Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary field in which graduates with a BA or a BSc can find careers in science, global health, or public policy, or can continue their studies in graduate school.

Students completing this Associate of Arts Degree will be prepared to continue studying at Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Health Sciences in pursuit of the BA in Health Sciences. Students in pursuit of the BA in Health Sciences may also want to consult this Calendar for the Diploma in Arts and Science (Health Sciences: Arts).

Students interested in pursuing SFU's BSc in Health Sciences may also want to consult this Calendar for the Associate of Science Degree in Health Sciences or the Diploma in Arts and Science (Health Sciences: Sciences).

CURRICULUM

Within the framework of the general requirements of the Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits including:

Courses Credits
All of
HSCI 1130 Foundations of Health Science
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore foundational issues in health science. Topics include health, illness and disease, and an introduction to research methods and determinants of illness and disease in human populations. The influence of demographic, genetic, biological, environmental, socio-economic, behavioural, and political factors in the determination of human health are investigated. Ethical issues and moral considerations that inform health care research, allocation of health care resources, and clinical care are emphasized.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: Precalculus 11, Precalculus 12, Foundations of Math 11, Foundations of Math 12, or Apprentice and Workplace Math 12; a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1150, 1152, 1153, 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174 (MATH courses may be taken concurrently); MDT 60; or permission of the department; and a minimum 70% in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; LET 3; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107; or a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1114, 1118, 1122, ENGL 1123, or 1127. Math prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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PHIL 1105 Biomedical Ethics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

A consideration of selected moral problems arising in the health professions: experimentation on humans and animals, euthanasia, death, confidentiality, truth telling, abortion, and the allocation of scarce medical resources. The aim of the course is to put ourselves in a position to frame rational and informed opinions on these important matters. Classes will be organized to allow for ample discussion; readings will be drawn from medical, legal, and philosophical sources. No background in law, medicine, or philosophy is presupposed.

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ANTH 1120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to the study of human cultures. Topics include methods, some theory and a consideration of how people obtain their living (subsistence, economy), how they live together (social structure, marriage, law etc.) and their beliefs and practices (religion, arts, rituals etc.)

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SOCI 1120 Introduction to Sociology: Models and Concepts
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

What is the social world and our place in it? Students examine a wide range of concepts, theories, and issues that shape reciprocal relationships between society and the individual. Subjects may include culture, socialization, social interaction, groups and organizations, sexuality and society, mass media, deviance and crime, and forms of social inequality such as global and class stratification, and race and ethnic relations.Note: SOCI 1120 and 1121 may be taken in any order, or concurrently, as they are complementary first-year courses.

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BIOL 1111 Concepts in Biology: Introduction to Human Biology
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students from a variety of backgrounds are introduced to Biology and how it relates to humans, as well as issues of social importance in today's world. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire theoretical knowledge and participate in practical demonstrations of biological phenomena that will inform and aid their day to day lives. Topics of study include the essential chemistry of life, cellular structure and function, basic microbiology, nutrition, and an investigation of the structure and function of several human body systems.Students will receive credit for only one of BIOL 1111, 1116, and 1175.

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BIOL 1115 General Biology I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to cell and molecular biology with a strong emphasis on evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include physical and chemical properties of living matter, atoms and molecules, molecular transformations essential to life, biological information flow, cellular structures and functions, cell energetics, cell division, heredity, and population genetics.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3; LEAP 8; a minimum "C+" grade in one of the following: English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, ENGL 1120, 1123, or 1128; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; and One of the following prerequisite combinations: 1) A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1118, 1218, or 1175; or 2) A minimum "C+" grade in Life Sciences 11, Anatomy and Physiology 12, or equivalent; and a minimum "C+" grade in one of the following: Chemistry 11, CHEM 1114, 1117, or 1217.

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HSCI 1120 Introduction to Human Sexuality and Behaviour
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore biological, psychological, social, and cultural perspectives on human sexuality and sexual behaviour. Topics include the physical development and functions of reproductive systems, sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, gender and gender identity, and relevant Canadian law.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; a minimum "C+" grade in English 12, English Literature 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, 1118, ENGL 1120, 1123, 1127, or 1128; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; or a "C-" grade in one of the following: HSCI 1130, 1140, 1160 or 1180.

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HSCI 1140 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students use the scientific method as a basis for exploring the role, mode of action, and efficacy of the most commonly encountered forms of complementary and alternative medicine. The legal and regulatory status and ethical considerations of alternative medical practices and products are also investigated.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; a minimum "C+" grade in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, 1118, ENGL 1120, 1123, 1127, or 1128; an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; or a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: HSCI 1120, 1130, 1160, or 1180.

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HSCI 1160 Global Perspectives on Health
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students investigate the major trends, issues, and challenges in the area of global health using a cross-disciplinary approach. This includes perspectives on major diseases of global importance as well as considerations of health information, health care systems, and health care governance and policy.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; a minimum "C+" grade in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, 1118, ENGL 1120, 1123, 1127, or 1128; an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; or a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: HSCI 1120, 1130, 1140, or 1180.

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HSCI 1180 Drugs and Society
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore the subject of drug addictions and their social impact. In addition to the pharmacology and effects of legal and illegal drugs, risk factors and major theories on substance abuse and addiction are analyzed with the goal of understanding the pros and cons of current approaches to the management of drug use from a public health policy perspective.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; a minimum "C+" grade in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, 1118, ENGL 1120, 1123, 1127, or 1128; an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; or a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: HSCI 1120, 1130, 1140, or 1160.

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HSCI 2211 Perspectives on Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Metabolic Diseases
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cancers, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases make up the largest proportion of diseases causing morbidity and mortality in North America. Students examine the biological mechanisms, risk factors, global distribution, and prevention strategies of each NCD. In addition, the impact of the major NCDs on public health is studied using a multi-disciplinary approach.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2212 Perspectives on Immunology, Infectious, and Parasitic Diseases
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore the agents of infectious diseases and the role of the human immune system in the progression and expression of those diseases. The roles of climate change, human activity, and socioeconomic status on the spread and emergence of infectious disease are also discussed. Students closely examine the pathophysiology and epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria in Canada and globally.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190 or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2214 Perspectives on Mental Health and Illness
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students carry out an interdisciplinary examination of mental health and mental illness from biological, psychological, cultural, and political perspectives. Foundational concepts of selected mental health and illness issues are also explored.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190 or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2215 Perspectives on Disability and Injury
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students are introduced to an overview of disability and injury. Topics include causes and risk factors of different types of disability and injury at regional and global levels, and science-based strategies for prevention. Students also critique the application of human rights as they apply to disability.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190 or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2216 Ecological Determinants of Human Growth, Development, and Health
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Ecology is the study of an organism and its interactions with the physical surroundings. These interactions play an important role in determining how we develop and our health and well-being. Students examine the concept of human health from a genetic and evolutionary perspective, and consider the ecological impacts on human evolution, growth, development, and disease. Topics include the challenges of catastrophes, industrialization, globalization, migration, poverty, war, and climate change on human health. Students study how human populations have responded and adapted to these challenges in the past, and predict what might happen to human health when exposed to novel ecological influences such as technology.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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PSYC 2321 Data Analysis for Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces the concepts and methods of behaviourial data analysis. It focuses on the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in psychological research, and the conceptual interpretation of data.Students will recieve college credit for only one of PSYC 2321 or STAT 1124.It is strongly recommended that students have completed the Math requirements within 3 years prior to registering for this course.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in PSYC 1115 and 1215; and one of the following: a minimum "C" grade in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Pre-calculus 12; an "S" grade in MATH 1150; or a satisfactory score (053) on the statistics version of the Mathematics and Statistics Diagnostic Test (MDT).

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STAT 1123 Basic Probability and Statistics for Business
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Probability and statistics play a big role in everyday life and in the business world. In this introductory course, students learn data collection, analysis, presentation of data, probability, sampling distributions, estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, regression, and tests for categorical data.Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): None, but a grade of "C" or higher in Precalculus 11 (or equivalent) is strongly recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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STAT 1124 Statistical Methods I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

An introductory course in statistics developed through the concept of randomness for students in social sciences, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, business, etc. Topics will include sampling, experimental design, levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, regression, sampling distributions, normal distribution and inferential procedures of estimation and hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 1224. Students will recieve college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Students will recieve college credit for only one of PSYC 2321 or STAT 1124.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum "C" grade in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Precalculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Precalculus 12; an "S" grade in MATH 1150; or MDT 053. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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STAT 1181 Descriptive and Elementary Inferential Statistics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

A first course in probability and statistics including introduction to probability, descriptive statistics, regression, correlation, contingency tables, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 2225 or STAT 2281.Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, 1174, 1175, or equivalent (all may be taken concurrently). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Two of
first-year university-transferable ENGL.
6
Eight
university-transferable electives (minimum 24 credits. See notes 1 and 2)
24

Program Option Notes:

  1. When choosing courses, students should consult the general requirements of the Associate of Arts Degree to ensure they choose a selection of courses that meet these requirements.
  2. Electives should include a minimum of five and maximum of seven courses from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Arts, Business, or Health Sciences, and a minimum of one and maximum of three courses from the Sciences and Technology. Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the department chair.
  3. Students are advised to check with the BC Transfer Guide regarding SFU's quantitative, breadth, and writing requirements for electives.
  4. HSCI 1195 may not be used as a required first year HSCI course.

Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary field in which graduates with a BSc or a BA can find careers in science, global health, or public policy, or can continue their studies in graduate school.

Students completing this Associate of Science Degree will be prepared to continue studying at Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Health Sciences in pursuit of the BSc in Health Sciences. Students may also want to consult this Calendar for the Diploma in Arts and Science (Health Sciences: Sciences) if they are in pursuit of an SFU B.Sc. in Health Sciences.

Students interested in pursuing SFU's BA in Health Sciences may also want to consult this Calendar for the Associate of Arts Degree in Health Sciences or the Diploma in Arts and Science (Health Sciences: Arts).

CURRICULUM

Within the framework of the general requirements of the Associate of Science Degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits including:

Courses Credits
All of
BIOL 1115 General Biology I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to cell and molecular biology with a strong emphasis on evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include physical and chemical properties of living matter, atoms and molecules, molecular transformations essential to life, biological information flow, cellular structures and functions, cell energetics, cell division, heredity, and population genetics.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3; LEAP 8; a minimum "C+" grade in one of the following: English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, ENGL 1120, 1123, or 1128; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; and One of the following prerequisite combinations: 1) A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1118, 1218, or 1175; or 2) A minimum "C+" grade in Life Sciences 11, Anatomy and Physiology 12, or equivalent; and a minimum "C+" grade in one of the following: Chemistry 11, CHEM 1114, 1117, or 1217.

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BIOL 1215 General Biology II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to organismal biology with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include speciation, phylogenetics, biodiversity (microorganisms, plants, fungi, and animals), and ecology.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in BIOL 1115.

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BIOL 2315 Biochemistry
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course establishes the foundations for further understanding of biology by covering the fundamental concepts governing biochemistry, with a focus on the structure and function of biomolecules, the process of metabolism, and biological information flow.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; a minimum "C" grade in CHEM 1220; or permission of the instructor. Successful completion or concurrent registration in CHEM 2316 and 2416 is recommended.

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BIOL 2330 Introduction to Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

With an emphasis on problem-solving, students explore genetics including mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian genetics; modified Mendelian ratios; sex-linkage; linked genes and chromosome mapping; variations in chromosome number; quantitative and population genetics. Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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BIOL 2415 Cell Biology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Cell biology focuses on the study of cell structure from the molecular level to the whole cell. Students learn the components of the cell and how these components form and function. Students also explore some of the common methods and tools used in Cell biology.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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CHEM 1120 General Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

CHEM 1120 constitutes a first-year course in general college chemistry. CHEM 1120 covers quantum chemistry, bonding, absorption of energy by molecules, applications of structure and chemistry in society.Students will receive credit for only one of CHEM 1120 or 1121.Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1118 with "C-" or Chem 12 with "A" or "B" or successful score on Chemistry Diagnostic Test. In addition, one of MATH 1152 or Precalculus 12 with "C " or MDT 75. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A first-year course in general chemistry. Topics include solutions, energetics, thermo-dynamics, chemical kinetics, structure, and reactivity.Students will receive credit for only one of CHEM 1220 or 1221.Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1120 with "C-" and MATH 1152 or Precalculus 12 with "C" or MDT 75. A proficiency test administered by the department may be required for students wishing to transfer into CHEM 1220. (MATH 1153 is recommended as a co-requisite). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 2316 Organic Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A second-year level course in general organic chemistry. Topics include simple aliphatic and aromatic compounds including hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, organometallic compounds; and an introduction to reaction mechanisms, to stereochemistry and to the use of spectroscopy in organic chemistry.Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1220 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 2416 Organic Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A second-year level course in general organic chemistry. Topics include aromatic compounds, alcohols and ethers, carbonyl compounds, carbonylic acids, amines, and amino acids. Bio-organic systems may also be covered.Prerequisite(s): CHEM 2316 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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HSCI 1130 Foundations of Health Science
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore foundational issues in health science. Topics include health, illness and disease, and an introduction to research methods and determinants of illness and disease in human populations. The influence of demographic, genetic, biological, environmental, socio-economic, behavioural, and political factors in the determination of human health are investigated. Ethical issues and moral considerations that inform health care research, allocation of health care resources, and clinical care are emphasized.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: Precalculus 11, Precalculus 12, Foundations of Math 11, Foundations of Math 12, or Apprentice and Workplace Math 12; a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1150, 1152, 1153, 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174 (MATH courses may be taken concurrently); MDT 60; or permission of the department; and a minimum 70% in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; LET 3; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107; or a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1114, 1118, 1122, ENGL 1123, or 1127. Math prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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PHYS 1101 Physics I for Life Sciences
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is a calculus-based introductory physics course intended for students planning on a career in the life sciences including biology and the health professions. The course examines, kinematics, including graphs of motion, dynamics, energy, momentum, fluids, oscillations, waves, sound, heat, thermodynamics, geometrical optics and light interference and diffraction, in lectures and laboratories. Examples are chosen, where possible, from applications of interest to students of the life sciences.Students will receive credit for only one of PHYS 1101 or 1125.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in Physics 12 or PHYS 1118, or a satisfactory score on the Physics Diagnostic Test; and a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1171, 1173 and 1183, 1175, or 1253 (MATH courses may be taken concurrently).

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MATH 1171 Calculus I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with differentiation. The major topics include limits (intuitive approach), development and definition of derivatives, differentiation techniques (algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions), curve sketching, applications of derivatives (optimization, related rates, linear motion, differential approximations), antiderivatives, growth and decay.Students will receive credit for only one of MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, 1174, or 1175.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "A" grade in Precalculus 12; permission of department based on the MDT process (MDT 95); or a minimum "B-" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1173 Calculus I with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in differential calculus, the study of how quantities change. Topics include limits, the definition and interpretations of the derivative, rules and techniques for computing derivatives, using the derivative to study problems involving rates of change, approximation, graphs, and optimization. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1183. See the description of MATH 1183 for more detail about these activities.Students will receive credit for only one of MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, 1174, or 1175.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or permission of the department based on the MDT process (MDT 090); or a minimum "C+" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.Corequisite(s): MATH 1183.

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MATH 1183 Computer Explorations for Calculus I
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1173. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used, and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of ideas being studied in MATH 1173.Corequisite(s): MATH 1173.

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MATH 1253 Introduction to Calculus I (Part II)
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Study of the calculus concepts introduced in MATH 1153 as they pertain to transcendental functions.Students will receive credit for only one of MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, 1174, or 1175.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in MATH 1153.

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MATH 1271 Calculus II
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with integration and series. The major topics include the concept of integration, techniques of integration, applications of integration, and infinite series.Students will receive credit for only one of MATH 1271, 1273, 1274, or 1275.Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 1171, 1173, or 1253. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1273 Calculus II with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in integral calculus, the study of how quantities accumulate. Topics include the definition of the definite integral, interpretations and properties of the integral, techniques for computing integrals, techniques for approximating integrals, applications of integrals, and the study of infinite series. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1283. See the description of MATH 1283 for more detail about these activities.Students will receive credit for only one of MATH 1271, 1273, 1274, or 1275.Prerequisite(s): MATH 1253 or MATH 1171 or MATH 1173, or permission of the department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.Corequisite(s): MATH 1283.

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MATH 1283 Computer Explorations for Calculus II
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1273. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of the ideas being studied in MATH 1273.Corequisite(s): MATH 1273.

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PSYC 2321 Data Analysis for Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces the concepts and methods of behaviourial data analysis. It focuses on the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in psychological research, and the conceptual interpretation of data.Students will recieve college credit for only one of PSYC 2321 or STAT 1124.It is strongly recommended that students have completed the Math requirements within 3 years prior to registering for this course.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in PSYC 1115 and 1215; and one of the following: a minimum "C" grade in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Pre-calculus 12; an "S" grade in MATH 1150; or a satisfactory score (053) on the statistics version of the Mathematics and Statistics Diagnostic Test (MDT).

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STAT 1123 Basic Probability and Statistics for Business
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Probability and statistics play a big role in everyday life and in the business world. In this introductory course, students learn data collection, analysis, presentation of data, probability, sampling distributions, estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, regression, and tests for categorical data.Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): None, but a grade of "C" or higher in Precalculus 11 (or equivalent) is strongly recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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STAT 1124 Statistical Methods I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

An introductory course in statistics developed through the concept of randomness for students in social sciences, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, business, etc. Topics will include sampling, experimental design, levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, regression, sampling distributions, normal distribution and inferential procedures of estimation and hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 1224. Students will recieve college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Students will recieve college credit for only one of PSYC 2321 or STAT 1124.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum "C" grade in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Precalculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Precalculus 12; an "S" grade in MATH 1150; or MDT 053. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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STAT 1181 Descriptive and Elementary Inferential Statistics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

A first course in probability and statistics including introduction to probability, descriptive statistics, regression, correlation, contingency tables, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 2225 or STAT 2281.Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, 1174, 1175, or equivalent (all may be taken concurrently). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Two of
first-year university-transferable ENGL.
6
One of the following streams (See note 3): Two of HSCI 2211, HSCI 2212, HSCI 2214, HSCI 2215, or HSCI 2216, and minimum one university-transferable elective (minimum 3 credits. See note 1), or three of HSCI 2211, HSCI 2212, HSCI 2215, or HSCI 2216.  (See note 1).
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Program Option Notes:

  1. When choosing courses, students should consult the general requirements of the Associate of Science Degree to ensure they choose a selection of courses that meet these requirements.
  2. Students are advised to check with the BC Transfer Guide regarding SFU's QBW requirements.
  3. SFU's Faculty of Health Science BSc in Health Sciences program has two streams:
    • Life Science Stream: Students preparing to enter this stream are required to take two of HSCI 2211, 2212, 2214, 2215, or 2216.
    • Population and Quantitative Health Stream: Students preparing to enter this stream are required to take at least three of HSCI 2211, 2212, 2215, or 2216.
  4. HSCI 1195 may not be used as a required first year HSCI course.

Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary field in which graduates can find careers in science, global health, or public policy, or can continue their studies in graduate school.

When successfully completed, the general and specific requirements of this diploma will prepare students for entry into the third-year of Simon Fraser University's BA in Health Sciences.

Students interested in pursuing SFU's BA in Health Sciences may also want to consult this Calendar for the Associate of Arts Degree in Health Sciences. Students interested in pursuing SFU's BSc in Health Sciences may also want to consult this Calendar for the Associate of Science Degree in Health Sciences or the Diploma in Arts and Science (Health Sciences: Science).

CURRICULUM

Within the framework of the general requirements of the Arts and Science Diploma, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits including:

Courses Credits
HSCI 1130 Foundations of Health Science
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore foundational issues in health science. Topics include health, illness and disease, and an introduction to research methods and determinants of illness and disease in human populations. The influence of demographic, genetic, biological, environmental, socio-economic, behavioural, and political factors in the determination of human health are investigated. Ethical issues and moral considerations that inform health care research, allocation of health care resources, and clinical care are emphasized.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: Precalculus 11, Precalculus 12, Foundations of Math 11, Foundations of Math 12, or Apprentice and Workplace Math 12; a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1150, 1152, 1153, 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174 (MATH courses may be taken concurrently); MDT 60; or permission of the department; and a minimum 70% in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; LET 3; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107; or a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1114, 1118, 1122, ENGL 1123, or 1127. Math prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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ANTH 1120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to the study of human cultures. Topics include methods, some theory and a consideration of how people obtain their living (subsistence, economy), how they live together (social structure, marriage, law etc.) and their beliefs and practices (religion, arts, rituals etc.)

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SOCI 1120 Introduction to Sociology: Models and Concepts
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

What is the social world and our place in it? Students examine a wide range of concepts, theories, and issues that shape reciprocal relationships between society and the individual. Subjects may include culture, socialization, social interaction, groups and organizations, sexuality and society, mass media, deviance and crime, and forms of social inequality such as global and class stratification, and race and ethnic relations.Note: SOCI 1120 and 1121 may be taken in any order, or concurrently, as they are complementary first-year courses.

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BIOL 1111 Concepts in Biology: Introduction to Human Biology
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students from a variety of backgrounds are introduced to Biology and how it relates to humans, as well as issues of social importance in today's world. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire theoretical knowledge and participate in practical demonstrations of biological phenomena that will inform and aid their day to day lives. Topics of study include the essential chemistry of life, cellular structure and function, basic microbiology, nutrition, and an investigation of the structure and function of several human body systems.Students will receive credit for only one of BIOL 1111, 1116, and 1175.

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BIOL 1115 General Biology I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to cell and molecular biology with a strong emphasis on evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include physical and chemical properties of living matter, atoms and molecules, molecular transformations essential to life, biological information flow, cellular structures and functions, cell energetics, cell division, heredity, and population genetics.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3; LEAP 8; a minimum "C+" grade in one of the following: English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, ENGL 1120, 1123, or 1128; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; and One of the following prerequisite combinations: 1) A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1118, 1218, or 1175; or 2) A minimum "C+" grade in Life Sciences 11, Anatomy and Physiology 12, or equivalent; and a minimum "C+" grade in one of the following: Chemistry 11, CHEM 1114, 1117, or 1217.

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BIOL 1175 Introduction to Human Biology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to human biology that covers the structure and function of cells, tissues, and selected human organ systems. Other topics include basic chemistry and microbiology.Students will receive credit for only one of BIOL 1111, 1116 and 1175.

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BIOL 1190 Health Science I - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

An introduction to human structures and functions emphasizing basic physiology principles plus cell and tissue structure. Laboratory exercises will demonstrate underlying physiological processes.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); LEAP 8; a minimum "C+" grade in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; andOne of the following prerequisite combinations:1) A minimum "C+" grade in Anatomy and Physiology 12; and one of the following: a minimum "C+" grade in Chemistry 11, CHEM 1114, 1117, or 1217; or2) One of the following: a minimum "C+" grade in BIOL 1111 or a minimum "C" grade in BIOL 1115. Note: Students applying to the Nursing Program must meet all the admission requirements of the program, including BIOL 1190 with a minimum "C+" grade.

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KINS 1190 Anatomy & Physiology I
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Human anatomical systems and their integration. A major emphasis is placed on the skeletal and muscular systems.Prerequisite(s): HKIN/KINS 1100 or equivalent with department permission (a three-credit course on human anatomy and physiology from an accredited post-secondary institution is considered equivalent).

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HSCI 1120 Introduction to Human Sexuality and Behaviour
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore biological, psychological, social, and cultural perspectives on human sexuality and sexual behaviour. Topics include the physical development and functions of reproductive systems, sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, gender and gender identity, and relevant Canadian law.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; a minimum "C+" grade in English 12, English Literature 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, 1118, ENGL 1120, 1123, 1127, or 1128; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; or a "C-" grade in one of the following: HSCI 1130, 1140, 1160 or 1180.

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HSCI 1140 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students use the scientific method as a basis for exploring the role, mode of action, and efficacy of the most commonly encountered forms of complementary and alternative medicine. The legal and regulatory status and ethical considerations of alternative medical practices and products are also investigated.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; a minimum "C+" grade in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, 1118, ENGL 1120, 1123, 1127, or 1128; an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; or a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: HSCI 1120, 1130, 1160, or 1180.

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HSCI 1160 Global Perspectives on Health
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students investigate the major trends, issues, and challenges in the area of global health using a cross-disciplinary approach. This includes perspectives on major diseases of global importance as well as considerations of health information, health care systems, and health care governance and policy.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; a minimum "C+" grade in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, 1118, ENGL 1120, 1123, 1127, or 1128; an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; or a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: HSCI 1120, 1130, 1140, or 1180.

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HSCI 1180 Drugs and Society
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore the subject of drug addictions and their social impact. In addition to the pharmacology and effects of legal and illegal drugs, risk factors and major theories on substance abuse and addiction are analyzed with the goal of understanding the pros and cons of current approaches to the management of drug use from a public health policy perspective.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; a minimum "C+" grade in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, 1118, ENGL 1120, 1123, 1127, or 1128; an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; or a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: HSCI 1120, 1130, 1140, or 1160.

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HSCI 2211 Perspectives on Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Metabolic Diseases
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cancers, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases make up the largest proportion of diseases causing morbidity and mortality in North America. Students examine the biological mechanisms, risk factors, global distribution, and prevention strategies of each NCD. In addition, the impact of the major NCDs on public health is studied using a multi-disciplinary approach.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2212 Perspectives on Immunology, Infectious, and Parasitic Diseases
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore the agents of infectious diseases and the role of the human immune system in the progression and expression of those diseases. The roles of climate change, human activity, and socioeconomic status on the spread and emergence of infectious disease are also discussed. Students closely examine the pathophysiology and epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria in Canada and globally.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190 or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2214 Perspectives on Mental Health and Illness
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students carry out an interdisciplinary examination of mental health and mental illness from biological, psychological, cultural, and political perspectives. Foundational concepts of selected mental health and illness issues are also explored.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190 or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2215 Perspectives on Disability and Injury
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students are introduced to an overview of disability and injury. Topics include causes and risk factors of different types of disability and injury at regional and global levels, and science-based strategies for prevention. Students also critique the application of human rights as they apply to disability.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190 or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2216 Ecological Determinants of Human Growth, Development, and Health
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Ecology is the study of an organism and its interactions with the physical surroundings. These interactions play an important role in determining how we develop and our health and well-being. Students examine the concept of human health from a genetic and evolutionary perspective, and consider the ecological impacts on human evolution, growth, development, and disease. Topics include the challenges of catastrophes, industrialization, globalization, migration, poverty, war, and climate change on human health. Students study how human populations have responded and adapted to these challenges in the past, and predict what might happen to human health when exposed to novel ecological influences such as technology.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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PSYC 2321 Data Analysis for Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces the concepts and methods of behaviourial data analysis. It focuses on the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in psychological research, and the conceptual interpretation of data.Students will recieve college credit for only one of PSYC 2321 or STAT 1124.It is strongly recommended that students have completed the Math requirements within 3 years prior to registering for this course.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in PSYC 1115 and 1215; and one of the following: a minimum "C" grade in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Pre-calculus 12; an "S" grade in MATH 1150; or a satisfactory score (053) on the statistics version of the Mathematics and Statistics Diagnostic Test (MDT).

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STAT 1123 Basic Probability and Statistics for Business
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Probability and statistics play a big role in everyday life and in the business world. In this introductory course, students learn data collection, analysis, presentation of data, probability, sampling distributions, estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, regression, and tests for categorical data.Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): None, but a grade of "C" or higher in Precalculus 11 (or equivalent) is strongly recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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STAT 1124 Statistical Methods I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

An introductory course in statistics developed through the concept of randomness for students in social sciences, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, business, etc. Topics will include sampling, experimental design, levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, regression, sampling distributions, normal distribution and inferential procedures of estimation and hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 1224. Students will recieve college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Students will recieve college credit for only one of PSYC 2321 or STAT 1124.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum "C" grade in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Precalculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Precalculus 12; an "S" grade in MATH 1150; or MDT 053. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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STAT 1181 Descriptive and Elementary Inferential Statistics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

A first course in probability and statistics including introduction to probability, descriptive statistics, regression, correlation, contingency tables, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 2225 or STAT 2281.Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, 1174, 1175, or equivalent (all may be taken concurrently). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Two of
university-transferable ENGL (6 credits)
6
Nine of
university-transferable electives (minimum 27 credits)
27

Program Option Notes:

  1. When choosing courses, students should consult the general requirements of the Diploma in Arts and Science to ensure they choose a selection of courses that meet these requirements.
  2. Students are advised to check with the BC Transfer Guide regarding SFU's QBW requirements.
  3. HSCI 1195 may not be used as a required first year HSCI course.

Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary field in which graduates can find careers in science, global health, or public policy, or can continue their studies in graduate school.

When successfully completed, the general and specific requirements of this diploma will prepare students for entry into the third-year of Simon Fraser University's BSc in Health Sciences.

Students interested in pursuing SFU's BA in Health Sciences may also want to consult this Calendar for the Associate of Arts Degree in Health Sciences or the Diploma in Arts and Science (Health Sciences: Arts). Students may also want to consult this Calendar for details of the Associate of Science Degree in Health Sciences.

CURRICULUM

Within the framework of the general requirements of the Arts and Science Diploma, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits including:

Courses Credits
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BIOL 1115 General Biology I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to cell and molecular biology with a strong emphasis on evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include physical and chemical properties of living matter, atoms and molecules, molecular transformations essential to life, biological information flow, cellular structures and functions, cell energetics, cell division, heredity, and population genetics.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3; LEAP 8; a minimum "C+" grade in one of the following: English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1115, ENGL 1120, 1123, or 1128; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; and One of the following prerequisite combinations: 1) A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1118, 1218, or 1175; or 2) A minimum "C+" grade in Life Sciences 11, Anatomy and Physiology 12, or equivalent; and a minimum "C+" grade in one of the following: Chemistry 11, CHEM 1114, 1117, or 1217.

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BIOL 1215 General Biology II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to organismal biology with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include speciation, phylogenetics, biodiversity (microorganisms, plants, fungi, and animals), and ecology.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in BIOL 1115.

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BIOL 2315 Biochemistry
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course establishes the foundations for further understanding of biology by covering the fundamental concepts governing biochemistry, with a focus on the structure and function of biomolecules, the process of metabolism, and biological information flow.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; a minimum "C" grade in CHEM 1220; or permission of the instructor. Successful completion or concurrent registration in CHEM 2316 and 2416 is recommended.

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BIOL 2415 Cell Biology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Cell biology focuses on the study of cell structure from the molecular level to the whole cell. Students learn the components of the cell and how these components form and function. Students also explore some of the common methods and tools used in Cell biology.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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BIOL 2330 Introduction to Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

With an emphasis on problem-solving, students explore genetics including mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian genetics; modified Mendelian ratios; sex-linkage; linked genes and chromosome mapping; variations in chromosome number; quantitative and population genetics. Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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CHEM 1120 General Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

CHEM 1120 constitutes a first-year course in general college chemistry. CHEM 1120 covers quantum chemistry, bonding, absorption of energy by molecules, applications of structure and chemistry in society.Students will receive credit for only one of CHEM 1120 or 1121.Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1118 with "C-" or Chem 12 with "A" or "B" or successful score on Chemistry Diagnostic Test. In addition, one of MATH 1152 or Precalculus 12 with "C " or MDT 75. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A first-year course in general chemistry. Topics include solutions, energetics, thermo-dynamics, chemical kinetics, structure, and reactivity.Students will receive credit for only one of CHEM 1220 or 1221.Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1120 with "C-" and MATH 1152 or Precalculus 12 with "C" or MDT 75. A proficiency test administered by the department may be required for students wishing to transfer into CHEM 1220. (MATH 1153 is recommended as a co-requisite). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 2316 Organic Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A second-year level course in general organic chemistry. Topics include simple aliphatic and aromatic compounds including hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, organometallic compounds; and an introduction to reaction mechanisms, to stereochemistry and to the use of spectroscopy in organic chemistry.Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1220 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 2416 Organic Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A second-year level course in general organic chemistry. Topics include aromatic compounds, alcohols and ethers, carbonyl compounds, carbonylic acids, amines, and amino acids. Bio-organic systems may also be covered.Prerequisite(s): CHEM 2316 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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HSCI 1130 Foundations of Health Science
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore foundational issues in health science. Topics include health, illness and disease, and an introduction to research methods and determinants of illness and disease in human populations. The influence of demographic, genetic, biological, environmental, socio-economic, behavioural, and political factors in the determination of human health are investigated. Ethical issues and moral considerations that inform health care research, allocation of health care resources, and clinical care are emphasized.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: Precalculus 11, Precalculus 12, Foundations of Math 11, Foundations of Math 12, or Apprentice and Workplace Math 12; a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1150, 1152, 1153, 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174 (MATH courses may be taken concurrently); MDT 60; or permission of the department; and a minimum 70% in English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; LET 3; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107; or a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CMNS 1114, 1118, 1122, ENGL 1123, or 1127. Math prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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PHYS 1101 Physics I for Life Sciences
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is a calculus-based introductory physics course intended for students planning on a career in the life sciences including biology and the health professions. The course examines, kinematics, including graphs of motion, dynamics, energy, momentum, fluids, oscillations, waves, sound, heat, thermodynamics, geometrical optics and light interference and diffraction, in lectures and laboratories. Examples are chosen, where possible, from applications of interest to students of the life sciences.Students will receive credit for only one of PHYS 1101 or 1125.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in Physics 12 or PHYS 1118, or a satisfactory score on the Physics Diagnostic Test; and a minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1171, 1173 and 1183, 1175, or 1253 (MATH courses may be taken concurrently).

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HSCI 2211 Perspectives on Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Metabolic Diseases
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cancers, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases make up the largest proportion of diseases causing morbidity and mortality in North America. Students examine the biological mechanisms, risk factors, global distribution, and prevention strategies of each NCD. In addition, the impact of the major NCDs on public health is studied using a multi-disciplinary approach.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2212 Perspectives on Immunology, Infectious, and Parasitic Diseases
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore the agents of infectious diseases and the role of the human immune system in the progression and expression of those diseases. The roles of climate change, human activity, and socioeconomic status on the spread and emergence of infectious disease are also discussed. Students closely examine the pathophysiology and epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria in Canada and globally.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190 or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2214 Perspectives on Mental Health and Illness
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students carry out an interdisciplinary examination of mental health and mental illness from biological, psychological, cultural, and political perspectives. Foundational concepts of selected mental health and illness issues are also explored.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190 or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2215 Perspectives on Disability and Injury
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students are introduced to an overview of disability and injury. Topics include causes and risk factors of different types of disability and injury at regional and global levels, and science-based strategies for prevention. Students also critique the application of human rights as they apply to disability.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190 or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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HSCI 2216 Ecological Determinants of Human Growth, Development, and Health
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Ecology is the study of an organism and its interactions with the physical surroundings. These interactions play an important role in determining how we develop and our health and well-being. Students examine the concept of human health from a genetic and evolutionary perspective, and consider the ecological impacts on human evolution, growth, development, and disease. Topics include the challenges of catastrophes, industrialization, globalization, migration, poverty, war, and climate change on human health. Students study how human populations have responded and adapted to these challenges in the past, and predict what might happen to human health when exposed to novel ecological influences such as technology.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in HSCI 1130 and one of the following: BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190. Note: Students wanting to complete a BSc at SFU in Health Sciences must take BIOL 1115. Students wanting to complete a BA at SFU in Health Sciences must take one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, or 1175. Students wanting neither a BSc nor a BA at SFU in Health Sciences may complete any one of BIOL 1111, 1115, 1116, 1175, 1190, or HKIN 1190.

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One of
MATH 1171 Calculus I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with differentiation. The major topics include limits (intuitive approach), development and definition of derivatives, differentiation techniques (algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions), curve sketching, applications of derivatives (optimization, related rates, linear motion, differential approximations), antiderivatives, growth and decay.Students will receive credit for only one of MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, 1174, or 1175.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "A" grade in Precalculus 12; permission of department based on the MDT process (MDT 95); or a minimum "B-" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1173 Calculus I with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in differential calculus, the study of how quantities change. Topics include limits, the definition and interpretations of the derivative, rules and techniques for computing derivatives, using the derivative to study problems involving rates of change, approximation, graphs, and optimization. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1183. See the description of MATH 1183 for more detail about these activities.Students will receive credit for only one of MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, 1174, or 1175.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or permission of the department based on the MDT process (MDT 090); or a minimum "C+" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.Corequisite(s): MATH 1183.

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MATH 1183 Computer Explorations for Calculus I
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1173. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used, and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of ideas being studied in MATH 1173.Corequisite(s): MATH 1173.

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MATH 1253 Introduction to Calculus I (Part II)
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Study of the calculus concepts introduced in MATH 1153 as they pertain to transcendental functions.Students will receive credit for only one of MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, 1174, or 1175.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in MATH 1153.

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One of
PSYC 2321 Data Analysis for Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces the concepts and methods of behaviourial data analysis. It focuses on the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in psychological research, and the conceptual interpretation of data.Students will recieve college credit for only one of PSYC 2321 or STAT 1124.It is strongly recommended that students have completed the Math requirements within 3 years prior to registering for this course.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in PSYC 1115 and 1215; and one of the following: a minimum "C" grade in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Pre-calculus 12; an "S" grade in MATH 1150; or a satisfactory score (053) on the statistics version of the Mathematics and Statistics Diagnostic Test (MDT).

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STAT 1123 Basic Probability and Statistics for Business
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Probability and statistics play a big role in everyday life and in the business world. In this introductory course, students learn data collection, analysis, presentation of data, probability, sampling distributions, estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, regression, and tests for categorical data.Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): None, but a grade of "C" or higher in Precalculus 11 (or equivalent) is strongly recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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STAT 1124 Statistical Methods I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

An introductory course in statistics developed through the concept of randomness for students in social sciences, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, business, etc. Topics will include sampling, experimental design, levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, regression, sampling distributions, normal distribution and inferential procedures of estimation and hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 1224. Students will recieve college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Students will recieve college credit for only one of PSYC 2321 or STAT 1124.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum "C" grade in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Precalculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Precalculus 12; an "S" grade in MATH 1150; or MDT 053. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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STAT 1181 Descriptive and Elementary Inferential Statistics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

A first course in probability and statistics including introduction to probability, descriptive statistics, regression, correlation, contingency tables, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 2225 or STAT 2281.Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, 1174, 1175, or equivalent (all may be taken concurrently). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Two of
university-transferable ENGL.
6
Two of
university-transferable electives (minimum 6 credits. See note 1)
6

Program Option Notes:

  1. When choosing courses, students should consult the general requirements of the Diploma in Arts and Science to ensure they choose a selection of courses that meet these requirements.
  2. Students are advised to check with the BC Transfer Guide regarding SFU's QBW requirements.
  3. SFU's Faculty of Health Science B.Sc. in Health Sciences program has two streams:
    • Life Science Stream: Students preparing to enter this stream are required to take two of HSCI 2211, 2212, 2214, 2215, or 2216.
    • Population and Quantitative Health Stream: Students preparing to enter this stream are required to take at least three of HSCI 2211, 2212, 2215, or 2216.
  4. HSCI 1195 may not be used as a required first year HSCI course.