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.

UTRAN Sign-up for 2019-20 is now Open!


UTRAN Learning Communities - 2019 - 2020


TERM 1

Psychology 120 – Drama 118 – English 112

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. This is an excellent way to be exposed to many different Arts and Science subjects in a short amount of time. Psychology 120 helps familiarize the student with the major biological and cognitive areas of psychology. English 112 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of texts focused on drama. This English course pairs well with Drama 118, an exciting course that introduces the essentials of acting and is great for students looking to develop confidence, presentation skills and creative self-expression. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC is an excellent choice for students looking to meet degree requirements without having selected a degree path. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 08 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in Term 2.

Revised: May 9, 2019

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Psychology 120 – Computer Science 140 – English 113

Computing has become relevant to all kinds of fields and professions and is a useful tool no matter what career you are pursuing. This Learning Community combines three courses that will lead students to studies in Computer Science and Interactive Systems Design, but are also relevant and practical for students interested in various fields of study. Psychology 120 will familiarize the student with the major biological and cognitive areas of Psychology. English 113 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of texts focused on narrative. Computer Science 140 starts with no assumptions about your background in computer science and emphasizes building computer programs in a graphical and interactive environment using the Python programming language. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 09 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in Term 2.

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Sociology 111 – Psychology 120 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

If you are interested in studying human behaviour, this Learning Community is a perfect fit. Whether you are fascinated by the interactions within the human mind, or among the many individuals in a society, this LC will introduce you to concepts that can lead to degrees in Psychology, Sociology and related professional fields such as Social Work. This LC combines Psychology 120, which will help to familiarize the student with the major biological and cognitive areas of Psychology, Sociology 111, which focuses on developing an understanding of changes in social structure and human interaction on an individual, societal and global level. Interdisciplinary Studies 100, a course that introduces students to learning strategies and behaviours necessary for academic success. This LC is also a good fit for students interested in other social sciences such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics, Indigenous Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, or students who are unsure of what they want to major in. 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 or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 10 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in Term 2.

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Sociology 111 – Political Studies 112 – Classics 107

Are you curious about the role of law in society? In this Learning Community, students will begin to satisfy this curiosity by exploring the relationship between social and legal systems from a multidisciplinary lens. In Sociology 111, students will study human social life, focusing on developing an understanding of changes in social structure and human interaction on an individual, societal and global level. In Political studies 112, students will be introduced to different ways of thinking about the idea of justice in a political society and will explore important issues of justice and injustice that arise in contemporary political and legal systems. Classics 107 is an introduction to legal terminology where students will learn some of the Latinate word parts most commonly found in the polysyllabic vocabulary of contemporary English Legal Terminology, along with strategies for generating useful translations. This LC is an excellent choice for students who are interested in social sciences, or careers related to 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 or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 11 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in Term 2.

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Kinesiology 122 – Math 104* – Interdisciplinary Studies 102

Begin to explore the study behind exercise, health and physical activity in this Learning Community. Kinesiology 122 covers the basic concepts and topics associated with the behavioral aspects of physical activity. Math 104* is an elementary introduction to calculus. Interdisciplinary studies 102 provides students with strategies for success in science disciplines and related professional programs. This LC is an excellent choice for student athletes, students who are interested in transferring to the Colleges of Kinesiology or Education, as well as for students interested in becoming a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist or an Occupational Therapist. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 12 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in Term 2.

*Please note that MATH 104 has a high school perquisite of one of Mathematics B30 or Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30. Please see the Course and Program Catalogue for more information.

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English 113 - Indigenous Studies 107 – Interdisciplinary Studies 102

This Learning Community is designed for students who wish to study and work in professional health fields and combines courses that are among pre-requisites for many professional Colleges at the University of Saskatchewan. Interdisciplinary studies 102 provides students with strategies for success in science disciplines and related professional programs. Indigenous Studies 107 is an introductory course that explores the Indigenous peoples of Saskatchewan, Indigenous rights, legal and land issues and more. In addition, English 113 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of texts focused on narrative. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to health science, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used towards any degree in the College of Arts and Science. This LC pairs well with UTRAN 13 in term 2 but can be combined with any UTRAN LC in Term 2.

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Economics 111 – Political Studies 112 – Geography 125

This Learning Community is great for “big picture” thinkers who enjoy looking at how economic, environmental, and political systems work on a large scale. In Political studies 112, students will be introduced to different ways of thinking about the idea of justice in a political society and will explore important issues of justice and injustice that arise in contemporary political and legal systems. Economics 111 introduces students to microeconomics and shows the student how to understand the individual consumption and production decisions which are made within a market economy, guided by prices and costs. Geography 125 studies the earth's life-support systems and explores the consequences of human activity. This LC is a great fit for students interested in transferring to Edwards School of Business, or majors in Economics, Business Economics, Political Studies, International Studies, Environment & Society or the Global Studies certificate in the College of Arts and Science. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to business and the environment, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this Learning Community 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.

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TERM 2

Sociology 112 – Anthropology 111 – Geology 109

Entering university undecided of your major or exploring your options can be intimidating. We created this Learning Community for students to sample popular first year classes that meet degree requirements without having selected a degree path. Anthropology 111 introduces students to contemporary social and cultural patterns and diversity on a global scale, emphasizing the applied nature of cultural anthropology as a social science and its contribution to understanding current issues affecting humanity. Geology 109 covers Earth's history as a planet, including changes in the planet's surface, and changes in the life upon it. Sociology 112 examines how we come to understand and experience ourselves and the world around us and how we create culture. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN01 but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Computer Science 141* – Sociology 112 – English 114

In the age of computers, sophisticated technology and scientific progress, many jobs require a sophisticated knowledge of Mathematics, Science and Engineering. This Learning Community combines three courses that will lead students to studies in Computer Science and Interactive Systems Design, but are also relevant and practical for students interested in various fields of study. Computer Science 141* is an introduction to computer science and problem solving using procedural programming. Sociology 112 examines how we come to understand and experience ourselves and the world around us and how we create culture. 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. This LC pairs well with UTRN02 but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

*Please note that CMPT 141 is recommended for students with Computer Science 30, and requires one of (Computer Science 30, CMPT 105, CMPT 140) and one of (Mathematics B30, Foundations of Mathematics 30, Pre-Calculus 30) as pre-requisites. Please see the Course and Program Catalogue for more information.

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Psychology 121 – Sociology 112 – Women’s and Gender Studies 112

Whether you are fascinated by the interactions within the human mind, or among the many individuals in a society, this Learning Community will introduce you to concepts that can lead to degrees in Psychology, Sociology and related professional fields such as Social Work. Psychology 121 is a required course in the Pre-Social Work Program, and Sociology 112 and Women’s and Gender Studies 112 are among the specific courses that are recommended for admission. This LC is also a good fit for students interested in other social sciences such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics, Indigenous Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, or students who are unsure of what they want to major in. 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 or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used towards any arts and science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN03 but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Philosophy 140 – Sociology 112 – English 114

To be competitive in the job market, career readiness competencies in oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem solving are crucial to finding career success and this Learning Community provides students with opportunities to enhance these skills. English 114 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of texts focused on culture. Philosophy 140 is designed to develop skills in critical thinking, including the analysis, evaluation, and development of arguments. Sociology 112 examines how we come to understand and experience ourselves and the world around us and how we create culture. This LC is an excellent choice for students who are interested in Social Sciences, or careers related to 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 or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN04 but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Kinesiology 121 – Biology 120* – Psychology 121

If you enjoyed biology in high school, are interested in how the body works, or are curious about how the human mind thinks and learns, this Learning Community is a great way to combine multiple related interests. Biology 120 will give you broad skills in scientific laboratory work. Kinesiology 121 is the functional basis of physical activity, where students will examine strength development and training, aerobic and anaerobic training, flexibility, and diet. Psychology 121 explores the social, clinical, cultural and developmental basis of psychology. This LC is an excellent choice for student athletes, students who are interested in transferring to the Colleges of Kinesiology or Education, as well as for students interested in being a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist or an Occupational Therapist. Although this LC is designed for students interested in fields related to health science enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN05 but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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

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Psychology 121 – Biology 120* – Nutrition 120

The courses in this Learning Community can be your first step towards a career in the professional health sciences. Biology is the science of the 21st century and at the forefront of stunning advances in our understanding of life processes, ranging from genome discoveries to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems. In addition, Biology 120 will give you broad skills in scientific laboratory work. Psychology 121, Biology 120, and Nutrition 120 are among the specific courses that are required in the Nursing pre-professional year, and work well toward degrees in the Biomedical Sciences, Health Studies, Biology and Psychology. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to health science, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This Learning Community pairs well with UTRN06, but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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

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Economics 114 – Sociology 112 – International Studies 110

The lives of individuals and communities are increasingly shaped by political, social and economic forces that are of global scope, and students in this Learning Community will study global issues from three unique perspectives. 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 which face a modern economy. Sociology 112 examines how we come to understand and experience ourselves and the world around us and how we create culture. 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. This LC is a great fit for students interested in transferring to Edwards School of Business, or majors in Economics, Business Economics, Political Studies, International Studies or the Global Studies Certificate in the College of Arts and Science. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to business, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This Learning Community pairs well with UTRN07, but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Interdisciplinary Studies 100 – Sociology 111 – Women’s and Gender 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 Interdisciplinary studies 100, a course that introduces students to learning strategies and behaviours necessary for academic success, Sociology 111, where students will study human social life, focusing on developing an understanding of changes in social structure and human interaction on an individual, societal and global level. Women’s and Gender Studies 112 is a course which examines changing gendered positions and representations across regional, national and international perspectives. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC is an excellent choice for students looking to meet degree requirements who are unsure of what they want to major in.

NOTE: UTRAN students in this LC will need to complete a 2020 Fall Term LC to be eligible to complete the UTRAN program. Please ask your UTRAN Academic Advisor for more details @ 306-966-2004.

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Peer Mentors

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

Fola Sonubi

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