Academic Advising Help
Do you have a course conflict?
- Complete a separate course conflict form for each course conflict you have. Then have the faculty or instructor from each course involved in the conflict sign the form. Send completed forms to the Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies Office email@example.com
Are you having difficulty enrolling?
- Overview: My Timetable (1/3)
- Creating a Preferred Schedule – My TimeTable (2/3)
- Enrolling in Courses – My TimeTable (3/3)
Are you receiving an error when trying to register?
- Seats may not be available at this time, Please wait 24- 48 hours and try again
There are seats left in the course, but I can’t enroll due to reserved seats? What is happening?
In some courses, we reserve a certain number of seats (“Reserve Caps”) for students based on level of study/program. If you see seats available in a course but can’t enrol, it is likely reserved seats for your level/program are full. If that is the case, you will see this error message: “Remaining seats are being held for students in a specific Program/Plan/Level. You do not meet this criteria. Please contact your Faculty Office if you have any questions.”
We encourage you to monitor seats through the enrolment period up to the course drop/ add deadlines that appear here: https://registrar.mcmaster.ca/dates-and-deadlines/
Reserve caps are released on August 1st.
The course I want is full, what do I do?
- Check if the course is being offered in a different term, or if it is possible to take in a future year.
- Continue to monitor course seats up until the drop/ add deadline to see if space becomes available.
- Check the Academic Calendar for other options on course lists to fulfill requirements.
Are you receiving a Department Consent Error?
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, indicate your name, student number, and error in email subject line.
Are you wanting to enroll in Life Science 3XX3:
How do I overload courses in a term?
- It is not common or recommended for students to exceed more than 15-16.5 units in any given term. A request to overload your term would need to be discussed with an Advisor in the Associate Dean of Science office as there are a few things they will need to consider. Contact Office of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies.
When is my enrolment period?
I did not receive a ballot for the 4th year seminar course;
- Email email@example.com and provide name, student number, and issue in email title
Need to drop/add course after the drop/add deadline?
Need to withdraw from course while it is in progress?
Students are advised to create a conflict-free schedule. If circumstances arise that include a conflict between two courses students are advised to speak with the School’s Academic Program Advisor. No course conflicts will be approved without completion of the Faculty of Science Course Conflict form. This form is available from and will need to be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
I need permission to enroll in a course that I do not have the prerequisite for.
- Complete Online Waiver form on the School of Interdisciplinary Science Website.
- Life Sciences student: Waivers will be reviewed per the dates and deadlines noted on the last page of the online form.
- Non Life Sciences student, requesting a waiver into Life Sciences: waivers are reviewed after Aug 15th.
- a waiver does not guarantee you a spot in the course. If the course is full, you will have to monitor enrollment during the drop and add period or take this next year.
All School of Interdisciplinary Science courses require students to have the prerequisite courses to enroll.
- It is the instructor’s discretion as to whether course prerequisites may be waived. No exceptions to this rule will be made.
A transcript is a copy of your permanent academic record at McMaster University, duly certified by the Registrar’s signature and the University crest on all pages. Transcripts are privileged information and are available by submitting a request via Mosaic.
iSci Transcript Supplement Request: Students in the Honours Integrated Science program may request a program-level transcript that outlines the grades received in individual components of each ISCI course. iSci transcript Supplements are NOT official University transcripts but can accompany official University transcripts. Please use the form linked here to make your request.
Note: iSci Transcript Supplements may take 3-4 weeks to process during peak times of enrollment. Thank you for your patience
Please see Policies, Procedures & Forms section of the Office of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies office. In this section you will find relevant policies related to the School of Interdisciplinary Science and its programs. Please note that students are always expected to follow all McMaster policies and procedures pertaining to student conduct.
What are the differences between the Experiential Courses? See chart below
Need information on how to apply?
- Information for Applying for Independent Studies and Experiential Placements
How do I find a supervisor?
It is up to the student to find their own supervisor that aligns with their own personal interests. We suggest doing research on your topic and/or placement of interest. Explore why you feel this is well suited to your academic and career goals, and then contact potential supervisors accordingly. See reference materials below that might be helpful to find a supervisor:
- Life Science Experiential FAQ
- Guide to Applying for Independent Studies and Experiential Placement
- View MacExperts Page
Need help registering for Experiential Courses:
Complete the online application found on the Life Sciences website with your supervisor for the course you would like to apply to.
Register for LIFESCI 3EP3/4EP6:
New Course Starting Fall 2023: SCICOMM 4A03
Information about Science and Career Co-op:
- visit SCCE Website
Co-op Internship Information:
What Integrated Science program (iSci) concentrations are offered?
visit Registered Students under the iSci website
Need help understanding what ISCI courses such as “ISCI 1A24” will include.
If I am to transfer out of ISCI, how will the ISCI courses be equivalent?
contact email@example.com for an equivalency letter
Origins of Disease Specialization:
Students in any of the four Science Level 1 Gateways may choose admission into our Honours Life Sciences – Origins of Disease (OD) specialization. This interdisciplinary program examines the chemical and physical basis of cell function, disease states, and current research in disease prevention and treatment. OD was created in partnership with the Departments of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and Physics & Astronomy. This program is limited enrolment. For more information, check academic calendar of this specialization.
Sensory Motors System Specialization:
Students in any of the four Science Level I Gateways may choose admission into our Honours Life Sciences – Sensory Motor Systems (SMS) specialization. This interdisciplinary program examines the interplay between neural and motor systems in controlling human behaviour and movement. SMS was created in partnership with the Departments of Kinesiology and Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. This program is limited enrolment. For more information, check academic calendar of this specialization.
- View the McMaster Academic Planner
- View Advisement Report (please consult the Academic Calendar for a complete list of academic requirements as the list on the advisement report is not exhaustive)
When do I apply for Level II?
Want to speak with an advisor?
- Book an Advising Appointment with the School of Interdisciplinary Science