University College

Focused Interest Groups

WHAT

A Focused Interest Group [FIG] is a group of students who have been co-enrolled in a set number of classes based on their program of study or a particular theme. FIGs have been specifically created to get you started in the appropriate courses [either in your program of study or with general education] and connected with a group of fellow students and the campus.

WHY

There are multiple benefits to joining a FIG. The first is that you will be enrolled in courses needed to progress towards a timely graduation. A second benefit is that you will be co-enrolled in classes with a group of students, allowing you to easily form study groups and partnerships for success. By participating in a FIG, you’ll also benefit from activities outside of class that foster valuable social connections. For more information on why to register for a FIG see our Help Center.

TYPES

There are two different types of FIGs at Southern Utah University, Program of Study Based FIGs and Theme Based FIGs. Both FIGs focus on getting you into classes that will help facilitate a timely graduation. Program of Study based FIGs focus on specific classes needed for your major. Theme based FIGs focus on general education classes tied to a specific theme, but applicable to any major.

HOW

When you go online to pay your commitment fee, you’ll confirm your major and then select from a list of appropriate FIGs. An Academic Advisor at SUU will review your FIG selection before enrolling you in your FIG.

CLASSES

The success of a FIG is based on students being in the same classes together. Therefore, in order to participate in a FIG, you must be enrolled in each of the classes associated with that FIG. If you drop one FIG class, you’ll be dropped from all your FIG classes.

Specific questions about FIGs at SUU are answered at the FIG Help Center.

Current FIGs being offered at SUU for Fall 2014:

Program of Study based FIGs:

Agriculture [12-13 credits] Principles of Animal Science, Agriculture Leadership, Intro to Computers, Intermediate Algebra or College Algebra & the EDGE Program Intro.

Biology 1 [14-15 credits] General Biology I & Lab, Principles of Chemistry I & Lab, Statistics, College Algebra or Calculus, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Biology 2 [9-10 credits] General Biology I & Lab, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra or Calculus, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Biology 3 [12-13 credits] General Biology I & Lab, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra or Calculus, Intermediate Writing & the EDGE Program Intro.

Biology 4 [9-10 credits] General Biology I & Lab, Intermediate Algebra, Statistics, or College Algebra, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Biology 5 [9-10 credits] General Biology I & Lab, College Algebra or Calculus, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Business [9 credits] U.S. Economic History, General Psychology & Intro to Business Careers

Elementary Education 1 [11 credits] Intro to Academic Writing, Physical Geology & Lab, American Civilization & Elementary Education Seminar

Elementary Education 2 [11 credits] Intro to Biology, Intro to Academic Writing, Human Development Through the Lifespan, Elementary Education Seminar

Honors 1 [5 credits] Intro to Academic Writing*, Library Media* and Honors Seminar*

*Indicates an Honors Course

Honors 2 [5 credits] Intermediate Writing*, Library Media* and Honors Seminar*

Honors Science 1 [11 credits] Principles of Chemistry I & Lab*, Statistics* or Calculus*, Library Media*, Honors Seminar*

Honors Science 2 [11 credits] Scientific Foundations of Human Nutrition*, Statistics* or College Algebra, Library Media* & Honors Seminar*

Human Nutrition 1 [13 credits] Scientific Foundations of Human Nutrition, Principles of Chemistry I & lab, College Algebra, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Human Nutrition 2 [11-12 credits] Scientific Foundations of Human Nutrition, Intro to Computers, Intermediate Algebra or College Algebra, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Pre-Chemistry 1 [10 credits] Principles of Chemistry 1 & Lab, College Algebra or Calculus, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Pre-Chemistry 2 [14 credits] Principles of Chemistry 1 & Lab, General Biology I & Lab, College Algebra or Calculus, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Pre-Geology [8-10 credits] Physical Geology & lab, Intermediate Algebra, Statistics, Intermediate Algebra, Trigonometry or Calculus, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Pre-Nursing 1 [12-13 credits] General Biology I & Lab, Intermediate Algebra or Statistics, Intro. to Academic Writing & the EDGE Program Intro.

Pre-Nursing 2 [9-10 credits] General Biology I & Lab, Intermediate Algebra or Statistics, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Pre-Nursing 3 [12-13 credits] General Biology I & Lab, Intermediate Algebra or Statistics, Intermediate Writing & the EDGE Program Intro.

Pre-Nursing 4 [9-10 credits] Human Anatomy & Lab, Intermediate Algebra or Statistics, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Pre-Nursing 5 [9-10 credits] Human Anatomy & Lab, Intermediate Algebra or Statistics, & the EDGE Program Intro.

Theme based FIGs

Art in Nature & Geography [8 credits] Earth’s Natural Environment: Physical Geography and Lab, Art History Survey & Art in Nature & Geography Seminar

Humans and the Environment [6 credits] Intermediate Writing: Writing about the Environment, Environmental Biology

Multicultural Leadership [7 credits] Intro. to Diversity, Intro. to Anthropology & Multicultural Leadership

National Parks [7 credits] Geology of National Parks & Lab Intermediate Writing: Writing About Place

People [10 credits] American Civilization, Intro. to Sociology, Music of the World & People Seminar

Places & Things [11 credits] Intro. to Photography, Earth’s Natural Environment: Physical Geography & Lab, Western Civilization & Places & Things Seminar