Faculty of Arts and Science

Join innovative and intelligent students like you in the pursuit of a world-class degree in Arts and Science. Our faculty offers over 21 areas of study ranging from Biology to Sociology so no matter where your passion is we have a program for you.

  • Engage with some of the best educators and thought leaders with Nipissing small class sizes.
  • Benefit from personalized attention and in some cases even participate in graduate-level research.
  • Experience a truly unique setting with state-of-the-art facilities nestled in 256 acres of pristine forest.
  • If you love the outdoors and are looking for a quality education Nipissing is for you.
  • Guaranteed single room in residence for first year students admitted from high school.

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Science at Nipissing University!  We are thrilled to have you as a new student joining our community.

As a student in the Faculty of Arts and Science, you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects, from social sciences and humanities to natural sciences and mathematics. Our faculty is dedicated to providing you with a well-rounded education that will prepare you for a successful career and lifelong learning. You will be taught by experienced and dedicated professors who are passionate about their fields and committed to your success.

At Nipissing University, we believe in a hands-on, experiential approach to learning. You will have the chance to participate in research projects, community-based learning, and field trips that will deepen your understanding of the subjects you are studying and prepare you for your future career. Through innovative approaches students are developed to be socially aware, global citizens who apply critical thinking to tackle solutions to pressing societal issues and to create positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes, which allow for personalized attention from our expert faculty members. You will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions and receive individualized feedback that will deepen your understanding of your chosen field.

In addition to academic pursuits, Nipissing University offers a vibrant campus life with a wide range of clubs, societies, and sports teams. You will have the opportunity to meet new people, get involved in extracurricular activities, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you're interested in student government, community service, or recreational sports, there is something for everyone at Nipissing.

As you begin your journey as a student in the Faculty of Arts and Science, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to you. We are committed to supporting you throughout your academic career and look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Welcome to Nipissing University!

Warmest regards,

Dan Walters,
Dean of Arts and Science (Interim)

French Language Placement Test

Please note that the French Placement Test is no longer a requirement to register in French courses as of 21FW.

If you wish to enrol in FREN-1106 Introductory French I and have no knowledge of French you are encouraged to contact the Dean's Office at asdean@nipissingu.ca to seek permission. If approved, the Dean's Office will inform the Office of the Registrar and you will be notified that you can proceed with registering for Introductory French I. 

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in the French Minor at Nipissing University with grade 12 core French enrol in FREN-1106 Introductory French I, while those who have graduated from a French immersion or fully French secondary school enrol in FREN-2006 Intermediate French I. 

If you wish to enrol in FREN-2006 Intermediate French I and have not completed Introductory French you are encouraged to contact the Dean's Office at asdean@nipissingu.ca to request exemption from this prerequisite requirement. If approved, the Dean's Office will inform the Office of the Registrar and you will be notified that you can proceed with registering for Intermediate French. 

Certificate of Bilingualism

Students of Nipissing University are eligible for a Certificate of Bilingualism if they demonstrate superior ability in French and English.

Please note:  You must be in your graduating year to take this test.

Application Deadline:  Friday, October 27, 2023

Written Examination:  TBA

Oral Examination: TBA

There is a fee of $45 to write this test. 

Application forms are available through the Dean of Arts and Science Office at asdean@nipissingu.ca.

Doug Manners with owl
Doug Manners doing owl banding.

Experiential Learning

UNIV 3006 Experiential Learning for Arts and Science Students

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Confucius

Experiential learning is an effective medium that enhances and reinforces classroom learning. In addition, skills and competencies in the areas of communication, teamwork, analysis, work ethic, and problem solving are all learning outcomes that assist with finding the right career path for you.

Third and fourth year Arts and Science Students will be interested in our 3 credit course, UNIV 3006 Experiential Learning for Arts and Science Students. Within this course, academic assignments and at least 60 hours of placement in the community within a field that is related to your course of study is offered.

Experiential Learning Program for Arts and Science

The Experiential Learning for Arts & Science Program (ELAS) is an exclusive project between Student Development & Services, the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce (NBDCC) and the Faculty of Arts & Science. This project focuses on providing students with hands-on learning experiences directly related to their academic interests.

Undergraduate Research Conference (2019)

Undergraduate Research Conference

Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members.

You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.

A student from any undergraduate discipline, who has worked on a scholarly project in which s/he has taken a leadership role in its development and execution, are eligible to participate in the conference. Proposals can be disciplinary specific or multi/interdisciplinary.

Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit www.nipissingu.ca/rsd

Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU)

Students attending Nipissing University in North Bay and long distance students are members of the Nipissing University Student Union. Our organization strives to represent students democratically, provide a communication framework, and lobby for legislative change on issues that affect students.


Exercise and healthy competition always help to clear the mind.


Nipissing’s Athletics Department offers a wide range of intramural activities to keep you on your game


Club sports are available to all Nipissing students and are both recreational and competitive.


Go Lakers! Our varsity athletes always bring their “A” game. Get your friends together and come out to cheer on your favourite teams.


Whether you are a gym enthusiast or a weekend warrior, Nipissing has just what you need.


Interim Dean

Associate Dean



Community Engagement and Experiential Learning

Community Engagement Courses (CECs)

What’s the aim?

Community engagement courses foster student-community engagement through integrated learning where students and community members learn together about important social, cultural, economic, and environmental issues; indigenous history and culture; conflict resolution; food and land; death and dying; and many other topics that address our planetary challenges.

As you immerse yourself in the course content of your choosing, you will have the opportunity to connect with both the course instructor and Nipissing students.

We offer the courses for credit to students and non-credit for community members.

If you are a community member and would like to know more about our courses, please click here.

If you are a student, please register through WebAdvisor.

Courses Offerings

Information for Community Members

Are you interested in a unique Nipissing experience? Would you like to learn about various topics for non-credit?

We invite community members to join our Community Engagement Courses. As you immerse yourself in the course content of your choosing, you will have the opportunity to connect with both the course instructor and Nipissing students.

What will you gain from the experience?

The registration fee of $250.00 (online courses) or $380.00 (onsite courses) covers access to all course materials, Nipissing University library resources, as well as a certificate of completion.

There is no requirement to submit coursework, nor will you receive a grade for participating in the course.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding our Community Engagement Courses, please contact us at commengage@nipissingu.ca 

2024 CEC Offerings


Course Title Start/End Date Day of Class Time of Class Registration Date
HIST-1306- SI001 Animating the Land: Nbisiing 07 Aug 2024-15 Aug 2024 Lecture Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 09:00AM - 01:00PM

Opens July 1st

MATH-2326- SU021 Anishinaabek Mathematics 15 Jul 2024-01 Aug 2024 Lecture Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 09:00AM - 11:50AM

Opens June 1st