Courses Overview

Within the program there is a core group of required courses which allows students to be introduced to a variety of perspectives and to acquire a range of intellectual skills. Electives may be used to concentrate in a specialized area or to develop broad based interests.

2017/2018 Undergraduate Calendar Degree Requirements (subject to change)

Refer to your Advisement Report in mosaic for your personal degree requirements.

Level I: 30 Units

Students will explore the molecular basis of cellular communication (gene expression, cellular signaling) underlying disease processes. A hybrid approach blending didactic and inquiry-based approaches will be used
Two sessions per week (three hours each); two terms
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 U Biology and registration in Health Sciences I
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00. Students registering in HTHSCI 1I06 A/B must also register in WHMIS 1A00 when completing their registration.
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 1A03

A discussion of chemical fundamentals, including bonding, structure, reactivity, and energetics, with emphasis on applications to health, energy, and the environment. Laboratories highlight hands-on experimental techniques; tutorials support the development of problem-solving skills.
Lectures, web modules (three hours), one lab (two and one half hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Chemistry U and either registration in a Level I program in the Faculty of Science or Engineering I/Engineering I Co-Op, Arts & Science I, Health Sciences I, any program above Level I; or a grade of at least 80% in Grade 12 Chemistry U; or CHEM 1R03
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. Must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): CHEM 1E03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.

A discussion of organic chemistry, chemical kinetics, acid-base equilibrium, and the energetics of phase transformations, with emphasis on relevant experimental techniques and solving real problems ranging from drug discovery to environmental chemistry.
Three lectures, one lab (two and one half hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1A03 or CHEM 1E03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.

This course will initiate the development of a skill set required for life-long learning, in the context of the study of one or two health care issues. A problem based course applying principles of scientific inquiry to selected health issues.
Three hours; two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program
Antirequisite(s): HTH SCI 1E03, 1EE3, HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, INQUIRY 1SC3
Note: Students entering the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program after completion of Level I in another program may be required to complete HTHSCI 2D06 A/B at the discretion of the Assistant Dean of the program.

This course introduces essential components of the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as key regulatory systems. Concepts such as plasticity, homeostasis, compensation and adaptation and ways in which failure of these regulatory systems can lead to illness states are examined.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Credit or co-registration in BIOLOGY 1A03 or HTHSCI 1I06 A/B or enrollment in Level I of the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences program.
Antirequisite(s): ISCI 1A24 A/B, PSYCH 1A03
Not open to students with credit or registration in PSYCH 1XX3.

Introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, acceptable safety conduct and positive safety attitudes and practices in laboratories and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web modules
Antirequisite(s): ART 1HS0, ENGINEER 1A00, ENG TECH 1A00, NURSING 1A00, SCIENCE 1A00
This requirement must be completed prior to the start of the first lab. Students who fail the quiz must reattempt it and will not be permitted in any course with a lab component or any Level II ART course until the requirement has been successfully completed.

FALL TERM
(September – December)
WINTER TERM
(January – April)
WHIMIS 1A00 (0 UNITS) X
HTH SCI 1I06A/B (6 UNITS) X X
CHEM 1A03 (3 UNITS) X
CHEM 1AA3 (3 UNITS) X
HTH SCI 1E06A/B (6 UNITS) X X
HTH SCI 1G03 (3 UNITS) X
ELECTIVE (3 UNITS) * X X
ELECTIVE (3 UNITS) * X
* alternatively these 2 (3 unit) electives may be taken together as 1 (6 unit) course.

Level II: 30 Units

Basic statistical methods and their application to the analysis of biological and psychosocial data. Manual calculations will be discouraged; use of the computer to do statistical analysis is an explicit goal of this course.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc (Honours) Specializations; or Grade 12 Advanced Functions U or Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management U and registration in Level II
Antirequisite(s): COMMERCE 2QA3, HTH SCI 1F03, NURSING 2R03, STATS 1CC3, STATS 2B03

This course will use an inquiry based format to introduce key concepts in biochemistry, molecular biology and biomedical sciences to understand illnesses such as infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, genetic diseases and cancer.

One term
Prerequisite(s): HTH SCI 1E03 and 1EE3; or HTHSCI 1E06 A/B
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, 2N03

An introduction to the principal organ systems including the endocrine, skin, CNS and locomotion.
Two lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations
Co-requisite(s): HTHSCI 1BS0 if not already completed
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 1J03, HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H03, HTHSCI 1H06 A/B, HTHSCI 2L03,KINESIOL 1A03, 1A06, KINESIOL 1AA3, 1X06, KINESIOL 1Y03, KINESIOL 1YY3, MED PHYS 4XX3, SCIENCE 4XX3

A continuation of HTHSCI 2F03 with an examination of the Immune, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal and Uro-Genital Systems.
Two lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2F03
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 1J03, HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, HTHSCI 1H06 A/B, 1HH3, HTHSCI 2LL3,KINESIOL 1A03, 1A06, KINESIOL 1AA3, 1X06, KINESIOL 1Y03, KINESIOL 1YY3, MED PHYS 4XX3, SCIENCE 4XX3

This course will introduce students to measures of health, standard epidemiologic study designs and measures of association. Students will also examine crucial issues in the design and analysis of epidemiologic studies. The course will conclude with specialized topics.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above

This course will explore the knowledge and application of specific principles in daily living, applied drama and physical activity as a way of achieving wellness and dealing with stress.
This course is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.
One lecture, two tutorials; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 1E06 A/B or HTHSCI 2D06 A/B
Antirequisite(s): KINESIOL 2G03

An inquiry based examination of the relationship between cell structure and function. Students will be required to apply key concepts of cell biology to facilitate their understanding of timely problems in biomedicine.
Tutorials (three hours); Problem Based Learning and Computer Laboratories (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1AA3, HTHSCI 1I06 A/B; and HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, HTHSCI 2E03 or registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations or registration in Level II or above of the Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering or Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 2B03, ISCI 2A18 A/B, MOL BIOL 2B03

* HTHSCI 2D06 A/B replaces HTHSCI 2E03 for Level 2 transfer students

Level III: 30 Units

This course will cover health issues that are prevalent at certain times in the developmental cycle. Topics will include reproduction, global health, health of children and adolescents, adulthood, and health care issues in the elderly.
One term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2D06 A/B or HTHSCI 2E03 and registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program; or registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations

Students will learn quantitative research design and how to evaluate the internal validity of published research to determine the effectiveness of an intervention, diagnostic test, screening program, prognostic or risk factor and systemic review.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2A03, HTHSCI 2G03

HTHSCI 3GG3 – Health Systems and Health Policy

3 unit(s)
This course reviews how health care is different from other goods and services, how governments have responded to these differences, and how governments make decisions about health care.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 3G03 or registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations

An opportunity to explore one or more specialized areas of Health Sciences in preparation for Level IV Senior Project/Thesis.
One term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations

Level IV: 30 Units

A thesis-based research project conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. Arrangements to enrol in HTH SCI 4A09, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in B.H.Sc. (Honours) program and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 4FF3, 4GG9, 4I03, HTHSCI 4B06 A/B, HTHSCI 4A12 A/B, HTHSCI 4A15 A/B, MOL BIOL 4R09, PHARMAC 4F09, PSYCH 4E09
Not open to students with credit or registration in BIOCHEM 4P03.

A selection of information-based research projects conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty.  Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4B06 A/B including agreement of supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in B.H.Sc. (Honours) program and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 4FF3, 4GG9, 4I03, HTHSCI 4A09 A/B, HTHSCI 4A12 A/B, HTHSCI 4A15 A/B, MOL BIOL 4R09, PHARMAC 4F09, PSYCH 4D06, 4D09, 4E09
Not open to students with credit or registration in BIOCHEM 4P03.

A thesis-based research project conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty.  Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4A12, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in B.H.Sc. (Honours) program and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honour) Program
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 4FF3, 4GG9, 4I03, HTHSCI 4B06 A/B , HTHSCI 4A09 A/B , HTHSCI 4A15 A/B, MOLBIOL 4R09, PHARMAC 4F09 , PSYCH 4E09
Not open to students with credit or registration in BIOCHEM 4P03.

A thesis-based research project conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4A15, including agreement of supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 4FF3, 4GG9, 4I03, HTHSCI 4B06 A/B, 4A09 A/B, 4A12 A/B, MOLBIOL 4R09, PHARMAC 4F09, PSYCH 4D06, 4D09, 4E09
Not open to students with a credit or registration in BIOCHEM 4P03.

A project focused on community-based participatory research conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. The project can be an extension of a student’s 3DD3 Engaging the City project. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4D06 including agreement of supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4A09 A/B, 4A12 A/B, 4A15 A/B, 4B06 A/B

A thesis focused on community-based participatory research conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. The thesis can be an extension of a student’s 3DD3 Engaging the City project. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4D09, including agreement of the supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Permission of B.H.Sc (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4B06 A/B S, 4A09 A/B, 4A12 A/B, 4A15 A/B S

A thesis focused on community-based participatory research conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. The thesis can be an extension of a student’s 3DD3 Engaging the City project. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4D12 A/B, including agreement of the supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Permission of BHSc (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4B06 A/B S, 4A09 A/B, 4A12 A/B, HTHSCI 4A15 A/B S
Arrangements to register in this course, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in Level III.

An important part of our responsibility in the program is to develop a learning community that incorporates the concepts of collaboration, peer tutoring and life-long learning. This course will consist of three units to be taken over four years and will encourage these activities, both formally and informally.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 3Q03, 3QQ3, INQUIRY 3S03, SCIENCE 2L03, 3S03, SOC SCI 2L03

* 6-15 Units from the noted courses