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Honours Life Sciences Co-op (B.Sc.)


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Admission


Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement and an interview but requires, as a minimum, submission of the on-line application by the stated deadline and completion of Level II Honours Life Sciences with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 and completion of the following courses:

Program Notes


  1. This is a five-level (year) co-op program which includes two eight-month work terms which must be spent in life sciences related placements.
  2. Students must be registered full-time and take a full academic workload, as prescribed by Level and Term.
  3. Students are required to complete SCIENCE 2C00  and SCIENCE 3C00  before the first work placement and are strongly recommended to complete SCIENCE 2C00  in Level II.
  4. Registration in the Honours Life Sciences Co-op program does not guarantee access to all courses. Some courses have program restrictions and students are responsible to read course prerequisites carefully.
  5. Students interested in completing a thesis or independent study course should consider completing LIFESCI 3RP3  in Level III.
  6. Students interested in graduate school may wish to consider completion of a thesis or independent study course (see LIFESCI 4A03 , 4B06 A/B S , 4C09 A/B S ).
  7. Level IV Research Seminar topics may change from year to year. Research Seminar topics and descriptions are available on the web (http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/lifesciences) and from the Life Sciences office in late February of each year.
  8. Students who enrolled in this program prior to September 2016 must complete at least 36 units from the Life Sciences Course List, of which at least 18 units must be Levels III, IV.
  9. Students who enrolled in 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 .
  10. Students who enrol in this program prior to September 2017 must complete of one of BIOPHYS 1S03 , MEDPHYS 1E03 , PHYSICS 1A03 , 1C03  (or 1B03 or 1L03) by the end of Level III.
  11. Effective September 2017, students must complete at least one of LIFESCI 3EP3 , 3R03 , 3RP3 , 3XX3 , 3YY3 , 4A03 , 4B06 A/B S , 4B09 A/B S , 4C09 A/B S , 4C12 A/B S , 4EP6 A/B S SCIENCE 2A03 , 3A03 , 3IS3 , 3M03 , 3WT0 .
  12. The Co-op option is not available with either the Origins of Disease or Sensory Motor Systems Specialization.
  13. Course planning is extremely important. Students must review and consider the requisites on Level II, III and IV courses when enrolling in the previous Levels.

Life Sciences Course List


Astronomy ASTRON 2B03  
Biochemistry Levels II, III, IV*
Biology Levels II, III, IV*
Biophysics BIOPHYS 2A03 , 2S03 , 3D03 3G03  
Chemistry CHEM 2E03 , 2OA3 , 2OB3 , 2P03 , 3BC3 3RC3 
Chemical Biology CHEMBIO 2A03 , 2P03 , 3BM3 , 3OA3 , 4OA3 , 4OB3  
Environmental Science ENVIRSC 2EI3 , 2GI3 , 3B03 , 3EE3 , 3GI3 , 3GV3 , 3L03, 3SR3 , 4HH3  
Geography GEOG 2EI3 , 2GI3 , 2HI3 , 2UI3 , 3EC3 , 3EE3 , 3ER3 , 3GI3 , 3GV3 , 3HH3 , 3HP3 , 3SR3 , 3UP3 , 4HH3  
Health Sciences HTHSCI 2G03 , 3DD3 , 3DD6 A/B , 3I03 , 3K03 , 4DM3 , 4II3 , 4O03  
Kinesiology KINESIOL 2Y03 , 2YY3  
Life Sciences Levels II, III, IV*
Mathematics MATH 3MB3  
Medical Physics MEDPHYS 2D03 , 4B03 , 4F03 , 4U03  
Molecular Biology Levels III, IV*
Origins Origins 2LU3, 3D03 , 3E03, 3F03
Physics PHYSICS 2G03 , 3L03  
Psychology PSYCH Levels II, III, IV*
Science Levels II, III*
* 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


  • Completed prior to admission to program

Level II: 30 Units


Level III


Consists of academic studies (Fall Term), Co-op Work Term (Winter Term), and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Level IV


Consists of academic studies (Fall and Winter Terms) and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Level V


Consists of Co-op Work Term (Fall Term) and academic studies (Winter Term)

Requirements For Students Who Entered in September 2017


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

Level I: 30 Units


30 units


  • Completed prior to admission to program

Level II: 30 Units


Level III


Consists of academic studies (Fall Term), Co-op Work Term (Winter Term), and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Level IV


Consists of academic studies (Fall and Winter Terms) and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Level V


Consists of Co-op Work Term (Fall Term) and academic studies (Winter Term)

Requirements For Students Who Entered in September 2016


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

Level I: 30 Units


30 units


  • Completed prior to admission to program

Level II: 30 Units


30 units


  • Completion of any Level II Honours Life Sciences program, including completion of SCIENCE 2C00  (See Program Note 3 above.)

Level III


Consists of academic studies (Fall Term), Co-op Work Term (Winter Term), and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Level IV


Consists of academic studies (Fall and Winter Terms) and Co-op Work Term (Spring/Summer Term)

Level V


Consists of Co-op Work Term (Fall Term) and academic studies (Winter Term)

Fall Term:


Work Term

Winter Term: 15 units:


6 units

from

  • Life Sciences Course List
9 units

  • Electives

Co-op Program Chart


 

FALL TERM

(September to December)

WINTER TERM

(January to April)

SPRING/SUMMER TERM

(May to August)

Level III 15 units from
Academic Level III
and
SCIENCE 2C00  (if not
completed) and SCIENCE 3C00 

Work Term

SCIENCE 3WT0 

 

Work Term

SCIENCE 3WT0 

 
Level IV 30 units from Academic Levels III and IV

Work Term

SCIENCE 4WT0 

 
Level V

Work Term

SCIENCE 5WT0 

 
15 units from Academic
Level IV
 

 

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