iSci Courses

ISCI 1A24

Students will be taught by interdisciplinary ‘teams’ of faculty, in an innovative 24-unit course that will involve fully integrated delivery of content across all science disciplines, with a particularly strong foundation in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Level I students in iSci will learn in a variety of environments including formal lectures, tutorials, laboratories, field settings and informal working groups. Integration of discipline content will occur partly through ‘thematic modules’ (such as ‘Planetary Exploration’ or ‘Cancer: A Modern Plague’) that emphasize the linkages between discipline areas and their relevance to modern societal issues. This Level I course will allow the development of exciting new models for the teaching, learning and evaluation of scientific knowledge and skills in an undergraduate program. 

Course Outline for ISCI 1A24. *Please note: this outline is subject to change from year to year.*

 

ISCI 2A18

Students take a single 18-unit iSci course and select 12 units of electives. Students may focus electives in a discipline area in which they would like to specialize (e.g. Physics, Biology, Earth Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Biochemistry or Psychology).

Course Outline for ISCI 2A18. *Please note: this outline is subject to change from year to year.*


ISCI 3A12

Students take a single 12-unit iSci course and select 18 units of electives. In addition, Level III students will begin an individual interdisciplinary research project and develop scientific literacy skills, including data analysis, inquiry/scientific communication and leadership.

Course Outline for ISCI 3A12  *Please note: this outline is subject to change from year to year.*

ISCI 4A12

Students take a single 12-unit iSci course and select 18 units of electives while completing a thesis/interdiscplinary team research project.

Course Outline for ISCI 4A12

 

Other ISCI Courses

ISCI 3IE1 Interidisciplinary Experience Courses (also available are ISCI 3IE2 & ISCI 3IE3)

Interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities selected from an assortment of modules. Content and schedules vary annually. Details may be found on the Integrated Science website (http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/isci/) or by contacting the Administrator of Integrated Science.

This course is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.

One term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above of an Honours Integrated Science program; and permission of the instructor

Cross-List(s): ARTS&SCI 3IE1

Some modules may require a fee to cover costs of travel and accommodation. ISCI 3IE1 may be repeated, if on a different topic.

Enrolment is limited.

 

ISCI 3IS3 Interdisciplinary Sciences Field Camp

An interdisciplinary field camp experience to introduce students to field investigations, equipment and methodologies used by a range of professionals including ecologists, earth and environmental scientists. Most of this course occurs outside the regular academic term, usually within the two weeks following the end of term in April or within the two weeks preceding the start of term in September; details and applications are available in December.

Students enrolling in this course must pay both the incidental fees as prescribed by the Integrated Science program and the regular tuition fees. Students intending to enroll in this course must submit an application by February 14 of the academic year prior to registration. Application forms are available from the Integrated Science program (or www.science.mcmaster.ca/isci). Students will be informed of acceptance of their application by February 21 subject to fulfillment of the requirements.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above of an Honours Integrated Science program or Honours Arts & Science program; and permission of the instructor.

Co-requisite(s): Credit or registration in ISCI 3IS0.

Cross-list(s): SCIENCE 3IS3

ISCI 3IS3 may be repeated, if on a different topic.

Enrolment is limited.

Course Outline for ISCI 3IS3: Iceland Field Camp May 2014


*Full course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Course Calendar.

Contact iSci

H.G. Thode Library, 306
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West Hamilton ON L8N 3Z5