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Life Science Gateway

Overview

The Life Science Gateway at McMaster prepares students for a variety of careers in science and elsewhere by giving them a firm foundation in traditional scientific disciplines while exposing them to multidisciplinary approaches to solving pressing problems.

An understanding of the tapestry of life comes not from a single discipline but is woven from all of the Life Sciences: biochemistry, cell biology, genomics, developmental biology, neurobiology, psychology, ecology, and earth sciences. The avalanche of information available from these fields allows scientists to look at biological systems in unprecedented detail. The key is to integrate knowledge across disciplines in order to understand organisms and their place in the ecosystem.

Admission Requirements (Ontario)


Completion of the High School Diploma plus 6 Grade 12 U/M requirements, including:

  • English
  • Biology
  • Advanced Functions or Calculus & Vectors
  • One of: Advanced Functions, Calculus & Vectors, Chemistry, Physics
Anticipated Admission Average

High 80’s to low 90’s

Target Enrollment

1000

OAUC Application Code

MLS

Typical First-Year Courses

BIOLOGY 1A03

Cellular and Molecular Biology 

BIOLOGY 1M03

Biodiversity, Evolution and Humanity

MATH 1LS3

Calculus for the Life Sciences 1

PHYSICS 1A03

Introductory Physics

CHEM 1A03

Introductory Chemistry 1

CHEM 1AA3

Introductory Chemistry 2

PSYCH 1X03

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

ENVIRSC 1C03

Climate, Water And Environment

+6 Units of Electives

Level 2 Programs

Life Sciences Gateway will provide you with a range of Level 2 program options including:

Student Testimonials

Introductory Video

A thorough overview of the Gateway Programs lead by Dr. Mic Farquharson, the Associate Dean of Science (Academic).