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 it incorporates courses in the 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, humanities, science, and history.
Becoming part of a collaborative community of teachers and learners significantly enhances Arts and Sciences students` educations and optimizes their 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 the 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.
- You are curious
- You have diverse interests
- You seek a comprehensive education
- You will grow 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. Because of the program’s breadth, universities look favourably on the program; Quebec universities grant a unique 0.5 bonus on the R-scores of Arts and Sciences graduates.
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
The Program covers all the fundamentals of the Science program so that graduates are able to move on to any science-based program at university. Depending on whether students opt for the Program’s 5-sciences or the 6-sciences version, they take 75% or 80% of the Math and Science courses in the regular Cegep Science program. Science
At John Abbott, students must take General Biology 1, Chemistry 1, and two Physics (Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism). They then have the option of taking one or two of General Biology 2, Organic Chemistry 1, or Physics (Waves & Optics).
The Program also involves four obligatory Math courses: Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Statistics, and Linear Algebra. The obligatory status of Statistics reflects the importance of the Social Sciences in Arts & Sciences. With its science component to core Science courses, the Program allows students to explore Social Science and other areas of the College’s curriculum.
Students in 5-sciences have the Option of taking one further art production course. Those who intend to apply to university programs in Architecture, Art, or Design can opt to take this art course in their third semester to facilitate the preparation of a portfolio for university application purposes (university applications are generally submitted early in the fourth semester).
Such students should begin preparing a portfolio based on their second-semester studio art course and should consult closely with their art teachers and with university application officials.
The first semester also includes a science and a math course, Mechanics and Differential Calculus, that are both difficult in their own right and important building blocks for subsequent courses in math and physics.
Students also take a Physical Education course of their choosing.
The English course examines literary responses to science and technology and helps students situate the pursuit of science and technological development in social, historical, and imaginative contexts.
Students also take Art 1, a studio art course. Students need to make use of available studio time since completing student projects can take some extra time.
The studio work along with the Chemistry and Biology labs give this semester a hands-on, practical aspect that distinguishes it from other semesters.
Students take French and Physical Education courses of their choosing.
The semester features as well a fairly difficult Science course, Electricity & Magnetism, which builds on the previous year’s Mechanics and Calculus courses.
Students take French and Physical Education courses of their choosing.
Students who are planning to apply for university Architecture, Art, or Design programs may want to opt to take a Visual Arts or Creative Arts course in the third semester and to postpone French or Physical Education to their fourth semester. An arts course in the third semester can be used in the development of a portfolio for university application purposes. Such students have to be certain that they want to opt for the 5-sciences version of the Program and are encouraged to discuss their portfolios with their art teachers as early as possible.
Students take as well Political Economy, Humanities (Ethics), and English. The Humanities and English course are designed both to support the theme of the Integrating Activity and to intersect in relevant ways with the Political Economy course. Students also take Linear Algebra.
There are also two Option courses. Students in the 6-sciences version of the Program take two Science courses while students in 5-sciences take one Science course and either an art production course or a Social Science course.
Incidentally, it is possible to fail Physical Education based solely on absences—so make sure you understand the Attendance Policy in Phys. Ed. courses, and all other courses.
Repeating the IA course:
A student can take the Comprehensive Assessment / Integrating Activity course twice, barring exceptional circumstances.
For complete list of courses, please view the Course Calendar.
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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.
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
- 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.
514-457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358
ARTS & SCIENCES DEPARTMENT