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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


  • 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
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Linear Algebra (Lecture)


Linear Algebra (Lecture)

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Calculus for Math and Stats (Lecture)


Calculus for Math and Stats (Lecture)


Calculus for Math and Stats (Lecture)

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Mathematical Reasoning (Tutorial)


Linear Algebra (Lecture)

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Macroeconomics (Lecture)


Mathematical Reasoning (Lecture)

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Calculus for Math and Stats (Lecture)

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Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Tutorial)


Linear Algebra (Tutorial)

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Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Lecture)

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Macroeconomics (Tutorial)

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

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