Pre-University Programs



The Science Program provides students with a balanced education that integrates both the basic components of rigorous scientific learning and a general education foundation. Graduates are equipped with a solid grounding in mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology and optionally earth science. Problem-solving skills and critical thinking are developed throughout. Courses are taught using an interdisciplinary learning approach where students apply scientific problem-solving techniques in a variety of contexts.  The Science Program is also designed to develop well-rounded students who become informed, concerned and active citizens in local, national and global communities.

What distinguishes the program offered at JAC from others like it?

The Science Program at John Abbott is unique in that the students have the flexibility to choose their option courses according to the prerequisites required for admission to the university program of their choice. After completing a general first year of Science, students select their three option courses, allowing them the freedom to choose courses leading either to a Health Science or Pure & Applied orientation. This program’s flexibility allows students the possibility of selecting the courses that are of greatest interest to them as we offer a wide range of science option courses (see below) from Marine Biology to Independent Research projects in laboratories. Students are sure to find courses that will excite and inspired them. In the Science courses, we support a very hands-on approach making strong use of our laboratory facilities.

Another distinguishing feature of this program is the level of support provided to students through faculty office hours, individual appointments, organized peer tutorial sessions,  as well as customized support through the Academic Success Centre.

Learning communities

All first-semester students will be pre-registered into a “Learning Community”. Students in Science will have two courses paired – Chemistry of Solutions and Mechanics. In other words, the same students will be registered in each of the two sections forming a cohesive group. The Learning Communities model gives students a better opportunity to learn collaboratively and make friends. The result is a cohort of engaged students who benefit from a network of peer support and feel more connected to their program of study.

Science option courses

  • General Biology II
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Human Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Physics for Engineers
  • Astrophysics
  • Astronomy
  • Calculus III
  • Linear Algebra II
  • Statistical Methods
  • Chemistry of the Environment
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Environment Sciences
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Oceanography
  • Understanding Planet Earth
  • Biological Marine Science
  • Independent Research Project in Science

This program is for you if…

You are intellectually curious, motivated, and would like to pursue your studies in a science-related field. This program is also well suited for you if you have a keen interest in developing skills in effective oral and written communication, and analytical and critical thinking.

Where Science can take you!

This program is intended for students who wish to further their studies or pursue careers in all science-related fields and beyond.  This includes but is not limited to agriculture, architecture, astronomy, biologic sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, dentistry, dietetics, education, engineering, environmental sciences, forestry, geological and climate sciences, kinesiology, mathematics, medicine, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physics, physiotherapy and veterinary medicine.

Admission Requirements

CEGEP Requirements

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

Program Prerequisites

This program has specific prerequisites.

  • Sec. V Chemistry
  • Sec. V Physics
  • Sec. V Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option
    OR Sec. V Mathematics Science Option
OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics

Please Note

Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.

How To Apply

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 and Winter


To apply:

  • Complete the online SRAM application
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 200.B0
  • Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

Admissions Office
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361

Science Department
514-457-6610 x5877

Student for a Day Program

You are interested in John Abbott College and would like spend a few hours on campus?

Please follow this link to fill out the form Student for a day, and someone will contact you to set up a time for you to come to JAC and discover our campus.

During the tour, you will visit our newly renovated library, our sports facilities, the campus store, the cafeteria, etc. You will also be shown all the services offered on “Main Street”. If you have questions about application and programs, you can speak to someone in Admissions.

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