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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

 

Integrates learning of essential knowledge and skills from the fundamental scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, earth science and psychology) in the context of pertinent topics and projects. Interdisciplinary teams of instructors will teach and linkages between discipline areas will be emphasized partly through study of 'thematic modules.'
One mandatory one-day field trip will be held.
Integrated lectures, labs, tutorials, field trips, discussions; two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Honours Integrated Science I
Co-requisite(s): BIOSAFE 1BS0 (or HTHSCI 1BS0), WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. Both requirements must be completed prior to the first lab.
Introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, acceptable safety conduct and positive safety attitudes and practices in laboratories and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web modules
Antirequisite(s): ART 1HS0, ENGINEER 1A00, ENGTECH 1A00, NURSING 1A00, SCIENCE 1A00
This requirement must be completed prior to the start of the first lab. Students who fail the quiz must reattempt it and will not be permitted in any course with a lab component or any Level II ART course until the requirement has been successfully completed.
Formerly HTHSCI 1BS0
BSL 1 biosafety training for the handling of non-pathogenic bacteria, cell lines, blood and body fluids or mammalian tissues based on federal laboratory biosafety guidelines.
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web module
BSL 1 must be completed prior to the start of the first lab for all courses for which it is required. Students who fail the quiz will be required to repeat it and will not be permitted in any course where BIOSAFE 1BS0 is a requirement until the quiz has been successfully completed.

Honours Bachelor of Integrated Science

Since Integrated Science (iSci) is a direct entry program, students admitted to iSci specialize in Integrated Science throughout the entire program. Beginning in Level II, Integrated Science students may pursue a concentration in one of the following areas of study in the Faculty of Science:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Medical Physics
  • Physics
  • Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Minor

In addition to concentrations, iSci students have the option of pursuing a Minor in any field offered by McMaster.
For additional information about concentrations please visit the iSci Webpage.

Exchange Opportunities

All iSci students have the option to go on an exchange in their third year to the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. The University of Leicester is home to our sister program: the Interdisciplinary Science program (recently renamed Natural Sciences). The Natural Sciences program at Leicester features a very similar learning model to that of McMaster, and is well respected as one of the leading scientific universities in the UK.

Careers/Opportunities Beyond This Program

The iSci program opens doors to a wide range of future options. This program will prepare students for post-graduate work through the application of problem-based learning within the classroom, the provision of many practical laboratory and field experiences, and the development of scientific communication skills.

A few post graduate options include:

  • Graduate programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D.)
  • Research and Development
  • Innovative industry careers
  • Medical school
  • Law school
  • Teacher’s College
  • Consulting

For information about the types of careers graduates from McMaster Science can pursue, assistance with cover letter and resume writing, mock interviews and much more, please refer to Science Career and Cooperative Education Office website.

 

While co-op and internship opportunities are not available for the Integrated Science program at this time, there are a variety of experiential education opportunities ingrained into the foundation of the program.

Experiential Education (EE) provides opportunities for students to gain academically relevant experience in a community, research or professional setting. This combination of academic and real world learning helps students to further develop the necessary qualities and skills that will be transferrable to future career paths. EE courses could be either an Applied Placement Course (SCIENCE 3EP3) or a Research Practicum Course (SCIENCE 3RP3).

Information about Experiential Education opportunities are available via the Science Career & Cooperative Education website.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 a.m. Elective Elective
ISCI 1A24

Integrated Concept Seminar (Lecture)

9:30 a.m.
ISCI 1A24

Integrated Concept Seminar (Lecture)

ISCI 1A24

Integrated Concept Seminar (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.
ISCI 1A24

Integrated Concept Seminar (Lecture)

ISCI 1A24

Project Integrated Concept Seminar (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.
ISCI 1A24

(Tutorial)

12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
ISCI 1A24

Integrated Concept Seminar (Lecture)

ISCI 1A24

Integrated Concept Seminar (Lecture)

ISCI 1A24

(Lab)

ISCI 1A24

Integrated Concept Seminar (Lecture)

3:30 p.m. Elective
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
ISCI 1A24

Integrated Concept Seminar (Lecture)

iSci is based out of the third floor of Thode Library, housing:

  • Administrative offices for iSci faculty and staff, ensuring easy and open communication between professors, administrators, and students
  • The iStudy, a dedicated study space for registered iSci students
  • The ThInK Space (Thode Interactive Knowledge Space), a library teaching classroom featuring multi-media integration and assistive teaching technology

In addition to the third floor of Thode, iSci has dedicated undergraduate lab space. The iSci lab:

  • Has over 3000 square feet of redesigned lab space for students to learn and explore
  • Is the first university laboratory in Canada to utilize environmentally friendly neutrodine™-filtered ductless fume hoods
  • In year one alone, the iSci lab will be used for over 25 experiments, field labs, and workshops spanning the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth science so that students can develop their hands-on skills.

The Integrated Science (iSci) lab is the central location for lab-based experiences offered in the iSci program. This multidisciplinary space is available to all iSci undergraduate students but is primarily used by first and second year students. Experiments in physics, chemistry, biology, Earth science, neuroscience, thermodynamics and other disciplines are delivered weekly. Students develop their hands-on, practical skills on a wide variety of equipment related to these disciplines

Profiles & Alumni


Adam Pantaleo
Exploring Chemistry at the Nanoscale

Adam Pantaleo was awarded an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award in his first year of iSci. Adam conducted research at McMaster in the Department of Chemistry working alongside Dr. Peter Kruse. Adam spent his summer studying nanoscale patterns that form during the electropolishing of certain metals.

Prateek Gupta
The Next 36

Prateek Gupta is a student in one of McMaster’s most innovative programs. Now he has been named one of the country’s most innovative undergraduates. Gupta, in his second year of the Integrated Science Program (iSci) at McMaster, has been accepted into “The Next 36”, a national program designed to launch the careers of 36 of Canada’s most promising students.

Julianne Bagg
Archaeological field school in Greece

Julianne Bagg travelled to Greece in 2010 to study at the Priniatikos Pyrgos archeological field school for the month of August. Priniatikos Pyrgos, an archeological harbour site located on the Gulf of Mirabello in east Crete, is home to artifacts from the Late Bronze Age, Hellenistic and Byzantine times and has been occupied since the Late Neolithic period (the fifth millennium BCE).