Welcome from the Dean



The Faculty of Science at McMaster is a large community of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff dedicated to promoting excellence in learning and research.

Our research-intensive Faculty, McMaster’s largest, is home to over 6700 undergraduate and graduate students working to learn about and explore the boundaries of scientific knowledge. McMaster University is consistently ranked as one of the top research universities in Canada and one of the country’s most innovative.

Over 200 full time faculty work to provide educational and research opportunities for students, and conduct pioneering research in fields that span from the life sciences (biology, biochemistry, kinesiology, psychology, geography and earth sciences) to the physical sciences (chemistry, physics and astronomy) to the mathematical and computational sciences. Students are taught by leading scientific researchers, in fields ranging from study of the cosmos and characterization of materials to ground-breaking exploration of mechanisms of the cell and changes in the natural environment.

We strongly believe in bringing research into the classroom and harnessing technology to improve the student experience, whether it is with our online planning resource for students, the McMaster Academic Planner; Science 1A03, our first-year course designed to introduce students to the many facets of science; or offering many first year courses in a blended-learning format with online modules complementing in-person lecture hours.

Continuing the Faculty’s strong tradition of interdisciplinary research and teaching, we constantly seek out ways to break down barriers among the disciplines in science. We are home to the award winning Honours Integrated Science (iSci) undergraduate program. On January 1, 2016, we opened our School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS), which is dedicated to fostering exploration and discovery while emphasizing experiential, collaborative and student-centred learning.

Our Science programs are designed to give our students first-class educational experiences in state-of-the-art facilities. These programs are further strengthened with opportunities to acquire valuable knowledge in our cooperative and other experiential education programs, and by encouraging students to participate in the innovative research happening within the Faculty.

The Faculty of Science offers much whether you are a prospective student, a current student, an alumnus or have an interest in McMaster’s innovative research. Please explore our website and learn more about the Faculty.

Bruce Milliken
Dean, Faculty of Science