The Science DEC program offered in Continuing Education is a pre-university program that prepares students for entry to university in the sciences. This may be in the medical and life sciences as well as biotechnology, or in the physical and engineering sciences.
Students will receive a solid grounding in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. To graduate with a DEC in Science through Continuing Education, students may have to select from a limited number of advanced option courses that are only offered in the day.
In the medical and life sciences, students may pursue a Bachelor’s degree in such fields as biology, biochemistry, physiology, ecology and in professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, nursing and physiotherapy. In the physical and engineering sciences, students may pursue a Bachelor’s degree in such fields as computer science, mathematics, geology, and physics and in professional programs such as engineering and architecture.
Among the skills you will develop in the Science DEC program are:
- approaching problem-solving in a systematic way
- applying the experimental method using data-processing technology and electronic forms of communication
- using computerized data-acquisition systems
- identifying the context in which scientific ideas originated and evolved
- using the basic vocabulary of the sciences in French
Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES), including:
- Secondary V Language of Instruction
- Secondary V Second Language
- Secondary IV Science
- Secondary IV Mathematics
- Secondary IV History
or academic background judged equivalent to the DES. (Students with a DES missing any of the above subjects may be admitted, space permitting, but may be required to complete remedial courses.)
Specific ministerial admission requirements
- Sec V Mathematics – Technical & Scientific option or Science option 564-506 or 565-506
- Sec V Chemistry 551-504
- Sec V Physics 553-504
*For students graduating before June 2010 or from an Adult Education Centre, the pre-requisites are Mathematics 536, Chemistry 534, and Physics 534.