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Da Vinci: Discovery Across Disciplines

Da Vinci: Discovery Across Disciplines is about exploring how science interacts with and influences society. In this learning community students are asked to think about their roleas contributorand consumerof science. Like the great man himself, students will be encouraged to ask questions with your unquenchable curiosity and feverishly inventive imagination. Students engage in their own open-ended discovery activities and experiments, and design their own research projects for the spring symposium. Da Vinci: Discovery Across Disciplines is led by faculty in the College of Science.

LEARNING COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • Engage in your own open-ended discovery activities and experiments
  • Design your own research project
  • The classes associated with this learning community will provide you the opportunity to learn and explore the sciences, psychology, sociology, political science, and education pathways. 

 

NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19, THE CERTIFICATE REQUIRMENTS HAVE BEEN ALTERED FOR THE FALL 2020-SUMMER 2021 BLOCK U COHORTS. AS LONG AS A BLOCK U STUDENT COMPLETES TWO SEMESTERS OF THE LEARNING COMMUNITY CLASS, COMPLETES ANY FOUR INTELLECTUAL EXPLORATION GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES, MAINTAINS A 2.9 GPA AND COMPLETES 30 CREDIT HOURS WITHIN THEIR FIRST YEAR, THEY WILL QUALIFY FOR ALL OF THE BLOCK U BENEFITS. 

 

A word from our  Alumni

"I have felt more accepted into the University’s community by collaborating with classmates of all walks of life for studies for our Block U class, and have made friends that I now consider my greatest. I have been able to explore campus through studying the natural environment, which this course gave me the opportunity to do, which has made me more comfortable with navigating campus as a first year student. It has also immersed me into the community by allowing me to explore different student’s opinions and ways of thinking, that have broadened my horizons. Overall, my involvement in this course has allowed me to open up more to student life and feel more accepted by not only my Block U professor and peer advisor, but other professors and TA’s I have encountered so far in my college career." 

Want to join A Block U learning community?

First, you must complete your New Student Orientation. Once you have completed your Virtual Orientation modules, please move on to the Academic Advising section below for information regarding your academic advising appointment. If you have questions about getting registered for an orientation, how to complete the orientation modules, please contact the Office of Orientation and Tranistion.

Office of Orientation & Transition

Webiste orientation.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-7069
Email orientation@utah.edu
Address
280 A. Ray Olpin Student Union Building (UNION)
200 South Campus Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

 

Once you complete your New Student Orientation modules, make an appointment with an academic advisor to plan you first semester schedule. Each student will need to schedule their own advising appointment. You can schedule an appointment by contacting the Academic Advising Center. 

Prepare for your advising appointment by setting up your FERPA pin, familiarize yourself with Graduation Requirements, make a list of topics you are interested in and classes you would like to take, prepare any questions to ask.

Academic Advising Center

Website advising.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-8146
Address
450 Student Services Building (SSB)
201 S. 1460 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

During your academic advising appointment, your advisor will help you register for courses and show you how to modify them. Don't forget to mention you want to join Block U while meeting with your academic advisor and share with them the Block U learning community worksheet!

Last Updated: 3/4/21