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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.

2017-18 FIG options for Science students:

FIGS 0001: Mental Health & Human Behaviour

Who should register: You are coming to Dal to learn more about human behaviour, and you have a keen interest in mental health. You probably want to learn about the underlying causes or triggers of mental illness.  Or, you may want to learn about the scientific evidence behind treatments for psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia. Your long-term goal may be to work as a clinical psychologist, to obtain a medical degree in psychiatry, or to participate in clinical research on mental health issues. Or you may simply find these topics fascinating and want to learn more!  In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests, and you will have the opportunity to explore these interests and future options for you, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting.

Relevant Science programs: Psychology, Neuroscience

Note: This FIG is for first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science as Undeclared Science majors. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.

Co-requisites
PSYO 1011 and one other first year Science course (BIOL 1010, CHEM 1011, ENVS 1100, ERTH 1080, MATH 1000, MATH 1215, PHYC 1190, PHYC 1300, STAT 1060)

Course Reference Number (CRN): 15227

Fridays, 11:30am–12:25pm

 

FIGS 0002: Neuroscience: Studying the Brain

Who should register: You are coming to Dal to learn about the brain and how it works. You may be interested in understanding how the brain remembers, or you may want to learn how stress can affect how your brain functions. Perhaps your career goal is to practice medicine with a focus on helping people after brain trauma. Or maybe your dream is to be part of the next big breakthrough in linking mental function and the physical brain. In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests, and you will have the opportunity to explore these interests and future options for you, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting.

Relevant Science programs: Neuroscience, Psychology

Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science as Undeclared Science majors. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.

Co-requisites: PSYO 1011, BIOL 1010

Course Reference Number (CRN): 15228

Fridays, 2:35-3:25pm

FIGS 0003: Human Health

Who should register: You are coming to Dal to learn as much as you can about the human body in all its complexity. You may be most interested in human physiology, for example, in understanding the links between the immune response and nutrition or physical activity. Or you may want to focus on disease, learning about the root causes and treatment of hepatitis or malaria. Your career goals are likely related to relieving human suffering through a medical profession, as a practicing physician or perhaps through medical research. In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests, and you will have the opportunity to explore these interests and future options for you, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting.

Relevant Science programs: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, Neuroscience

Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science as Undeclared Science majors. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.

Co-requisites: BIOL 1010, CHEM 1011

Course Reference Number (CRN): 15229

Fridays, 12:35-1:25pm

FIGS 0004: The Ocean

Who should register: You are coming to Dal to learn more about the ocean. You may be interested in marine mammal conservation or in finding out how to run a sustainable fishery. Or you may be mostly curious about the organisms themselves – what exactly is a wolf fish and where does it live? Perhaps your goal is to understand the ocean as a whole – how large-scale ocean processes influence climate change, for example. In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests, and you will have the opportunity to explore these interests and future options for you, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting.

Relevant Science programs: Marine Biology, Ocean Sciences,

Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science as Undeclared Science majors. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.

Co-requisites: BIOL 1010, CHEM 1011

Course Reference Number (CRN): 15230

Fridays, 1:35-2:25pm

FIGS 0005: The Natural World

Who should register: You are coming to Dal with an interest in the natural world, and in the role of humans in that world. You may want to learn how or if large predators such as wolves and polar bears influence ecosystems, how climate influences the spread of disease, or how fracking can impact watersheds.  Your goals might include working as a government scientist to better manage our natural resources, a consultant who evaluates the impacts of a building a new dam, or a researcher who studies changing caribou migration patterns.  In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests, and you will have the opportunity to explore these interests and future options for you, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting.

Relevant Science programs: Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, Statistics

Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science as Undeclared Science majors. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.

Co-requisites: Two of BIOL 1010, CHEM 1011, ENVS 1100, ERTH 1080

Course Reference Number (CRN): 15231

Thursdays, 11:35am-12:25pm

FIGS 0006: Communicating Science

Who should register: You are coming to Dal to study science, and are considering entering a profession where you will communicate that knowledge to others. You may want to write for a conservation organization, raising public awareness of the need to protect sea turtles. Or perhaps you would like to host a radio science program such as Quirks and Quarks, where you ask scientists about the likelihood of finding life on Mars, or whether our brains are tuned for music. Or your goal may be to make a difference in the school system by becoming a chemistry or math teacher who inspires the next generation.  In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests, and you will have the opportunity to explore these interests and future options for you, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting.

Note: This FIG is for first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science as Undeclared Science majors. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.

Relevant Science programs: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Psychology, Mathematics, Statistics

Co-requisites: Two first year science courses (BIOL 1010, CHEM 1011, ECON 1101, ENVS 1100, ERTH 1080, MATH 1000, MATH 1215, PHYC 1190, PHYC 1300, PSYO 1011, SCIE 1111, STAT 1060)

Course Reference Number (CRN): 15232

Thursdays, 2:35-3:25pm

FIGS 0007: Biotechnology and Medicine

Who should register: You are coming to Dal with an interest in learning how scientific discovery and technology are used in the context of human health.  You may want to learn how asthma medication works at the cellular level, how new antibiotic drugs are developed, or how cancer is treated using immunotherapy. Your career goal may be to become a practicing pharmacist, or you may dream of joining a research team working on a biofeedback technology that helps children with spinal cord injuries regain function. In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests, and you will have the opportunity to explore these interests and future options for you, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting.

Relevant Science programs: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, Physics

Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science as Undeclared Science majors. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.

Co-requisites: CHEM 1011 and one of (BIOL 1010, PHYC 1190, PHYC 1300)

Course Reference Number (CRN): 15233

Thursdays, 3:35-4:25pm

 

 

FIGS 0008: Patterns and Puzzles

 

Who should register: You are coming to Dal to learn logical thinking and problem solving, and to apply these skills to problems in science, technology and everyday life.  You may be curious about the math behind Rubik’s cube and other puzzles, the mathematical laws of the universe, the role of prime numbers in online security, or how quantum computing depends on advanced algebra.  You may want to learn the skills to predict financial markets, to discover patterns in large sets of data, or to understand the spread of epidemics. 

In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests, and you will have the opportunity to explore these interests and future options for you, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting.

Relevant Science programs: Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Physics 

Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science as Undeclared Science majors, or first year students in Computer Science. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.

Co-requisite: MATH 1000 or MATH 1500

Course Reference Number (CRN): 18208

Thursdays, 12:35 – 1:25 pm


FIG registration

You sign up for a FIG when you register for your courses - course registration is open now! 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.