Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) in Education is a degree program designed for the non-specialist. Students will learn through lectures, field experiences, service learning (aka learning while placed in an educational setting) and by distance education.

Students are encouraged to review the EDUC courses that require a Criminal Records Check (CRC).   These courses require a CRC prior to enrolling:

https://www.sfu.ca/students/criminalrecords/check.html

Process for the SFU CRC:

https://www.sfu.ca/students/criminalrecords/consent.html

 

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum Simon Fraser University admission requirements. See Undergraduate Admission.


Program Options and Requirements

General Education Option

Requirements

Students in the General Education Option of the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) must complete 120 units, including at least 45 upper division units.

A 2.00 graduation grade point average (GPA) and upper division GPA is required.

With the exception of EDUC 401, 402, 403, 405 and 406, courses completed in any faculty may be used to satisfy degree requirements, but course admission is subject to the prerequisites of various departments.

Students complete all of:

In addition to the courses specified above, students who choose this option will complete:

  • 9 lower division credits in EDUC courses and
  • 15 upper division credits in EDUC courses.

Double Minor Option

Requirements

Students complete 120 units including at least 45 upper division units.

A 2.00 graduation grade point average (GPA) and upper division GPA is required.

With the exception of EDUC 401, 402, 403, 405 and 406, courses completed in any faculty may be used to satisfy degree requirements, but course admission is subject to the prerequisites of various departments.

Students complete all of:

Note: EDUC 100W, EDUC 252 and EDUC 352W must be completed before starting the Professional Development Program (PDP).

Students also complete two minors or extended minors, one of which must be a Faculty of Education minor, as shown below:

Writing, Quantitative and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

Note: a grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit.

W-Writing

  • 6 units
  • must include at least one upper division course taken at Simon Fraser University within the student's major subject

Q-Qualitative

  • 6 units
  • courses may be lower or upper division

B-Breadth

  • 18 units (Designated Breadth)
  • must be outside the student's major subject and may be lower or upper division, but must include:
    • 6 units Social Sciences (B-Soc)
    • 6 units Humanities (B-Hum)
    • 6 units Sciences (B-Sci)
  • 6 units (Additional Breadth)
  • must be outside the student's major subject and may or may not be B-designated courses and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

The University’s residency requirement stipulates that, in most cases, total transfer and course challenge credit may not exceed 60 units, and may not include more than 15 as upper division work.

Students may transfer a maximum of 60 units into the BGS (Education) from accredited institutions. Students from SFU approved programs such as AHCOTE, the Professional Linking Program or other approved Faculty of Education programs may transfer an additional 30 units from an accredited degree-granting institution, providing 30 of the required 45 upper division units are Simon Fraser University courses, and any W course within the required 45 must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Also note that any minor program must include at least seven upper division units earned at Simon Fraser University.

See “Undergraduate Degree Requirements” for regulations.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.

Disclaimer: The information provided for this program is to be used as a reference. Should any discrepancies occur between the information found on this page and the SFU Calendar, the information found in the SFU Calendar shall be deemed correct. Go to the SFU Calendar >>