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.

LC Sign-up OPENS on May 3rd at Noon.

NEW for 2021-22: Self-service Block Registration for Learning Communities students! More information to come regarding the LC Student Self-Service Block Registration via emails from the LC Team.


UTRAN Learning Communities

2021 - 2022

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the University of Saskatchewan’s Leadership Team will be making an announcement in May 2021 on how the 2021 Fall courses will be delivered (face-to-face, web-based, remote or hybrid versions of delivery). Because our Learning Communities course offerings and schedules will be posted prior to the official announcement, some of the delivery formats for courses may change (we will make those updates and notify LC students in those cases) however, our course combinations will remain as offered.


TERM 1

Psychology 121 – English 113

Not sure what you want to major in? Lucky you! You have a whole world of possibilities to explore, and this Learning Community can help you start your journey. Joining this LC is an excellent way to become exposed to a variety of Arts and Science subjects in a short amount of time. Psychology 121 will help familiarize you with the body of knowledge, scientific theory, and research related to the major social, clinical, cultural and developmental areas of psychology. English 113 will help you develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of narrative literature in English. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC is an excellent choice if you are looking to explore your interests, sample popular first year classes, and meet degree requirements before you’ve decided on a degree path. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 08 or 09 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in term 2.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 1 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Sociology 111 – Astronomy 102

It is estimated that up to 50% of students enter university unsure about which program of study they want to pursue, and that as many as 75% of students change their major at least once before reaching graduation. This Learning Community combines two courses that will lead to a wide variety of different majors in the College of Arts and Science, and it contains courses that could fulfill requirements for any Arts and Science degree. In Sociology 111, you will study human social life, changes in social structure and human interaction on an individual, societal, and global level. In Astronomy 102, you will be introduced to the large scale structure of the universe on a descriptive level, including the structure of our own galaxy, the local group of galaxies, the classification of galaxies, and galaxy clusters. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC is an excellent if you are looking to explore your interests, sample popular first year classes, and meet degree requirements before you’ve decided on a degree path. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 08 or 09 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in term 2.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 1 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Indigenous Studies 107 – Psychology 121

Social science disciplines explore the relationships among individuals within society. By taking Indigenous Studies 107, you will develop your critical reading, writing, and thinking skills by gaining a foundational understanding of Saskatchewan and Canadian Indigenous society and issues. By taking Psychology 121 you will become familiarized with the body of knowledge, scientific theory, and research related to the major social, clinical, cultural and developmental areas of psychology. This LC is an excellent choice for students interested in pursuing unique and fulfilling careers in public policy, research, counselling, or human resources. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to helping professions, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree. If you haven’t decided on what to major in, but these classes sound interesting to you, this LC could be the perfect fit. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 10 or 11 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in term 2.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 1 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Economics 111 – Political Studies 111

Social science disciplines explore the relationships among individuals within society. In this LC you and your peers will explore the Canadian and American political systems in Political Studies 111, and study individual consumption and production decisions made within a market in Economics 111. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree, but they are particularly relevant for students interested in pursuing law, a career in government or politics, and/or degrees in, Economics, Political Studies, Regional and Urban Planning, or related fields. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in a variety of disciplines, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. If you haven’t decided on what to major in, but these classes sound interesting to you, this LC could be the perfect fit. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 10 or 11 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in term 2.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 1 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Indigenous Studies 107 – Biology 121

If you wish to study, work, or conduct research in the professional health fields, this Learning Community is your first step towards that goal! Biology is the science that will advance in your understanding of life processes, ranging from genome discoveries to the conservation of biodiversity. In addition, Biology 121 will give you broad skills in scientific laboratory work. Indigenous Studies 107 explores the Indigenous peoples of Saskatchewan, Indigenous rights, legal and land issues. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to the health sciences, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 12 or 13 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in term 2.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 1 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Kinesiology 121 – Math 102

Explore the health sciences through this Learning Community, which is designed to prepare you for further studies and research in the sciences and health-sciences. Kinesiology 121 surveys the functional effects of physical activity by examining strength development and training, anaerobic training, aerobic training, flexibility, diet and other selected topics. Math 102 discusses mathematical ideas essential for the study of calculus and can be used in preparation for further calculus courses. This LC is an excellent if you are a student athlete or if you’re interested in transferring to the Colleges of Kinesiology or Education. This is also an excellent choice if you are interested in becoming a Chiropractor, a Physical Therapist or an Occupational Therapist. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to the health sciences, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 12 or 13 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in term 2.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 1 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Economics 111 – Math 102

This Learning Community is great fit if you are a “big picture” thinker who enjoys looking at how economic systems interact both locally and globally. Economics 111 will introduce you to microeconomics and will teach you how to understand individual consumption and production decisions which are made within a market economy, guided by prices and costs. Math 102 discusses mathematical ideas essential for the study of calculus and can be used in preparation for further calculus courses. This LC would be of interest to students who are considering transferring to Edwards School of Business, Agriculture, or Law, or pursuing majors in Economics, Business Economics, or other Social Science related disciplines in the College of Arts and Science. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Business, Agriculture or Law, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 14 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in term 2.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 1 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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TERM 2

Psychology 120 – English 114

If you’re starting university and not yet sure about what to major in or you’re exploring your options, it may take more than one term to fully explore all the possibilities available in the College of Arts and Science. This Learning Community will help you continue to sample popular first year classes and meet degree requirements even if you haven’t without having selected a degree path. In Psychology 120, you will become familiar with the body of knowledge, scientific theory, and research related to the major biological and cognitive areas of psychology. In English 114, you will be introduced to historical and contemporary cultural forms in English while becoming familiar with critical analysis. You will also study and practice composition in this course. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC is an excellent choice if you are looking to explore your interests, sample popular first year classes, and meet degree requirements before you’ve decided on a degree path. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 01 or 02 but can be combined with any of the other term 1 UTRAN LCs.

Please note:At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 2 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Computer Science 140 – Philosophy 140

UTRAN has expanded its Exploring Arts and Science Learning Community options for undecided and exploratory students. This LC offers an excellent path for you to continue to sample popular first year classes that meet degree requirements even if you haven’t yet decided on a major. Computer Science 140 starts with no assumptions about your background in computer science, yet emphasizes building computer programs in a graphical and interactive environment using the Python programming language. Philosophy 140 is designed to develop skills in critical thinking to ensure that graduates are better problem solvers. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC is an excellent choice if you are looking to explore your interests, sample popular first year classes, and meet degree requirements before you’ve decided on a degree path. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 01 or 02 but can be combined with any of the other term 1 UTRAN LCs.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 2 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Psychology 120 – Sociology 112

This Learning Community will challenge you to explore the connections between your own experiences as a university student, and the context of the wider the society in which you live. In Sociology 112, you will examine how we come to understand and experience ourselves and the world around us and how we create culture. In Psychology 120, you will become familiar with the body of knowledge, scientific theory, and research related to the major biological and cognitive areas of psychology. This LC is an excellent choice for students interested in degrees in the social sciences like Psychology, Sociology and related professional fields and helping professions such as Social Work. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to helping professions, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 03 or 04 but can be combined with any of the other term 1 UTRAN LCs.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 2 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Political Studies 112 – Philosophy 133

Both Humanities and Social Science studies the society and human relationship as a whole; and in this Learning Community, you will begin to explore these relationships from a multidisciplinary lens. In Political Studies 112, you will be introduced to different ways of thinking about the idea of justice in a political society and you will explore important issues of justice and injustice that arise in contemporary political and legal systems. In Philosophy 133, you will be introduced to ethics and values and discuss and debate the fundamental questions regarding morality, justice, and beauty. This LC is an excellent choice if you are interested in Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines or careers related to public service, government, law, law enforcement, or criminology. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to law, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 03 or 04 but can be combined with any of the other term 1 UTRAN LCs.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 2 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Health Studies 110 – Biology 120*

If you enjoyed science in high school and you’re interested in health and wellness, joining this Learning Community is a great way to combine multiple related interests and make connections between disciplines. Biology 120 is an introduction to the underlying fundamental aspects of living systems and will give you broad skills in scientific laboratory work. Health Studies 110 provides an overview of how health has been conceptualized and studied from a wide range of science, social science, and humanities disciplines. Biology 120 and Health Studies 110 are among courses that can be used to meet requirements for the pre-professional year for the College of Nursing, as well as other direct entry and professional colleges, and works well towards any degree in the College of Arts and Science. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to health sciences, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 05 or 06 but can be combined with any of the other term 1 UTRAN LCs.

*Biology 120 has a pre-requisite of Biology 30 or equivalent. Please see the Course and Program Catalogue for more information.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 2 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Nutrition 120 – Chemistry 112*

The courses in this Learning Community can support you on your on journey towards a career in the professional health sciences. Chemistry is about understanding the world around us at the molecular level and the topics in Chemistry 112 include atoms and molecules, bonding, molecular structure, intermolecular forces, states of matter, and properties of materials. Nutrition 120 will present you with a basic understanding of the science of nutrition and how the nutrients from foods are used by our body to maintain health. Chemistry 112 and Nutrition 120 are among courses that can be used to meet requirements for the pre-professional year for the College of Nursing, as well as other direct entry and professional colleges, and works well towards any degree in the College of Arts and Science. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to health sciences, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 05 or 06 but can be combined with any of the other term 1 UTRAN LCs.

*Chemistry 112 has a pre-requisite of Chemistry 30 or equivalent. Please see the Course and Program Catalogue for more information.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 2 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Economics 114 – International Studies 110

The lives of individuals and communities are increasingly shaped by political and economic forces that are of global significance. In this Learning Community, you and your peers will study global issues from two disciplinary lenses: Economics 114 looks at economics from the big picture or “macro” level, showing students how to understand the collective problems in economic policy and the choices we face as part of a modern economy. International studies 110 explores the complex relationship between the “local” and the “global” by exploring the processes of globalization and the manner in which these affect the prospects of diverse societies around the world. If you’re considering transferring to Edwards School of Business, Agriculture, or applying for Law, or pursuing majors in Economics, Business Economics, or other Social Science related disciplines in the College of Arts and Science, this LC may be the right fit for you. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Business, Agriculture, or Law, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 07 but can be combined with any of the other term 1 UTRAN LCs.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 2 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC once the LC Registration Window Opens.

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Sociology 112 – Political Studies 112

Kickstart your first term of university in UTRAN by enrolling in *three courses that will ease your transition to the University of Saskatchewan. This Learning Community combines Sociology 112, a course where you will study human social life while developing an understanding of changes in social structure and human interaction on an individual, societal and global level, with Political Studies 112, an introduction to different ways of thinking about the idea of justice in a political society that will explore important issues of justice and injustice that arise in contemporary political and legal systems. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC is an excellent choice if you’re looking to explore your interests, sample popular first year classes, and meet degree requirements before you’ve even decided on a degree path.

Please note: At the initial meeting with your Academic Advisor/Coach students will select a Term 2 Learning Community (LC) and you can discuss options for the *third class you need to add to this LC. Then after you have met with your Academic Advisor/Coach, you are responsible for registering in the LC Block of classes AND a third course to complete the LC.

UTRAN students who begin their studies in the Winter term will need to enroll in 2022 Fall Term LC to be eligible to complete UTRAN. Please speak your UTRAN Academic Advisor for more details @ (306) 966-2004.

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Contact Us

General Office & Reception

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

Paul Gustafson

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

Catherine Todd-McCoy

Transition Program Advisor
(306) 966-8793 
c.toddmccoy@usask.ca

Renee Penney

Arts & Science, Director of Student Advising
(306) 966-4237
renee.penney@usask.ca

Lori Slater Pollock

Director, Arts & Science Learning Communities
(306) 966-4327
lori.slater@usask.ca

Sheena Kaiser

Undergraduate Student Office Support Coordinator
(306) 966-2004
sheena.kaiser@usask.ca