General Arts Certificate

Program OverviewAdmission Requirements Tuition and FeesProgram StructureFaculty and Staff

Program Overview

The General Arts certificate at Keyano College provides students with the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and skills required in college, university, and the workforce. Exposure to a range of subjects in the social sciences, fine arts and humanities allow students to discover their academic interests and specialize in their future education. An optional work-integrated learning experience provides students an opportunity to explore a related career of choice. Upon completing the General Arts certificate, students may pursue a range of opportunities including transferring into Bachelor of Arts programs across Alberta.

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Admission requirements

High School Diploma

High School Diploma, or equivalent, with minimum average of 60% with no mark below 50% in:

  • English 30-1
  • 4 Subjects from Group A or B or C (only 1 B subject may be presented for admission)

See Credit Calendar to determine which courses are in Groups A, B & C.

Mature Students

Must be 21 years of age by the first day of classes, and have a minimum average of 60% with no mark below 50% in:

  • English 30-1
  • Subject from Group A, B or C

See Credit Calendar to determine which courses are in Groups A, B & C.


English Language Proficiency

You must have:

  • TOEFL: iBT with a minimum score of 86 with no score below 21
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no score below 5.0
  • CAEL with a minimum score of 70
  • MELAB with a minimum score of 85
  • Duolingo with a minimum score of 115
  • PTE (academic) with a minimum score of 58

See our Credit Calendar for other ways that you can meet the English Language Proficiency requirements.

Tuition and fees

Full Time Fees 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,521.00 $2,521.00
Campus Rec Fee $70.00 $70.00
Health and Dental Fee  *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,970.92  ***$2,970.92
Total Cost Per Year   $5,949.84
 International Full Time Fees 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $7,563.00 $7,563.00
Campus Rec Fee $70.00 $70.00
Health and Dental Fee  *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$7,983.92 ***$7,983.92
Total Cost Per Year   $15,967.84
Full Time Fees 2024-2025

Please note the 2024-2025 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,576.00 $2,576.00
Campus Rec Fee $75.00 $75.00
Health and Dental Fee  *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $100.00 $100.00
Total Fees $430.92 $430.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,863.92  ***$2,863.92
Total Cost Per Year   $5,727.84
 International Full Time Fees 2024-2025

Please note the 2024-2025 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 International Students Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition  $7,728.00 $7,728.00
Campus Rec Fee  $75.00 $75.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $100.00 $100.00
Total Fees $430.92 $430.92
Total Tuition & Fees



Total Cost Per Year  


Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters and do not include mandatory laboratory fees. Laboratory fees can range from $33- $129 for 2023-2024 and $34-$132 for 2024-2025.

* Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage - deadlines can be found at StudentCare website
** These programs have a mandatory Spring semester if students intend to graduate on time.
*** Tuition is due 10 business days before the start of each semester.

For more information view the Keyano College Credit Calendar

Program structure

Current students, please use your Program Registration Guide when registering for courses.

 Program Structure

Required Credits Course List
Min. 6 credits - Fine Arts & Humanities
  • English* (ENGL 103, ENGL 104, ENGL 125, ENGL 221, ENGL 289)
  • Philosophy (PHIL 101, PHIL 102, PHIL 125, PHIL 217, PHIL 230, PHIL 250)
  • Art History (ARTH 101, ARTH 102)
Min. 6 credits - Social Science 
  • Sociology (SOCY 100, SOCY 224, SOCY 225, SOCY 260, SOCY 271, SOCY 301, SOCY 304)
  • Psychology (PSYCH 103, PSYCH 104, PSYCH 105, PSYCH 223, PSYCH 239 PSYCH 241, PSYCH 282)
  • History (HIST 260, HIST 261)
  • Political Science (PLSC 101, PLSC 211)
Min. 6 credits - English
  • English* (ENGL 104, ENGL 103, ENGL 125, ENGL 221, ENGL 289)
12 Elective Credits  Taken either from the Fine Arts and Humanities, Social Science, or the Science course lists .

*English courses cannot be counted twice. Courses taken towards an English credit do not count towards a Fine Arts and Humanities credit.



Complete Course Offerings

All courses listed may not be offered every academic year. To search for current offerings, use Catalog & Course Search>Section Search on 


Fine Arts and Humanities List
Course CodeNameCredits

ARTH 101

Introduction To History of Art I


ARTH 102

Introduction To History of Art II


ENGL 103

Case Studies in Research


ENGL 104

Introduction to Critical Analysis


ENGL 125

Aboriginal Writing


ENGL 126

Reading Popular Culture


ENGL 206

The Short Story


ENGL 221

Reading Politics - Class and Ideology


ENGL 289

Children's Literature in English


ENGL 376

Canadian Literature Since 1960


HIST 260

Canadian History to 1867


HIST 261

Canadian History 1867 - Present


PHIL 101

Intro To Philosophy: Values/Society


PHIL 102

Intro To Philosophy: Know & Reality


PHIL 217

Bio/Soc Values


PHIL 230

Greek Philosophy


PHIL 250

Contemporary Ethical Issues


SPCH 207

Developing Professional Speaking Skills



Scientific Writing


Science List
Course CodeNameCredits

BIOL 107

Introduction To Cell Biology


BIOL 108

Introduction to Biodiversity


BIOL 208

Principles Of Ecology


CHEM 101

Intro To University Chemistry I


CHEM 102

Intro University Chemistry II


CHEM 261

Organic Chemistry I



Introduction to Computing



Introduction to Computing I



Introduction to Computing II


EAS  100

Planet Earth


EAS  105

Dynamic Earth Through Time


EAS  208

Introduction To Global Change


MATH 100

Calculus I


MATH 101

Calculus II


MATH 102

Applied Linear Algebra


MATH 1113

Elementary Calculus I


MATH 1115

Elementary Calculus II


MATH 1120

Basic Linear Algebra I


NUTR 100



PHYS 124

Particles and Waves


PHYS 126

Fluids, Fields, and Radiation



Introduction to Soil Science Resources


STAT 151

Introduction To Applied Statistic I


Social Science List
Course CodeNameCredits


Intro To Government and Politics



History of Political Theory



Introduction to Psychology



Basic Psychological Processes



Individual & Social Behavior



Developmental Psychology



Social Psychology



Behaviour Modification


SOCY 100

Introduction to Sociology


SOCY 224

Sociology Of Deviance & Conformity


SOCY 225

Introduction to Criminology


SOCY 260

Inequality and Social Stratification


SOCY 271

The Family


SOCY 301

Sociology Of Gender Roles


SOCY 304

Sociology of Sports



Meet the Faculty and Staff

Dr. Marie-France Jones - Chair & Instructor, University Studies & ENVT

marie-france jonesDr. Marie-France Jones joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an instructor in the Environmental Science programs (Environmental Technology and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science). She has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Environmental Management and a Masters of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick. She has also received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Forestry, focusing on temporally mapping the effects of heavy machinery on soil quality. Prior to teaching at Keyano, Marie-France had over ten years of research in soil hydrology and geospatial and statistical analysis. Her areas of discipline are soil science, land reclamation, and GIS.

Dr. Jones's research interests include soil formation and classification, soil water interactions, effects of heavy operations on soil quality and productivity, soils and hydrology mapping.


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Arts Faculty
Dr. Reza Ashouri-Talooki - University Studies Instructor 


Dr. Reza Ashouri Talooki joined Keyano College in September 2022. His areas of interest are Literature, Poetry, Education, Politics, Media Studies, and critical discourse analysis. Reza wrote his doctoral dissertation on political humour and its manifestations in various genres - written, filmic, and performative productions- following the September 9/11 tragic events in America.  

Dr. Talooki completed B.A and M.A degrees in English, a PhD degree in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis on Diaspora Studies and Postcolonial Literature, and a second M.A degree in Public Policy and Administration, with a focus on sustainability and community development.  

Besides his academic career, Reza also worked for the federal government of Canada and some not-for-profit and private sector organizations in the past, which helped him deepen his understanding and hone his skills in various areas, including policy analysis, public administration, management and leadership, and community development.  

His research interests include post-colonial literature, migration literature, media studies, and politics/policy analysis. 


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Kory Cheshire, MA - University Studies Instructor 

Kory CheshireKory began teaching at Keyano in September 2020 and her areas of discipline are sociology and interdisciplinary studies. Kory attended Oregon State University for six years, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.

During that time, she also graduated with a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with her disciplines being Sociology, Education and Adult & Higher Education. While at Oregon State University, Kory was a member of the Women’s Volleyball program, she went on to play professionally in Switzerland and now continues to help coach the Keyano’s Women’s Volleyball team. Kory's areas of discipline are sociology and interdisciplinary studies. 

Her research interests include inequality and social problems, and criminal justice.


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Dr. Ryan Cox - University Studies Instructor 

ryan cox

Dr. Ryan Cox joined the Keyano College Faculty in 2012. He holds a BA(Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing (Windsor), an MA in English: Creative Writing (Windsor), and a Ph.D. in English (Minnesota). His doctoral dissertation, “Premonition of a Future Line We Will Be Writing: Politics, Language and Identity in English Canadian Experimental Poetry,” focused on the role Avant Garde poetics played in the formation of a Canadian national identity.

His areas of discipline are English Literature, Creative Writing, Film, Television, and Screen Media, Canadian Literature and Culture, Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies, as well as Poetry and Poetics.  

Research interests include Nation and national identity, professional wrestling, experimental poetics and the Canadian Avant Garde, and identity and its construction. 


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Kevin Rodgers - Instructor, College & Career Prep/University Studies 

Kevin RodgersKevin joined the Keyano College faculty in 2010 and is an instructor in the College and Career Preparation Program and University Studies. Kevin has a Master’s of Arts degree with a focused on Global Change. Prior to teaching at Keyano College, Kevin was a high school teacher with experience teaching in a variety of topics and levels across Canada. His areas of discipline are global studies, history, and education. Kevin is also actively involved in local history projects and is the Historical Curator at the Military Museum of the RMWB. Kevin also sits on the Board of Directors of the Wood Buffalo Military Museum Centre.

Kevin's research interests include military history, Canadian history, globalization, the growth of Neo-Nationalist movements, Military and Strategic Studies, and Political Geography.


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Michael Smith - Instructor, University Studies
Dr. Mark Young - Philosophy and Political Science Instructor

Mark YoungDr. Mark Young joined the Keyano College faculty in 2014 and is an instructor in the University Studies department. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Specialist in Philosophy, from Brandon University, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Regina, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa. Before coming to Keyano College, Dr. Young taught at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Red Deer College, and Lakehead University. His discipline areas include philosophy and political science.

Dr. Young's research interests include political theory and applied ethics.

Dr. Young is also the current president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics (CSSPE) /Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éthique appliquée (SCEEA).



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Science Faculty
Miguel Borges - University Studies Instructor 
MiguelMiguel Borges is an instructor in the University Studies department, where he teaches Computer Systems Technology and related courses.

Prior to joining Keyano College, Miguel was a high school teacher and technology coordinator in the public school system. His degrees are from Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as the University of British Columbia.

Miguel’s specialty is data network technologies, and he has completed programs and certificates in networking, information security, and fiber optics.
Dr. Robert Changirwa - University Studies Instructor 

Robert ChangirwaDr. Robert Changirwa joined the Keyano College faculty in 2018 and is an Engineering Instructor in the School of University Studies. He is a Professional Engineer (PEng) and a Project Management Professional (APMP). His academic background includes a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (University of Nairobi), a MASc in Engineering (Dalhousie University) and a Ph.D. in Engineering (Dalhousie University). His areas of discipline are mechanical engineering, mining engineering, and statistics.

Prior to teaching, Robert worked at Syncrude Research Centre (Edmonton) and recently at Shell Albians Sands (Fort McMurray), holding progressively more challenging positions from Plant Engineer to Project Team Lead. He is equipped with 30 years of diverse experience, including 15 years of post-secondary teaching and 15 years in the oil sands industry.

His research interests include engineering design, hydrocyclone hydrodynamics, and slurry pipelines.

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Dr. Jean-Pierre De Villiers - University Studies Instructor 

Jean-Pierre De VilliersDr. Jean-Pierre De Villiers is an instructor in the University Studies department at Keyano College. He holds a PhD in P. Eng., and his areas of discipline are physics, computing and engineering mechanics. Prior to joining the faculty of Keyano College, Dr. De Villiers worked at Saint Mary's University, University of Virginia, and the University of Calgary completing postdoctoral research.

His research interests include numerical relativity, black hole accretion, and machine learning. 


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Dr. Blaine Legaree - University Studies Instructor 

Blaine LegareeDr. Blaine Legaree is a biology instructor at Keyano College, and his passion includes all things about microbes and molecules. His area of discipline include microbiology, biochemistry, cellular biology, and nutrition. During his Ph.D., he investigated the biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall and the site of action of the antibiotic penicillin. Blaine’s other interests include the biology of infectious organisms, biochemistry, biotechnology, environmental health, and the history of science.

Prior to his time at Keyano College, Dr. Legaree was a Laboratory Technician at Western University, a Teaching Assistant at the University of Guelph, and completed Postdoctoral research at the University of Guelph. 

His research interests include infectious diseases, biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall, history of science, social media and higher education.

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Dr. Matthew Morin - University Studies Instructor 

Dr. Matthew Morin has been part of Keyano’s instructional staff since Fall 2012, teaching mathematic courses for students in the Engineering transfer program, Bachelor of Education program, Environmental Technology diploma, and Bachelor of Environmental Science program. His area of discipline is mathematics. 

Believing that mathematics is a vital tool everyone needs, Dr. Morin brings recreational math activities to the Fort McMurray community through public lectures, an annual Math Fair, and acting as the local coordinator for the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest.

His research interests include math education, and combinatorics.

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Dr. Sorin Nita - University Studies Instructor 

Sorin NitaDr. Sorin Nita joined the Keyano College faculty in 2008 and is an instructor in the University Studies department. He is very passionate about teaching Introductory University Chemistry and Organic Chemistry to our students, with his area of discipline being chemistry. 

Prior to coming to Fort McMurray, Dr. Nita completed his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. When he is not teaching, Dr. Nita is a dedicated supporter of the local visual and performing arts community.

His research interests include atomic force microscopy, organic spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and chemical education. 



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Dr. Tamar Richards-Thomas - University Studies Instructor 

Tamar Richards ThomasDr. Tamar Richards-Thomas joined the Keyano College faculty in 2020 and is an instructor in the Environmental Science and University Studies programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics (honours) from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Science from the University of Alberta, and completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Life Sciences at Trent University. She is also a certified teacher, specializing in Senior Mathematics, Physics, and Environmental Science.

Dr. Richards-Thomas's areas of discipline are computing, climate change, earth and atmospheric science, and physics.  Her research interests include air quality and pollution, hydrometeorology, climatology, and fluid dynamics.  


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Dr. David Smith - Environmental Studies Instructor 

David SmithDr. David Smith joined the department in 2008 and is an instructor in both University Studies and Environmental Sciences. He teaches a wide variety of courses in natural and applied sciences in addition to mentoring student research and performing community service. David has a B.Sc. in Wildlife Management (Maine), M.Sc. in Botany (Alberta), and Ph.D. in Plant Ecology (Saskatchewan).

Prior to his time at Keyano he worked as a wildlife biologist at the University of Maine, a botanist at Brandon University, a grassland ecologist at University of Nebraska, and in the reindeer herding program at the University of Alaska, Northwest Campus. Dr. Smith's areas of focus are ecology, wildlife management, soils, botany, biology, and forestry.

His research interests include plant/animal interactions and anthropogenic change in boreal, arctic and grassland ecosystems.


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Emily Bobbett - Laboratory Aide

Emily holds a BSc.H.


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Connor Esler - Laboratory Aide
Chrissi Sheppard - Laboratory Technician
Jamie Wiseman - Laboratory Aide

Jamie holds a B.Env.Sc. and has experience working in Environmental, Geotechnical, Biology and Chemistry laboratories. Jamie also assisted in field research examining the environmental impacts of the Athabasca Oil Sands under the Oil Sand Monitoring Program, including the effects of environmental contaminants on amphibians, has experience writing wetland field protocols including proper sampling techniques for contaminants testing for Environment and Climate Change. 


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For more information on these programs, please email the student recruitment office.