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Program Coordinator of Science
Jonathon Sumner
Office: 7A.16
Local: 4012

Do you have what it takes to get into the Science Program at Dawson College? Only the most academically committed students are accepted. Once here, you will enjoy studying with other enthusiastic learners and working in Dawson’s modern and well-equipped labs. Apart from the usual courses in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics, you will have opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Perhaps you will present a project at ScienceFest, participate in a Neuroscience research project or join SPACE. There are three profiles in Science and two enriched options, which offer even more learning opportunities. No matter what you choose, you will have an excellent preparation for any science program at university: medicine, engineering, animal health, biochemistry, pharmacology and much more.


Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Profile offers all the same science prerequisites for university entrance as other Science profiles (Pure & Applied and Health) with a focus on ecology, outdoor labs and stimulating field trips.

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Health Science

The Health Science Profile offers a deeper mandatory curriculum in biology and chemistry through advanced biology and organic chemistry option courses. This profile tends to be a good choice for students who are interested in the life sciences.

Enriched Health Science Enriched Health Science covers the same curriculum as Health Science, but offers enhanced learning opportunities and a more stimulating environment, with weekly seminars, field trips and dedicated support from a profile coordinator.
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Pure and Applied Science

The Pure and Applied Science Profile offers students maximum flexibility in their choice of option courses, allowing them either to explore a variety of advanced topics or to concentrate on specific disciplines. This profile tends to be a good choice for students who are interested in engineering, physics or mathematics.

Enriched Pure and Applied Science Enriched Pure and Applied Science covers the same curriculum as Pure and Applied Science, but offers enhanced learning opportunities and a more stimulating environment, with weekly seminars, field trips and dedicated support from a profile coordinator.
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Transition Program


Explorations Science is a bridging program intended for students who will eventually apply to a pre-university science program or a science-related technical program (Engineering Technologies, Nursing, Medical Technologies) but have not yet completed the Secondary V Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry prerequisites needed for admission to these programs. Students benefit from smaller class sizes and the opportunity to complete General Education (English French, Humanities, Physical Education and Complementary) courses while obtaining the required Secondary V courses needed for admission.


What are the differences between the profiles?

All Science students, regardless of profile, take nine compulsory Science courses: one in biology, two in chemistry, three in mathematics and three in physics. The differences between the profiles are in the sequence of Science courses and the selection of Science option courses. In Pure and Applied Science, you get to select three option courses, in Health Science one, and in Environmental Science, the three courses are selected for you.

What impact does the choice of profile have on my opportunities at university?

All profiles within the Science program lead to a DEC in Science and thus to any and all science programs at university. Deciding between Health, Pure and Applied, Environmental or deciding between regular and Enriched Science makes no difference when it comes to applying to university.

When reviewing my application, which grades are considered?

Dawson calculates an overall average based on Secondary IV final and Secondary V mid-term grades. For prerequisite courses, the Admissions Office looks at Secondary V mid-terms. If your grades meet the criteria, you are sent a conditional offer of admission. In July, final grades are received from the Ministry of Education and reviewed to ensure that you have obtained your high school diploma and maintained appropriate grades in prerequisite courses.

How competitive is the Science Program at Dawson?

Admission to all Science profiles is very competitive. The number of students that Dawson College can accept into the Science Program is limited, therefore students with the highest grades in high school have a better chance of being admitted. Admission averages change from year to year depending on the size and strength of the applicant pool.

I am a student whose mother tongue is not English. Will I be able to succeed in the Science Program?

Many students whose mother tongue is not English choose Dawson and find it an enriching experience. Dawson has numerous support services to ensure that you can improve your English and succeed in your courses. In particular, the Academic Skills Centre offers: Peer English Tutors, English Fluency Groups, individual consultations with a professional and help preparing for the English Exit Exam.

Will being in Enriched Pure and Applied or Enriched Health Science lower my R-Score?

Being in Enriched Science does not disadvantage students when it comes to the R-Score, which is calculated in relation to the entire body of students in the Science Program, not just students in the Enriched Science profiles.

Last Modified: June 11, 2021