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All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.

Drugs, Humans & the Environment

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Course Map (Option 1)

Course Map for Drugs, Humans & the Environment pathway - Option 1
A course map of the Drugs, Humans and the Environment pathway (Option 1). Extended description found below.
  • Option 1 is focused more on understanding drug interactions at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels.
  • There are three journeys through this pathway.
  • Journey one begins with CHEM 1A03, CHEM 1AA3 and BIOLGOY 1A03 in level I. Together, these courses lead to BIOLOGY 2B03, which leads to LIFESCI 3N03.
  • Journey two begins with CHEM 1A03 and CHEM 1AA3, which together lead to CHEM 2A03 in level II. CHEM 2A03 leads to ENVIRSC 3O03 and BIOLOGY 3ET3 in level III. CHEM 2A03, together with BIOCHEM 2EE3, also leads to BIOCHEM 3G03, which leads to BIOCHEM 4Q03 in level IV.
  • Journey three begins with BIOLOGY 1A03, BIOLOGY 1M03 and PHYSICS 1A03 in level I. These courses lead to BIOLOGY 2A03 in level II, which, together with BIOCHEM 2EE3, leads to BIOLOGY 3AA3 in level III.

Course Map (Option 2)

Course Map for Drugs, Humans & the Environment pathway - Option 2
A course map of the Drugs, Humans and the Environment pathway (Option 2). Extended description found below.
  • Option 2 is focused more on understanding the health of ecosystems and the environment.
  • There are five journeys through this pathway.
  • Journey one begins with BIOLOGY 1A03 in level I, which leads to BIOLOGY 2C03 in level II, which leads to BIOLOGY 3FF3 in level III, which leads to BIOLOGY 4AA3 in level IV.
  • Journey two begins with BIOLOGY 1M03 in level I, which leads to ENVIRSC 2WW3 in level II.
  • Journey three begins with BIOLOGY 1M03 in level I, which leads to BIOLOGY 2F03 in level II, which leads to BIOLOGY 3EI3 and BIOLOGY 3JJ3 in level III.
  • Journey four begins with BIOLOGY 1M03 in level I, which leads to ENVSOCTY 2EI3 in level II, which leads to ENVSOCTY 3EC3 in level III and ENVSOCTY 4HH3 in level IV.
  • Journey five begins with BIOLOGY 1M03 in level I, which leads to LIFESCI 2X03 in level II, which leads to LIFESCI 4F04 in level IV.
  • The following can be taken as independent courses in level III: BIOLOGY 3R03 and BIOLOGY 3HD3. 

Course Map (Option 3)

Course Map for Drugs, Humans & the Environment pathway - Option 3
A course map of the Drugs, Humans and the Environment pathway (Option 3). Extended description found below.
  • Option 3 is focused on understanding human behaviour in relation to drugs and the environment.
  • There are two journeys through this pathway.
  • Journey one begins with HLTHAGE 1AA3 in level I, which leads to HLTHAGE 3CC3 in level III.
  • Journey two begins with BIOLOGY 1A03, BIOLOGY 1M03 and PSYCH 1XX3, which together lead to LIFESCI 2D03. BIOLOGY 1A03 and PSYCH 1XX3 also lead to LIFESCI 2CC3.LIFESCI 2D03 and LIFESCI 2CC3 together lead to PSYCH 3M03 in level III.
  • HLTHAGE 3S03 can be taken as independent courses in level III.
  • HTHSCI 4MS3 can be taken as independent courses in level IV.

Sample Schedule – Drugs, Humans & the Environment

Below is an example of what your transcript might look like if you pursue the Drugs, Humans & the Environment pathway. The transcript includes all Life Sciences program requirements as well as 12 courses from the Drugs, Humans & the Environment pathway.

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Course List A: Communication Skills
Course List B: Laboratory Skills
Course List C: Experiential Learning
Course List D: Life Sciences Course List (LSCL)
Course List E: Knowledge Transfer/Seminar
Drugs, Humans and the Environment Pathway
Elective (E)
Course Level Term Course List
BIOLOGY 1A03 – Cellular and Molecular Biology  1 1  
CHEM 1A03 – Introductory Chemistry I 1 1  
MATH 1LS3 – Calculus for Life Sciences I  1 1  
PSYCH 1X03 – Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour  1 1  
HLTHAGE 1AA3 – Introduction to Health and Society   1 1 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
BIOLOGY 1M03 – Biodiversity, Evolution & Humanity  1 2 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
CHEM 1AA3 – Introductory Chemistry II  1 2  
PHYSICS 1A03 – Introductory Physics  1 2  
PSYCH 1XX3 – Foundations of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour  1 2  
Elective  1 2  
LIFESCI 2A03 – Research Methods in Life Sciences  2 1  
LIFESCI 2L03 – Living Systems Laboratory  2 1  
BIOLOGY 2B03 – Cell Biology  2 1  
BIOLOGY 2F03 – Fundamental Concepts of Applied Ecology (LSCL) 2 1 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
Elective  2 1  
LIFESCI 2AA3 – Introduction to Topics in Life Sciences  2 2  
BIOLOGY 2C03 – Genetics  2 2  
ENVSOCTY 2EI3 – Environment & Society: Challenges and Solutions 2 2 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
LIFESCI 2X03 – Environmental Change & Human Health (LSCL) 2 2 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
Elective 2 2  
LIFESCI 3N03 – Human Nutritional Toxicology   3 1 Course List A: Communication Skills
LIFESCI 3Q03 – Global Human Health and Disease   3 1 Course List A: Communication Skills
BIOLOGY 3EI3 – Ecological Indicators (LSCL) 3 1 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
BIOLOGY 3FF3 – Evolution (E) 3 1 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
Elective  3 1  
BIOLOGY 3JJ3 – Fields Methods in Ecology   3 2 Course List B: Laboratory Skills
STATS 2B03 – Statistical Methods for Science 3 2  
ENVSOCTY 3EC3 – Environmental Catastrophes (LSCL) 3 2 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
BIOLOGY 3HD3 – Human Disasters (LSCL) 3 2 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
Elective 3 2  
LIFESCI 4F03 – Emerg. Paradigms in Env'tal Change & Human Health 4 1 Course List E: Knowledge Transfer/Seminar
BIOLOGY 4AA3 – Conservation Biology (LSCL)  4 1 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
LIFESCI 4C12 – Independent Thesis  4 1 Course List C: Experiential Learning
LIFESCI 4C12 – Independent Thesis  4 1 Course List C: Experiential Learning
Elective 4 1  
ENVSOCTY 4HH3 –Environment and Health (E)  4 2 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
HTHSCI 4MS3 – Toxic Tales: The Social Lives of Molecules (E) 4 2 Drugs, Humans & the Environment Pathway
LIFESCI 4C12 – Independent Thesis  4 2 Course List C: Experiential Learning
LIFESCI 4C12 – Independent Thesis  4 2 Course List C: Experiential Learning
Elective 4 2  

Activities

Sample Experiential Courses

  • Placement Examples: Pinchin Environmental, Nature @ McMaster, Bay Area Restoration Council
  • Research Examples: Chemical Biology and Chemical Engineering labs, Center for Inland Waters, Department of Oceans and Fisheries Canadian Institute for Genomics and Society, Hamilton Health Sciences

McMaster Student Clubs

  • Zero Waste McMaster
  • World Wildlife Fund at McMaster
  • McMaster Students for the Environment
  • Nature @ Mac

Co-curricular and Community Activities

  • Hamilton Community Garden Network
  • Hamilton Conservation Authority

 


Careers

Exploring Careers Using O*NET

  1. Search www.onetonline.org in Google
  2. Click on the main link
  3. Go to the "Occupation Quick Search" bar on the main page: https://www.onetonline.org/find/quick?s=
  4. Enter keywords relating to your interests (examples on next section)
  5. A list of jobs that incorporates the keywords will appear 
  6. Click on a job that interests you to view a summary report and learn more

Sample Keywords

Pathway Example Keywords

Public & Global Health

Community, Health, Wellness, Epidemiology, Global
Communicate, Analyze, Knowledge Translation, Research

Drugs, Humans & the Environment

Pharmaceuticals, Environment, Ecosystem, Toxicology
Research, Analysis, Sustainability

Science & Law

Policy, Law, Science, Patents, Ethics
Critical-thinking, Debating, Analysis, Communication

Aging

Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, Therapy, Wellness
Ethics, Empathy, Communication, Community Engagement

Health Management

Health, Organizations, Economics
Communication, Adaptability, Leadership
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