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- Archaeology's Jon Driver co-authored a paper examining how meat relates to social organization in ancestral Pueblo communities
- Centre for Sustainable Development member & REM Adjunct professor Michael Geller authors and article highlighting Vancouver's visible homeless community
- Resource and Environmental Management professor Mark Jaccard pens an op-ed highlighting Canada as a leader in climate change policy
- SFU Geography Professor Valorie Crooks examines ethical concerns in medical crowdfunding
- SFU Resource and Environmental Management graduate, Jenn Burt, nets new marine discoveries
- And the academic ‘Oscar’ goes to… marine ecologist, Anne Salomon
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Studying in Environment is more than you think. Tackle real-world problems, develop critical thinking and acquire new skills preparing you for multiple career paths.
Explore the relationships between humans and their natural and built environments. Tailor your studies to align with your interests, by choosing one of three degree programs: a Bachelor of Science (BSc), a Bachelor of Environment (BEnv - the only one in Canada), or a Bachelor of Arts (BA).
Join our team of changemakers and together we will make meaningful change happen in the classroom, at home and in communities around the world.
Apply now and start making a difference.
Bachelor of Arts
Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology will have you exploring the human past from Neanderthals to current issues of First Nations heritage and its management. You will delve into forensic science and learn about primates and changes in the human skeleton through biological anthropology. You will examine human/environmental interactions while working in labs, outside in the field, and traveling to local and/or international destinations.
Is Archaeology right for you?
- Do you like to solve mysteries old and new?
- Are you interested in biology, forensics or DNA?
- Does Indigenous knowledge, culture and heritage management interest you?
This degree prepares you for a variety of careers including: forensic scientist, paleoanthropologist, maritime archaeologist, and more working for industry, government, police and coroners, museums, parks and historical sites.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography will have you exploring the complex challenges our communities and our planet face. You will learn how social, economic, political and environmental forces shape our daily lives. By applying a global perspective, you will identify practical solutions through a range of research and analysis methods.
Is Human Geography right for you?
- Do social issues like homelessness, addiction, and racism interest you?
- Are you curious about how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
- Are you interested in how we can make neighbourhoods and cities more equitable, sustainable and functional?
This degree prepares you for a career as an urban planner, tourism developer, government advisor, community development analyst, sustainable programs manager, policy analyst, environmental media coordinator and more.
Bachelor of Environment
A Bachelor of Environment in Global Environmental Systems will allow you to focus on environmental issues, particularly the climate crisis. Using a global perspective, you will explore the intersection of social and biophysical systems (e.g. housing developments and loss of wildlife habitat), learn about the consequences of these systems and uncover how their negative effects might be mitigated. Advanced data analysis and modeling will become part of your toolkit.
Is Global Environmental Systems right for you?
- Do you want to understand climate change and what we are doing about it?
- Do you want to know what environmental justice is?
- Are you curious about how to influence environmental legislation based on scientific evidence?
This degree arms you with the ability to support decision-making and communicate scientific and technical information to diverse audiences. It will prepare you for careers in a variety of settings including government, industry and non-governmental agencies among others. Career paths include environmental planning analyst, policy advisor, environmental communication specialist, transportation policy analyst, sustainability coordinator, compliance specialist, environmental risk assessor and more.
A Bachelor of Environment in Resource and Environmental Management will have you exploring how we manage natural resources like energy, forestry and fisheries. You will learn how social and natural sciences, along with urban and rural planning, guide sustainable environmental management. You will gain an understanding of socio-cultural and Indigenous perspectives, earth processes, environmental impact assessments, analytics in decision-making, conflict resolution and policy, planning, and regulation.
Is Resource and Environmental Management right for you?
- Will we have enough electricity if we all drive electric vehicles?
- Do you think it is important to have access to fish, food and water that comes from local sources?
- Do you want to make industries such as forestry, agriculture and fisheries more sustainable?
This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in the government, industry, and non-profit sectors such as a business sustainability manager, compliance coordinator, parks manager, environmental manager or planner, restoration ecologist, or waste management program coordinator.
Specialize in two fields and explore the places, regions, and landscapes of social and business activities. Earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Business Administration in this Joint Major with the Beedie School of Business. Available to students already admitted into the Department of Geography. Interested students should contact advisors in both the Department of Geography and the Beedie School of Business.
If you are interested in a career in the private, non-profit or public sector in areas such as green entrepreneurship and innovation, supply chain management, environmental impact assessment and mitigation, energy and materials management and management within resource and environmental companies — then this joint major may be for you.
Bachelor of Science
Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science will have you exploring the relationships between humans and the environment, drawing on a diverse range of disciplines. By examining Earth’s physical, chemical and biological processes, you will learn how to think critically about how the world works, and use science to address environmental problems. You will tailor your degree to your interests, by choosing one of four concentrations: Applied Biology, Environmental Earth Systems, Environmetrics (environmental statistics), and Water Science.
Is Environmental Science right for you?
- Do you like debunking fake news like climate change isn’t real?
- Have you ever wondered if a water source was safe to drink?
- Are you curious about how to repair contaminated environments?
This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers including an Environmental Health and Safety Inspector, Fisheries Technician, Food Safety Coordinator, Water Quality Controller, Air Quality Technician and more with industry, governments and non-profit agencies.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in GIS will allow you to display and analyze spatial data using geographic information system technologies. You will learn to create and interpret data in the form of maps, figures and models. GIScience combines computer cartography, remote sensing, spatial data analysis, spatial theory and geovisualization.
Is Geographic Information Science right for you?
- Do you like digital tools that help you to make informed decisions about traffic routes, energy use, crime prevention and more?
- Do you find technologies that help warn populations about natural disasters or monitor system malfunctions fascinating?
- Do you know that spatial data can be used to help address inequities in health care access, pollution exposure, food security and more?
GIS is a key tool for a number of fields including urban planners, public utility companies, meteorologists, environmental planners, health authorities, crime prevention units, foresters, policy makers and more. This degree will prepare you for a career as an emergency planning coordinator, atmospheric data technician, cartographer, GIS analyst, urban planner, spatial epidemiologist and more.
A Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography will have you exploring earth systems science by studying the interactions between air (atmosphere), water (hydrosphere), land (lithosphere) and the spaces where organisms live (biosphere). You will investigate the events that influence our lives and how we are altering the Earth’s environmental systems. You will tailor your studies to match your interests and career goals and be eligible for professional certification in the environmental and resource sectors.
Is Physical Geography right for you?
- Have you ever wondered what happens when a landslide blocks a river valley or a threatens a highway?
- Do you want to know why our climate is changing and what our future climate will look like?
- Do you know that soil resources for food production are threatened?
This degree prepares you for a variety of careers including: climatologist, environmental protection officer or technician, pollution control consultant, water or air quality technician, professional geoscientist, soil scientist, remediation specialist, surveyor, hydrologist, agrologist and more, working for governments, industry and conservation groups.
Enhance your degree
Once you are a student, you may enhance your degree in a variety of ways. We offer joint majors with other faculties, double majors, certificates and minor program options.
Archaeology and Anthropology Joint Major
Specialize in two fields and explore the relationships between Archaeology and Anthropology while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Archaeology and First Nations Studies Joint Major
Specialize in two fields and explore the relationships between Archaeology and First Nations Studies while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Business and Geography Joint Major
Specialize in two fields and explore the relationships between business and place. Earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Business Administration in this Joint Major with the Beedie School of Business. Available to students already admitted into the Department of Geography.
Sustainable Business Joint Major
Specialize in two fields and learn about adapting business practices in an evolving global environment.This joint major consists of courses in both the social and biophysical aspects of environment as well as accounting, economics, finance and more. Earn either a Bachelor of Environment or a Bachelor of Business Administration in this joint major with Beedie School of Business.
Corporate Environmental and Social Sustainability
Cultural Resource Management
Geographic Information Science
Development and Sustainability Minor
Physical Geography Minor
Resource and Environmental Management Minor