Honours Science

TH-Honours science FRThe Honours Science Program brings together a group of highly accomplished science students into one class. Honours students take all of their Science core courses together and benefit from a common weekly meeting time for extra discussion, field trips, visiting speakers and social events. Because of the strength of the group, teachers may expand upon certain subjects and go into more depth in some areas than in regular science classes, providing a more stimulating experience for this cohort.


In the Honours Science Program, students take the same courses that regular Science students take. However, unlike the regular Science students, the Honours Science students take all their first year science and mathematics courses together as a group, as well as their first biology course in the second year. Beyond that, they are free to select their own courses, based on their specific interests or requirements for particular university programs.Being together in their first year science and mathematics courses enables them to build a stronger foundation in these subjects and to form friendships and study groups among other highly motivated and bright students.

First year Honours Science students attend a weekly meeting during which they listen to lectures on areas of research by scientists from industry and university or go on field trips to research facilities to see how science is conducted. In addition, former Honours Science students return to talk about their own research projects and career paths. Some meetings are set aside for socializing and for recreational events.honours_sciences


You are hard working, curious and enjoy the challenges of learning new ways of doing things. This program will appeal to students who are highly motivated and wish to study in a group of other highly motivated students. Students are encouraged to work together on their course projects and to form study groups, developing their ability to interact socially with their classmates and teachers. We look for students who are intending to go on for further studies in some field of science or engineering, but we also would like them to be well-rounded persons. Our Honours Science students are usually very busy people with a variety of interests outside of the academic. We support this, and we encourage them to establish a good balance between their social, sports and academic lives. The ability to manage their time efficiently is essential.


University studies and potential careers for Honours Science graduates are identical to those for the graduates of the regular Science Program. Former Honours students can be found in programs as broad ranging as Mechanical Engineering, Food Science, Medicine, Law, Microbiology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Dentistry, Veterinary school and Education.


Does being in the Honours Science class affect the CRC of Honours Science students?
Calculating a student’s CRC involves normalizing the student’s grades against the class average for each course, and then averaging these. However, for the Honours Science class this would penalize the students for being in a class with a high average, so the normalizing is done against the whole first year science student cohort. Thus the CRC of Honours students are not adversely affected by being in a strong class.

Are the Honours Science courses harder than those in the regular Science Program?
Because the students selected for the Honours Science Program learn the material at a faster rate, they can cover the essential course material in less time. Since the class has less need for remedial work and drill, the Honours Science teachers can enrich the basic course with additional topics, a more rigorous approach, or somewhat more difficult material. This enrichment is driven, essentially, by student interest and ability. The students fulfill the same course requirements and write the same final examinations as the regular Science students. Since they learn the material in greater depth, Honours Science students do extremely well on their final examinations and this is reflected in higher course marks.

In all their first year courses, the accelerated pace of the course leaves time for interesting diversions. In their Physics course, for example, students have built and launched model rockets, assembled and flown hot air balloons and constructed and tested catapults. In their Chemistry course, students have designed their own Chemistry Experiment for high school students, and subsequently hosted a group of high school students to perform the experiment that they had designed.

All CEGEP students find that they must work far more than was ever necessary in high school in order to earn the marks they want and Honours Science students are no exception to this. A part-time job of more than 10 hours a week is discouraged for all Science Program students because it interferes with their free time and can make them too tired to study effectively.


The course path for Honours Science students is the same as for regular Science students. See the Science program.

For complete list of courses, please view the Course Calendar


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.

≥ 80% in each:

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

What is the application process?

Students must apply both to SRAM and to the Honours Science coordinator. The letter is done by filling in a brief online application form found on the Honours Science website, which includes a letter indicating why they would like to be in the Honours Science Program. They also need a letter of recommendation from one of their science or mathematics teachers. Applicants must have at least an 85% average overall with no mark below 80 in their science and mathematics courses.



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. Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.

Program start: Fall

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at http://sram.omnivox.ca
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 200.B0.
  • If applicable, mail in photocopies of all required documents and the application fee.


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