If you're a high school graduate or mature student, the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals program can help you earn the mathematics and science credits you need to gain entry into a science or technology-based program. Alternatively, if you'd like to improve your mathematical, technical or communication skills before studying at the diploma level, this program will provide the essential learning you need.
The only part-time program of its kind in Ontario, this twelve course certificate program is designed to give you a strong foundation in communication, mathematics, science and technology in order to be successful at diploma level study to support technically demanding science and technology sectors. You'll study mathematics, basic sciences and technology, and benefit from a laboratory-based component to develop and fine-tune your skills. Your courses will expose you to different industry sectors, thus enhancing your opportunities for career exploration. Supporting courses in learning strategies, communication and general education provide additional opportunities for you to improve your time management, critical thinking and problem solving skills. In addition, this program will help you determine your suitability to work in a laboratory or field environment.
New students are invited to attend an information session.
A great foundation in applied science and technology can take you anywhere. As a student of the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals (AST) program, you'll take courses in applied science, mathematics, technology, general education and English that will enable you to be well prepared for further studies at the diploma level in the applied sciences (biotechnology, chemical technology), engineering technologies (electronics, computer, civil, environmental, building systems, fire protection, tool and die, tool design), aviation operations and computer studies.
College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.
The overall purpose of this course is to provide students with the chemical concepts necessary to all science and non-science programs. The course is structured around inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. The relationship between chemical concepts and real life situations is also explored. This course is designed for people who have not studied chemistry previously or wish a review if they have been out of school for a long time.
MTH069 (B grade or higher) or permission of the coordinator.
This modular course provides the second step for students who require upgrading in mathematics. On successful completion, students will have obtained a level of proficiency that is equivalent to Grade 12 (for college entrance purposes).
BIO091 (grade B or higher) or Grade 11 C/U Biology
This is an advanced course that builds on the basic concepts of biology. Students engage in a thorough theoretical and practical investigation of the concepts and processes of biological systems. Areas of study include metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostatis, evolution, and population dynamics. Students will focus on developing an advanced knowledge and skill base in the subject, to prepare them for post-secondary level studies of the life sciences and its related fields. THIS COURSE CONTAINS EQUIVALENT CONTENT TO SBI4U, BUT IT IS NOT A MINISTRY APPROVED CREDIT.
Required course for CPA/CPD/CPAC/CNS/CTY/AST programs but cannot be used as a General Education credit.
This course focuses on group work, team building, interpersonal communication, presentation skills, conflict and time management with applications to the computer industry. In this course, you are developing the skills that will make you not only a greater asset to an employer, but a more confident and accomplished individual. APC100 will give you a thorough grounding in employability skills listed as essential by the Conference Board of Canada in our global, knowledge-based society of the 21st century. You will be introduced to the theoretical background, then given ample opportunity to develop your expertise in these communication, teamwork, personal management, presentation and thinking skills. You will both require and be further developing these skills in all the courses of your programme. Only students who have a Canadian university degree in the humanities will be considered for advanced standing. These students must provide detailed course outlines from their university.
Grade 12C/U Math or Equivalent
This one-semester course provides a review of fundamental math concepts. These essential math skills are required for success in college programs requiring a solid foundation in mathematics. It is designed to meet the needs of individuals that have completed Grade 12 math but need a quick review in preparation for college level or skills training programs. Successful completion of the course is generally accepted as equivalent to a Grade 12 standing in mathematics. It does not, however, qualify the student for an Ontario Grade 12 math credit.
Human behaviour is the result of a complex interaction between the individual person and his or her physical and social environment. This course examines selected knowledge about human behaviour and the use of the knowledge to the individual. Students will learn how to better understand themselves and others and to use psychological theory and research to manage their own lives and their own problems more effectively. The topics covered include: learning theory, learning skills, personality, self-concept, stress, memory, interpersonal relating, and communication.
Recommended: MTH149 or Grade 12C/U Math
This general introduction covers topics considered fundamental to the study of physics. Modern issues are discussed with a view to developing in students a sense of the impact that science has on our daily lives. The course provides an ideal introduction for people who are new to the sciences and who may be anxious about their capabilities.
CHM091 (grade B or higher) or Grade 11C/U Chemistry
This is an advanced course that builds on the basic concepts of chemistry. Students participate in in-depth studies of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium electrochemistry and atomic/molecular structure. Emphasis is also placed on interpretation of data, problem solving and communicating scientific information. THIS COURSE CONTAINS EQUIVALENT CONTENT TO SCH4U, BUT IT IS NOT A MINISTRY APPROVED CREDIT.
This program is eligible for OSAP funding.
Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.
If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.
If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.
To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.
For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.
Part-time Program Coordinator
New students are invited to attend an information session.