Arts & Sciences

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Arts and Sciences is an enriched program that emphasizes the interconnections of knowledge across its various disciplines. The program follows a rigorous course of study in Mathematics, Sciences, Social Sciences, and incorporates courses in Visual Arts.

The program also features specially-conceived English and Humanities courses which seek to integrate knowledge acquired in other Arts and Sciences courses in order to explore the relationships between literature, art, humanities, science, and history.

Becoming part of a collaborative community of teachers and students, which significantly enhances your education and personal experiences of CEGEP!

WHAT DISTINGUISHES THE PROGRAM OFFERED AT JAC FROM OTHERS LIKE IT

John Abbott is the only public English CEGEP to offer the Arts and Sciences program. Our program involves a somewhat reduced complement of science and math courses in comparison to the College’s Science program. This allows Arts ans Sciences students to prepare for science studies at university while also exploring social sciences and visual arts. The Arts and Sciences Humanities and English courses constitute an expansive sequence that will help students contextualize and reflect critically on knowledge learned in this comprehensive program’s distinct areas of study.

IMG_0690WHO IS SUITED FOR THIS PROGRAM

  • You are curious
  • You have diverse interests
  • You seek a comprehensive education
  • You what to grow, by collaborating with others in a supportive learning community
  • You have a facility in mathematics
  • You would like to try your hand in an Art studio
  • You want to keep the door open to Science studies at university while doing more than just Science at CEGEP

WHY CHOOSE THE ARTS AND SCIENCES PROGRAM?

This program is for students with wide-ranging curiosity and interests in disciplines in both the arts and the sciences. Universities look favourably on the program: due to a modification of the R-Score calculation, Arts & Sciences students see their grades improved due to the strength of the group (this results in more than the previous 0.5 bonus afforded to this program).

WHERE ARTS & SCIENCES CAN TAKE YOU!

Students in Arts and Sciences keep their options for university wide open. Graduates are eligible to apply to law, architecture, design, engineering, medicine, dentistry, and all other university programs in Québec, except for music and dance.

MYTHS ABOUT THE ARTS & SCIENCES PROGRAM

Most students within the A&S Program will tell you the answer to this is FALSE. The A&S Program is demanding with a much broader range of courses than the Science Program. This is what draws many into the A&S Program: being able to do more. The science and math courses within the A&S Program are very similar to or identical to courses within the Science Program. And success rates in the challenging domains like Physics and Calculus are comparable between the two programs.
FALSE. One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The French title of this program, Sciences, lettres et arts, is more apt. But to get a true feeling of the program, it should be called The Integrated DEC of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Math, Literature and Arts … but that becomes a mouthful and so far we haven’t come up with a good acronym. There is far more science in A&S than arts.
The answer is: it depends. At John Abbott, the A&S Program is limited to one cohort of 40 students. Thus, even a shift in a dozen student applications can greatly affect your ability to get into the A&S Program. In the first round of applications in March 2020, only 69% of the applicants to A&S were admitted (compared to 71% of student applicants admitted into the Science Program, including Honours).
FALSE. The A&S Program is, at its core, a STEAM-based program with the full complement of science courses in math, chemistry, physics and biology. In fact some of our recent graduates are currently studying medicine. Of course, regardless of which science-based program you choose, your performance must be exceptional in order to get into these highly competitive university programs. A&S gives you not only the science required, but also psychology and sociology courses helping you to become a better doctor.
FALSE. Are you currently able to solve calculus integrals using the substitution method? Probably not, but we can teach you. Equally, you will learn different artistic techniques to expand your current skill set. The point is to have an open mind and a willingness to push yourself and improve.

FUN NEWS FROM THE 2018 COHORT

The second-year Arts & Sciences students tackled a project this past semester: Art to Inspire Future Scientists. The McGill / John Abbott Campus Daycare approached the Arts & Sciences Program with a request to paint one wall of their indoor playroom. The challenge: create an image of “science” that would be appealing to young minds. As part of the Integrating Activity course, these Arts & Sciences students created several concept sketches to pitch to the daycare. Eight different images were selected to adorn the wall, and the class worked over several days
(even after exams were over) to complete the artwork.

 

DISCIPLINES, SEMESTERS, AND COURSES

PROGRAM PLANNER

COURSE INFORMATION

 

For complete list of courses, please view the Courses by Program.

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CEGEP ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics, Secondary 4 Science and Technology or Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology, Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education.

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics. 

OR Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES

This program has the same prerequisites as other science programs:

≥ 70% in each:

  • Sec. V Chemistry
  • Sec. V Physics
  • Sec. V Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option or Sec. V Mathematics Science Option


HOW DO I APPLY:

John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.
The application deadline is March 1 (Fall semester) and November 1 (winter semester). Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.

Program start: Fall and Winter

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at admission.sram.qc.ca
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 700.A0.
  • If applicable, mail in photocopies of all required documents and the application fee.

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

ADMISSIONS OFFICE
514-457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358
admissions@johnabbott.qc.ca

ARTS & SCIENCES DEPARTMENT
arts.sciences@johnabbott.qc.ca



Student for a Day Program

We welcome and encourage interested students to be a Student for a Day.
Follow this link to begin this process: Student for a Day Program