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Class Shadow Day

Test drive VIU student life

Have you thought about what you want to do after graduation? If you're in high school, you probably get that question a lot. It can be a hard one to answer. Life after high school is a place you've never been, so how do you know what you'll want when you get there?

We're here to help. Join us for Class Shadow Day on October 20 to experience life after high school as a VIU student.

You can sign up to attend classes. You can take up to three classes, and you can choose from many academic classes and 15 trades classes. These classes are the real deal; they are regularly scheduled classes that you join for the day. You can take part in classroom discussion if you want (but you don't have to). And you might have a chance to take part in some of the hands-on learning we're known for.

When you're not in class you can explore campus, eat in the cafeteria or chat with the Student Ambassadors or recruiters who will be around to answer all your questions.

Check out classes on different topics or create a schedule as if you're working on a specific degree. This is a chance for you to get a glimpse of the future. Make it yours.

And then the next time someone asks you if you've thought about what you want to do, you can say yes.

Because these are real classes, there are limited seats available. Sign up early to get a spot in the classes you want.

Course details

Art, Design and Performing Arts

ARTG 120 (Graphic Design) Core Studio

8:30 to 11:30 am | Bldg 325, Room 207
Explore the foundational visual principles of graphic design and the basics of colour theory as it applies to design today.

Acting Class (Theatre)

Details to come.
12:30 to 1:30 pm | Malaspina Theatre lobby, Bldg 310

ARTI 308 (Interior Design) Sustainability and The Climate Crisis

10:00 am to 1:00 pm in 325/110
A study of current climate issues including the history of climate change, the state of natural ecosystems and the built environment.

Business and Management

MGMT 192 – Principles of Management

1 to 4 pm | Bldg 210, Room 110
An examination of the process of achieving organizational goals through the use of strategic and operational strategies involving the four major management functions: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

Education (and Kinesiology)

EDTE 429 Education – Curriculum and Instruction: Performing Arts

8:30 am to 12 pm and 1 to 4:30 pm | Bldg 356, Room 111
A study and exploration of Arts Education that promotes the arts as a means of self-expression and understanding of identity

KIN 302 – Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology

1 to 3 pm | Bldg 356, Room 240
An investigation of the acute and chronic effects of exercise on body systems, with emphasis on the adaptations occurring in the metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory, and muscular systems in responses to physical activity and exercise.

Trades and Applied Technology

Culinary Arts Shadow

8 to 1 pm | meet at the Registration Table (Bldg 300)
Dream of being a culinary whiz? Step into our world at the Culinary Arts Shadow Day!
Hands-on experience: Tour our top-notch kitchen, then roll up your sleeves to work side by side with our chefs. From pastries to sizzling meats, taste the thrill of creating.
Creative flair: Learn veggie wizardry in garde-manger and witness the art of cafeteria and fine-dining cooking.
Dress the part: Don a chef's uniform for the day and feel the culinary passion come alive!
Taste tomorrow: Savor the dishes you help make – it's a preview of your delicious future.

Science and Technology

PHYS 111 – Physics for the Life Sciences

9:30 am to 1:30 pm | Bldg 315, Room 216
Topics include kinematics and dynamics of particles, forces, static equilibrium, energy, fluids, heat and thermodynamics.

CHEM 140 – Chemistry Fundamentals

10:30 to 11:30 am and 11:30 am to 12:30 pm | Bldg 210, Room 275
This course examines atomic structure and periodicity, chemical bonding theories and molecular geometry with an emphasis on material properties. Includes an introduction to organic molecules, functional groups and properties of polymers.

MATH 121 – Calculus 1

1:30 to 2:30 pm | Bldg 460, Room 324
An introduction to differential calculus of one variable intended primarily for science students. The course focuses on problem solving with applications, placing emphasis on underlying concepts.

CSCI 160 – Computer Science or Engineering

11:30 am to 12:30 pm | Bldg 200, Room 203
A first-year course in computer science. Topics include structured programming, top-down program design, procedures, recursion and an introduction to dynamic data structures

AQUA 101 – Introduction to Aquaculture

12:30 to 1:30 pm | Bldg 480, Room 202
An introduction to the aquaculture industry and aquaculture practices in the Pacific Northwest, North America and globally. Topics will include history, regulations, science, animal health and welfare, technology, and current topics.

MATH 145 – Precalculus

12:30 to 1:30 pm | Bldg 480, Room 201
Topics include the algebra and trigonometry necessary for University Calculus.

PHYS 121 – Physics for the Physical Sciences I

1:30 to 2:30 pm | Bldg 315, Room 216
A calculus-based course covering topics such as kinematics and dynamics of particles, energy and momentum, rotational and periodic motion and heat and thermodynamics.

FISH 115 – Life History and Management of Salmonids

8:30 to 9:30 am | Bldg 356, Room 109
A review of salmonids natural history in BC; the implications of life-history patterns; and the opportunity these patterns provide for fisheries and managers, including a review of government stocking and enhancement strategies, as well as fisheries regulation.

FISH 132/Aquatic Habitats

10:30 to 11:30 am | Bldg 480, Room 202
Topics include limnology of streams and lakes, estuaries, coastal marine and offshore marine habitats, both temperate and tropical.

FRST 121 – Spatial Data

12 to 2 pm | Bldg 470, Room 106
An introduction to spatial data within the context of natural resources. Topics include map making, interpretation of topographic and thematic maps, field orienteering, aerial photography, GPS, web mapping applications, GIS and satellite imagery.

FRST 151 – Forest Soils II

8:30 to 10:30 am | Bldg 470, Room 105
An advanced study of chemical and physical properties of forest soils. Topics include rock types and cycles, pedogenic processes, development of clay minerals, colloids, cation and anion exchange, decomposition of organic matter, forest floor classification, water movement, soil pH, nutrient availability and key nutrient cycles in the environment.

BIO 223/Botany

11:30 am to 12:30 pm | Bldg 470, Room 111
An overview of the characters and life cycles of fungi, algae and plants. Topics include cell division, plant anatomy and cell types, mating systems, photosynthesis and basic plant physiology, systematics and evolution and plant biogeography.