Experiential Courses

ISCI/ARTS&SCI 3IE1, 3IE2, or 3IE3: Interdisciplinary Experiences

Interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities selected from an assortment of modules. Content and schedules vary annually. Details may be found on the Integrated Science and Arts & Science websites or by contacting the School of Interdisciplinary Science at

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above of Honours Integrated Science or Honours Arts & Science program; and permission of the Course Administrator. Some modules may have additional prerequisites.

In addition to the McMaster tuition fee, some modules may require an additional fee to cover costs of travel, accommodation and/or supplies.

ISCI/ARTS&SCI 3IE1, 3IE2, 3IE3 may be repeated, if on a different topic.

Enrolment is limited.

The Integrated Science Program and Arts & Science Program have teamed up to offer new Interdisciplinary Experiences courses to their students. In his ‘Forward With Integrity’ letter to the McMaster community, President Patrick Deane encourages the integration of experiential learning, self-directed learning and interdisciplinary into our undergraduate programs. The recent position paper generated by the Student Experience Task Force also recommends enhancement of ‘flexibility in structure, delivery and availability of courses’. In response to these recommendations The School of Interdisciplinary Science and Arts & Science are offering a suite of new interdisciplinary experiential learning course that may be offered in 1-, 2- or 3-unit modules and can be taken by a student at any stage beyond Level I. Each module will involve experiential learning or application of scientific, social science or humanities topics in a field, community, classroom or laboratory setting. Students may take more than one module offered under this course code as long as the topics are different. Module descriptions will be posted as they are offered.


Payment of McMaster course credit fees (i.e. tuition and supplementary fees) for ISCI 3IE courses is IN ADDITION to the module fees if applicable.

Even if all funds for the trip are paid, you are ineligible to participate in the module if you have not registered in the course.

Submission of the necessary Application and Release Form(s) must be completed prior to the start of the course.

Spring Modules

Applications for all modules can be accessed here: Spring 2018 3IE1 Application Form


ISCI 3IE1S (C02): Science and Drama

Instructor: TBA

Maximum enrollment: 20

Minimum enrollment: 8

Offering: Spring, 2018

Proposed Schedule: June 4, 6, 8, 9am – 1pm

Application form due date: Thursday May 28th at 4:30pm.

Course/Module Description

Students will be shown how dramatic art techniques can enhance communication of academic and scientific ideas to the community when properly applied. No previous acting or performance experience is required.

Course Deliverables
The class will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  All components must be passed in order to pass the course and meaningful and active participation in components is expected.


ISCI 3IE1S (C08): Mentorship Action Plan

Instructor: TBA

Maximum enrollment: 30

Minimum enrollment: 15

Offering: Spring, 2018.

Proposed Schedule: May 22, 24, 29, 31st 12:30pm – 3:30pm; June 5 and 7 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Application form due date: Thursday May 15th at 4:30pm

Course/Module Description

A mentor is someone who can introduce you to new places, people and ideas and who can encourage and support you.  They will help you get more meaning out of your experiences, rather than simply having more experiences. In the mentorship action plan, you have the unique opportunity to work with our own faculty and staff who have retired from their instructional roles, but who are active members of our McMaster community.

Through a series of six, 2-hour workshops we will discuss and practice essential academic skills:

1.       The power of resilience: exploring the growth and wisdom that can be gained from academic setbacks

2.       It’s more than time-management: increasing your productivity and still enjoying university

3.       Why am I here?: Meaningful reflection on what you can achieve at university

4.       You are not alone: The importance of your community in self-realization

5.       Networking: How to talk about yourself to others

6.       The career of the future: what are you preparing for?

Each workshop will be followed by the opportunity to discuss your workshop experiences and practice the skills that you are working on with McMaster’s own retired faculty and staff who come from Faculties across campus, not only Science.  For mentoring to be successful, you need to develop a reciprocal and comfortable relationship.  Through these intensive experiences, we hope that you are able to develop these relationships in an academic setting.

Learning Objectives

Through participation in this course and the opportunity to work with alumni mentor, students will develop the following skill-based competencies.

Students will:

1.       Be able to communicate and articulate their strengths and weaknesses

2.       Be able to develop an action plan towards skill development

3.       Have increased confidence in following through with their plan of action

4.       Balance academic and relevant co-curricular activities

5.       Contribute to mentorship at McMaster after graduation

Course deliverables

The class will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  All components must be passed in order to pass the course and meaningful and active participation in components is expected.

        The course will begin by identifying personal SMART goals and end with a re-assessment of those goals.

        Each workshop will begin with a reflection and end with a reflection.

        You will leave the course with an action plan that will focus on your next four years as you transition through your McMaster undergraduate degree into your next stage of life.

        The course will end with individual exit interviews.

        The class will work together to assemble a video or infographic on “advice for incoming students”.

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