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Skills for life!
The Health Sciences profile is an elite honours program designed for students specializing in science and mathematics. It prepares students for entry into pre-university programs, such as Pure and Applied Sciences, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Arts and Sciences, as well as career-technical programs such as Forensic Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy Technical Assistance.
Students will acquire content knowledge in chemistry, biology and physics, and develop lab competencies, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Students will be involved in problem solving, experimentation, data processing and contextual analysis. In the future, students in this program will have the opportunity to enter professions in fields such as biomedical research, medicine, nursing, environmental science, engineering, biotechnology and veterinary medicine.
Biology & Introduction to Advanced Lab Work
Unique to Villa Maria, this course covers basic general biology principles such as evolutionary theory, ecology, viruses, bacteria, immunology and biological classification. Students learn how to use a Bunsen burner and fume hood, and are given the opportunity to practice lab skills such as micropipetting, electrophoresis and sterile techniques.
A Ministry-required course for entry into Science-based CEGEP programs, also a prerequisite for entry into Secondary 5 Physics and Chemistry. Areas of study include biotechnology, ecological footprint, ecotoxicology, Mendelian genetics, physical science and stoichiometry, environmental contamination, and eutrophication.
Critical Analysis & Ethics in Science
Unique to Villa Maria, this course develops students’ communication and critical thinking skills, and enhances their scientific literacy and awareness through the study of current topics in science, and examination of the funding, production and publication of scientific research.
A course organized around five main topics: gases, thermochemistry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and acids and bases. Enrichment topics include limiting reagents, electrochemistry and the use of significant figures.
The basic components of the universe, their interactions, their forces, and their effects. The course aims to explain various phenomena and the laws that describe them, and includes a focus on biomechanics and the physics of human vision.
Advanced Lab Skills
Unique to Villa Maria, this course exposes students to the foundations of advanced laboratory work such as titrations, distillation, pipetting, enzyme assays and generation of standard curves. Students are prepared for CEGEP-level lab report writing and scientific analysis.
- Advanced lab skills
- Critical analysis
- Scientific literacy
- Mathematical analysis
- Self-directed learning
- Clear oral and written communication
- Mastery of teaching language (French/English)
- In-depth research
- Student-led projects
- Time management
- Team dynamics
- Volunteerism and community involvement
- Pure and Applied Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Arts and Sciences
- Technical Science programs