Course Descriptions FIGS 0001   Psychology and Human Behaviour
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Psychology & Human Behaviour is a group for first year science students with interests in psychology, the brain, human behaviour and mental health. In this FIG, you will meet other first year students and will be able to explore your interests and learn about academic and extra-curricular opportunities. FIGS are a great way to gain unique access and exposure to experts, professors, labs and facilities during your first year in science.
NOTES: Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science. FIGS courses are zero credit hours, but will appear as a PASS on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students (Undeclared Science, Integrated Science, Medical Science, King’s Foundation Year) who have fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0002   Neuroscience and the Brain
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Neuroscience and the Brain is a group for first year science students who are coming to Dal to learn about how the brain works and why that matters. In this FIG, you will meet other first year students and will be able to explore your interests and learn about academic and extra-curricular opportunities. FIGS are a great way to gain unique access and exposure to experts, professors, labs and facilities during your first year in science.
NOTES: Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science. FIGS courses are zero credit hours, but will appear as a PASS on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students (Undeclared Science, Integrated Science, Medical Science, King’s Foundation Year) who have fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0003   Health and Medicine
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Health & Medicine is a group for first year science students who are coming to Dal to learn about human biology, physiology and/or disease and are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, medical research or another health profession. In this FIG, you will meet other first year students and will be able to explore your interests and learn about academic and extra-curricular opportunities. FIGS are a great way to gain unique access and exposure to experts, professors, labs and facilities during your first year in science.
NOTES: Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science. FIGS courses are zero credit hours, but will appear as a PASS on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students (Undeclared Science, Integrated Science, Medical Science, King’s Foundation Year) who have fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0004   Oceans
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Oceans is a group for first year science students who are coming to Dal to learn more about oceans and ocean life, including marine conservation, climate change, ocean research, and the living organisms found in ocean environments. In this FIG, you will meet other first year students and will be able to explore your interests and learn about academic and extra-curricular opportunities. FIGS are a great way to gain unique access and exposure to experts, professors, labs and facilities during your first year in science.
NOTES: Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear as a PASS on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students (Undeclared Science, Integrated Science, Medical Science, King’s Foundation Year) who have fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0005   Earth and Environment
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Who should register: You are coming to Dal with an interest in the natural world. You may want to focus your studies on how our world came to be as it is today – continental drift, mountain building, ice ages, river migration, paleobiology, or you may be most interested in how we as humans are changing that world – our impacts on climate, land, water and ecosystems. In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests. You will have the opportunity to explore your interests and the options for shaping your academic pathway, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting. Relevant Science programs: Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Marine Biology, Physics, Statistics, Sustainability
NOTES: Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science as Undeclared Science majors or as BSc students in the College of Sustainability. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
COREQUISITES: One Science course or SUST 1000
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to UNDS or BSc (College of Sustainability) students with fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0007   Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a group for first year students with an interest in how design thinking and innovation can lead to science or technology-based solutions for real world problems. In this FIG, you will meet other first year students and will have opportunities to explore your interests and opportunities together. We will talk 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. FIGS are a great way to gain unique access and exposure to experts, professors, labs and facilities during your first year in science.
NOTES: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science or Computer Science. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear as a PASS on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students (Undeclared Science, Integrated Science, Medical Science, King’s Foundation Year) who have fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0008   Logic and Problem Solving
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Logic & Problem Solving is a group for first year students with an interest in mathematics, statistics or related areas of study such as economics or physics. In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests. We will learn about how to approach mathematical problems, and we will work through challenges and puzzles of varying complexity and talk about math in the real world.
NOTES: Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science or Computer Science. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear as a PASS on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science (Undeclared Science, Integrated Science, Medical Science, King’s Foundation Year) or Computer Science students who have fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0009   Navigate Your Science Degree
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This is a not-for-credit course for first year Science students. The class meets seven times throughout the winter semester leading up to the March course registration date. We start by matching you with career goals based on your interests. Throughout the seven workshop sessions you explore career options based on these interests, identify employable skills required for 21st century careers, and match these skills with academic courses, co-curricular experiences, work and volunteering opportunities.
NOTES: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear as a PASS on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Each workshop will start with a brief introduction followed by small group discussion and hands on activities. Each workshop is 1.5 hours long.
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1.5
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students (Undeclared Science, Integrated Science, Medical Science, King’s Foundation Year) who have fewer than 30 credit hours.

FIGS 0010   Indigenous Ways of Knowing
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This is a group for first year students who want to know more about the intersection between Science and Indigenous ways of knowing, as both a learner and participant. In this FIG you will meet first year students and have opportunities to explore concepts such as holistic approaches, life-long and land-based learning, and Indigenous medicine. We will also discuss ideas around reconciliation, relationships among communities, and how diversity and inclusion may be experienced in science. There will be guests, field trips, and activities.
NOTES: Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear as a PASS on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Experiential Learning
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students (Undeclared Science, Integrated Science, Medical Science, King’s Foundation Year) who have fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0021   Science for Everyone
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Our goal is to affirm and support historically excluded and underrepresented students in STEM. If you have the passion for science but you are bewildered by the many unwritten rules of science, we can help! Are you wondering how to plan your STEM degree? Are you interested in becoming part of a more inclusive science community? Are you uncertain about how to access all the tools you can use to succeed in STEM? Do you want to know where to find support? We will help you with these and other challenges. We will work as a group to address these topics and learn how to support each other’s success. There will be group work, hands-on activities, and guest speakers. This is a winter-term learning module offered as part of the Dalhousie Science Scholars and Leaders Program.
NOTES: For first year students in the Faculty of Science
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: BSc or BSc (Medical Sciences) students with fewer than 30 credit hours

FIGS 0101   FIG Action: Climate change
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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.
NOTES: Can be taken together with FIGS 0009
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: restricted to Faculty of Science students with less than 30 earned credit hours

FIGS 0102   FIG Action: Stress
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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.
NOTES: Can be taken together with FIGS 0009
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students with less than 30 earned credit hours

FIGS 0201   BSc Truro Start I
CREDIT HOURS: 0
This is a not-for-credit course for first year students starting their Science (BSc) program on the Truro campus. The class meets weekly throughout the fall semester. In this FIG, you will meet other first year students and will start to explore your interests, and academic goals. FIGS are a great way to gain unique access and exposure to experts, professors, labs and facilities during your first year in science. The one-hour meetings will consist of discussions, activities and short excursions, and brief information sessions, where you will learn about science-related academic and extra-curricular opportunities.
NOTES: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science. FIGS courses are zero credit hours and will appear as a PASS on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students who have fewer than 30 credit hours and are starting their BSc program on the Truro campus.

FIGS 0202   BSc Truro Start II
CREDIT HOURS: 0
This is a not-for-credit course for first year students starting their BSc program on the Truro campus. The class meets weekly throughout the winter semester. You will learn about future academic opportunities available in a BSc program, including research, honours, and co-op. You will explore the various Science Majors and get help choosing the best fit for you. The meetings will consist of discussions, activities and an opportunity for a one-day visit to the Halifax campus.
NOTES: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science. FIG courses are zero credit hours and will appear as a PASS grade on your academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to Faculty of Science students who have fewer than 30 credit hours and are starting their BSc program on the Truro campus.