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Focused Interest Groups

WHAT is a FIG?

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. FIGs have been specifically created to get you started in the appropriate courses and connected with a group of fellow students and the campus.

WHY join a FIG?

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. 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.  For more information on why to register for a FIG see our Help Center.  

HOW to I enroll in a FIG?

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 and sign you into the FIG, if you've completed the necessary pre-requisite courses.  You will receive an email, from your advisor, with details about your fall schedule. 

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

Current FIGs being offered at SUU for Fall 2015:

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

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

Biology 2 [12-13 credits] General Biology I & Lab, Intermediate Algebra, Statistics, College Algebra or Calculus, Intro to Academic Writing or Intermediate Writing, Intermediate Writing & the EDGE Program Intro.

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

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

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

Pre-Geology [13-14 credits] Physical Geology & lab, College Algebra, Trigonometry or Calculus, Principles of Chemistry I & Lab, & the EDGE Program Intro.

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