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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 completed, please refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

Vector spaces given by solutions to linear systems. Linear independence, dimension. Determinants. Eigenvalues, eigenvectors and diagonalisation. Complex numbers.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U or MATH 1F03
Antirequisite(s): MATH 1ZC3
Not open to students registered in an Engineering program.
Inquiry into the ideas and methods of advanced mathematics. Material will include topics selected from algebra, calculus, discrete math, geometry and number theory.
Three lectures; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U or MATH 1F03; and credit or registration in MATH 1B03
Introduction to mathematical problem-solving using computational methods. Introduction to a programming language; good scientific programming practices.
Three lectures, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): Credit or registration in one of MATH 1A03, 1LS3, 1X03 (or ISCI 1A24 A/B); and registration in a program in the Faculty of Science
Not open to students with credit or registration in COMPSCI 1MD3 or ENGINEER 1D04.
Algebraic, geometric and numeric approaches to calculus, development of mathematical thinking, intuition and theoretical foundations. Functions: limits, continuity, derivatives, applications. Antiderivative, definite integral, integration techniques.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I Math and Stats
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1A03, MATH 1LS3, 1N03, 1Z04, 1ZA3
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
For students in mathematics/statistics. Additional techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, differential equations, polar coordinates, parametrized curves. Sequences, infinite series, power series. Partial derivatives, double integrals.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): MATH 1X03 and registration in Level I Math and Stats
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1AA3, 1LT3, 1NN3, 1ZB3, 1ZZ5
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
For students in science: geared towards applications, with attention to underlying concepts. Functions: limits, continuity, derivatives, optimization, curve sketching. Antiderivative, definite integral, techniques of integration.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U or MATH 1F03
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1LS3, 1N03, 1X03, 1Z04, 1ZA3
Not open to students who have achieved a grade of at least B- in MATH 1M03. Not open to students in Mathematics and Statistics I or an Engineering program or with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
For students in science: additional techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, differential equations, polar coordinates, parametrized curves. Sequences, infinite series, power series. Partial derivatives, double integrals.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 1A03, 1X03, 1ZA3; or a grade of at least B- in MATH 1LS3 or 1M03
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1LT3, 1NN3, 1XX3, 1ZB3, 1ZZ5
Not open to students in Mathematics and Statistics I or with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
Topics from differential and integral calculus, differential equations, discrete-time dynamical systems, chosen for their relevance to the life sciences.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U or MATH 1F03
Antirequisite(s): MATH 1A03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, ISCI 1A24 A/B, MATH 1M03, 1N03, 1X03, 1Z04, 1ZA3.
Applications of integration, autonomous differential equations, functions of several variables; probability as application of calculus. All topics chosen for their relevance to the life sciences.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): MATH 1LS3, or a grade of at least B- in MATH 1A03 or 1M03
Antirequisite(s): MATH 1AA3
Not open to students with credit or registration in ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, ISCI 1A24 A/B, MATH 1XX3, 1ZZ5, 1ZB3.
Inquiry into ideas and methods of computer science (CS), the science underlying our computational universe. Topics include what computers can and cannot do, the Internet and search engines, artificial intelligence, computer-controlled devices, and sustainability in computing.
Three lectures, one tutorial (two hours), first term
Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 1K03, Grade 12 Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus U, Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors, or registration in Computer Science 1
Introduction to fundamental programming concepts: values and types, expressions and evaluation, control flow constructs and exceptions, recursion, input/output and file processing.
Three lectures, one tutorial (one hour); second term
Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 1K03, 1LS3, Grade 12 Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus U, Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors
Antirequisite(s): ENGINEER 1D04
Practical experience with implementing basic CS concepts such as data representation, recursion, computer architecture, concurrency. Hands-on application of CS concepts to formulating, analyzing, and solving problems.
One lecture, two labs (two hours each); second term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Computer Science or permission of the Instructor
Co-requisite(s): One of COMPSCI 1MD3 or ENGINEER 1D04 
An introduction to the method and theory of microeconomics, and their application to the analysis of contemporary economic problems.
In-class and online; one term
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 2E03
ECON 1B03 and ECON 1BB3 can be taken in either order or concurrently.
An introduction to the method and theory of macroeconomics, and their application to the analysis of contemporary economic problems.
In-class and online; one tutorial; one term
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 2E03
ECON 1B03 and 1BB3 can be taken in either order or concurrently.
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.
Structure, molecular composition and function in sub-cellular and cellular systems.
Three hours (lectures, web modules), one lab (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): One of Grade 12 Biology U, BIOLOGY 1P03 or registration in an Engineering program
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00, and BIOSAFE 1BS0 (or HTHSCI 1BS0) if not already completed. Both requirements must be completed prior to the first lab.
Not open to students with credit or registration in HTHSCI 1I06 A/B or ISCI 1A24 A/B. Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOLOGY 1A03 and BIOLOGY 1M03 in the different terms.

Students from any Level I Science Gateway program can (through careful Level I course selection) pursue any Level II program in:

Students who enter th Mathematics and Statistics Gateway often pursue the following programs:

Honours Bachelor of Science (Hons. B. Sc.) Programs

  • Honours Actuarial and Financial Mathematics*
  • Honours Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Honours Mathematics and Physics
  • Honours Mathematics and Statistics*
  • Honours Mathematics and Statistics – Mathematics Sub-Plan*
  • Honours Mathematics and Statistics – Statistics Sub-Plan*

*Co-op programs are available, beginning in Level III

Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Programs

  • Mathematical Science

Minors

  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Minor in Statistics

For additional information about these programs please refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Business/Financial Analyst
  • Cryptographer
  • Database Marketing Analyst
  • Game Designer
  • Data/Pricing Analyst

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 visit the Science Career and Cooperative Education Office website.

Our vision is to see every McMaster Science student reach their career potential and have a meaningful impact on the scientific community. Focusing on Career, Experiential and Cooperative Education, the Science Career and Cooperative Education (SCCE) office guides students on their career path and helps them to be successful in their chosen field.

Career Education

We provide students with tools and knowledge to plan for success today and prepare for a future in the field of science. Students can receive individualized services to help them achieve short and long term goals.

Career education services available to all science students include:

  • Career Advising and Exploration
  • Career Resources
  • Cover Letter and Resume Critiques
  • Career Events and Guest Speakers
  • Post-graduate Planning
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Mock Interviews
  • Training and Workshops
  • Networking Opportunities

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education emphasizes the partnership between the employer, the student and McMaster University. Co-op provides students with paid work opportunities to experience the world of work and gain academically- relevant skills. In a co-op program,students have the opportunity to acquire up to 16 months of work experience prior to graduation.

Current Faculty of Science co-op programs, all of which begin at Level III:

  • Actuarial and Financial Mathematics
  • Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics (including sub-plans) • Medical and Biological Physics
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Physics

Experiential Education

Experiential education allows students to gain real world, relevant experience in a community, research or professional setting, while working towards their degree requirements. Students benefit from the combination of academic and applied learning, which helps students further develop the necessary qualities and skills valuable to their future careers.

Experiential education opportunities include:

  • Applied Placements
  • Research Practicums
  • Science Internships
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 a.m.
MATH 1B03

Linear Algebra (Lecture)

MATH 1B03

Linear Algebra (Lecture)

9:30 a.m.
MATH 1X03

Calculus for Math and Stats (Lecture)

MATH 1X03

Calculus for Math and Stats (Lecture)

MATH 1X03

Calculus for Math and Stats (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.
MATH 1C03

Mathematical Reasoning (Tutorial)

MATH 1B03

Linear Algebra (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.
MATH 1C03

Mathematical Reasoning (Lecture)

MATH 1C03

Mathematical Reasoning (Lecture)

ECON 1BB3

Macroeconomics (Lecture)

MATH 1C03

Mathematical Reasoning (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.
MATH 1X03

Calculus for Math and Stats (Lecture)

1:30 p.m.
PSYCH 1X03

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Tutorial)

MATH 1B03

Linear Algebra (Tutorial)

2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
PSYCH 1X03

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Lecture)

4:30 p.m.
ECON 1BB3

Macroeconomics (Tutorial)

5:30 p.m.

James Stewart Centre for Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics is housed in the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics. Located in Hamilton Hall, the Centre has been designed to integrate teaching, research and outreach environments. Award-winning renovation of this historic building retained the classic exterior and, at the same time, completely modernized and vertically integrated its interior, to facilitate dynamic interactions between undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty.

The Math Help Centre provide friendly and active academic and social environments. Numerous blackboards, filled with math calculations and diagrams, line the walls of the generous building. The hallways are set up with study tables to encourage undergraduates to work together with their peers and teaching assistants. The proximity of faculty offices gives students an opportunity to consult with their instructors both during and outside of office hours.

SharcNet

SharcNet, the Department’s high performance computing facility is located in A. N. Bourns Science Building.

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