Arts & Science

Transition Program

 

What is the Transition Program?

Thinking of applying to the College of Arts & Science, but your marks fell short of the entrance requirements? Do you want comprehensive support during your first year, and a tight-knit community of other students to study with? The Arts & Science Transition Program may be just what you need!

The Transition Program provides a supportive learning environment that helps students overcome common first-year university challenges. Students in the Transition Program can register in a maximum of 18 credit units per year or 9 credit units per semester.

Who should apply?

  • Students under 21 whose high school grades do not represent their academic potential

How do you apply?

  • Submit an application to the University of Saskatchewan online: Application for Admission  
  • Select “Transition Program” when prompted to choose program
  • Arrange submission of your final high school transcript and any final post-secondary transcripts if you have attended any other post-secondary institutions

Minimum academic requirements for admission

Five subjects with the highest grades will be used to calculate an admission average:
  • One Grade 12 English
  • One Grade 12 Math
  • Three other Grade 12 subjects with highest grades

University Transition Program Learning Communities

A Learning Community (LC) is a small group of first-year students who take classes together and share some common interests. Arts & Science Learning Communities are designed to ease the transition into university by providing our first-year students with valuable opportunities to make friends, study and explore ideas together, and to develop the academic and personal skills to achieve their goals.

Transition students gather in a weekly UTRAN Hour led by two senior student Peer Mentors who facilitate sessions on study skills, goal setting and stress management; help students access academic, health, and other support services; and organize information sessions and social events. Today's Peer Mentors and many campus student leaders started university in a Learning Community, where they developed the friendships, confidence and skills that set them apart.

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UTRAN Learning Communities - 2017 - 2018
Term 1

LC-UTRN01 – Exploring Arts and Science

Psychology 120 – English 113 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

The courses in this Learning Community are well-rounded and offer introductions to some of the most popular majors in the college of Arts and Science. Students wanting to pursue a degree in Psychology or English will find this LC a great fit. However, it is also a good choice for any student who is unsure of what they want to major in. Interdisciplinary Studies 100, “Strategies for Academic Success,” provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success. This LC is an excellent way for students to sample a variety of different disciplines to see what they enjoy. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

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LC-UTRN02 – Human Culture

Archaeology 112 – History 115 – Anthropology 111

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree; however, this LC is particularly well suited to students interested in Social Sciences or Humanities. Anthropology 111 is a popular first-year course that will explore cultures from across the world. Archaeology 112 is an introductory Archaeology course examining human evolutionary and cultural development. This LC takes an interesting look at human culture and development. This LC also includes a History 115 course - Race, Racisms and Anti-Racisms, exploring how history has shaped –and has been shaped – by human thought and culture.

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LC-UTRN03 – Sociology and Psychology 

Sociology 111 – Psychology 120 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

This Learning Community is a perfect fit for students who are interested in Sociology and Psychology, or who want to explore a variety of different Arts and Science disciplines. Interdisciplinary Studies 100, “Strategies for Academic Success,” provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success. Sociology 111, “Society Structure Process,” is an introductory course in the Social Sciences that will give students a strong base in university level reading, writing, and basic research. This LC will introduce you to concepts that can lead to degrees in Psychology, Sociology and related professions such as Social Work. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

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LC-UTRN04 – Law and Criminology 

Sociology 111 – Indigenous Studies 107 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

This LC is an excellent choice for students who are interested in the social sciences, pursuing law, law enforcement or careers related to criminology. Interdisciplinary Studies 100, “Strategies for Academic Success,” provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success. Indigenous studies is an introductory course that explores the Aboriginal peoples of Saskatchewan, Aboriginal rights, legal and land issues and more. Sociology 111, “Society Structure Process,” is an introductory course in the Social Sciences that will give students a strong base in university level reading, writing, and basic research. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree.

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LC-UTRN05 – Kinesiology and Life Sciences 

Kinesiology 122 – Biology 120 – Interdisciplinary Studies 102

This Learning Community is a good choice for student athletes or any student who wants to study physical activity and human movement. Kinesiology 122 is used only as an elective for Arts and Science programs but, can be applied to any degree. Biology 120 will introduce students to the underlying fundamental aspects of living systems. Interdisciplinary Studies 102, “Studying in Sciences Essential Skills and Strategies,” provides students with a core set of essential skills and academic strategies for success in science and related programs to achieve maximum success. Students interested in transferring to the College of Kinesiology in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree.

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LC-UTRN06 – Nursing and Health

Indigenous Studies 107 – Biology 120 – Interdisciplinary Studies 102

The courses in this Learning Community can be your first step towards a career as a Registered Nurse. Interdisciplinary Studies 102, “Studying in Sciences Essential Skills and Strategies,” provides students with a core set of essential skills and academic strategies for success in science and related programs to achieve maximum success. Biology 120 and Indigenous studies 107 are among the specific courses that are required in the Nursing pre-professional year. These courses can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing, but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying.

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LC-UTRN07 – Business and Politics

Economics 111 – Political Studies 112 – English 113

This Learning Community is a good choice for students interested in business and politics. Students interested in majors such as Economics, Business Economics, Political Studies, and International Studies will find that this LC fits their program well. English 113 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the analysis of culturally rich texts. Political Studies 112 introduces political ideas and change in a global era. Economics 111 will provide an introduction to microeconomics useful for students who may wish to major in economics, business economics, or transfer to other colleges such as the Edwards School of Business. Any student who is considering applying to another college in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree.

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UTRAN Learning Communities 2017 - 2018
Term 2

LC-UTRN08 – Exploring Arts and Science 2 

Kinesiology 121 – Sociology 112 – Interdisciplinary Studies 103

This Learning Community is a good choice for students who want to experience a variety of courses. Sociology 112 is one part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. Kinesiology 121 is used only as an elective for Arts and Science programs, but can be applied to any degree. Interdisciplinary Studies 103, “Writing for Academic Success” is designed to help students become stronger writers. This LC can be a great way for students to determine what discipline(s) are best suited to their learning style. This LC pairs well with UTRN01 but can be combined with any of the other first term UTRAN LCs. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

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LC-UTRN09 – History and Politics 

History 155 – Political Studies 111 – Philosophy 140

This Learning Community is particularly well suited to students interested in History and Politics or related fields. History 155 will explore topics in the history of science and environment. Philosophy 140 is designed to develop skills in critical thinking, including the analysis, evaluation, and development of arguments. Political Studies 111 includes the study of politics through an examination of contemporary issues and ideas that arise in and between the democratic systems of Canada and the United States. This LC pairs well with UTRN04 but can be combined with any of the other first term UTRAN LCs. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

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LC-UTRN10 – Social Science and Writing 

Psychology 121 – Sociology 112 – Interdisciplinary Studies 103

This Learning Community offers courses for students interested in social science and writing. Psychology 121 is designed to familiarize the student with the body of knowledge, scientific theory, and research related to the major social, clinical, cultural and developmental areas of psychology. Sociology 112 is one part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. Interdisciplinary Studies 103, “Writing for Academic Success” is designed to help students become stronger writers. This LC pairs well with UTRN03 but can be combined with any of the other first term UTRAN LCs. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

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LC-UTRN11 – Biology and Geology 

Biology 121 – Geology 122 – English 114

This Learning Community offers a perfect combination of courses for students who want to explore Biology and Geology. Biology 121 will explore the Diversity of Life, examine processes in each representative organism from all major groups and discuss factors influencing changes in biodiversity over time and space. Geology 122 is one of the core introductory classes for students interested in studying geology taking an in depth look at the Earth and Earth history. English 114 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of texts focused on culture. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

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LC-UTRN12 - Kinesiology 

Kinesiology 121 – English 114 – Math 104

This Learning Community pairs well with UTRN05, but can be combined with any of the other first term UTRAN LCs. Kinesiology 121 is used only as an elective for Arts and Science programs, but can be applied to any degree. English 114 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of texts focused on culture. Math 104 provides an elementary introduction to calculus. Students interested in transferring to the College of Kinesiology in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree.

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LC-UTRN13 – Nursing and Society 

Psychology 121 – Women’s and Gender Studies 112 – Statistics 244

This Learning Community pairs well with UTRN06, but can be combined with any of the other first term UTRAN LCs. Psychology 121 and Statistics 244 are among the specific courses that are required in the Nursing pre-professional year. Women’s and Gender Studies introduces students to the diversity of debates within the field. The courses in the Nursing and Society LC also work well toward degrees in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Psychology or can be used toward any other Arts and Science Degree. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying.

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LC-UTRN 14 – Economics and Society 

Economics 114 – Sociology 112 – Computer Science 120

This Learning Community pairs well with UTRN07, but can be combined with any of the other first term UTRAN LCs. This Learning Community is great for “big picture” thinkers who enjoy looking at how economic, environmental, and social systems work on a large scale. Economics 114 looks at economics from the big picture or “macro” level, building on concepts from Economics 111. Sociology 112 examines the social construction of everyday life. Computer Science 120 is a course focusing on digital document processing. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree.

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Peer Mentors

Contact Us

General Office & Reception

(306) 966-3242 
(306) 966-2004
utran@artsandscience.usask.ca

Megan Vandendriessche

Academic Coach 
(306) 966-7335
megan.van@usask.ca

Paul Gustafson

Transition Program Advisor
(306) 966-7555 
paul.gustafson@usask.ca

Sheryl Prouse

Arts & Science, Director of Student Advising
(306) 966-5213
sheryl.prouse@usask.ca

Sarah Gorham

Trish Monture Centre for Student Success, Administrative Assistant
(306) 966-2004
sarah.gorham@usask.ca