Faculty of Arts & Science

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We are the founding academic faculty at the University of Lethbridge with over 40 disciplines.

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Oki, and welcome to the University of Lethbridge. Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. The University is located in traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory. We honour the Blackfoot people and their traditional ways of knowing in caring for this land, as well as all Indigenous Peoples who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community.

The Faculty of Arts & Science offers instruction in a broad range of subjects, from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and mathematical sciences. The Faculty of Arts & Science commits itself to the development of well-educated persons through the pillars of liberal education, including breadth and connections across disciplines, critical thinking skills, and engaged citizenship at all levels. We emphasize the skills developed by a liberal education, and a balance of breadth of general intellectual background with depth of knowledge in a particular area.

The Faculty of Arts & Science offers three very diverse degree programs: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc), and Bachelor of Science (BSc). As an important part of your liberal education, you will select courses from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences as part of your program requirements. As such, you have the opportunity to study from within your areas of interest even if these areas are not part of your major. You can make your uLethbridge degree exactly that - YOUR degree - individualized to what you want to study.

The Faculty of Arts & Science stands with all those who seek a world free from the racism and related violence that plagues our world and our community. Read the full statement from Matthew G. Letts, Incoming Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science.

Faculty of Arts & Science Events

Faculty of Arts & Science News

Study shows methane emissions from Prairie wetlands are lower than expected

Inland waters including ponds and wetlands are one of the largest natural sources of methane. Pound for pound, methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Now, a University of Lethbridge-led study has found that many of the ponds and wetlands dotting the Canadian Prairies emit less methane than predicted in part due to their elevated salt content, making previous estimates highly inaccurate.

“We came up with new prairie-specific models and estimates that were much lower than expected based on models developed in other parts of the world,” says Dr. Matthew Bogard, a ULethbridge biology professor and Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Environments. “We were very conservative in our calculations and even so, we found that emissions were drastically overestimated.

Their study was recently published in Nature Communications.

 

Unlocking the mystery — Dr. Paul Vasey’s new data analysis reveals insights into male homosexuality

A deeper analysis of a decade’s worth of data from Dr. Paul Vasey’s Comparative Sexology Lab at the University of Lethbridge has lent clarity about the influence of two separate but linked literatures on biological variables influencing male homosexuality.

Vasey, a Professor and Board of Governors Research Chair, and his team of former students (Drs. Doug VanderLaan, Scott Semenyna and Francisco Goméz Jiménez) wanted to determine if there was evidence for both the Fraternal Birth Order Effect (FBOE) and the Female Fecundity Effect (FFE) in data they collected over a decade while working in Samoa.

Dr. Trushar Patel elected to the Royal Society of Biology

The new year got off to an auspicious start for Dr. Trushar Patel, University of Lethbridge Canada Research Chair in RNA and Protein Biophysics and associate dean in the Faculty of Arts & Science, when he learned he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

“I was positively surprised when I received the email,” says Patel. “That is a nice New Year’s gift and a good beginning to the year.”

Based in the United Kingdom, the Royal Society of Biology was formed in 2009 when the Biosciences Federation and the Institute of Biology merged. The society was granted the Royal title in 2015. Being named a Fellow indicates someone has achieved distinction in biological research, teaching or the application of biology.

University of Lethbridge researcher continues his quest to develop a new treatment for brain cancer

Dr. Nehal Thakor, a ULethbridge professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is one of only two Canadian researchers to earn a grant from the American Brain Tumor Association as he continues his quest to find a new therapeutic target for glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer.

The funding is a $50,000 US award from the association, with partial funding from the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. The one-year grants support high-risk, high-reward innovative approaches that have the potential to change existing diagnostic or treatment standards. The association recently announced a $1.3-million investment to accelerate research into adult and pediatric tumours.

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Study shows methane emissions from Prairie wetlands are lower than expected

Inland waters including ponds and wetlands are one of the largest natural sources of methane. Pound for pound,...

Dr. Trushar Patel elected to the Royal Society of Biology

The new year got off to an auspicious start for Dr. Trushar Patel, University of Lethbridge Canada Research Chair...

Coaches sought to participate in study utilizing strategies to help competitive athletes conquer anxiety

Anxiety and nervousness before competition is normal for most athletes, from minor sport to the professional game....

Unlocking the mystery — Dr. Paul Vasey’s new data analysis reveals insights into male homosexuality

A deeper analysis of a decade’s worth of data from Dr. Paul Vasey’s Comparative Sexology Lab at the...

University of Lethbridge iGEM teams bring home medals

After devoting months of work to their projects, the University of Lethbridge’s high school and collegiate...

University of Lethbridge researcher continues his quest to develop a new treatment for brain cancer

Dr. Nehal Thakor, a ULethbridge professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is one of only two Canadian researchers...

New pathway to law degree at heart of partnership between University of Lethbridge and Bond University

A new partnership between the University of Lethbridge and Australia’s Bond University will allow students...

Examining the fallacy of borders and the lies they tell us, focus of upcoming PUBlic Professor Series event

Most people today, if they think about borders at all, can be forgiven for believing lines on a map are real...

Collaborative research project utilizes geospatial technology to locate lost graves sites in Vulcan County

Today’s cutting-edge geospatial technology is being utilized to honour and protect the past through a...

University of Lethbridge earns more than $1.3 million in TECTERRA support of geomatics students and programs

Geomatics students at the University of Lethbridge are the key benefactors of a substantial investment from...

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Students, Faculty & Staff Stories

Shining Student Tyra Hercina

Tyra Hercina's professors have played pivotal roles in her University of Lethbridge experience, shaping Tyra's approach to education, and inspiring her to consider a future as a professor of Indigenous studies.

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iGEM competitions prove a highlight for Shining Student Jason Luddu

Two opportunities to compete with the University's International Genetically-Engineered Machine team in Paris, including a gold medal showing in the most recent competition, helped Jason Luddu realize he can do anything he sets …

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Alumni couple’s enduring love story took root at University of Lethbridge

Alumni Don and Judi Hall fondly recall their first meeting at the University of Lethbridge, their journey together for more than five decades and their time as struggling married students and their …

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Dr. Jennifer Geddes-McAlister on International Day of Women and Girls in Science: be the difference

Alumna Dr. Jennifer Geddes-McAlister provides words of inspiration and reflects on her own journey as a woman in science, to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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Dr. Arundhati Dasgupta

Theoretical physics professor Dr. Arundhati Dasgupta explores the wonders of the universe, driven by her fascination with both the vast unknown of galaxies and the mysteries of quantum theory.

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Shining Student Courtlynd Cherpin

Courtlynd Cherpin chose the University of Lethbridge for its exceptional education program and cutting-edge facilities like the Science Commons. Her dedication to understanding science is evident in her summer research experiences, particularly …

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Shining Student Layton VandeStroet

Layton VandeStroet's academic journey at the University of Lethbridge has been marked by impactful experiential learning, engaging in independent studies on topics ranging from toxic alkaloids in grain feed to E. coli …

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Dr. Saurya Das, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

As a theoretical physicist, Dr. Saurya Das is interested in fundamental questions such as where the universe came from and what its ultimate fate might be.

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Work-integrated learning proves its worth to Shining Student Sara Hutchinson

Sara Hutchinson can't speak highly enough about the benefits of work-integrated learning experiences and advises students just beginning their educational journey to take every opportunity available to them at the University.

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