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  • Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals

    Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals

Program Code:AST
Campus:Newnham, Seneca@York
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

If you’re a high school graduate or mature student, the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals program can help you earn the mathematics and science credits you need to gain entry into a science or technology–based program. Alternatively, if you’d like to improve your mathematical, technical or communication skills before studying at the diploma level, this program will provide the essential learning you need.

This intensive two-semester certificate program is designed to give you a strong foundation in communication, mathematics, science and technology in order to be successful at diploma level study to support technically demanding science and technology sectors. You’ll study mathematics, basic sciences and technology, and benefit from a laboratory– based component to develop and fine–tune your skills. Your courses will expose you to different industry sectors, thus enhancing your opportunities for career exploration. Supporting courses in learning strategies, communication and general education provide additional opportunities for you to improve your time management, critical thinking and problem solving skills. In addition, this program will help you determine your suitability to work in a laboratory or field environment.

This program is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to enter the following two-year diploma programs:

  • Aviation Operations
  • Building Systems Engineering Technician
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Computer Networking and Technical Support
  • Computer Programmer
  • Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Technician
  • Fire Protection Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

The first-year curriculum is common for two and three-year diploma programs. Students who demonstrate appropriate academic achievement at the diploma level will be eligible to transfer to a three-year technology program and will be eligible to apply for admission to the co–operative education experience.

Note: This program does not prepare you for degree level study (Aviation Technology, Software Development, Informatics and Security) or for the Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a majority of senior credits at the University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


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Your Career

A great foundation in applied science and technology can take you anywhere. As a student of the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals (AST) program, you’ll take courses in applied science, mathematics, technology, general education and English that will enable you to be well prepared for further studies at the diploma level in the applied sciences (biotechnology, chemical technology), engineering technologies (electronics, computer, civil, environmental, building systems, fire protection, tool and die, tool design), aviation operations and computer studies.

Complete this two-semester program and you’ll qualify for guaranteed entry into the first semester of Ontario college diploma (two-year) programs offered by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology, with the opportunity to transfer to Ontario college advanced diploma (three-year) programs upon demonstration of appropriate academic achievement in diploma level study. Quotas may apply.

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2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
ICA001 Introduction to Computers and Applications 2
IST100 Interdisciplinary Science and Technology I 6
MTH145 Mathematics 5
PSY356 Applied Psychology of Learning and Careers 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
APC100 Applied Professional Communications 3
CUL480 Ethical Issues in Science and Technology 3
IST200 Interdisciplinary Science and Technology II 6
MTH146 Mathematics 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Interdisciplinary Science Technology I
Applied Psychology of Learning and Careers
Semester 2
Applied Professional Communications
Ethical Issues in Science and Technology
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology II
General Education Option

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor:
Newnham Campus:
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
Domestic Admissions Advisor:
Seneca@York Campus:
Carsten Wuertz
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22803
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisors:
Seneca@York Campus: Diane Duerden
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
Newnham Campus: Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Student Advisors:
Seneca@York Campus: Monica Russell
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
Newnham Campus: Diana Samuel-DeRoche
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
Program Coordinators:
Seneca@York Campus: Margot Wassenaar-Faber
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33248
Newnham Campus: David Finlay
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22431
Program Chairs:
Newnham Campus: Evan Weaver
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22446
(Acting Chair) Seneca@York Campus: Paola Battiston
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760


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