Program Information

School: McMaster University
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree: Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Field of Study: Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Description: The Honours Biology & Pharmacology Co-op Program is a cooperative education program, which includes semesters of on-campus study with periods of academically related paid employment. Students enter this program as third year students after completion of Level II Honours Biology or Molecular Biology. Graduation from this five-year program requires that each student complete three work terms, which alternate with academic terms. Students are placed in work situations that expand their educational experience by using their academic skills in a challenging work environment. As a result, students gain practical knowledge and exposure to real-life problems. In recent years, students from this program have conducted work terms in the following areas: basic research and development; in vivo and in vitro pharmacological, biochemical and toxicological studies; planning, design and implementation of clinical trials; medical information and product evaluation; governmental and corporate regulatory affairs; and pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics.
URL: Biology and Pharmacology at McMaster University
Length: 5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $28,946

Cost per year is based on 30 units, and includes the cost of tuition, co-op, and mandatory supplementary fees.

Careers: Biologists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 85 to 88

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English (ENG4U) 
  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions  or  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry  or  Grade12 Physics  or  Grade12 Advanced Functions  or  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 

Applicants are required to have at least six Grade 12 U/M level courses, including: ENG4U; one of: MHF4U, MCV4U; SBI4U; and one of: MHF4U, MCV4U, SCH4U, SPH4U. Note: Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) is recommended.

Test Scores:

  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]

Students who have been asked to meet McMaster’s English Language Proficiency requirement must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster: IELTS: 6.5, CAE: 176, PTE: 60, CAEL: 70, MELAB: 85, TOEFL (iBT): 86