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Honours Life Sciences (B.Sc.)


Admission Notes


  1. Completion of BIOLOGY 1A03 , 1M03 , and either PSYCH 1F03  or 1X03 , and 1XX3  is required by the end of Level II.
  2. Completion of one of BIOPHYS 1S03 , MEDPHYS 1E03 , PHYSICS 1A03 , 1B03 , 1C03 , 1L03  is required by the end of Level III. PHYSICS 1A03  or 1C03  (or PHYSICS 1B03 ) is a prerequisite for BIOLOGY 2A03  and, therefore, completion in Level I is recommended. PHYSICS 1A03  or 1C03   (or 1B03  or 1L03 ) is a prerequisite for LIFESCI 3J03 . Effective September 2017, PHYSICS 1A03  or 1C03  will be required for admission.

Admission


Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:

Admission (Effective September 2017)


Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:

Program Notes


  1. For students who enrol in Honours Life Sciences prior to September 2017, BIOLOGY 1A03 , 1M03 , and either PSYCH 1F03  or 1X03 , and 1XX3  must be completed by the end of Level II.
  2. Registration in an Honours Life Sciences program does not guarantee access to all courses. Some courses have program restrictions and students are responsible to read course prerequisites carefully.
  3. Students interested in completing a thesis or independent study course should consider completing LIFESCI 3RP3 A/B  in Level III.
  4. Students interested in graduate school may wish to consider completion of a thesis or independent study course (See LIFESCI 4A03 , 4B06 A/B , 4C09 A/B ). 
  5. Level IV Research Seminar topics may change from year to year. Research Seminar topics and descriptions are available on the web site (http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/lifesciences) and from the School of Interdisciplinary Science office in late April of each year.   
  6. LIFESCI 2G03  does not substitute for BIOLOGY 2C03  or MOLBIOL 2C03  for prerequisite purposes.
  7. Students who entered the program prior to September 2016 may use the following courses to satisfy Life Sciences Course List requirements: ASTRON 2B03 ; Levels II, III, IV Environmental Sciences; Levels II, III, IV Geography; MATH 2E03; MEDPHYS 2A03, 2D03 , 3A03, 3R03 , 4A03, 4L03 , 4SZ3 , 4XX3; ORIGINS 2LU3 , 3D03 , 3E03 , 3F03 ; Levels II, III, IV Science; STATS 2B03 .
  8. For students who enrol in Honours Life Sciences prior to September 2017, one of BIOPHYS 1S03 , MEDPHYS 1E03 , PHYSICS 1A03 , 1C03  (or 1B03 or 1L03) is required by the end of Level III.

 

Life Sciences Course List


Astronomy ASTRON 2B03  
Biochemistry Levels II, III, IV*
Biology Levels II, III, IV*
Biophysics BIOPHYS 2A03 , 2S03 , 3D03  
Chemistry CHEM 2E03 , 2OA3 , 2OB3 , 2P03 , 3BC3  
Chemical Biology CHEMBIO 2A03 , 2P03 , 3BM3 , 3OA3 , 4OA3 , 4OB3  
Environmental Science ENVIRSC 2EI3 , 2GI3 , 3B03 , 3EE3 , 3GI3 , 3GV3 , 3L03 , 3SR3 , 4HH3  
Geography GEOG 2GI3 , 2HI3 , 3EC3 , 3ER3 , 3GI3 , 3GV3 , 3HH3 , 3HP3 , 4HH3  
Health Sciences HTHSCI 2G03 , 3DD3 , 3I03 , 3K03 , 4DM3 , 4II3 , 4O03  
Kinesiology KINESIOL 2Y03 , 2YY3  
Life Sciences Levels II, III, IV*
Mathematics MATH 3MB3  
Medical Physics MEDPHYS 2D03 , 4B03 , 4U03  
Molecular Biology Levels III, IV*
Origins Origins 2LU3, 3D03 , 3E03 , 3F03
Physics PHYSICS 2G03 , 3L03 
Psychology PSYCH Levels II, III, IV*
Science SCIENCE 3A03 , 3IS3 , 3M03  
* All Levels II, III, IV courses for which the prerequisites have been met are acceptable.

 

Requirements


120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which no more than 48 units may be Level I

Level I: 30 Units


30 units


(See Admission above.)

Level II-IV: 90 Units


39 units


  • Electives (See Program Notes 1 and 8 above.)

Requirements For Students Who Entered Prior to September 2016


120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which no more than 48 units may be Level I

Level I: 30 Units


30 units


(See Admission above.)

Levels II-IV: 90 Units


36 units


from

  • the Life Sciences Course List, of which at least 18 units must be Levels III, IV (See Program Notes 3 and 5 above.)

30-36 units


  • Electives (See Program Note 7 above.)