General Arts and Science - One Year

Program: GASC
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2019, Winter 2020
Location: Barrie


This program offers the student an introduction to college studies, with emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills developed while studying courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Many students use the General Arts and Science program as a transition to further studies at either the college or university level. Students can also choose to continue from the one-year certificate to the two-year diploma in General Arts and Science.

Career Opportunities

While most students choose General Arts and Science as a pathway to further studies, some graduates of the program find employment in occupations requiring a general education or with firms that prefer to administer their own training program.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society;
  2. develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry;
  3. utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques;
  4. examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society;
  5. assess the effect of personal decisions and actions on the environment;
  6. employ entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2020
  • Sem 2: Summer 2020


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

7 Program Courses
1 Humanities/Math Course
1 Communications Course
2 Program Option Courses 
1 General Education Course

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

 Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
HUMN 1000 Critical Thinking 42
HUMN 1006 Exploring Literature 42
PSYL 1001 Introduction To Psychology 42
SOCL 1000 Introduction to Sociology 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. Contact the Program Co-ordinator for further details. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
HUMN 1001 Critical Thinking in Practice 42
PSYL 1002 Introduction to Psychology 2 42
SOCL 1001 Introduction to Sociology 2 42
Humanities/Math Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. Contact the Program Co-ordinator for further details. 42
 Total Hours504
Humanities/Math Course
Determined by student interest.
HUMN 1015Interpreting Literature
MATH 1005Math for Life Sciences
MATH 1030Math for Health and Sciences 1

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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