Gaspé Campus

Natural Sciences

  • Diploma : Pre-University
  • Duration : 2 years
  • Quota : No
  • 200.3B

Program description

Interested in a career in science? Passionate about health, engineering, and the environment? You want to understand the natural phenomena that surround you? Our program is for you! We will guide you in developing your scientific thinking, your logic and your skills in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics. Classroom, laboratories, and field activities are offered by a dynamic and dedicated team. 

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Choosing to Study Here 

  • Choose from two profiles, Health Sciences or Pure and Applied Sciences, in order to better prepare for university.  

  • Enjoy a scientific excursion in our unique wildlife environment, where mountains meet the sea. 

  • Engage in stimulating discussions with your professors about current topics in science. 

  • Acquire scientific knowledge through hands-on projects. 

Second Language Immersion 

Take your courses in French and in English and get individual coaching. Learn more

Adventure-Studies 

Combine weekly outdoor activities with your courses and obtain sports certifications at the end of your studies. Learn more

Your University Studies 

The university programs available to you with a DEC in Natural Science are:  

  • Health (audiology and speech therapy, chiropractic, diet and nutrition, occupational therapy, kinesiology, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacology); 
  • Research (biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, math, physics); 
  • Architecture, industrial design; 
  • Geography and the environment (agronomy, forest management and environment, geodesy, geology, geomatics, meteorology, environmental science); 
  • Engineering (mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, physical, industrial, aerospace, computer, geological, mining, etc.); 
  • Science education (teaching high school, college, university); 
  • And all other university programs that require a DEC to be admitted. 

Course Schedule

  • General Biology I 101-NYA-05

    The objective of this course is to analyze the living world: its organization, its functioning, and its diversity. The basics of ecology, genetics, and evolution are explored through a variety of activities, including a field trip and labs. 

    Calculus I 201-NYA-05

    The course will teach you to apply the methods of differential calculus to the study of functions and to the solution of problems. You will be able to recognize and describe the characteristics of a function, determine if it has a limit, is continuous, is derivable, at a point and on an interval. You will also learn to apply the rules and techniques of derivation, to use the derivative and related concepts to analyze the variations of a function and to draw its graph. Finally, you will be able to solve optimization and rate of change problems. 

    General Chemistry 202-NYA-05

    Chemistry is a very important division of science. In fact, chemistry is the study of matter and its transformations, and, thus, is the basis for many phenomena observed in the other scientific domains. We, and the world around us, are composed of atoms that combine in definite proportions to form, not only, molecules that are essential to life, but also to form a variety of compounds and materials with different properties, some of which may be harmful. 

    The study of general chemistry allows a one to develop a better understanding of the principles governing the composition and transformations of matter. This course aims to deepen the understanding of the atomic model, intermolecular and intermolecular bonds, as well as the properties and reactions of matter. 

    Physical Activity and Health  109-101-MQ

    This course focuses on the relationship between physical fitness, healthy and active lifestyle, and health. You will have to experiment with one or a few physical activities and relate them to your ability to adapt to exercise, your needs to change or maintain your physical condition, your motivation, your lifestyle habits, and your knowledge regarding prevention, in order to make a relevant and justified choice of physical activities. 

    Knowledge 345-101-MQ

    Description to come. 

    Introduction to College English 603-101-MQ

    Description to come. 

    French Second Language, Applied GE 602-CGE-R4

    Description to come. 

  • Calculus II 201-NYB-05

    The course will teach you to apply the methods of integral calculus to the study of functions and to the solution of problems. You will be able to calculate the limits of functions with indeterminate forms, determine the indefinite integral of a function, and calculate the indefinite and improper integral of a function over an interval. You will also translate concrete problems into differential equations and solve simple differential equations and calculate volumes, areas, and lengths, and construct graphical representations in the plane and in space. Finally, you will learn to analyze the convergence of series. 

    Chemistry of Solutions 202-NYB-05

    Chemistry is a very important division of science. In fact, chemistry is the study of matter and its transformations, and, thus, is the basis for many phenomena observed in the other scientific domains. We, and the world around us, are composed of atoms that combine in definite proportions to form, not only, molecules that are essential to life, but also to form a variety of compounds and materials with different properties, some of which may be harmful. 

    The study of the chemistry of solutions allows one to develop a basic understanding of the properties of solutions and the transformations accompanying such solutions. This course aims to deepen the understanding of different concepts and phenomena particular to solutions, such as calculations and units associated with the concentrations of solutions, colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, etc.

    Mechanics  203-NYA-05

    The course will give you a better understanding of the major laws governing motion in the macroscopic world (laws of classical mechanics) and the major principles of conservation. Through these laws and principles, you will be able to describe the past motion and predict the future motion of an object. You will see how these equations can be used in ballistics, transportation, aeronautics, engineering, etc. 

    Physical Activity and Effectiveness  109-102-MQ

    This course is about the process of improving effectiveness through an objective-based approach in the context of a sport, expression, or outdoor activity. You will need to take an initial survey and assess your skills and behaviors regarding the practice of physical activity, set goals and interpret your progress to improve. This course aims to empower you by taking charge of your apprenticeships required for your improvement in the practice of physical activity. 

    Literary Genres 603-102-MQ

    Description to come. 

    Elective Course 1 COM-001-03

    Description to come. 

  • Linear Algebra  201-NYC-05

    The course will teach you to apply the methods of linear algebra and vector geometry to problem solving. It will allow you to translate concrete problems into linear equations and to solve systems of linear equations using matrix methods. You will be able to make connections between geometry and algebra, establish the equation of geometric locations (lines and planes), determine their intersections, and calculate angles, lengths, areas, and volumes. Finally, you will learn to prove propositions and construct representations of geometric locations in the plane and in space. 

    Electricity and Magnetism  203-NYB-05

    The course will introduce you to the many electrical and magnetic phenomena that make up our everyday lives. You will study the effect of the electrical charge of protons and electrons, understand how electrical circuits work, and become familiar with magnetism and some of its applications. At the end of this course, you will be able to solve some electricity and magnetism problems in various fields related to natural sciences. 

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    201-215-GA, Complements of Math 

    This course is offered to students in the Natural Sciences program who wish to pursue university studies in the pure sciences, applied sciences, or engineering.  

    You will cover topics such as logic and methods of proof, complex numbers, combinatorial analysis and probability, and some special geometric locations. These topics are not covered in the three required mathematics courses in the Natural Sciences program. Yet, these topics are very important if you are heading to a university program where mathematics plays a fundamental role in the training. 

    202-225-GA, Organic Chemistry I 

    One need only think of a hot cup of coffee in the morning, a Red Bull during a sleepless night of study, or Tylenol to soothe a throbbing headache to realize the important role that organic chemistry plays in our daily lives. Clearly, knowledge of organic chemistry is important in the pure sciences, engineering, medicine, pharmacology, and other biomedical sciences. This first course provides fundamental knowledge of organic compounds, their chemical and physical properties, as well as their reactivity. Laboratory sessions introduce the basic experimental techniques of organic chemistry, such as synthesis, isolation, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. This course lays the foundation for understanding and appreciating much of biochemistry, pharmacology, and physiology. 

    Physical Activity and Autonomy  109-103-MQ

    This course is designed to help you integrate physical activity into your lifestyle, including better management of the factors that facilitate this integration. During the supervised practice, you will apply the previous apprenticeships by practicing physical activity regularly and sufficiently from a health perspective, on the one hand, and by planning, carrying out and evaluating a personal physical activity program that you have the opportunity to practice and validate under the supervision of the teaching staff, on the other. 

    World Views 345-102-MQ

    Description to come. 

    English: Pre-University 603-C04-GA

    Description to come. 

    Elective Course 2 COM-002-03

    Description to come. 

  • Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics 203-NYC-05

    The course will focus on various concepts, such as wave phenomena, geometric optics, and interference and diffraction phenomena. The last part of the course will take you through modern physics, focusing mainly on the quantum and nuclear physics. At the end of the course, you will be able to solve problems related to waves, optics, and modern physics in various fields of natural sciences. 

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    101-205-GA, General Biology II 

    In this course, you will learn how animals and plants have adapted to the uncertainties of their environment, allowing them to sustain themselves and produce offspring. Laboratory activities will explore the anatomy of these organisms and study some of their physiological phenomena. This course is a prerequisite for most university health care courses. 

    201-225-GA, Calculus III 

    This advanced calculus course is offered at the fourth semester to students in the Natural Sciences program who wish to pursue university studies in the pure sciences, applied sciences, or engineering. It allows students to increase their knowledge of mathematics and facilitates their transition to university.  

    The first two calculus courses (Differential Calculus and Integral Calculus) were applied to functions of one real variable. In this Differential and Integral Calculus III course, you will develop the concepts of partial derivative and multiple integral of a function of several real variables. You will study in depth functions of two or three variables and mention the generalization of results to functions of any number of variables. The last part of the course will be devoted to the solution of different types of differential equations of order 1 and degree 1.  

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    201-295-GA, Probability, Statistics and Comprehensive Assessment 

    This course is offered at the fourth semester of the Natural Sciences program. It is divided into two parts. It includes a disciplinary part reserved for probability and statistics. It also serves as a capstone course for the Comprehensive Program Examination (Épreuve synthèse de programme, ÉSP).  

    During your university studies, and later in your profession, you will have to use numerical data from experiments or surveys. This data is the basic material from which information is obtained and decisions are made. In order to understand and interpret this type of information and make a sound decision, it is essential to know how to condense and present numerical data, how to analyze, interpret, draw conclusions, and decide based on the information presented. The statistical tool makes it possible to read, with a critical eye, the numerical information. It allows for the understanding and proper conduct of experiments, investigations, and research. 

     202-295-GA, Organic Chemistry II and Comprehensive Assessment 

    This course extends the study of structure, mechanism, and synthesis in organic chemistry. Invaluable skills relevant to all science professions, such as analytical reasoning, critical thinking, communication (oral and written), teamwork and autonomous learning are honed through a series of experimental projects and active-learning sessions. Several new analytical and spectroscopic techniques for analyzing organic molecules and determining molecular structure are explored. The experience gained is a wonderful capstone to a successful Cégep performance while providing a stepping-stone to university studies in the health sciences, such as medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, and nutrition. 

    203-295-GA, Statics, Resistance of Materials and Comprehensive Assessment 

    If you are going into applied science or engineering, this course is for you! It constitutes the point of convergence of mechanical physics and applied mathematics. By the end of the course, you will be able to build your own structure, understand its elements, and predict its behavior. You will gain a deeper understanding of statics, learn about strength of materials, and study basic structural components such as beams and columns. 

    Humanities in Sciences and Technology 345-C03-GA

    This course is designed to enable you to make judgments about ethical and political issues in contemporary society. You will be expected to situate yourself critically and autonomously in relation to the ethical and political issues and debates of today’s society. You will learn about various philosophical, ethical, and political theories and apply them to a variety of selected situations, especially in the fields of engineering and science. The philosophical essay is a privileged means of acquiring and developing competence.  

    Literary Themes 603-103-MQ

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    French Second Language. Applied GE 602-PGE-R4,

    Description to come. 

Admission Conditions

General Conditions

Possess a secondary school diploma or a secondary school vocational diploma and have successfully completed the following courses: 

  • Language of Instruction – Secondary 5 
  • Second Language – Secondary 5 
  • Mathematics – Secondary 4 

Special Conditions 

  • Secondary 5 Physics 

  • Secondary 5 Chemistry 

  • Secondary 5 Maths Technical-science or Science option 

For more information

Communications and International Activities Department
418-368-2201, ext. 1381
1-888-368-2201, ext. 1381