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Faculty of Science


P9451 Shrum Science Centre, (604) 291-4590 Tel, (604) 291-3424 Fax, www.sfu.ca/~science

Dean

W.S. Davidson BSc (Edin), PhD (Qu)

Associate Dean

R.W. Mathewes BSc (S Fraser), PhD (Br Col)

Director of Science Student Liaison and Alumni Development

J. Simms BSc (New Br), MSc (Wat)

For research interests of faculty members, see "Faculty of Science"..

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science (Honors)

Bachelor of Science

Diplomas and Certificates Offered

Certificate in Actuarial Mathematics

Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Biological Sciences

Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Environmental Toxicology

Major Program

A major program provides a broad general education in several fields and some specialization in one field known as the major. Optional programs, which include double majors or majors and minors, are possible. General regulations are in Faculty of Science requirements for the BSc (major). For specific requirements, refer to the academic department concerned. Students not pursuing a specialization may undertake a bachelor of science (general science) degree. Information may be found in the General Science Program requirements.

Requirements for Major

Students must complete 120 credit hours including the following.

Additional requirements, as specified by the major program and in General Information, may be required

and

For students enrolled at the University beginning fall 1991 or later

or

For students enrolled at the University before fall 1991

Honors Program

This program provides in-depth study in a single field and requires the student to concentrate his/her studies in the fifth to eighth levels in the chosen field. This program is recommended for students who intend to proceed to advanced degrees, provided that they meet the entrance requirements and maintain the required standing.

Students applying for honors program admission will normally have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (B standing) and are expected to maintain this standard to continue in the honors program.

Requirements for Honors and Honors First Class

Students must complete 132 credit hours of credit as prescribed by the honors program which include the following.

Students must also complete additional requirements as specified by the honors program and in the General Information section (see "General Information".).

Program Guidelines

Minor Program

Consult advisors in appropriate departments when deciding on course selection. Suggested programs and prerequisites are given in each department's Calendar entry. An average grade of at least 2.00 is required in those upper division courses used to satisfy the requirements for a minor.

General Science Program

This program, consisting of 120 credit hours, provides a broad general education in several fields with some specialization in at least two fields. It requires two minors, one of which must be chosen from within the Faculty of Science. The groupings of courses from which the two minors can be chosen are given under the General Science Program section in the Calendar, along with the general course requirements for this degree. It should be noted that all lower division requirements for the two chosen minors must also be completed.

Cooperative Education Programs

These programs are available in biological sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental science, geography, mathematics and physics. Details are given in the departmental sections and in the Cooperative Education section.

Withdrawal of Program Approval

A student whose progress, in the judgment of the department, is below the standard for graduation from a program may be refused entry to, or required to withdraw from, that program in the department.

Transfer Credit and Bachelor of Science Degrees for Students Who Successfully Complete First Year Medical Science Professional Training

Students who complete at least 90 credit hours in a science degree program and are accepted into an accredited professional program in medicine, dentistry, optometry or veterinary medicine are eligible for a bachelor of science degree from Simon Fraser University after successful completion of the first year of professional study. To be acceptable, courses taken in the professional program must not duplicate courses already taken at Simon Fraser University and must be acceptable for transfer credit in a major or honors degree program. Candidates must apply for transfer credit and a bachelor's degree through the Office of the Registrar, Simon Fraser University. Since official transcripts of the work completed in the first year of the professional program are required for transfer credit purposes, application for graduation should be delayed until the summer semester following the completion of requirements.

Requirements for Students Wishing to Transfer into Professional Schools

To transfer into professional schools, contact the professional school admissions office to confirm the course requirements.

Engineering Transfer Program
Advisors

Undergraduate curriculum chair, School of Engineering Science, 8815 Applied Sciences Building, (604) 291-4371

Dr. G.A.C. Graham, Department of Mathematics, 10527 Shrum Science Centre, (604) 291-3337

Dr. R. Frindt PEng, Department of Physics, P8466 Shrum Science Centre, 778.782 3161

Engineering Study in BC

To complete engineering degree studies in British Columbia, students studying in the Engineering Transfer program at Simon Fraser University must transfer to an Engineering program at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia or the University of Victoria.

Transfer to the University of British Columbia's Engineering Program

Students who have taken two semesters of science at SFU may be considered for admission to first year engineering at the University of British Columbia if they have an overall GPA of at least 2.5, including all attempted courses. A GPA of at least 2.7 must also be achieved in mathematics, physics and chemistry with a grade of not less than a C in these subjects.

Students who complete the following courses and who meet the University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Science admission standards will be eligible to be considered for admission to second year engineering, provided they have an overall GPA of 2.5, including all attempted courses. For such students, the University of British Columbia course ASPC 151, Computer Aided Engineering Graphics, must be taken along with the normal second year program at the University of British Columbia.

CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry and Laboratory I

CHEM 122-2 General Chemistry II

CMPT 101-4 Introduction to Computer Programming

MATH 151-3 Calculus I

MATH 152-3 Calculus II

MATH 232-3 Elementary Linear Algebra

MATH 262-3 Applied Mathematics - Statics

PHYS 120-3 Physics I

PHYS 121-3 Physics II

PHYS 131-2 General Physics Laboratory B

two of

ENGL 101-3 Introduction to Fiction

ENGL 102-3 Introduction to Poetry

ENGL 103-3 Introduction to Drama

ENGL 104-3 Introduction to the Essay as Literature

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are taken in the proper order and that application for admission deadlines at the University of British Columbia are observed.

Students who lack credit for some of these courses may still be accepted for admission to the second year of the University of British Columbia Engineering program, contingent upon subsequently making up the course credit short fall.

In appropriate circumstances and with careful planning, up to three courses (or course and associated laboratory combinations) may be taken at SFU during the summer semester immediately prior to becoming a student at the University of British Columbia. The associate dean of the engineering program at the University of British Columbia must be consulted if this option is to be pursued.

Additional Transfer Credit

Additional courses, which will reduce the number of courses that must be taken subsequently at the University of British Columbia, may also be transferable; in particular, the following Simon Fraser University courses.

MATH 251-3 Calculus III

MATH 252-3 Vector Calculus

MATH 263-3 Applied Mathematics - Rigid Body Dynamics

MATH 310-3 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

MATH 314-3 Boundary Value Problems

These courses have a University of British Columbia counterpart, respectively: MATH 253, 254, PHYS 270, MATH 255, 257. Each is required by several of the second (or subsequent) year University of British Columbia engineering programs. The associate dean of the engineering program at the University of British Columbia must be consulted if these courses are included in the transfer credit request to UBC.

Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia requires the following courses which are prerequisites for applying to enter the first year of dentistry (DMD).

ENGL 199 and one of 101 or 102 or 103 or 104

MBB 222 and 321

BISC 101 and 102

CHEM 121, 122, 126, 281, 282, 286

MATH 151 and 152

PHYS 101, 102, 130 (or 120, 121, 131)

Additional courses are required to complete six semesters (90 credit hours). These should be chosen in accordance with a specific SFU degree program but students are advised to select some courses from disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Contact address

For student admissions: Faculty of Dentistry - Admissions, University of British Columbia, 350 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3. Telephone (604) 822-3416, Fax (604) 822-4532, fodadms@interchange.ubc.ca

Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia

The Faculty of Forestry offers four year degree programs in forest resources management, forest operations, forest science, natural resources conservation, and wood products processing. The curricula allows two admission pathways: one directly from high school; the other follows a year of science at the University of British Columbia or its equivalent at another postsecondary institution. If first year science is taken at Simon Fraser University, the following courses are required.

ENGL one of 101 or 102 or 103 or 105 or 199

BISC 101 and 102

CHEM 121 or PHYS 100 or 101

MATH 151 and 152

ECON 103 and 105

Students who apply after one year of science need three or four years after completion of the first year of science to fulfil the forestry degree requirements, depending on the forestry program chosen.

Contact address

Coordinator of Student Services, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Forest Science Centre, room 2615, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z4 Telephone (604) 822-3547, helens@interchg.ubc.ca

Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia requires the following courses which are prerequisites for applying to enter the first year of medicine.

English: any two of ENGL 101, 102, 103, 104, 199 (199 recommended)

Chemistry: all of CHEM 121, 122, 126, 281, 282, 286

Biochemistry: both MBB 222 and 321 (MBB 221 is a prerequisite for 222)

Biology: both of BISC 101 and 102

Official admission requirements are defined in the UBC School of Medicine Calendar and may be subject to change.

Early medical school admission is available at several Canadian universities (including UBC) but applications considerably exceed spaces. Students planning to enter medicine after the sixth level at SFU (i.e. after completing 90 credit hours) should arrange their program so that in the event they are not accepted into medical school, they can complete their major program at SFU in a timely fashion.

Contact address

For the admissions office: Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, 317 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3. Telephone (604) 822-4482, admissions.md@ubc.ca, www.med.ubc.ca

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia requires the following courses which are prerequisites for applying to enter the first year of a four year program of pharmacy.

BISC 101and 102

CHEM 121 / 122 / 126

ENGL any two of ENGL 199, 101, 102, 103, 104

MATH 151 / 152 (or 154 / 155)

PHYS 101 / 102 / 130 (or 120 / 121 / 131)

Refer to a current University of British Columbia Calendar for specific information. All applicants must submit additional supplemental admission requirements. Students should consult the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia for details.

Contact address

Admissions, Registrar's Office, University of British Columbia, 2016 - 1874 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1. Telephone (604) 822-3014, www.ubcpharmacy.org

The School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia offers programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy. The following courses are prerequisites.
Occupational Therapy (30 credit minimum)

BISC 101 and 102

one of ENGL 199 (recommended) or 101 or 102 or 103

PSYC 100 and/or 102 or 280 or 221 or 241

SA (3-6 credits at the 100 or 200 level)

STAT 270 or 101 or 301

electives 3-15 credits

CHEM 121, 122, 126 recommended

Physical Therapy (30 credit minimum)

BISC 101 and 102

CHEM 121, 122, 126

ENGL (3-6 credits), ENGL 199 recommended

PSYC 100 and/or 102 or 280 or 221 or 241

STAT 270 or 101 or 301

Electives (3-12 credits)

physics 11 and physics 12 (or first year university physics)

A minimum of 70 hours of experience with disabled persons is required by February 28. An orientation session is offered in November. Intending applicants should contact the school in September. These are guidelines only. Contact the School of Rehabilitation Sciences in writing for current prerequisites.

Contact address

The School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia, T325 - Koerner Pavilion, 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T2B5 admissions@rehab.ubc.ca, www.rehab.ubc.ca

Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, requires the following courses as prerequisites for applying to enter this program.

ENGL any two of 101, 102, 103 or 104

MBB 221 and 222

BISC 101, 102, 202, 303

CHEM 121, 122, 126, 281

MATH 151, 152 (or 154, 155 or 157, 158) STAT 301 may be substituted for MATH 152, or 155 or 158

PHYS 101, 102, 130 (or 120, 121, 131)

electives 15 credit hours

Electives should be based on the program in which the student is enrolled, and may include non-science related subjects. Students are encouraged to choose electives that broaden perspectives. The electives should not include courses which are equivalent to BC high school grade 12, or which are general education courses at the 000 division.

Contact address

Admission Office, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 52 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N5B4

General Note

All course requirements should be completed by the end of the spring semester preceding the proposed date of entry to a professional school.

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine requires a minimum 70% cumulative average for veterinary program admission. Grades are converted to a common scale for comparative purposes and this converted average will be used.

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine has recently, with Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission approval, introduced an Educational Equity Program for Aboriginal students. A defined number of seats have been allocated for self-identified Aboriginal descent applicants who will be ranked among themselves and not against the general applicant pool. Proof of Aboriginal ancestry is required and must be provided at the time of application. For the purpose of admission the accepted documents for Aboriginal ancestry proof are in the University of Saskatchewan Calendar.

Teaching Careers

Students interested in elementary or secondary teaching should consult the Faculty of Education regarding requirements for entry into the professional development program and teacher certification before entering the upper divisions of their programs. Please see "Faculty of Education"..

Languages other than English

Most graduate schools require proficiency in a language other than English. If you intend do graduate work at another university, include at least six course work hours in languages other than English. The most useful languages for reading research papers are German, French and Russian.

General Interest Science Courses

Several courses have no prerequisite and convey a broad perspective of scientific outlook for non-specialists science students. They follow.

Biological Sciences

BISC 004-3 Apiculture: An Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping

General Science

SCI 300-3 Science and its Impact on Society

Physics

PHYS 190-3 Introduction to Astronomy

In addition, a course is offered on forefront, interdisciplinary topics in contemporary science for both science and non-science students.

SCI 010-1, 2, or 3 Contemporary Topics in the Natural Sciences

This course may be offered for one, two or three credit hours. A student may acquire a maximum of three. This course may be offered by any of the Faculty of Science departments or may be team taught by faculty members from across the faculty.



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