Physical Geography (BSc), Faculty of Environment, SFU

Simon Fraser University offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Physical Geography

  • Students can also complete an Honours degree or a Minor in Physical Geography
  • The program can be completed through one of three streams:
    • Biogeophysical Science: Offering a range of earth system science courses with a focus on earth system dynamics, this stream targets the courses needed for registration as a Professional Agrologist.
    • Geoscience: The Geoscience stream investigates earth surface processes andtargets the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) (Environmental Geoscience) within Canada.
    • Geosystems & GIScience: This stream focuses on the linkages between earth systems science and spatial information science. It also covers the requirements for the Certificate in Geographic Information Science.

Useful links when using this course planning worksheet:
SFU Calendar
SFU Department Website
BC Transfer Guide
Langara Diagnostic Tests

All students, regardless of the stream they choose, will complete the following core 31-34 credits:

SFU Courses

Credits

Langara Equivalents

Credits

All of:

GEOG 100

GEOG 1111

CHEM 121

EASC 101

GEOG 266W

 

3

3

4

3

3

All of:

GEOG 1110 or 1170

ABST 12061

CHEM 1120 or 1121

GEOL 1107

Unavailable

 

3

3

4

3

0

One of:

MATH 1502

MATH 1512

MATH 154

 

4

3

3

One of:

Unavailable

MATH 1171 or 1173 or 12532

MATH 1175 (Sep 2020 onwards)

 

0

3

3

One of:

MATH 1522

MATH 155

 

3

3

One of:

MATH 1271 or 12732

MATH 1275

 

3

3

One of:

PHYS 1013

PHYS 1204

PHYS 125

PHYS 140

 

3

3

3

4

One of:

PHYS 11013 or 1115

PHYS 11254 or 1225

Unavailable

PHYS 1125

 

4

4

0

4

One of:

GEOG 2515

STAT 2016, 7

STAT 270

 

3

3

3

One of:

GEOG 2210

STAT 11236 or STAT 11817

STAT 2281

 

3

3

3

One of:

ARCH 286

INDG 101

INDG 286

  

3

3

3

One of:

Unavailable

ABST 1102 or 1104

Unavailable

  

0

3

0


Footnotes:

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

2 Students in SFU Geoscience stream must take SFU MATH 150 or 151; and 152.

3 LANG PHYS 1101 = SFU PHYS 101 (3), Q/B-Sci & SFU PHYS 132 (1) - Q

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

5 Students pursuing the GIScience certificate are required to take GEOG 251.

6 LANG STAT 1123 = SFU STAT 201 (3) or SFU STAT 203 (3) or SFU STAT 205 (3), Q

7 LANG STAT 1181 (3) = SFU BUS 1XX (3) Q or SFU STAT 201 (3) or SFU STAT 203 (3) or SFU STAT 205 (3) 
student's choice. 

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

Updated August 2022