Certificate Overview

The Concurrent Certificate in Biomedical Sciences (BMS Certificate) is designed to provide students with an interest in biomedical research with an opportunity to develop an academic focus in this area, with the BMS Certificate serving to recognize that they have gained core knowledge in this area through their coursework.  For students in the BHSc (Honours) Program, the BMS Certificate will replace the Biomedical Sciences Specialization.

The BMS Certificate will require students to complete a total of 30-33 units of course work depending on the size of the senior thesis (and is thus equivalent to the number of units required for the BMS Specialization).As a starting point, the Certificate will be offered as an adaptation of the BMS Specialization and has been modelled on those degree requirements, and integrates some courses from LIFESCI to enable students from that program to also pursue the BMS Certificate as well; we welcome collaboration from other programs and faculties in the future.

Learning Outcomes: By completing the courses required for the BMS Certificate, all students will:

  • Address fundamental concepts and skills appropriate for biomedical research;
  • Obtain a depth of exposure to content areas in the biomedical sciences through course work in relevant disciplines;
  • Develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and logic, experimental design, and working independently and collaboratively;
  • Gain experience in a laboratory environment.

Selection to the BMS Certificate: No formal application will be required; however, because enrollment in HTHSCI 3V03 and 4AL3 is limited, students interested in completing the BMS Certificate should declare their intention to complete the certificate to the BMS Coordinator in the BHSc (Honours) Program so that we can manage enrollment and offer academic counselling accordingly.

2019/2020 Undergraduate Calendar Degree Requirements (subject to change)

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

Certificate Requirements: Any student in an undergraduate program at McMaster may declare the BMS Certificate at the time of graduation provided that they satisfy the following requirements:
  • Completion of 30-33 units as follows:

Analytical review of fundamental experiments with a focus on experimental design, employing data sets to solve experimental problems with an emphasis on how to approach the problem. This course will serve as an accompaniment to HTHSCI 3R06 A/B or as a precursor to the BIOCHEM 4F09 A/B or HTHSCI 4R12 A/B senior thesis courses.
Two lectures, one tutorial (two hours); one term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Biomedical Sciences Specialization (B.H.Sc.) or permission of the instructor

Examining the use of human, animal and cell model systems in research through investigation of primary research.
One lecture or workshop (three hours); one term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Biomedical Sciences Specialization (B.H.Sc.) or permssion of the instructor

Students develop advanced skills in experimental design, research methodologies, data analysis, and the communication of research information in the Life Sciences.
One lecture (one hour), two labs (two hours); one term

Prerequisite(s): LIFESCI 2L03 and registration in Level III or above of a Life Sciences program

This placement course provides students in the Life Sciences programs an opportunity to explore potential research projects while volunteering in the laboratory or clinic of a faculty member at McMaster University. The student will complete a research proposal in addition to the placement.
Students are responsible for arranging a suitable placement and supervision, and are required to submit an application to the Life Sciences Program Office thirty days prior to the date classes begin in each Term (see the Sessional Dates section of this Calendar). More information and the application form can be found on the School of Interdisciplinary Science website.
Normally students will spend 60 hours in the laboratory or clinic during the placement.
Weekly lecture/tutorial; one term

Prerequisite(s): LIFESCI 2AA3 or registration in an Honours Life Sciences Specialization; and registration in Level III or above of a Life Sciences program; and permission of the academic supervisor in addition to the School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS) Experiential Education Coordinator or the Life Sciences Program Coordinator
Not open to students with credit or registration in any department- or program-based applied placement, independent study, internship or practicum course within the University.

Molecular Biology: MOLBIOL 4H03

A thesis based on a major research project in biomedical sciences supervised by a member of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4R09 A/B, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in level III.
Two terms

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Biomedical Sciences Specialization (B.H.Sc.) and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4R12 A/B

A thesis based on a major research project in biomedical sciences supervised by a member of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4R12 A/B, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in level III.
Two terms

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Biomedical Sciences Specialization (B.H.Sc.) and permission of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4R09 A/B

An independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Students must obtain permission of their faculty supervisor, according to the Program Guidelines, by April 30 of Level III. More information and the course application form can be found on the School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS) website (https://www.science.mcmaster.ca/sis/home-life-sciences.html).
Three lectures; two terms

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV or above of an Honours Life Sciences program with a minimum GPA of 7.0 and permission of the supervising faculty member and Experiential Education Coordinator or Life Sciences Program Coordinator. LIFESCI 3RP3 is highly recommended.
Antirequisite(s): LIFESCI 4A03, 4B06 A/B, 4C09 A/B, 4C12, 4EP6 A/B
Not open to students with credit or registration in any department- or program-based thesis or independent study/project course within the University.

An independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Students must obtain permission of their faculty supervisor, according to the Program Guidelines, by April 30 of Level III. More information and the course application form can be found on the School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS) website (https://www.science.mcmaster.ca/sis/home-life-sciences.html).
One lecture (one hour), one lecture (two hours); two terms

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV or above of an Honours Life Sciences program with a minimum GPA of 8.0 and permission of the supervising faculty member and Course Coordinator. LIFESCI 3RP3 is highly recommended.
Antirequisite(s): LIFESCI 4A03, 4B06 A/B, 4B09, 4C09 A/B, 4EP6 A/B
Not open to students with credit or registration in any department- or program-based thesis or independent study/project course within the University.

An independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Students must obtain permission of their faculty supervisor, according to the Program Guidelines, by April 30 of Level III. More information and the course application form can be found on the School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS) website (https://www.science.mcmaster.ca/sis/home-life-sciences.html).
One lecture (one hour), one lecture (two hours); two terms

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV or above of an Honours Life Sciences program with a minimum GPA of 8.0 and permission of the supervising faculty member and Course Coordinator. LIFESCI 3RP3 is highly recommended.
Antirequisite(s): LIFESCI 4A03, 4B06 A/B, 4B09, 4C09 A/B, 4EP6 A/B
Not open to students with credit or registration in any department- or program-based thesis or independent study/project course within the University.

  • In order to obtain the BMS Certificate, at least 12 units (above Level 1) must be elective to the degree.
  • No more than 6 units can be counted toward both the BMS Certificate and a Biochemistry Minor.