• #BrighterWorld

    The involvement of our School in using innovative pedagogical approaches reflects McMaster’s strong commitment to excellence in original research in a student-centered environment.

  • Integrated Science

    Integrated Science

    Our Honours Integrated Science program, iSci, is a unique four-year program that uses research to explore all areas of science. Students learn cutting-edge science, but also how science works in and for society.

  • Life Sciences

    Life Sciences

    Students in our Life Sciences programs study topics in human health, aging and disease. We emphasize communication, community engagement, experiential learning and research skills.

  • Medical Radiation Sciences

    Medical Radiation Sciences

    Medical Radiation Sciences encompasses health professions that employ various forms of radiation for diagnostic and therapeutic care of patients. The fully integrated program is offered jointly by Mohawk College and McMaster University.

  • SIS Open Science Courses

    SIS Open Science Courses

    SIS Open Science Courses, available to students in the Faculty of Science and from across McMaster, create opportunities for personal discovery and developing science communication skills.

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Future Students

Future Students

Innovative teaching, hands-on learning and opportunities to engage with the community form the core of all of our programs.

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Learning Spaces

Learning Spaces

From interactive classrooms to interdisciplinary laboratories, purpose-built facilities provide students exciting opportunities to engage in and explore science.

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The SIS Approach

The SIS Approach

Our faculty and students value exploration and collaborative learning across different fields. This interdisciplinary approach makes our programs unique.

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We pursue a diverse range of research interests including fundamental science, teaching innovation, science communication and community engagement.

Latest News

Covering Outbreaks in an Era of Fear and Mistrust

Thursday, 7 February 2019

The McMaster Alumni Association in partnership with the School of Interdisciplinary Science is pleased to offer a third installment of Science Stories: A Science Communication... Read more

Persistence Pays Off for Life Sciences Alum 

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Several qualities are key to succeeding at university, and persistence is one of them. Just ask Jingpeng Zhai.   Zhai entered the Life Sciences program in 2013... Read more

Why experiential learning is the best kind of learning

Monday, 4 February 2019

Why experiential learning is the best kind of learning Original story posted Feb 1, 2019 on The SilhouetteStudents should consider taking interdisciplinary experience courses to enrich... Read more

Visualizing Science March 2019

Monday, 28 January 2019

  Date/Time Date(s) - 19/03/2019 - 29/03/20194:30 pm - 6:00 pm Location Waller Family Lobby, L.R. Wilson Hall, McMaster University Categories Exhibition Featured Event Science meets art. An interdisciplinary collaboration between... Read more

YMCA Women of Distinction nominations announced

Friday, 25 January 2019

Congratulations to the following for their YWCA Women of Distinction nominations: SIS professor, Dr. Janet Prtichard for Education and Mentorship   Life Sciences student Vicky Verma for Young Woman of... Read more

Science students explore the power of storytellling

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

  When you hear the term “science communication” children’s books, oral storytelling and graphic novels may not be what immediately comes to mind. But, with help from... Read more

Hands-on learning in the harbour

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

This fall, a group of Integrated Science (iSci), Life Sciences and Arts & Science students set out to gather data and learn first-hand just how... Read more

seats still available: Interdisciplinary Experience (ISCI 3IE1S) courses

Monday, 14 January 2019

We have seats available in five of our Interdisciplinary Experience (ISCI 3IE1S) courses.  Introduction to Scientific Computing Science and SmartphonesScience and Drama Science and Space Mission... Read more

Dr. Kim Dej appointed Associate Vice-Provost, faculty

Friday, 11 January 2019

Kim Dej appointed associate vice-provost, faculty  Photo by Kevin Patrick Robbins BY Sara Laux January 11, 2019  Kim Dej, an associate professor and associate director (curriculum and... Read more

McMaster Interdisciplinary Research Exposition

Friday, 11 January 2019

The McMaster Interdisciplinary Research Exposition showcases all aspects of research such as obtaining a research position, talks from professionals in various fields within the life... Read more

Stress Relief Tactics

Monday, 10 December 2018

To all of our students writing exams in December: relax, eat well, and get lots of rest. Check out this Daily News article for stress relief... Read more

STLHE Educational Developer Leadership Award

Monday, 3 December 2018

Congratulations to Kris Knorr from the MacPherson Institute and SIS instructor of SCIENCE 2A03 (Peer Mentoring in Science) on receiving the Educational Developer Leadership Award... Read more

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