What are learning communities?

A learning community is a small group of first-year students who take classes together and share some common interests. Arts and Science learning communities are designed to ease the transition into university by providing our first-year students with extra opportunities to make friends, study and explore ideas together, and work together to develop the academic and personal skills to succeed.

Learning communities are what a university education is all about—students and faculty from many different backgrounds come together to explore big ideas and a wide range of perspectives on the world. Through this experience, students grow personally as they advance intellectually, and make lifelong friendships.

Arts and Science learning communities have three main goals:

  1. Building community: Learning communities allow first-year students to begin university surrounded by students who have the same interests and goals. Through learning communities, students build connections to people and places across campus that will help support them on their academic journey.
  2. Making connections and exploring careers: University is a great place to come and improve what you know, but who you know counts too. Learning communities will help introduce students to programs and colleges across campus that are related to their interests and connect them to professionals who turned similar interests into exciting careers.
  3. Enriching academics: University is a whole different ballgame than high school. Learning communities will connect peer mentors—our team of expert learners—to first-year students to help them build on and improve their academic skills to successfully navigate their way through the first year.

Arts and Science learning communities

The College of Arts and Science is the largest and most diverse college at the University of Saskatchewan. To meet the different needs of our first-year learners, we offer the following Arts and Science learning community programs:

96% of FLEX students would recommend FLEX Learning Communities to a sibling or friend.

SOURCE: 2021-22 FLEX STUDENT SURVEY

FLEX class listing

Level-Up Learning Communities Sign-Up for 2022-23 is now Closed.

If you would like to sign up in an LC Hour email aslc@usask.ca

In order to be enrolled in FLEX learning communities, you must sign up for a Term 1 Learning Community (LC). FLEX now offers Term 2 learning communities. After you sign up for a Term 1 LC, make sure to check the notes on each Term 2 LC to ensure your Term 1 LC will satisfy the prerequisite requirements for the Term 2 LC you select. Welcome to FLEX!  

Psychology 120 – Biology 121 – English 114

Not sure what you want to major in? Lucky you! You have a whole world of possibilities to explore, and this Learning Community will help you start your journey. Joining this LC is an excellent way to become exposed to a variety of Arts and Science subjects in a short amount of time. Psychology 120 will help familiarize you with the biological and cognitive areas of psychology. Biology is the science that will advance in your understanding of life processes, ranging from genome discoveries to the conservation of biodiversity. In addition, Biology 121 will give you broad skills in scientific laboratory work. English 114 will help you develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of literature focused on historical and contemporary culture. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree. This LC is a great choice if you are looking to explore your interests, sample popular first year classes, and meet degree requirements before you have decided on a degree path. Students interested in applying to the College of Nursing are encouraged to register for one of FLEX 10 or 11.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Art History 120 – Computer Science 140 – Psychology 121

It is estimated that up to 50% of students entering university are unsure about which program of study they want to pursue. As many as 75% of students change their major at least once before reaching graduation. This Learning Community combines three introductory courses that highlight the breadth of disciplines in the College of Arts and Science as well as fulfills requirements for a wide variety of degrees. Art History 120 is an introductory course that explores the production, dissemination and consumption of art, architecture and visual culture up to and including the 1600s. Psychology 121 familiarizes students with scientific theories and research related to the major social, clinical, cultural and developmental areas of psychology. Computer Science 140 is a course for students who have little or no background in computer science or programming and emphasizes building computer programs in a graphical and interactive environment using the Python programming language, which is a useful tool for everyone. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree. This LC is an excellent choice if you are looking to explore your interests, sample popular first year classes, and meet degree requirements before you have decided on a degree path.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Revised June 2, 2022

Drama 118 – English 120 – Indigenous Studies 107

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you want to develop your critical thinking skills? The Exploring Arts & Science 3 Learning Community will challenge you to think creatively and critically across courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts. Drama 118 is an exciting course that introduces the essentials of acting and is great for students looking to develop confidence, presentation skills, and creative self-expression. English 120 introduces students to strategies for writing original fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction and by the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of polished writing in three genres. Indigenous Studies 107 will develop your critical reading, writing, and thinking skills by providing a foundational understanding of Indigenous societies, cultures, and issues while fulfilling the Indigenous Learning requirement of any Science degree. The courses in this LC can be used towards any degree in the College of Arts and Science, but are particularly well suited for students interested in sampling liberal arts courses, and/or pursuing the Certificate in wîcêhtowin Theatre.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Psychology 120 – Sociology 111 – English 114

If you are interested in studying human behaviour, this Learning Community is a perfect fit. Whether you are fascinated by the human brain, how societies work, or the role of culture, this LC will introduce you to concepts that can prepare you well for degrees in Psychology, Sociology and related professional fields such as Social Work. This LC includes Psychology 120, which will familiarize you with the major biological and cognitive areas of Psychology. Sociology 111 and English 114 are foundational courses often taken together with Psychology to enhance the study of human behavior. This LC is an excellent choice for students interested in pursuing unique and fulfilling careers in public policy, law, research, counselling, or human resources. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to helping professions, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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History 195 – Political Studies 111

The Humanities include disciplines that focus on the ideas, the places, and the people that help us make sense of our lives and our world. In this Learning Community, you will be introduced to different ways of thinking about the idea of justice in a political society. As part of this community you will explore political participation and activism in Canada in Political Studies 111, in History 195 you will focus on how historic and ongoing events and structures have displaced Indigenous peoples from their lands, forced change and re-enforced continuity for Indigenous peoples, while simultaneously highlighting the way Indigenous peoples have shaped those events and structures. These topics and skills explored and developed within the LC classes are helpful to those planning to pursue law school, a career in government or politics, or those who are interested in becoming educators or journalists. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree, but are particularly relevant for students interested in pursuing studies in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in a variety of disciplines, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Revised June 3, 2022

Philosophy 133 – Sociology 111 – Political Studies 111

Do you object to working in a career outside of the legal system? Sustain that objection by joining like-minded students in the Law and Criminology Learning Community. As part of this community you will explore political participation and activism in Canada in Political Studies 111, ethics and morality in Philosophy 133, and the construction of society in Sociology 111. These themes are applicable for students interested in pursuing careers in law, criminology, or human services. This LC is also a good fit for students interested in Certificates in Ethics, Justice, & Law, or Politics & Law, students interested more generally in the Social Sciences or Humanities, or students who are unsure of what they want to major in. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to law, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Computer Science 141* – Mathematics 110**

In the age of computers, advanced technology and scientific progress, many jobs require a sophisticated knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. This Learning Community is a great choice for students interested in majoring in Computer Science, a traditional degree program providing the foundations for careers in software development, information technology, as well as graduate studies and research, but may also be of interest to students pursuing related disciplines, including the new Applied Computing program, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics, or the Certificate in Computing. Computer Science 141* provides an introduction to coding and problem solving using procedural programming. Math 110** includes an introduction to derivatives, limits, techniques of differentiation, maximum and minimum problems and other applications, implicit differentiation, and anti-derivatives. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

*CMPT 141 is a class designed for students with credit for Computer Science 30 or an equivalent course.

**The prerequisite for MATH 110 is Pre-Calculus 30 or MATH 102.3. The Math Readiness Assessment helps students assess their readiness for MATH 110. It is especially valuable for students without credit for MATH 102. More information is available at http://math.usask.ca/placement

Please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue for more information.

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Revised June 6, 2022

Computer Science 140*** – Mathematics 163

Computers are ubiquitous in life, society and the economy, and their application to new domains and tasks is continually growing. To help drive the application to new domains and maintain systems in those domains, knowledge of both computer science and the domain is required. Keeping up with the discoveries of new ways in which computing can change the lives of people everywhere, the Department of Computer Science has introduced Applied Computing, an interdisciplinary program with five concentrations which provide curated course packages in computer science and other disciplines which complement each other and when synthesized, provide coherent expertise. Computer Science 140*** will develop your basic skills in problem solving, programming, design and interaction, event-based behaviour, and prototyping using interactive multimedia systems as the creative focus, and Math 163 will provide a broad introduction to the language of Mathematics through the study of logic and proof techniques, sets, functions and relations, integers and counting, complex numbers, and graphs. While this Learning Community is a great choice for students interested in degrees in Applied Computing, it may also be used for students interested in Computer Science but were not able to take Computer Science 30 in high school. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

***CMPT 140 is recommended for students who do not have Computer Science 30 or an equivalent course. Please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue for more information.

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Environmental geosciences collectively represent the disciplines that study the Earth, its environmental systems and the living things (including humans) that interact with it. Environmental geoscientists and related professionals are environmental champions; they protect the environment by studying it to predict what the future will bring. The two courses in this Learning Community, Math and Geology, are required science courses for degrees in Environmental Geosciences, Geology, Geophysics, and Hydrology. These courses also contribute towards degrees in in Archeology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Biology, Environment and Society, Paleobiology, and Toxicology. This LC is a good fit for students interested in a wide range of environmental geosciences and related careers including education, fieldwork, lab work, policy, planning, or applied research. Choosing t his LC is also a great start if you have a general passion for the environment but are not yet sure of your academic or program direction, or if you are interested in exploring science at the university level. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

**The prerequisite for MATH 110 is Pre-Calculus 30 or MATH 102.3. The Math Readiness Assessment helps students assess their readiness for MATH 110. It is especially valuable for students without credit for MATH 102. More information is available at http://math.usask.ca/placement

Please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue for more information.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Revised June 1, 2022

Psychology 121 – Biology 120 – Indigenous Studies 107 – Nutrition 120

This Learning Community could be your first step towards a career as a Registered Nurse! This is one of two LCs designed for students interested in applying to the College of Nursing. Psychology 121, Biology 120, Indigenous Studies 107, and Nutrition 120 are among the specific courses that are required in the Nursing pre-professional year. These courses can also be used towards any Arts and Science Degree. Learning Community hours will help connect students to the academic process and profession of Nursing. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing, but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying. Students interested in health professions other than Nursing are encouraged to register for FLEX 12-20.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Psychology 121 – Biology 120 – Indigenous Studies 107 – Nutrition 120

We have added a second offering of our Nursing Learning Community due to popular demand! This Learning Community could be your first step towards a career as a Registered Nurse. This is one of two LCs designed for students interested in applying to the College of Nursing. Psychology 121, Biology 120, Indigenous Studies 107, and Nutrition 120 are among the specific courses that are required in the Nursing pre-professional year. These courses can also be used towards any Arts and Science Degree. Learning Community hours will help connect students to the academic process and profession of Nursing. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing, but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying. Students interested in health professions other than Nursing are encouraged to register for FLEX 12-20.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Math 125****

This Learning Community is one of eight designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. All three courses in this LC fulfill requirements in the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. Math 125**** introduces mathematical modeling with a focus on applications to the life sciences. This LC (or one of the other seven Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs) is an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

***Please note: Math 125 only satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement for select Bachelor of Science degrees (i.e. those following the Biomedical Sciences Common Core). If you plan to graduate with a different major, another math course may be required. For more information, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Classics 103

This Learning Community is one of eight designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. All three courses in this LC fulfill requirements in the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. Classics 103, a course that will partially satisfy the electives requirement, presents the most important Greek and Latin roots of the vocabulary of contemporary medicine and demonstrates the predictable patterns by which these roots combine. This LC (or one of the other seven Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs) is an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Physics 115 – Math 125****

This Learning Community is one of eight designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. All four courses in this LC fulfill requirements in the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. Math 125*** introduces mathematical modeling with a focus on applications to the life sciences.   This LC (or one of the other seven Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs) is an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

****MATH 125 only satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement for select Bachelor of Science degrees (i.e. those following the Biomedical Sciences Common Core). If you plan to graduate with a different major, another MATH course may be required. For more information, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Physics 115

This Learning Community is one of eight designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. All three courses in this LC fulfill requirements in the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. This LC (or one of the other seven Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs) is an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Philosophy 140

This Learning Community is one of eight designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. All three courses in this LC fulfill requirements in the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. Philosophy 140 is a required course within the Biomedical Sciences Common Core and is designed to develop skills in critical thinking to ensure that graduates are better problem solvers. This LC (or one of the other seven Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs) is an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – English 114

This Learning Community is one of eight designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. All three courses in this LC fulfill requirements in the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. English 114 will help you develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of literature focused on culture while partially fulfilling the English Language Writing requirement of any Science degree. This LC (or one of the other seven Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs) is an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Psychology 120

This Learning Community is one of eight designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. All three courses in this LC fulfill requirements in the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. Psychology 120 will help familiarize you with the major biological and cognitive areas of psychology and is a popular choice among students who are preparing to write the Medical College Admission Test. This LC (or one of the other seven Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs) is an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Indigenous Studies 107

This Learning Community is one of eight designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. All three courses in this LC fulfill requirements in the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. Indigenous Studies 107 will develop your critical reading, writing, and thinking skills by providing a foundational understanding of Indigenous societies, cultures, and issues while fulfilling the Indigenous Learning requirement of any Science degree. This LC (or one of the other seven Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs) is an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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Health Studies 110 – Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Psychology 120

Health Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that combines arts and science courses as part of its major requirements. This program examines the issue of health and wellness, including mental health, from a variety of perspectives. These include how biological, cultural, social, and environmental contexts influence the health and well-being of the individual. The courses in this LC, Health Studies, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology, are all requirements for all concentrations of the Health Studies degrees. Students who choose to major in Health Studies may go on to pursue careers in research, public policy, public health, professional health sciences and many other exciting opportunities. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Health Studies, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any degree in the College of Arts and Science.

FLEX offers Term 2 Learning Communities! Once you have selected your Term 1 FLEX LC, click on the TERM 2 tab to view our LCs offered in Term 2 if you want to sign up for FLEX in both terms.

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To participate in a Term 2 FLEX Learning Community, you must sign-up for a Term 1 FLEX LC . If you have already signed up for a Term 1 FLEX LC and you are interested in signing up for a Term 2 FLEX LC, please proceed to select your Term 2 FLEX LC. Please note that some Term 2 LCs require pre-requisites from a Term 1 LC. If you have any questions, please e-mail aslc@usask.ca  

Psychology 121 – Sociology 112 – Indigenous Studies 107

This Learning Community will challenge you to explore the connections between your own experiences as a university student, and the wider the society in which you live. This LC is an excellent choice for students interested in degrees in the social sciences like Psychology, Sociology and related professional fields and professions such as Social Work. This LC pairs well with FLEX 04, 05, or 06 in Term 1. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to helping professions, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree.

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Chemistry 112 – English 113 – Statistics 244

This Learning Community could be the next step towards a career as a Registered Nurse! This LC pairs well with FLEX 10 or FLEX 11 from Term 1 and is designed for students interested in applying to the College of Nursing. Chemistry 112 is among the specific courses required in the Nursing pre-professional year. English 113 and Statistics 244 are courses that can satisfy the English and Statistics course requirements included in the pre-professional year of Nursing. These courses can also be used towards any Arts and Science Degree. LC hours will help connect students to the academic process and profession of Nursing. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing, but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying.

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Chemistry 112 – English 113 – Statistics 244

We have added a second offering of our term 2 Nursing Learning Community due to popular demand! This Learning Community could be the next step towards a career as a Registered Nurse! This LC pairs well with FLEX 10 or FLEX 11 from Term 1 and is designed for students interested in applying to the College of Nursing. Chemistry 112 is among the specific courses required in the Nursing pre-professional year. English 113 and Statistics 244 are courses that can satisfy the English and Statistics course requirements included in the pre-professional year of Nursing. These courses can also be used towards any Arts and Science Degree. LC hours will help connect students to the academic process and profession of Nursing. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing, but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying.

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Biomedical Sciences 200 – Chemistry 250

FLEX students NEED TO have signed up for one of FLEX 12-20 in Term 1 to satisfy all the prerequisite requirements for the courses in this Term 2 LC.

This Learning Community is one of five designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. The two courses in this LC fulfill requirements in the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. This LC pairs well with FLEX 12-20 from Term 1. The Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs are also an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

Please note: Students are required to register in the prerequisites for this LC through one of FLEX 12-20 from Term 1. The prerequisites for BMSC 200 are CHEM 112 and Biology 30. The prerequisite for CHEM 250 is CHEM 112. For more information, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue.

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Revised May 6th

Biomedical Sciences 200 – Chemistry 115 – Physics 117

FLEX students NEED TO have signed up for FLEX 14 or 15 in Term 1 to satisfy all the prerequisite requirements for the courses in this Term 2 LC. FLEX 14 and 15 are the only Term 1 Learning Community that will fulfill ALL the prerequisite requirements FLEX 26.

This Learning Community is one of five designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. This LC must be paired with FLEX 14 or 15 from Term 1. The Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs are also an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

Please note: Students are required to register in the prerequisites for this LC through either FLEX14 or FLEX15 from Term 1. The prerequisites for BMSC 200 are CHEM 112 and Biology 30. The prerequisite for CHEM 115 is CHEM 112. The prerequisite for PHYS 117 is PHYS 115. For more information, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue.

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Revised June 16, 2022

Biomedical Sciences 200 – Chemistry 115 – Sociology 112

FLEX students NEED TO have signed up for one of FLEX 12-20 in Term 1 to satisfy all the prerequisite requirements for the courses in this Term 2 LC.

This Learning Community is one of five designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. This LC pairs well with one of FLEX 12-20 from Term 1. The Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs are also an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

Please note: Students are required to register in the prerequisites for this LC through one of FLEX 12-20 from Term 1. The prerequisites for BMSC 200 are CHEM 112 and Biology 30. The prerequisite for CHEM 115 is CHEM 112. For more information, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue.

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Revised May 6th

Biology 121 – Chemistry 250 – Nutrition 120

FLEX students NEED TO have signed up for one of FLEX 12-20 in Term 1 to satisfy all the prerequisite requirements for the courses in this Term 2 LC.

This Learning Community is one of five designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. This LC pairs well with one of FLEX 12-20 from Term 1. The Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs are also an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

Please note: Students are required to register in the prerequisites for this LC through one of FLEX 12-20 from Term 1. For more information, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue.

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Revised May 6th

Biology 121 – Chemistry 250 – English 113

FLEX students NEED TO have signed up for one of FLEX 12-20 in Term 1 to satisfy all the prerequisite requirements for the courses in this Term 2 LC.

This Learning Community is one of five designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Biomedical Foundations; Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Neuroscience; and Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences. This LC pairs well with one of FLEX 12-20 from Term 1. The Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs are also an excellent fit for students interested in the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study, work, or conduct research in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to Biomedical, Life Sciences and Health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

Please note: Students are required to register in the prerequisites for this LC through one of FLEX 12-20 from Term 1. The prerequisite for CHEM 250 is CHEM 112. For more information, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue.

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Biology 121 – Chemistry 250 – Psychology 121

FLEX students NEED TO have signed up for one of FLEX 12-20 in Term 1 to satisfy all the prerequisite requirements for the courses in this Term 2 LC.

Health Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that combines arts and science courses as part of its major requirements. This program examines the issue of health and wellness, including mental health, from a variety of perspectives including how biological, cultural, social, and environmental contexts influence the health and well-being of the individual.  This LC pairs well with FLEX 20, or any one of FLEX 12-19 in Term 1. The courses in this LC, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology are all requirements for the Health Studies degree. Students who choose to major in Health Studies may go on to pursue careers in research, public policy, public health, professional health sciences and many other exciting opportunities. Although this LC is designed to support students interested in fields related to health, enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college, nor will enrollment in this LC result in special consideration when applying to another program or college. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science degree.

Please note: Students are required to register in the prerequisites for this LC through one of FLEX 12-20 from Term 1. The prerequisite for CHEM 250 is CHEM 112. For more information, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue.

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Revised June 3, 2022

Computer Science 145 – Math 164 – Economics 114

FLEX students NEED TO have signed up for FLEX 07 in Term 1 to satisfy all the prerequisite requirements for the courses in this Term 2 LC.

Computer Science is applicable to every field and discipline, so continuing to develop your problem solving and creative use of analytical skills to create practical and innovative software will be very useful no matter what career you are pursuing. This Learning Community pairs directly with FLEX 07 in Term 1 and is a great choice for students interested in continuing their studies in Computer Science. Computer Science 145 and Mathematics 164 are required courses for the Computer Science degree. Computer Science 145 is also a required course for Applied Computing, and Math 164 can be used to partially satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement or Science requirement for some Arts and Science degrees. Economics 114 can be used towards the Business Science requirement for the Computer Science degree, or it can be used to partially satisfy the Breadth or Electives requirement for the Applied Computing degree. Courses in this LC can also be used towards any Arts and Science Degree.

Please note: Students are required to register in the prerequisites for this LC through one of FLEX 07 from Term 1. The prerequisite for CMPT 145 is CMPT 141. The prerequisite for MATH 164 is Pre-Calculus 30; or Foundations of Mathematics 30; or 3 credit units of MATH or STAT. For more information, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue.

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Computer Science 141* – Math 110

This Learning Community is pairs directly with FLEX 08 in Term 1.

In the age of computers, advanced technology and scientific progress, many jobs require a sophisticated knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Computer Science 141* provides an introduction to coding and problem solving using procedural programming. Math 110 includes an introduction to derivatives, limits, techniques of differentiation, maximum and minimum problems and other applications, implicit differentiation, and anti-derivatives. This Learning Community is a great choice for FLEX 08 students who are interested in majoring in Computer Science, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics, or the Certificate in Computing but were not able to take Computer Science 30 in high school. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

*CMPT 141 is a class designed for students with credit for Computer Science 30 or an equivalent course. Please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue for more information.

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Revised June 1, 2022

Frequently asked questions

FLEX Learning Communities sign-up opens, Monday, May 2, 2022 at Noon.

Go to our website —  FLEX Class listing — and choose one of our FLEX LC’s. All registration is done through the website (click on the name of the LC to expand it; there will be a link to register at the bottom of the box). Once you register for an LC, it is that same as registering for courses through PAWS: you are responsible for paying for and attending each class, or dropping the courses if you do not plan to attend.

You can drop LC courses through PAWS just like any other course after after the first year registration window in June (students should be aware of drop deadlines throughout the term). If you do not take all the courses attached to an LC, you will not get the full benefit. Students who drop LC courses or the LC hour before the start of the term may be asked to withdraw from all their LC classes to make room for other students who wish to enroll in that LC.

If you want more advice on LC selection, you should email us at aslc@usask.ca or call 306-966-4327 and we would be happy to chat with you about the LC that meets your needs.

No, you do not. However, you need to sign up for a Term 1 LC to be enrolled in FLEX. Once you have signed up for your Term 1 LC, you may be interested in choosing one of our Term 2 LCs. Don't wait too long to decide, they will fill up fast!

You can sign up for a Term 2 LC starting May 2, 2022 at Noon right after you sign up for your Term 1 LC.

NEW for 2022-23: YES, after you sign up for an LC you will have to register, you will be sent information from the LC Team regarding the date of the NEW LC Registration Window – the time where LC students will be allowed to register in their Block of LC classes and then can also (if desired) add their electives after they successfully register in the Block of LC classes.

NOTE: The NEW LC Window for registration will be BEFORE the College of Arts and Science First Year Student Registration Window.

Absolutely! You can add more classes to your schedule when the LC Registration Window opens for LC students in June. You need to ensure these courses fit within your LC schedule (LC classes in your Block will have to be registered for first before you can add more courses to the LC). Five courses per term is the maximum for first year students.

Attendance is taken at each LC hour. There are no academic consequences for missing LC hours, but students who do not attend the LC hour will be missing almost all the benefits of the program.

Yes, you will! We understand the demands on your time as a university student. You should consider the time you dedicate to your FLEX Learning Community as an investment, by attending the weekly 50 minute sessions you will learn the academic skills necessary to successfully navigate your courses; the developmental skills to establish a healthy school-life balance; and, the personal skills to create meaningful friendships that will continue well beyond your time in FLEX!

No. Your Peer Mentors are students in their third- and fourth-year of study. They facilitate your weekly sessions, some of which will focus on developing academic and learning skills such as note-taking, study skills, exam preparation and making connections . In addition, your Peer Mentors act as a resource for you as you navigate your way through your first year.

The LC hour is not for credit and will not have any assignments. It is purely for students’ benefit. Courses attached to LC’s are the same as any other Arts and Science course for grading.

No. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the program, but students are restricted to one LC per Term.

Students are encouraged to choose the LC that is right for them. Our team of advisors is happy to help with LC selection. Once you register for an LC the only way to switch to another LC is to contact the LC team at aslc@usask.ca. There is no guarantee that the LC you want to switch to will have space, so choose wisely!

Not directly, no. We hope that the interaction LC students have with academic advisors, staff from other colleges, upper year students, professionals, and faculty members will improve their chances of reaching their academic and career goals. However, registration in an LC does not guarantee enrollment in any program or college, or special consideration when applying.

Once an LC is full, registration for that particular LC is closed. However, we have many FLEX LC’s with 24 seats each, for a total of over 500 LC  seats. Some of the LC’s (such as the Nursing and Biomedical Sciences LC’s) are duplicated to allow for higher enrolment. If a student wants to be in an LC, there will be one available that can suit their interests.

Finalizing room scheduling usually happens later than LC signup. Therefore, room numbers will not be posted on your LC schedule. You will be able to check your detailed student schedule (with room numbers) after the first year registration window opens in June through PAWS. To do this, log into PAWS and select “Academics” (on the left of the screen), then “My Courses”. From here you can select either “Class schedule” or “Class locations” to view the room numbers of your courses. First year courses in Arts and Science are scheduled in handful of different buildings, all of which are located in a relatively small area. Getting from class to class (or lab) on time is very rarely a problem.

A few of our Learning Communities have more than one possible time for either the History seminar or chemistry laboratory. This is due to the number of seats available for each time slot. You will be able to view which seminar you have been registered for in your PAWS account after the first year registration window opens in June (log into PAWS and select “Academics” on the left of the screen, then “My Courses”. From here you can select “Class schedule”). We understand that many students will want to know what seminar or laboratory they are enrolled in before June, so feel free to email us at aslc@usask.ca.

Yes, you will have time! Classes at the University of Saskatchewan are scheduled to allow for 10 minutes for class change movement, this leaves you ten minutes to travel between classes.

There are no extra fees for the Learning Communities. The LC Hour with the Peer Mentors is a free non-credit course however, when you sign-up for a Learning Community you are responsible for the fees and tuition associated with the classes within that Learning Community.

When you sign-up for a Learning Community you are responsible for the fees and tuition associated with the classes within that Learning Community. If you change or mind or say you get accepted at a different university, then you MUST email our team at aslc@usask.ca so we can remove you from the LC(s) that you signed up for PRIOR to registration into the classes.

If after reading this list of FAQ for the FLEX Learning Communities, you still have questions, email your question(s) to aslc@usask.ca

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