The General Arts and Science one-year certificate at George Brown College is designed for students who wish to develop the skills and competencies required in college, university and the workplace. The program allows students to explore subjects within Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics; develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communications and career development; and acquire knowledge and explore ideas in a range of disciplines to meet individual needs and interests.

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Program name
General Arts and Science – One-Year
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

The General Arts and Science one-year (two semesters) certificate is designed for students who wish to develop the skills and competencies required in college, university and the workplace. The program allows students to explore subjects within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Science and Mathematics; and to develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communications, and career development. An effective career counselling component helps students consider their options for a vocationally specific college education, as well as their interests and eligibility for university/degree transfer.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
  2. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
  3. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
  4. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  5. Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMM1007College English
GSCI1024Environmental Science
HUMN1111Critical Thinking: A Reasoning Experience
MATH1034Mathematics for General Arts & Science
SSCI1011Learning and the Brain
HUMN1035Introduction to Media Studies


semester courses
CodeCourse name
SSCI1106Introduction to Research
HUMN1114Rhyme and Reasoning
GSSC1055Fundamental Themes in Geography
STS1035Exploring Career Options


semester courses
CodeCourse name
GSSC1027Personal Finance
STAT1014Quantitative Methods


semester courses
CodeCourse name
GSCI1065Human Biology
GSCI1146Plants and Society

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

Many students use the one-year (two semesters) certificate program to qualify for admission to various college and university programs. Others apply to the two-year (four semesters) General Arts and Science diploma program (R101), which allows them to apply to other college and university programs to earn advanced standing if they meet the grade point average and admission requirements for those programs.

Many others prefer to enter the world of work directly from the program. An education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences is valued in many workplaces and our program helps students to develop the communication and critical thinking skills required in the world of work, particularly for careers that encourage on-the-job professional development.

Future Study Options

Vocation-specific college studies: Students who meet the grade point average (GPA) requirements could be eligible for exemptions or advanced standing in other college programs depending on the length of their studies, their grades, and the college and program requirements.

Students who successfully complete the one-year (two semesters) certificate may proceed directly into the second year of the General Arts & Science diploma program if they meet all criteria.

University transfer options: After one year of full-time studies, students who meet the GPA requirements can apply for admission to many university Liberal Arts and Humanities programs, sometimes with transfer credits, depending on their grades, the university and the program requirements. Students should seek information about any program-specific and institutional requirements at those universities.

In addition, graduates of this program may qualify for entry into George Brown’s degree programs in Business, Hospitality and Technology if they meet specific requirements. For details, please visit


$3,758.00 *

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Call the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 416-415-5000, ext. 3344, or email

For more information about George Brown College, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

Thinking about attending George Brown? The General Arts and Science program is taught mainly at our Casa Loma Campus at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, Ontario. Sign up for an information session, book a general campus tour to see the common areas of the campus (i.e. cafeteria, student services, the gym, etc.) or explore our virtual tour.

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