Environmental Science, Faculty of Environment, SFU

Simon Fraser University offers a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a Major in Environmental Science.

  • Students can also complete an Honours degree.
  • This program provides a broad education with specialization in one of the following four areas of concentration:
    • Applied Biology: Study of ecology, whole-organism biology, and applied conservation biology
    • Environmental Earth Systems: Study of environmental processes and systems, plus development of technical skills in quantitative methods, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
    • Environmetrics: Design of monitoring networks and the development of complex experimental designs related to environmental problems
    • Water Science: Study of hydrologic, climate and aquatic science, complemented by courses in social science and law (governance)
  • Each area of concentration has 11 required courses, listed below, in addition to their own concentration-specific requirements. Graduation checklists are available for the additional requirements for each concentration.

Useful links when using this course planning worksheet:

SFU Calendar
SFU Department Website
BC Transfer Guide
Langara Diagnostic Tests

The courses listed here are required for all 4 concentrations:

SFU Courses

Credits

Langara Equivalents

Credits

All of:

BISC 101 & 102

CHEM 121 & 1221

EVSC 100

EVSC 201W

GEOG 1112

 

8

6

3

4

3

All of:

BIOL 1115 & 1215

CHEM 1120 & 12201

ENVS 2100

Unavailable

ABST 12062

 

8

8

3

0

3

One of:

MATH 150

MATH 151

MATH 154

 

4

3

3

One of:

Unavailable

MATH 1171 or 1173 or 1253

MATH 1175

 

0

3

3

One of:

MATH 152

MATH 155

 

3

3

One of:

MATH 1271 or 1273

MATH 1275

 

3

3

One of:

PHYS 101

PHYS 1203

 

3

3

One of:

PHYS 1101

PHYS 11253

 

4

4

One of:

PHYS 102

PHYS 1213

 

3

3

One of:

Unavailable

PHYS 12253

 

0

4

Other required courses (varying by concentration)4

 

 

 

Electives5

 

Electives5

 

 

1Chemistry requirements vary by concentration and it is recommended to review specific concentration requirements and transfer equivalencies thoroughly to take the most ideal combination of courses.

2 Alternatively, LANG GEOG 1180 (3) & LANG GEOG 1190 (3) = SFU GEOG 111 (3) & SFU GEOG 1XX (3), B-Sci

LANG PHYS 1125 (4) & LANG PHYS 1225 (4) = SFU PHYS 120 (3) & SFU PHYS 121 (3) & SFU PHYS 133 (1) 
& SFU PHYS 132 (1), Q/B-Sci

4There are numerous other required courses unique to each concentration. Students are advised to consult the SFU calendar for the list and the BC Transfer Guide for transferability information.

5Electives should include SFU W/Q/B requirements.

This course planning outline is created by the Langara College Counselling Department and is intended for use only as a guide. It is the students' responsibility to consult original sources to ensure accuracy.

Updated July 2021