Welcome from the Dean
McMaster’s Faculty of Science is a large community of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff dedicated to promoting excellence in learning and research.
All of our activities, in the classrooms, laboratories and in the community, contribute to our central mission: To advance scientific discovery and knowledge, and to promote scientific literacy and understanding in our community. Our research-intensive Faculty, McMaster’s largest, is home to over 6600 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 195 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 tool 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. Our students and faculty continually win national and international recognition, such as our Department of Kinesiology, ranking among the top 20 in the world; Paul Ayers, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, being elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists; Juliet Daniel, Biology, honoured with a Harry Jerome Award or student geographers winning multiple awards in a Geographic Information Science (GIS) global competition.
Our Science programs are designed to give our students first-class educational experiences in state-of-the-art facilities, including our new Living Systems undergraduate laboratory (opened in January 2017) and new state-of-the-art chemistry research laboratories (opening in 2018). 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 taking place in 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.
Maureen J. MacDonald
Dean, Faculty of Science