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General Arts and Science (one-year)

General Arts and Science – General Certificate

General Arts and Science (one-year)

General Arts and Science – General Certificate

General Arts and Science – General Certificate

Program Description

The General Certificate stream provides a high degree of choice and flexibility. This stream is designed for students who are looking to determine their long term academic or career goals as well as those students who have specific academic/career pathways beyond the other General Arts and Science streams.  

This program will provide an opportunity to develop and refine academic skills and ultimately provide the foundational knowledge needed to help ensure success in subsequent academic studies. This program also allows students to familiarize themselves with life and workload at a post-secondary institution.

Students in this stream will be required to complete six (three-credit) courses per semester (12 courses in total). These include five core (or mandatory) courses in Communications (two), Computers (one), Mathematics (one) and Preparing for Academic Success (one). The remaining seven courses, depending on academic/career interests, can be chosen from a wide variety of general education electives including the natural sciences, social sciences and liberal arts.

Individual academic planning assistance is also offered by the student advisor and it is strongly encouraged for students to meet with their advisor before selecting their courses. Some General Arts and Science courses are also transferable to other post-secondary programs. Graduates of the General Arts and Science program may qualify for admission to and/or advanced standing to pursue additional college or university studies.


  1. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that the courses he or she is registered in are appropriate for the stated admission requirements for future program choices.
  2. Successful completion of the GASC certificate does not guarantee admission into another post-secondary program.
  3. Each educational institution determines its own admission requirements. If you plan to attend any college other than Durham College or a university, please ensure that courses taken meet its admission requirements.
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Admission Requirements

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Career Options

As a graduate, you can proceed to full-time employment or further your studies in another college diploma, advanced diploma or university degree program.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$3,991$14,163

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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  • code: GASC
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: May 2017
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