Program Information

School: McMaster University
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Description: The Honours Biology ? Discovery Sub-Plan program allows students to choose Biology courses that reflect their own interests but includes more lab and research experience than the Honours Biology program. Biology ? Discovery students obtain practical training in experimental design by choosing at least 9 units from the laboratory and field biology course list (see below) and are required to complete a 6 or 9 unit independent research project in faculty labs in level IV. Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
URL: Biology (Discovery Sub-Plan) at McMaster University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $28,505

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

Careers: Biologists

Admission Requirements

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

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 Physics  or  Grade12 Chemistry  or  Grade12 Advanced Functions  or  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  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