All students complete common core Environmental Science (EVSC) courses each year, which develop key knowledge and skills such as writing, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. EVSC core courses facilitates the formation of an Environmental Science cohort group of students who progress through the program together, providing opportunities for idea exchange, team-building, friendship and networking during their studies. 

Tentative Schedule of Courses for Next Academic Year

Below is a list of tentative courses for next academic year. All courses are subject to change. If you are a current or prospective student and would like advise on what courses to take and when, please contact Sara Bucci, Undergraduate Advisor. 

Summer 2020

  • EVSC 100-3: Introduction to Environmental Science (Remote) 
  • EVSC 391/491: Directed Studies in Environmental Science 
  • EVSC 490W-4: Environmental Science Thesis 

Fall 2020

  • EVSC 100-3: Introduction to Environmental Science (Remote)
  • EVSC 300-3: Seminar in Environmental Science (Remote)
  • EVSC 391/491: Directed Studies in Environmental Science 
  • EVSC 490W-4: Environmental Science Thesis 
  • EVSC 495-4: Special Topics in Ecogeomorphogy (Remote)

Spring 2021

  • EVSC 100-3: Introduction to Environmental Science (Remote) 
  • EVSC 201W-4: Environmental Science in Practice (Remote)
  • EVSC 395- 4: Special Topics in Watershed Ecology (Remote)
  • EVSC 305-4: Methods in Environmental Science (Remote) 
  • EVSC 391/491: Directed Studies in Environmental Science 
  • EVSC 400-4: Environmental Science Capstone (Remote)
  • EVSC 445-4: Special Temporary Topics - Environmental Data Analysis (Remote)
  • EVSC 489-4: Environmental Science Thesis I
  • EVSC 490W-4: Environmental Science Thesis II


EVSC 100-3: Introduction to Environmental Science (First Year)

Introduces students to the study of environmental science.  Lecture material spans contributing disciplines, emphasizing integration of diverse concepts to understand environmental problems.  Tutorials develop core academic skills in environmental science context.  Breadth-Science.

  • Generally offered in Fall, Spring, Summer 

EVSC 201W-4: Environmental Science in Practice (Second Year)

A survey of environmental science practice that exposes students to what environmental scientists do, with guest lectures from environmental scientists and practitioners across contributing disciplines and workplaces.  Coursework emphasizes literature research, analysis and synthesis along with scientific writing and communication skills.  Writing  (Prerequisite: EVSC 100)

  • Generally offered in Fall

EVSC 300-3: Seminar in Environmental Science (Third Year)

Provides Environmental Science students the opportunity to investigate an environmental science topic in depth, through lecture and bi-weekly guest speakers from diverse sectors (academia, government, industry and NGOs).  (Prerequisite: EVSC 201W)

  • Generally offered in Fall, Spring

EVSC 305-4: Methods in Environmental Science (Third Year)

Introduces EVSC students to lab and field methods used in the study of Environmental Science.  (Prerequisite: EVSC  100 and 50 units of credit in the environmental science program)

  • Generally offered in Spring

EVSC 391/491: Directed Studies in Environmental Science 

    Independent study on environmental topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. A directed study proposal must be completed and approved by the instructor and the EVSC Director prior to registration. Students may take this course only once. Variable units: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Prerequisite: 60 units, 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Students with credit for ENV 391/ENV491 may not take this course for further credit.   

EVSC 400-4: Environmental Science Capstone (Fourth Year)

In the final year of undergraduate study, students from all Environmental Science concentrations will integrate their disciplinary, science backgrounds to solve environmental problems.  Project-based coursework will promote collaborative group work, emphasizing research skills, data analysis, scientific writing and communication, preparing students for employment as Environmental Scientists.  (Prerequisite: EVSC 300 and EVSC 305)

  •  Generally offered in Spring semester
  • See past student projects on the Capstone Showcase  

EVSC 490-4: Environmental Science Thesis (Honours Program)

Independent research on an environmental science topic, undertaken under the supervision of SFU faculty with the permission of the EVSC Director.  (Prerequisite: EVSC 305, 90 units, and consent of the Director)

  • Offered in Fall, Spring, Summer

EVSC 495-4: Special Topics Ecogeomorphology  

Ecogeomorphology is the interdisciplinary study of watersheds that integrates geomorphology, hydrology and ecology. This area of research facilitates new understandings of both landscapes and ecosystems by bridging dominant paradigms from individual disciplines while also spanning spatial and temporal scales. While this course will explore how animals can alter and shape their physical surroundings, we will also explore the approaches we can use to start understanding how the physical conditions within an ecosystem may influence the condition and dynamics of ecological populations.

Prerequisites: GEOG 111 (Earth Systems) or EASC 101 (Dynamic Earth), BISC 204 (Intro to Ecology), and a minimum of 60 units. GEOG 213 (Intro to Geomorphology) is recommended.

In this course, we will cover essential concepts in geomorphology and hydrology, the interactions between physical and ecological systems, basics of matrix-based population modeling, and approaches to integrated physical-ecological modeling. Over the course of the semester, we will read and discuss relevant primary literature, work with existing models, and students will ultimately design their own modeling experiment and present their findings to the class.

This course is recommended to students in Environmental Science, Resource Management, Ecology, and Geography. In addition to learning about the topics and research surrounding ecogeomorphology, this course will be aimed at helping cultivate and develop student skills in reading and interpreting scientific literature, familiarity with running scripts and basics of coding in Matlab, presenting science, and technical writing.

  • Offered in Fall 2020, tentatively scheduled for Fall 2022