Ontario College Certificate in General Arts and Science - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option
The General Arts and Science – Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option is designed specifically to prepare students for entry into one of our School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences diploma programs.
Upon successful completion of this two-semester certificate program, you will receive credit for all Common First Semester courses and entrance directly into semester 2* of one of the following programs in the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences:
- Ecosystem Management Technician
- Environmental Technician
- Fish and Wildlife Technician
- Forestry Technician
- Resources Drilling and Blasting
You will also be eligible for entry to semester 1 of the Urban Forestry Technician Co-op program.
Discover your options while you discover nature. Explore the campus. Learn hands-on ecosystem skills and the wider world of ecology and the environment to prepare you for your environmental or natural resources sciences diploma program. Belong to a field crew in a camp setting while you learn outdoor skills. Prepare yourself with courses in math or chemistry. Study computing and communications, to build skills set for a successful future. The program will enable you to:
- discover and explore the programs and related career fields within the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences
- get to know yourself better and make an informed choice about your career path
- learn more about the natural world we live in
- develop field skills and improve your academic and vocational skills
- gain confidence and a head start on your college diploma program
Field Camp is a separate course completed in five days at a remote location away from the campus. It begins in Week 2 of the first semester. Students must be prepared to attend the camp and complete the credit in that time period.
During Semester 2 of the General Arts and Science - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option, you will be asked to identify your 1st, 2nd and 3rd diploma program choices. These are due by internal transfer in the Frost Campus Admissions office by February 1. This will assist in the college’s planning and scheduling.
Up to 5 spaces are reserved in oversubscribed diploma programs for graduates of General Arts and Science - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies who have completed all their credits. If there are more qualified applications to your preferred environmental and natural resource sciences diploma program than spaces available, a selection process will be used. Applications will be ranked for available seating based on overall marks from the General Arts and Science Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences Option, as of the date of the selection process.
If you complete the General Arts and Science - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option and choose to continue on to a diploma program, you will be attending college for a total of 5 consecutive semesters. For example:
General Arts and Science - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option
- Semester 1: September - December
- Semester 2: January - April
Then, if you successfully complete the program, you could be eligible for entry into semester 2 of your diploma program in May.
Diploma Program (excluding Urban Forestry Technician Co-op)
- Semester 2: May - August
- Semester 3: September - December
- Semester 4: January - April (Graduate with Technician Diploma)
You would have the option to apply to a Technology diploma program if offered, or to take a dual diploma, with 2 additional semesters of study.
Entry to Urban Forestry Technician Co-op
If you successfully complete the General Arts and Science - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option, you could be eligible for entry to semester 1 of the Urban Forestry Technician Co-op program, and could enter this program in September the following year.
You should plan to spend approximately $700 per year for books and supplies, plus camp fees.
Minimum Admission Requirements
Students applying to General Arts and Science - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option must meet the following requirements:
- OSSD including Gr 12 C English
OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be accepted.
Two Gr 11 courses will be accepted in lieu of a Gr 12 course requirement.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.