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

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

  • Honours Biochemistry
  • Honours Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization*
  • Honours Biology
  • Honours Biology – Discovery Sub-Plan
  • Honours Biology – Physiology
  • Honours Biology and Environmental Sciences
  • Honours Biology and Mathematics
  • Honours Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
  • Honours Life Sciences*
  • Honours Molecular Biology and Genetics*
  • Honours Neuroscience**
  • Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
  • Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour – Mental Health Specialization
  • Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour – Music Cognition Specialization

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

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

  • Honours Human Behaviour
  • Honours Human Behaviour – Autism & Behavioural Science Specialization
  • Honours Human Behaviour – Early Childhood Education Specialization

Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Programs

  • Life Sciences


  • Minor in Biochemistry
  • Minor in Biology
  • Minor in Psychology

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

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Biochemistry Technologist
  • Immunologist
  • Science Communication: Science Education, Research in Education,
  • Clinical/Counselling Psychology
  • Development
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Forensics
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Government: Health Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, Agriculture, Law, Public Policy, Global Health, Media Relations,
  • Health Science Professional Schools: Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy
  • Health Technologies: Biological Imaging, Medical Laboratory
  • Healthcare: Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Industry: Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Pharmaceutical, Consulting, Data Management
  • Journalism
  • Medical Drug Development
  • Medicine
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy
  • Post-graduate Professional Schools: Law, Business (MBA)
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Research: Environmental, Biological, Genetic, Microbiology,
  • Scientific Writing
  • Teaching
  • Toxicologist
  • Virologist

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
8:30 a.m.

Introductory Chemistry (Lab)

9:30 a.m.

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lab)

10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.

Calculus (Lecture)


Calculus (Lecture)


Environmental Sciences (Lab)


Calculus (Lecture)

1:30 p.m.

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Tutorial)

2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Lecture)


Calculus (Tutorial)

4:30 p.m.

Environmental Sciences (Lecture)


Environmental Sciences (Lecture)


Environmental Sciences (Lecture)

5:30 p.m.

Introductory Chemistry (Lecture)


Introductory Chemistry (Lecture)

In addition to spacious, well equipped, general laboratories the departments have:

  • An Electron Microscope Facility that contains a Transmission Electron Microscope, an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis and a Cryogenic Specimen Preparation System for ESEM
  • Animal Quarters
  • Biophotonics Imaging Facility
  • Centralized Facilities for DNA Synthesis, Automated DNA Sequencing, Electron Microscopy, NMR Spectroscopy
  • Facilities for Fish Holding Recombinant DNA Research
  • Fluorescence Microscopes
  • Greenhouses and Plant Growth Chambers
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • High-Throughput Screening Laboratory
  • Infrared Spectroscope
  • Insect Rooms
  • Instrumentation For Protein Analysis, Purification And Biophysical Characterization
  • LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Auditory Laboratory – unique research-based performance theatre and testing centre
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Oligonucleotide Synthesizer
  • Protein Crystallography Facility
  • Radioactivity Counters
  • Sequencing Facility
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Ultracentrifuges
  • UV-Visible Spectroscopy

Profiles & Alumni

Overview: Life Sciences