Double DEC: Science & Social Science


The Double DEC program at John Abbott offers students the possibility to take both of the principle pre-university programs at the same time. This enables a student who is willing to make a three-year commitment to have virtually all of their options open for university. The Double DEC student takes the same courses as the regular Science and the regular Social Science student.


“Going from high school to CEGEP can be rough if you are not too sure about the future. The Double DEC offers a wide variety of courses for those with a thirst for knowledge.”
Luis Altuve

“The Double DEC is great if your are not sure what you want to pursue right now and if you would like to take some time to make a smart decision rather than rush into an uncertain one. The multitude of options allows you to explore many fields to see what you are interested in.”
Chris Genio

“Previously enrolled in Social Science only, I made the decision to switch into the Double DEC because I believed it would give me more options in terms of career choices. Also, a lighter course load per semester would allow me to focus fully on each class. Now I can confirm this… No regrets!”
Elyse PerraultSocial Science

“Unsure about you future? Enjoy intellectual intrigue? Love a challenge? Then the Double DEC is for you. It offers three years of discovering new knowledge in every possible field of science and social science, bonding with a group of students with the same interests, and graduating with the possibility of going anywhere and doing anything.”
Melissa Ferland

For complete list of courses, please view the Courses by program 



Social Science

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology


  • Biology
    General Biology
    Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Human Genetics
  • Chemistry
    Organic Chemistry
    Chemistry of the Environment
    Forensic Chemistry
  • Earth/Ocean Science
    Earth’s Dynamic Systems
    Understanding Planet Earth
    Introduction to Oceanography
  • Mathematics
    Calculus III
    Linear Algebra II
    Statistical Methods
  • Physics
    Physics for Engineers

Click here to view a video on “Introduction to the Double DEC Program”


Double DEC students at JAC only take six courses per semester, instead of the seven or eight taken in both the Science and the Social Science program. They are preregistered as a group in all their required Science/Math and Social Science courses. This quickly enables them to get to know other students with the same interests. Also, Double DEC students get to choose their General Education courses (English, Humanities, Physical Education, and French), their Science Option courses, and their Social Science options (including those within the Commerce or Psychology profiles).
The Double DEC makes it possible to incorporate virtually all university prerequisites into our three-year program. Universities encourage students to have a broad background of studies and look very favorably on this Double DEC. Our graduates have gone on in fields such as Engineering, Law, Health Science, Marine Biology, Cognitive Science, Education, Business, Environmental Science, and Psychology.
A student’s CRC (or “R” score) is not adversely affected by being in the Double DEC. Our students receive a CRC for their Science courses, a separate CRC for their Social Science courses, and a combined CRC. These scores are based on the grades of all students taking a specific course in a given semester. If anything, taking six courses per semester might have a positive effect.
The Science/Social Science Double DEC is a pre-university program. You can engage your interest in sports and athletics while continuing your education and preparing for university. The lighter per semester workload increases the chances that you can pursue your interest in sports without detriment to your grades. Since you will spend three years in CEGEP, you have the possibility to extend your participation in your particular sport.
Many of our students come to JAC from French-language high schools. The college provides specific help with language skills. The Double DEC Program may be of particular interest since the per semester course load (six) is lower than in other pre-university programs, thereby helping the student to adjust to learning in another language.


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 specific prerequisites.

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

Note: Admission requirements for Double DEC are the same as for the Science program. 



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 (Winter admission is possible — contact the Admissions office)

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 200.12.
  • 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

514-457-6610 x5983

Student for a Day Program

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