WHAT IS SCIENCE?

After high school, you have two options if you want to study in the Science program: Health Science and Pure and Applied Science. Each leads to a Diplôme d’études collégiales or DEC. Both are different from the Science you know from high school: you get more in-depth information with your courses and more hands-on experience, more lab time and more opportunities to explore your interests.

A DEC in Health Science at Marianopolis is the best pathway to a university health-related program, such as dentistry, nutrition, medicine and microbiology. A DEC in Pure and Applied Science is the best pathway to a university program in engineering, Computer Science or in the pure sciences of chemistry, mathematics and physics.

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEC IN SCIENCE?

Whether you choose Health or Pure and Applied, as a Science student you will have many choices at university and later in the workplace. Science-related fields include:

  • Anatomy
  • Architecture
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Computing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Ecology
  • Engineering (Aerospace, Building, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Software)
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Mathematics (including Actuarial Mathematics)
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology/ Immunology
  • Nursing Science
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Zoology

Furthermore, completing a DEC in Science may grant you admission into virtually any undergraduate university program, not just Science.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE SCIENCE AT MARIANOPOLIS?

Because Marianopolis offers only pre-university programs, as a Marianopolis Science student you are surrounded by students who share your goals.

You also have the advantage of being at a small college with an open-door policy. The close rapport with your teachers and our helpful staff means you get support when you need it throughout your studies and when it comes time to apply to university. Also, no other school can match our success rates, offer you as many opportunities to strengthen your dossier when you apply to university or prepare you as well for your university.

Science and Math Electives

Another difference is that as a Marianopolis Science student, you get to choose from a wider variety of electives than you would at most other schools, from Astrophysics to Molecular Genetics.

The Lab Project

If you participate in the Lab Project at Marianopolis, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience by working with world-class scientists at local universities and research institutes.

Science Fair and Robotics

You can also participate in the Science Fair and present your scientific, technological or environmental research project, working under the supervision of a dedicated faculty member. For some Marianopolis students, the local Science Fair is a gateway to recognition at national and international fairs. You can also join the Marianopolis Robotics Team, whose tradition of excellence at the Canadian Robotics Competition is second to none, and apply what you learn in your Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science courses to build a robot.

Your work in The Lab Project, Science Fair or Robotics counts as the official Épreuve synthèse required by the Quebec Ministry of Education and are great achievements to include in your university applications.

As a Marianopolis Science student you will be part of a highly active and dynamic group. Marianopolis is the only school of its kind where classes stop twice a week during Activity Period, so that students can have free time to pursue their passions. And they do! Our students have fun preparing for, competing in and doing extremely well in such activities as Robotics, Science Fairs, Math, Science and Computer Science competitions, or activities outside of their field, such as Model UN and Dragon-Boating. Many of our Science graduates say that their best memories were of the friendships and fun between students and the faculty who supported them in these activities.

If you’re worried about a competitive environment or your R-Score, don’t be: while it’s true that Marianopolis students are demanding of themselves, they are first and foremost supportive of one another and part of a close-knit, caring community. Furthermore, because at Marianopolis you are surrounded by other strong students, the group strength boosts your own R-score. Indeed, R-Score is calculated so that the strength of your group is taken into account. This means that your own R-Score automatically benefits from the fact that Marianopolis attracts strong students. The average R-Score of Marianopolis students is consistently higher than the average R-Score of students at other colleges. If you need support, we provide it, from peer tutoring, to language monitors and writing help.

Consider the Marianopolis Science program if you are interested in the Sciences and you are motivated. Year after year, nearly 90 percent of our graduates are admitted to their first-choice of university and more than 80 percent to their first-choice program, including to highly competitive programs such as Dentistry and Medicine.

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THE MARIANOPOLIS DIFFERENCE

 Year after year, about 90 percent of our students are accepted by their first-choice university. As a Science student at Marianopolis, you are part of a college with a stellar record of academic achievement. For over 100 years, Marianopolis has been supporting motivated young people and helping them get into their first-choice program at the world’s top universities.

No other school can match our dedication to student success in the classroom and beyond or our on-time graduation rate (most Marianopolis Science students finish the program in two years and all are exceedingly well prepared for university). Welcoming students from all cultures, faiths and social and economic backgrounds is part of our Mission. We provide scholarships and financial aid to students, based on both need and merit.

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ARE THERE DIFFERENT PROFILES?

Within the Science program you can choose a specific profile:

 

  • Health Science
  • Pure and Applied Science
  • Honours Health Science
  • Honours Pure and Applied Science

College-level programs are made up of two components, General Education, which is part of all programs, and Specific Education, which are your concentration courses.

HONOURS SCIENCE

You can apply directly from high school to either of our two Honours Science Profiles. These Honours Profiles enhance your already exceptional Science Program and take it a step further. You learn about current research and recent scientific developments through a number of enriching activities, such as:

  • Completing an Honours Science Project
  • attending seminars by guest speakers
  • participating in problem-based learning sessions
  • honing your scientific research skills at workshops
  • visiting cutting-edge labs and industrial facilities
  • taking between 3 and 11 enriched courses
  • participating in national and international scientific competitions
  • presenting your results in a seminar or poster session

Upon graduation, you will receive a certificate recognizing your advanced work and performance in the Honours Science Profile.

SCIENCE AND MUSIC DOUBLE DEC

If you love both Science and Music, Marianopolis makes it possible for you to complete the requirements for both your Science DEC and a second DEC in Music in through our three-year Science and Music Double DEC program.

CERTIFICATES

You can also participate in a certificate in Environmental Studies, International Studies, Law and Social Justice, Native Studies or Third World Studies.

WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR SCIENCE AND HOW DO I APPLY?

The application deadline is March 1 and you can apply online at bemarianopolis.ca.

The basic entrance requirement for admission to Marianopolis College is the Quebec Diploma of Secondary Studies and for the Science program include the following:

  • Prerequisites:
    • Secondary V Chemistry (051504, 551504)
    • Secondary V Physics (053504, 553504)
    • Secondary V Mathematics TS (064506, 564506) or Mathematics SN (065506, 565506)
  • Minimum historical admission averages
    • Overall average: 83%
    • Science program average (includes all Math and Science courses from Secondary IV and V): 81%
    • Secondary IV and V Math TS or SN: 75% minimum in each grade

Simply select Science as your first-choice program in your application. You may also select a second-choice program.

Students applying from the IB-MYP Program automatically receive a 2% bonus in the calculated admission averages.

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DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

SCIENCE (26 Courses)

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

  • 4 English
  • 3 Humanities
  • 3 Physical Education
  • 2 French
  • 2 Complementary

9 REQUIRED COURSES

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • General Biology I
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Mechanics (Physics)
  • Waves, Light and Modern Physics

3 ELECTIVE COURSES

Depending on your profile, from the following:

  • Astrophysics
  • Calculus III
  • Computer Programming
  • Differential Equations
  • Digital Electronics
  • Finite Mathematics
  • General Biology II²
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Linear Algebra II
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry I²
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Technical Drawing
  • Topics in Mathematics
  • Topics in Physics

MINISTERIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • English Exit Examination
  • Comprehensive Assessment (Épreuve synthèse)
NOTES
  1. Students must successfully complete an interdisciplinary (integrative) project to meet the requirements of the comprehensive assessment (Épreuve synthèse) for a Science Diploma.
  2. General Biology II and Organic Chemistry I are required for all students wishing to complete a Health Science Profile.
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AREAS OF STUDY

Biology

Your study of Biology enables you to explore the intricacy and vast diversity of living organisms from the cellular level to the physiology of organ systems. At the same time, an introduction to molecular biology provides a basic understanding of the cutting edge fields of gene regulation, transcription, translation and biotechnology.

BIOLOGY LABS: You will have hands-on experience with some of the latest tools and techniques in biological research. These include state-of-the-art compound microscopes, digital spectrophotometers, ion exchange chromatography for protein fractionation, gel electrophoresis and imagers for DNA and protein analysis, Western blot analysis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and laptop computers interfaced with sensors for measuring pH, oxygen, blood pressure and EKGs, Western blot analysis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)

Chemistry

From pharmaceuticals to clothing, food production to household goods, advances in chemistry touch every aspect of modern life. Your Chemistry courses provide you with insights into how substances change and interact, along with an introduction to their individual properties and characteristics.

CHEMISTRY LABS: Our Chemistry labs are equipped with modern instruments such as digital spectrophotometers, pH meters and melting point apparatuses. Computers are integrated in a number of Chemistry labs. In addition, a Fourier Transform InfraRed Spectrometer and polarimeters are available for Organic Chemistry.

Mathematics

As well as an indispensable tool for all branches in human endeavour, mathematics is a subject in its own right. From Euclid to Riemann, from Archimedes to Andrew Wiles, advancements in mathematics span over two and a half millennia. Technological breakthroughs, development of new medical treatments and scientific revolutions all share a common mathematical heritage. A strong basis in both theoretical and applied mathematics remains one of the best ways to prepare for future challenges in the fields of science, commerce, social science and engineering.

Physics

The physical sciences seek to uncover the fundamental nature of the universe on all scales. Physical laws, which predict and explain the interaction of observable particles and forces, reveal the underlying simplicity and beauty of nature, from the smallest subatomic structures to the largest cosmological patterns. Discoveries in physics often affect other natural sciences and lead to applications in such areas as biology, chemistry, geophysics and engineering.

PHYSICS LABS: Computers are integrated into our Physics labs; multimedia demonstrations and simulations may be presented in class. In Digital Electronics, you can have access to experiments involving circuit simulation software for project work. In Astrophysics, you will use planetarium software and astronomical observatory simulations as well as the College’s fleet of state-of-the-art telescopes.

Computer Science

Computer Science explores the complex and dynamic interaction between project design, problem solving, mathematics and engineering. This involves analysis, project planning, implementation, interacting with users and documentation.

Computer Science courses are designed to introduce and hone these skills, as well as to make you familiar with computer applications in business, science and engineering.

Enriched Courses

The enriched courses below give you the opportunity to learn extra topics beyond the regular syllabus. Some are offered only in the fall or winter semester. Though Honours Science students are required to take at least three enriched courses, they are offered to student in all four profiles. You can choose from:

  • General Biology I
  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Waves, Light and Modern Physics

Though you will see the material at a greater depth, you will take the same final exam as the rest of the Science students. You can include in your university applications an official document from the Registrar’s Office certifying that you have successfully completed enriched courses

Advanced credit

If you have taken college-level Science and Mathematics courses in high school, you may earn credit for the equivalent Marianopolis course. For Science courses, the equivalence is granted on the basis of official transcripts and course descriptions supplied by your high school at your request; for Mathematics courses, you must write an exam at the College (usually in late June) and get a grade of at least 75 percent. There is a small fee to cover administrative costs.

SEMESTER SNAPSHOTS

Health Science

Semester 1
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • General Chemistry
  • Calculus I
  • Choice of General Biology or Mechanics
  • Depending on track, students will take either: Complementary or French
  • *Students who are required to take Topics in Mathematics during their first semester will have a slightly different outline. Please see an Academic Advisor for more information.

Health Science

Semester 2
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • General Chemistry II
  • Calculus II
  • Choice of General Biology or Mechanics
  • Depending on track, students will take 2 of the following: Complementary, Humanities or French

Health Science

Semester 3
  • English
  • Linear Algebra
  • Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
  • Choice of General Biology II or Organic Chemistry I
  • Depending on track, students will take 2 of the following: Complementary, Humanities, French or Physical Education

Health Science

Semester 4
  • English
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Choice of General Biology II or Organic Chemistry I
  • Science Elective (Students who have taken Topics in Mathematics during their first semester will not be required to take a science elective)
  • Depending on track, students will take 2 of the following: Complementary, Humanities, French or Physical Education

Pure & Applied

Semester 1
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Calculus I
  • Depending on track, students will take either: Complementary or French
  • *Students who are required to take Topics in Mathematics during their first semester will have a slightly different outline. Please see an Academic Advisor for more information.

Pure & Applied

Semester 2
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • Mechanics
  • Calculus II
  • Choice of General Chemistry II or Linear Algebra
  • Depending on track, students will take 2 of the following: Complementary, Humanities or French

Pure & Applied

Semester 3
  • English
  • Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
  • Choice of General Chemistry II or Linear Algebra
  • Science Elective
  • Depending on track, students will take 2 of the following: Complementary, Humanities, French or Physical Education

Pure & Applied

Semester 4
  • English
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • 2 Science Electives
  • Depending on track, students will take 2 of the following: Complementary, Humanities, French or Physical Education

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

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If you have questions about the Science program, please contact:

Jeremie Vinet
Science Department Chair
514.931.8792, ext. 368
j.vinet@marianopolis.edu

Christopher Turner
Mathematics Department Chair
514.931.8792, ext. 420
c.turner@marianopolis.edu

For more information on applying

Admissions Office
514.931.8792, ext. 300
admissions@marianopolis.edu

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