Science Program

Our program

Science Program (200.B0)

Our Science Program prepares you to succeed in scientific and other fields at the university level. During your studies, you will have the opportunity to study with highly qualified faculty and work in well-equipped laboratory facilities.

OUR PROFILES

Your choice of profile depends on the admission requirements of the university program to which you wish to apply. It is easy to move from one profile to the other, because all of the courses in the first year of the Science Program and most of those in the second year are the same. In the second year, the option courses that you choose will determine your profile.

Health Science Profile: Consult Courses

In second year, all students in this profile must take six concentration courses, including

  • All five of the following courses: General Biology I; Linear Algebra and Vector Geometry; Waves and Modern Physics; Organic Chemistry; General Biology II
  • One CA/IA Science option course – see Our Graduates for an explanation of the CA/IA course requirement

Pure & Applied Science Profile: Consult Courses

In second year, all students in this profile must take six concentration courses, including

  • All three of the three following courses: General Biology I; Linear Algebra and Vector Geometry; Waves and Modern Physics
  • Two Science and/or Math option courses
  • One CA/IA Science option course (but you cannot take both the CA/IA and non-CA/IA versions of the same course) – see Our Graduates for an explanation of the CA/IA course requirement

Compare the Science Profiles

Both profiles include the following six courses required by the government as part of the Science Program:

  • Differential Calculus (first semester)
  • General Chemistry (first semester)
  • Mechanics (first semester)
  • Integral Calculus (second semester)
  • Chemistry of Solutions (second semester)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (second semester)

Visually, a comparison of the second-year Science concentration courses for our two profiles is shown below.                           

Health Science Profile Pure & Applied Science Profile
  • General Biology I
  • Linear Algebra and Vector Geometry
  • Waves and Modern Physics
  • General Biology I
  • Linear Algebra and Vector Geometry
  • Waves and Modern Physics
  • General Biology II
  • Organic Chemistry
  • 2 Science and/or Math option courses
  • CA/IA option course
  • CA/IA option course

 

OUR GRADUATES

All college programs in Québec have a graduate profile. This describes their graduates' competencies. In addition, there is a comprehensive assessment (CA) which evaluates whether students have met the expectations of the graduate profile. In some programs, the comprehensive assessment is linked to a course with an integrative activity (IA), building on what was learned in past courses.

Consult the Science Graduate Profile

St. Lawrence Science Program graduates must be able to

  1. Apply the scientific method
  2. Take a systematic approach to problem solving
  3. Use the appropriate information technologies
  4. Reason logically
  5. Communicate effectively
  6. Learn in an autonomous manner
  7. Work as members of a team
  8. Make connections between science, technology and social progress
  9. Identify their system of values
  10. Become familiar with the context in which scientific concepts are discovered and developed
  11. Develop attitudes appropriate for scientific work
  12. Apply what they have learned to new situations.

These goals are not assigned to specific disciplines. All the courses in the program contribute to the development and evaluation of one or more these skills.

Consult the Science Comprehensive Assessment

What will be assessed?

The comprehensive assessment will be completed in the CA/IA option course that you take in your last semester of study. See the CA/IA course descriptions in either of the profiles of the Science Program.

The comprehensive assessment is based on a CA portfolio you produce during the CA/IA course. The portfolio must demonstrate that you have attained the 12 program goals of the graduate profile. It may contain work (tests, assignments, papers and such) completed during any of the courses that you have taken to fulfill the requirements of the Science Program and documents produced for the exercise on ethical issues, as well as the written report for the integrative activity. Alternatively, the portfolio may be made up of a self-reflective essay that evaluates how you have attained the goals and objectives of the Science Program, citing specific examples of what was done to achieve these goals.

The table below shows how the elements of the graduate profile are tied to the CA/IA course objectives or competencies defined by the government.

 


Graduate Profile

Integration Objective (00UU)

To apply acquired knowledge to the study of one or more subjects in the sciences

Science Option Objective (00UV)

To apply the scientific approach in a given scientific field

1. Apply the scientific method

2. Take a systematic approach to problem solving

12.Apply what they have learned to new situations

To apply the experimental method

To solve problems

To recognize the contribution of more than one scientific discipline to certain situations

To apply techniques of experimentation or validation specific to science

To solve problems using a method proper to science

To represent various situations, drawing upon relevant concepts, laws and principles of science

3. Use the appropriate information technologies To use data-processing technologies
4. Reason logically To reason logically
5. Communicate effectively To communicate effectively
6. Learn in an autonomous manner
               
10.Become familiar with the context in which scientific concepts are discovered and developed
To show evidence of independent learning in their choice of documentation or laboratory instruments
7. Work as members of a team To work as members of a team
8. Make connections between science, technology and social progress To make connections between science, technology and social progress
9. Identify their system of values  
11.Develop attitudes appropriate for scientific work           

 

How will it be assessed?

The CA portfolio will be prepared individually by you and handed in for evaluation. The teacher of the CA/IA course will ascertain with a pass/fail grade the attainment of the program skills using the criteria listed in the graduate profile.

YOUR FUTURE

Your studies can lead to a wide range of careers, such as those below. Be sure to check university pre-requisites, since they vary. St. Lawrence students can see the Guidance Counsellor to discuss these options further.

Health Science:

  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Kinesiology
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Veterinary Medicine

 Pure & Applied Science:

  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geomatics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

 

APPLYING

Students must satisfy the college general admission requirements and have the following pre-requisites:

  • Math TS 5 or SN 5
  • Chemistry 534 or equivalent
  • Physics 534 or equivalent

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