mail email@example.com.
or visit the McGill Chemistry Department website:
Student Association of Cognitive Science (SACS)
Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary program designed to examine the notions of cognition and the mind from a variety of angles in order to build a more complete understanding of how the mind and brain work. The different program areas are:
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
- Psychology of Cognition and Perception
- Philosophy of Mind and Language
The Cognitive Science interfaculty concentration gives the student the freedom to explore cognition from any of these angles.
We also have a small but active student society which gives out its share of free food and drink and a charming program director, Ian Gold (firstname.lastname@example.org). Check out our website (www.cogsci-mcgill.com/) for more information!
Computer Science Undergraduate Society (CSUS)
Hackers of McGill University, unite! We, the CSUS student society, have only one concern: the welfare of Computer Science and Software Engineering undergraduate students. By organizing sporting, social, and academic events and activities, and looking out for the interests of CS students, we hope to make your pursuit of a higher education easier and more enjoyable. In short, we work hard, and party harder! As your student society, we’re here to help you:
- Keep the wheels of your mind well-lubricated with the monthly dose of pizza and beer
- Learn to make money by gambling in style at our annual casino night
- Work well under pressure by competing in numerous programming competitions with our local ACM student chapter
- Build teamwork skills and a network of friends at the annual CS Games
- Relieve your stress by “fragging” your enemies at the many LAN parties
- Slide your way through school with the help of our ski trip
- Strut your stuff by joining one of our intramural sport teams
- Find a well-paying interesting job you so-rightly deserve by dropping by one of the technology career fairs held every semester
- Gain fame at our international AI codeblitz hosted by McGill’s own ACM
So whether you have a problem or need a place to hang out, come join us at the TR1060 lounge near the Trottier Cafeteria or visit us at http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~csus.
The Monteregian Society
We’ll say it: the Monteregian Society rocks – literally! Every year, our undergraduates get opportunities to travel all over the world and study the great outdoors. Last year alone we travelled to Tanzania, Iceland, Yellowstone, Barbados, and the list keeps growing.
The department is a friendly place where professors and students know each other on a first name basis. Every day at 3 pm the whole Department gets together for free coffee and cookies. Throughout the year we have Halloween and Christmas parties, as well as a traditional “wine and cheese” (which usually turns into beer and chips). We are a sporty bunch: undergrads, grads and professors team up to play intermural ultimate Frisbee, hockey and soccer.
Earth and Planetary Sciences are all about combining chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology to understand our planet from the perspective of a volcanologist, geochemist, geophysicist, petrologist or sedimentologist.
If you’re looking for a strong science degree in a small Department filled with opportunities, EPS is the only way to go!
Check out our website at http://eps.mcgill.ca/monteregian/ and get a hold of Professor Don Baker (email@example.com), our undergraduate student advisor.
McGill Environment Students’ Society (MESS)
Like the discipline it is named after, the McGill Environment Students’ Society (MESS) is flexible, always-changing, and made up of many diverse components. Our mission is to encourage and facilitate cultural, educational, social, and recreational activities that center around the theme of our studies: environment. Mostly, we work to foster an always-blossoming community of Environment students and environmentalists at McGill. For example, we host movie nights, camping weekends, and sugar shack dinners. Also, we act as the liason between the students in the Environment program and the rest of the McGill community by hosting biannual forums in which students can express their opinions openly, and by sitting on various committees within the McGill School of Environment (MSE). The most exciting and important event we host each year is the Envirofest. This event, held each year at the end of September, is an opportunity for the McGill community to participate in a celebration of environmentalism on campus that includes lots of information, debate, music, and free food.
We have weekly meetings in the basement of the MSE house (3534 University). If you are interested in getting involved, check out our webpage which is linked to the MSE under “Student Resources.” Also, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshman Undergraduate Students’ Society (FUSS)
The Freshman Undergraduate Students’ Society (FUSS) is a first-year council just for freshmen! It welcomes freshmen students to McGill and runs events for them. As freshmen are not part of a particular department, it is up to FUSS to make the freshmen year amazing.
As a council, FUSS runs NTCs – that is, Note Taking Clubs. These are the golden study guides for some of the first year courses including BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 110 and CHEM 120. For more information about NTCs, turn to page ## and check out the SUS’s Freshman Survival Guide.
FUSS also takes part in Judgement Day – an event just for freshmen to help them decide their future at McGill. At this event, respective departments in the Faculty of Science are present to answer all of your questions about your major.
But FUSS is also here to have fun, this includes parties, open houses, office hours, and more! We have an office in the basement of Burnside, and it’s open for students to come in, hang out, or do some work.
FUSS is a great way for new students to get involved. At the start of the semester, there will be announcements on how to get involved and be a part of FUSS. There is also a position for NTC Writers and Coordinators!
If you have any questions, comments or feel like hanging out, just stop by our office (next to the SUS Office).
McGill Undergraduate Geography Students (MUGS)
If you can find a departmental organization with more of a family feeling than MUGS, the McGill Undergraduate Geography Society, we’d be impressed. The student-run executive represents all geography students, including Urban Systems majors, in both Arts and Science, and judging by the multiple Best Department of the year awards, does a pretty good job of it! MUGS boasts a student lounge for Geog students in Burnside Hall (305), where we hold events such as our weekly Coffee and Cookies, as well as Harvest and Winter challenges, pumpkin carving, pizza and movie nights, and more. You can also just drop in to relax and say hi, use the kettle, or take a quick nap!
Get involved, and partake in the multiple events we hold each year, like the Apartment Crawl, our trip to the sugar shack, and our enthusiastic celebration of GIS day. Also stay in touch with professors and remain updated with current events in the department through your student organization, MUGS. Get even more involved by joining the exec–we look for U1 and Sustainability representatives in the fall, so check the listserv or send us an email email@example.com. You’ll find friendly students, a great atmosphere, and so much more!
Society of Undergraduate Mathematics Students (SUMS)
If you are taking any math program, even if it’s a minor, then you are automatically a member of SUMS, the Society of Undergraduate Mathematics Students. Our mission is to enrich your McGill math experience by providing you with academic and social resources.
Every year, SUMS organizes a bunch of social events, including a few parties, two great inter-departmental events with Physics and Computer Science, and best of all a Pi day celebration (March 14th) complete with free pie. On a more academic note, we have a series of lectures about cool math topics, how to apply to grad school, and career opportunities in math and statistics.
When we’re not having a wild time at these parties, a lot of us hang out in the SUMS lounge, in the Burnside basement (1B20). The lounge is open to everyone and it contains everything a student needs: a couple of comfy couches, a collection of reference books, computers equipped with math software, a microwave, a fridge, blackboards, games, and tons of cool, knowledgeable people.
As if all of this weren’t enough, we also have book sales, exam review sessions, and our very popular locker sale. If you want a locker in the Burnside basement, be sure to rent one early as they always sell out fast.
We are here for you, so please stop by the lounge anytime! You can also visit us online at sums.math.mcgill.ca for helpful links or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microbiology and Immunology Students’ Association (MISA)
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology, one of the smallest departments in the faculty of science, offers a wide variety of courses. The courses range from introductory microbiology courses to more advanced courses such as “Viral and Bacterial Pathogenesis,” which cover the disease causing aspects of viruses and bacteria. There are also intensive laboratory courses encompassing fundamental skills in the fields of molecular biology, immunology and medical bacteriology.
Moreover, complementary courses such as “The Business of Science,” which includes guest lecturers from a variety of institutes and corporations, allow students to better understand the impacts of Microbiology and Immunology on everyday life.
The professors and associate professors of the department are among the best in their fields and most are actively participating in cutting-edge research. All of the professors in the department are also available to give academic advice.
MISA organizes events which aim to encourage interactions between the professors and the students. In addition, council members are available to answer any questions students may have, and may be reachedby e-mail email@example.com, or in person at the MISA office, room D-13, Duff Medical Building.
Neuroscience Undergraduates of McGill (NUM)
Calling all Neuroscience Undergraduates of McGill! We truly are the brainiacs of our time. Get involved in the most incredible, interdepartmental major at McGill. Experience courses in neurology, physiology, biology, psychology, pharmacology, biochemistry, computer science, mathematics, and chemistry. With three streams directed towards cell biology, computer science and cognitive science, and a cornucopia of complementary course and research projects you’re guaranteed a major that’s entirely your own!
The recently-formed undergraduate society for neuroscience students will provide info on research presentations and research opportunities in pretty much every science-related field! Academics aside, there will be get-togethers where us neuroscience students can meet and greet others – after all, two brains are always better than one!
Stand out as an exceptional individual. Be incomparable and extraordinary in a growing collective of neuroscience students. Be a part of NUM – a swank, classy, united body of students rising in McGill. Your brain deserves it.
Pharmacology Integrative League of Students (PILS)
Since we’re a newer program at McGill, people often ask, “What exactly is pharmacology?” The program is a bit of everything – to understand how drugs work and are designed, pharmies learn about biology, physiology, biochemistry, and more. Our courses include the use of drugs in disease, toxicology, and more specialised classes, and the program gives opportunities for research and courses in other related disciplines. Your degree can really be what you make of it!
PILS’ goal is simple: we want students in the department to be a true ‘pharmily’! The program has grown exponentially over the past few years, and to keep the group tight-knit and the program fun, PILS organises social and academic events and provides services like the note-taking club (NTCs) and a mentorship program for new students. More than anything, we want your time with the department to be as successful as possible and are here to help you out.
Questions about courses? Unsure of how to study for PHAR 300? Don’t know what you can do with your degree? Come find us in our office in the McIntyre Medical Building, room 506A, or contact us via Facebook or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). PILS is composed of students from all years that are here to answer any questions or even just chat!
McGill Society of Physics Students (MSPS)
The McGill Society of Physics Students (MSPS) includes all students in a departmentally recognized major or honours physics program. The MSPS is led by eight elected members. The executive coordinates events including a welcome back BBQ, an outing to a sugar shack, and a talent show to name a few.
The executive is also responsible for representing physics students on various councils and committees, providing funding for undergraduate conferences, organizing undergraduate lectures, providing tutoring, organizing an academic trip and providing communication between the Physics department and its members.
The MSPS is a small, tight-knit community due in part to small classes encouraging teamwork and collaboration. When not in class, physics students can relax in the undergraduate lounge located in the Rutherford Physics building. Physics students can also enjoy the use computers, a microwave, couches, workspace and a foosball table in the lounge. Students looking for a quiet place to study can use the undergraduate study room next to the lounge.
We’re here to make your time in physics easy and enjoyable. Get involved in the MSPS and get the most out of your time in Physics at McGill. Check us out at http://www.ugrad.physics.mcgill.ca/~msps or email us at email@example.com.
Physiology Undergraduate League of Students (PULS)
By the time you graduate with your physiology degree, you will have concrete and integrated knowledge about the way the human body works to keep us alive and well day in and day out. A degree in physiology is a phenomenal stepping stone to other health related fields as it encompasses the studies of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and even some physics (don’t worry, not that much!), allowing you to understand (as opposed to regurgitating facts) the dynamic processes of human physiology. That being said, the physiology undergraduate league of students (PULS) is there to help you along the way and make sure that your three years in physiology are truly a blast.
In the academics department, PULS organizes course packs, NTCs, and a student-lead mentoring program called “Synapse” which pairs every U1 student with a U3 student, giving you the info that only an experienced physio veteran could provide! To top that off, PULS also holds a host of social events because we understand that the secret to a successful undergrad is a balance between studies and a social life. PULS organizes BBQs, camping trips, a semi formal, wine and cheese, Mt. Ste-Anne ski trip and much much more!
We are always looking to help out students with whatever questions they may have about things such as medical schools, the MCAT, graduate programs, which courses to take and anything else you can think of! To stay up to date with all the events going on, you can read our weekly newsletter called “The Beat”. This newsletter is distributed every Wednesday in your physiology classes and it includes essential info but also fun stuff like crosswords and Sudoku.
PULS is located in McMed at 1120 and our office hours are from 10-2 PM Monday-Friday. Everyone is always welcome to come by for info or just to hang out in between classes. We hope to meet you soon!
McGill Psychology Students Association (MPSA)
Psychology is a large department with classes that range from being socially oriented to those based mainly on neuroscience, as well as many courses offered that allow one to gain valuable research experience to supplement traditional lectures.
The requirements for completing a degree in psychology are flexible so you can explore the different fields that may interest you, including courses related to biology, physiology, linguistics, sociology, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, etc.
The McGill Psychology Students Association (MPSA) is a student-elected council that serves all psychology students (major and minors) including those in both Arts and Science.
In a newly renovated and “conveniently” located room (N7/8) in the Stewart Biology building, MPSA provides an array of products and services for psychology undergrads. These include: a stellar clothing line, NTCs (typed class transcripts), free bagel breakfasts, a year-long lunch lecture series, and various charity events. In February, MPSA hosts the infamous “Psychology of Love,” an event featuring multiple guest speakers followed by the MPSA annual wine and cheese.
Watch out for our upcoming newsletter and check out our website (www.mpsa.sus.mcgill.ca) for weekly updates of what is going on in McGill Psychology. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.