Faculty of Science FIGs


These First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) are open to any new student in the Faculty of Science who is entering as a first-year undeclared BSc student.

In these FIGs, you’ll meet other first-year students with similar interests, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore those interests, and future academic and career options, with senior peers and with experts—all in a small group setting.

Winter 2022 FIG options for Science students:

FIGS 0007: Innovation in Science

Overview: Learn about the creative process and design testing, and about opportunities to get involved in SURGE, Dalhousie’s Science sandbox, as well as the larger innovation ecosystem on campus. This is targeted for 1st and 2nd year students but is open to all. 

Relevant science programs: All

Co-requisites/Prerequisites: None

FIGS 0009: Navigate your Science Degree

Overview: Each synchronous session begins with a short lecture that is focused on themes such as: exploring career paths, building an academic plan, incorporating professional skill development, finding relevant volunteer opportunities to explore career interests, and resume development. Grounded by the theme explored in the lecture, students will then break into small groups for discussion and hands-on activities. Each small group will work through the weekly theme through small group discussions and other active learning activities.

Relevant science programs: All

Co-requisites/Prerequisites: None

Restrictions: Restricted to first and second year science students

FIGS 0010: Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Overview: Indigenous Ways of Knowing (FIGS 0010) is open to all students and faculty who want to learn and participate in the intersection between science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Meet people and explore concepts in holistic approaches, life-long and land-based learning, and indigenous medicine. We will discuss ideas around truth for reconciliation, relationships among communities, and how diversity and inclusion may be experienced in science. There will be guests, field trips, and activities. This is a free, non-credit (and no homework/assignments) learning opportunity offered in the winter term. It is instructed by Dr. Jonathan Ferrier, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Teacher, Board of Education, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Register on DalOnline.


FIG registration

You sign up for a FIG when you register for your courses! 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.