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.

Update for Winter 2021

Please note that all FIGs will be conducted online for Winter 2021. More information will be shared as details are finalized.

Winter 2021 FIG options for Science students:

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 0101: Climate Change

Overview: In this First year Interest Group you will have the opportunity to work on a project together with other students where you explore CLIMATE CHANGE from the perspective of your interests in oceans, ecosystems, earth, energy, economics, innovation or research. Groups will be mentored by a faculty member and a senior student. These one hour Lunch and Learn sessions will run weekly, and are offered at no cost. They require no homework and are not for credit, but will appear as a PASS on your transcript if completed. A minimum of 5 students must register for the session to run.

Note: Can be taken together with FIGS 0009

Restriction: Faculty of Science students with less than 30 earned credit hours

FIGS 0102: Stress

Overview: In this First year Interest Group you will have the opportunity to work on a project together with other students where you explore STRESS from the perspective of your interests in mental health, cardiovascular health, gut health, immunology, epidemiology, learning and memory, behaviour, drugs or research. Groups will be mentored by a faculty member and a senior student. These one hour Lunch and Learn sessions will run weekly, and are offered at no cost. They require no homework and are not for credit, but will appear as a PASS on your transcript if completed. A minimum of 5 students must register for the session to run.

Note: Can be taken in addition to FIGS 0009

Restriction: Faculty of Science students with less than 30 earned credit hours


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.