School of General Arts & Sciences
Find the pathway to your goal
Our School is all about opportunities to succeed. No matter what your educational background, we can help you build the skills you need so that you can achieve your goals.
Your options are limitless. Earn college credits while you explore programs leading to careers in health sciences, environmental and natural resource sciences, business or law and justice. Or, obtain the university-level admission courses you need for entry to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science, Nursing program. With our unique University Transfer program, you can explore whether university is right for you, while earning university course credits. Whether you have already discovered your career goal, or just want to explore your options, our School provides a pathway to your dreams.
College Health Science: Prescription for Success
Improve your science skills to qualify for admission to college programs such as Paramedic, Practical Nursing, Biotechnology, and Massage Therapy. You learn hands-on in our biology and chemistry labs and gain a strong foundation through our integrated sciences curriculum. Our grads say it best:
"I didn't have all the math and science requirements for the Biotechnology program. College Health Science was a great program to integrate myself back into the world of education. It gave me those requirements and prepared me for college-level expectations and education. Now, I'm in Biotechnology Advanced.
- Stephanie Matteer
Didn't Graduate High School?
Academic Upgrading provides courses to earn Grade 12 equivalency for entry to college or an apprenticeship, or to help improve your career prospects. Courses are usually free and you can study part-time or full-time depending on your schedule.
University Transfer Program Scores High Marks
"The teachers in this program are passionate about their courses and you get so much support from them, as well as from your peers. I'm taking courses at university now and I'm prepared and confident in my abilities. The opportunity to explore in this program helped me discover that English is the major I want to pursue - it provides the multi-disciplinary focus I enjoy. I highly recommend the University Transfer program. In fact, I raved about it so much my sister is planning on starting the program this fall."
-Amanda Hobbs, 2011 graduate
Making the Grade
87% of the students registered in General Arts and Sciences - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies in recent years have completed this program and qualified for admission to a diploma program at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.
Role Models for Change
Students in the Community Integration Through Cooperative Education (CICE) program gain workplace skills and experience in co-ops with employers throughout Peterborough. In May 2014, program students created a video for the Spread the Word to End the Word contest, hosted by Special Olympics Ontario. The campaign encourages people to pledge to stop using the word "retard" to create more accepting attitudes and communities. The Fleming video garnered the most views on social media, and was showcased across Ontario to promote the 2014-15 Special Olympics.
Revised: August 29, 2014