Course Descriptions FIGS 0001   Psychology: Behaviour and Mental Health
CREDIT HOURS: 0
Who should register: You are coming to Dal to learn more about human behaviour, the brain, and mental health. You probably want to learn about the underlying causes or triggers of mental illness. Or, you may want to explore the scientific evidence underlying the various 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. You will have the opportunity to explore these interests and the options for shaping your academic pathway, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting. Relevant Science programs: Psychology, Neuroscience
NOTES: 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.
FORMAT: Seminar
COREQUISITES: PSYO 1011
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to UNDS and Foundation Year (King's) students who have fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0002   Neuroscience: Studying the Brain
CREDIT HOURS: 0
Who should register: You are coming to Dal to learn about the brain, how it works and why that matters. You may be interested in finding out how the brain remembers, or you may want to explore how stress can influence brain function. 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 research breakthrough linking mental function and the physical brain. In this FIG, you will meet first year students with similar interests. You will have the opportunity to explore these interests and the options for shaping your academic pathways, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting. Relevant Science programs: Neuroscience, Psychology
NOTES: 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.
FORMAT: Seminar
COREQUISITES: PSYO 1011.03 or BIOL 1010.03
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to UNDS and BSc Foundation Year (King's) students with fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0003   Health and Medicine
CREDIT HOURS: 0
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, in understanding the links between the immune response and nutrition or physical activity, for example. Or you may want to focus on disease, learning about causes of leukemia in children, or the treatment of malaria in the tropics. 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. You will have the opportunity to explore these interests and the options for shaping your academic pathway, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting. Relevant Science programs: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, Neuroscience
NOTES: 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.
FORMAT: Seminar
COREQUISITES: BIOL 1010.03 or CHEM 1011.03
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to UNDS students with fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0004   The Ocean
CREDIT HOURS: 0
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. You will have the opportunity to explore these interests and the options for shaping your academic pathway, with senior peers and with experts, all in a small group setting. Relevant Science programs: Marine Biology, Ocean Sciences
NOTES: 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.
FORMAT: Seminar
COREQUISITES: BIOL 1010 or CHEM 1011
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to UNDS students with fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0005   Earth and Environment
CREDIT HOURS: 0
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   Genes, Proteins and Technology
CREDIT HOURS: 0
Who should register: You are coming to Dal with a curiosity about genetics and the technologies of molecular biology: how do genes and proteins work and what can they tell us? You may want to study how genetic information can be used to diagnose and cure diseases and how new technologies are revolutionizing the field of medicine. You may be curious about how genomics are used in forensics or to trace the ancient routes of humans as they spread through the world. Or you may be most interested in how genetic signatures are used in the areas of ecology and behaviour, to assess paternity in chimpanzee societies, to discover sea turtle migration patterns and to measure biodiversity. 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: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 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.
FORMAT: Seminar
COREQUISITES: CHEM 1011 or BIOL 1010
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to UNDS and Foundation Year (King's) students with fewer than 16 credit hours.

FIGS 0008   Patterns and Puzzles
CREDIT HOURS: 0
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 and a few other first year students with similar interests will explore some of these interests and talk about future opportunities. But most of all, we will have fun with math! Relevant Science programs: Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Physics, Actuarial Science
NOTES: Note: For first year students enrolled in the Faculty of Science or Computer Science. FIG courses are zero credit hours, but will appear on the academic transcript if completed.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 1
COREQUISITES: Any first or second year MATH course
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to new students in the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Computer Science (less than 16 credit hours)

FIGS 0009   Navigate Your Science Degree
CREDIT HOURS: 0
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 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.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Classes will start with a brief introduction followed by small group discussion and hands on activities. Each class is 1.5 hours long.
RESTRICTIONS: E2, E3, E4