First‑Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) are a mix of tutorials, study groups, and social get-togethers. Each FIG is a small group of about 15 first-year students who have similar academic interests and are usually taking at least two of the same first-year courses. They're free, informal, interactive groups that will help you make the most out of your first year at Dal.

Led by senior undergraduate or graduate students, FIGs get together for 50 minutes every week during the fall term to discuss some of the big ideas coming out of your courses and future fields of study. They allow you to delve deeper into the material, bounce ideas off each other, and meet other students who share some of your interests.

Science FIGs

There are multiple FIGs open to any new student in the Faculty of Science who is entering as a first-year undeclared BSc student. 


Why should I enroll in a FIG?

  • You'll get to know other students (and maybe find a study partner)
  • You'll meet Dal faculty and/or professionals who work in your area of interest
  • You'll find out how to get involved in volunteer opportunities, events, and clubs
  • You'll learn about future opportunities for students with your interests (e.g. scholarships, research opportunities, co-op, study abroad)

How do I register for a FIG?

You sign up for a FIG when you register for your courses (make sure you know when course registration opens). For a Science FIG, you must first register for the appropriate co-requisite course or courses that are connected to the FIG you're interested in. Make sure the FIG time slot doesn't conflict with any of your other courses.

Does a FIG count toward my degree?

Since it's not for credit, a FIG doesn't count as part of the 90 or 120 credit hours you must complete for a BA or BSc degree. But it will appear on your academic transcript and will be obvious to future employers, along with the credit courses you complete.

Will I receive a grade for my FIG?

If you complete the FIG, it will appear on your academic transcript with a P (pass) beside it. Grades aren't given for FIGs, and FIGs aren't included in calculation of your GPA. But you must participate in the FIG sessions to receive a P.

What if I don't like my FIG?

We're sure you'll enjoy your FIG and feel that your time has been well spent. But, if for some reason you decide not to participate in your FIG, you can withdraw and the FIG won't appear on your transcript.

Can I sign up for more than one FIG?

Unfortunately, no. We want to offer the opportunity to participate in a FIG to as many students as possible, so have to limit everyone to one FIG.