Restricted Subjects and Courses

There are certain types of courses, offered in various disciplines, that are either restricted or require additional steps to access:

DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES ("C" COURSES)

Exchange and study abroad students are not normally permitted to access courses offered by distance education. When viewing class schedules in the Student Information System, such courses will have a section number beginning with the letter "C", instead of the usual "D" (eg "C100" instead of "D100").

French Courses ("F" Courses)

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a B.A. in Public Administration and Community Services, taught primarily in French. This is a specialized program also known as the French Cohort Program, which may accept incoming exchange / study abroad students on an individual basis. Courses within this program in Political Science, History and French are instructed in French. For more information, please contact frcohort@sfu.ca and cc exchange@sfu.ca. 

SFU NOW: NIGHTS OR WEEKENDS ("J" COURSES)

Courses that have a section number beginning with the letter “J”, instead of the usual “D” (eg “J100” instead of “D100”) are considered SFU NOW courses. Exchange and study abroad students do not have priority access to SFU NOW courses. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

QUANTITATIVE COURSES ("Q" COURSES)

Some courses at SFU are designated as Quantitative and additional steps may be needed in order to access these courses. 

Exchange and study abroad students may have access to "Q" courses, but need to demonstrate prior academic quantitative work. For more information please contact exchange@sfu.ca. 

WRITING-INTENSIVE COURSES ("W" COURSES)

Courses that have a "W" in their number (eg CMNS 253W) are considered "writing intensive" courses. (SFU students require a certain number of "W" courses in order to complete their degree.)

Exchange and study abroad students may have access to "W" courses, but need to demonstrate proof of prior academic English work (above and beyond the basic English language requirements for admission to SFU). For more information please contact exchange@sfu.ca.

FIRST YEAR PROGRAMS

Some academic departments offer specialized programs for first year university students. Such programs are not open to exchange and study abroad students.

Due to demand and space restrictions, some courses and academic programs have limited or restricted access for exchange/study abroad students. The following is subject to change.

Actuarial Mathematics (ACMA) 

[ Faculty of Science ]

Exchange / study abroad students may not receive enrollment priority for ACMA courses. 

Archaeology (ARCH) 

[ Faculty of Environment ]

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following courses: ARCH 373 and ARCH 375.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access ARCH 373 and ARCH 375 during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. Many courses at SFU fill up quickly and such classes will likely be full when exchange / study abroad students are permitted to access the class.  

Asia-Canada (ASC)

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following course: ASC 401.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may have limited access to all 400-level ASC courses. 

Biology (BISC) 

[ Faculty of Science ]

Exchange / study abroad students may not receive enrollment priority for BISC courses.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access certain BISC courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. Many courses at SFU fill up quickly and such classes will likely be full when exchange / study abroad students are permitted to access the class. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK)

[ Faculty of Science ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following courses: BPK 301, BPK 304W, BPK 326 and BPK 407.

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for all 200-400 level BPK courses. Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access 200-400 level BPK courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. These courses tend to be in high demand, and often fill up early in the enrollment period. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

Certain courses within the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology require students to obtain (and pay for) a Criminal Records Check in order to access the course. Please see the list of affected courses, and if you wish to take one of these courses, email <exchange@sfu.ca> as early as possible for information: sfu.ca/students/criminalrecords/check.html

If you wish to request access to BPK courses, with pre-requisites, please follow these steps:

  • First, look at the pre-requisites for the courses you will be requesting listed in the calendar web site:http://www.sfu.ca/bpk/undergrad_program/courses.html
  • Second, look up the pre-requisite course descriptions and identify from your home university transcript which course or courses you have taken and feel could be used to meet those pre-requisites. Please send us a list that relates the transcript to the pre-requisites. If the course has a minimum number of units required, you must also show you meet the equivalent at your home university.
  • Third, you must provide a course outline for each of those pre-requisite courses.  This should not be just a 3 line course description but an actual course outline of the topics covered.  If necessary this should be translated in English.  A link to the original university website course page for that specific course containing the course outline may be used for this.

These courses outlines will be evaluated to make certain the student's background is sufficient for them to be well prepared for the course. Please contact International Services for Students exchange@sfu.ca in regards to access to BPK courses. Please include your full name, email address and SFU student number so your email can be linked to your exchange/study abroad application.

Business (BUS)

[ Faculty of Business ]

Due to demand and space restrictions, courses offered through the Beedie School of Business at SFU, (BUS courses), are only open to exchange / study abroad students who are from institutions with specific business exchange / study abroad agreements with SFU, and who are completing a major or minor in business at their home institution.

To find out if your home institution has an exchange / study abroad agreement with the Beedie School of Business at SFU please check the Preferred Business Partners list.

Exchange / study abroad students (not from Preferred Business Partners) may access the below 4 courses if space is available. Please note that access to these courses will normally only be confirmed once students are at SFU.

  • BUS 237 - Introduction to Business Technology Management
  • BUS 238 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • BUS 251 - Financial Accounting I
  • BUS 272 - Behaviour in Organizations

All exchange / study abroad students (including Business students from Preferred Business Partners) cannot access any of the following 300-400 level accounting courses: BUS 320, BUS 321, BUS 322, BUS 329, BUS 420, BUS 421, BUS 424, BUS 426, and BUS 427. The Accounting Concentration is a specialized program that is not open to any exchange / study abroad students.

All exchange / study abroad students (including Business students from Preferred Business Partners) cannot access any of the following 300-400 level Business Minor courses: BUS 311, BUS 340, BUS 341, and BUS 401. Business Minor is a specialized program that is not open to any exchange / study abroad students.

All exchange / study abroad students (including Business students from Preferred Business Partners) cannot access the following course(s): BUS 200, BUS 201, BUS 202, BUS 216 and BUS 360W.

Exchange / study abroad students who are in their final year of study should be warned that enrollment in courses is NOT guaranteed.

If you are interested in courses in the Department of Economics, please click here to view ECON course restrictions. 

 

All exchange / study abroad students (including Business students from Preferred Business Partners) cannot access graduate level BUS courses. This restriction includes courses in the MSc Finance , the full and part time MBA, the MOT MBA, Executive MBA programs and GDBA.

Chemistry (CHEM) 

[ Faculty of Science ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following course: CHEM 120.

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following courses (for the class section that is offered at the Surrey Campus): CHEM 121, CHEM 122, CHEM 126, CHEM 281, CHEM 282, and CHEM 286.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access above courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. Many courses at SFU fill up quickly and such classes will likely be full when exchange / study abroad students are permitted to access the class.  

Communication (CMNS) 

[ Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following course: CMNS 260 (Empirical Communication Research Methods). 

For the Fall term only, exchange / study abroad students cannot access the D100 Lecture and associated Tutorial sections for the following courses: CMNS 110 and CMNS 130.

Computing Science (CMPT) 

[ Faculty of Applied Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following course(s): CMPT 225, CMPT 275, CMPT 276, CMPT 300, CMPT 307, CMPT 363, CMPT 373, CMPT 376, CMPT 433, CMPT 470, and CMPT 471.

Course access is limited and subject to availability. If you wish to take other CMPT courses (including MACM 101) not included in the list above, please contact exchange@sfu.ca as soon as possible for further instructions. It is very important that you complete the necessary forms and submit documents on time. These instructions are outlined briefly below:

  1. Check that you are eligible to take your requested CMPT course(s). Have you completed a course at your home university that satisfies the SFU course prerequisites? Please check the prerequisite/enrollment requirements here
  2. Check the description of the SFU prerequisite course(s). Are the topics covered equivalent to a course you have completed? Take a look at the course outline here.
  3. Find your relevant home course outlines. The appropriate home course outlines should be a detailed outline/syllabus of the topics covered in course(s) you have completed at your home university (shown on your transcript). A short 3 line course description is not sufficient. If applicable, please translate the course outline(s) into English. A link to the original university website course page containing the course outline may be submitted. Please include any textbooks that you may have studied in the course(s).

Contemporary Arts (FPA) 

[ Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology ]

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may only access the following courses: FPA 104, FPA 135, FPA 137, FPA 149Q*, FPA 168, FPA 104, FPA 142, FPA 120, FPA 136, FPA 140, FPA 237*, FPA 317*, FPA 337*, and FPA 341 (*please note some courses have pre-requisite requirements).  

Criminology (CRIM) 

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following courses: CRIM 369 and CRIM 462.

Exchange / study abroad students may not receive enrollment priority for 300-400 level CRIM courses. 

Earth Sciences (EASC)

[ Faculty of Science ]

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive priority enrollment for the following courses: EASC 206, EASC 306, and EASC 308. 

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access the above courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

Economics (ECON)

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange/study abroad students will not receive priority enrollment for 300-400 level ECON courses. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

The following courses are restricted for all inbound exchange/study abroad students. Exceptions are possible, but require special permission from the course instructors or the Economics Undergraduate Chair to make certain the student's background is sufficient for them to be well prepared. Please contact International Services for Students exchange@sfu.ca in regards to access to those courses.

Econ 402 - Advanced Microeconomic Theory
Econ 403 - Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
Econ 435 - Econometric Methods
Econ 499 - Honors Seminar in Economics

If you wish to request access to Economics courses, with pre-requisites, please follow these steps:

First, look at the pre-requisites for the courses you will be requesting listed in the calendar web site: http://www.sfu.ca/economics/undergraduate/degrees-and-programs.html

Second, look up the pre-requisite course descriptions and identify from your home university transcript which course or courses you have taken and feel could be used to meet those pre-requisites. Please send us a list that relates the transcript to the pre-requisites. If the course has a minimum number of units required, you must also show you meet the equivalent at your home university.

Third, you must provide a course outline for each of those pre-requisite courses.  This should not be just a 3 line course description but an actual course outline of the topics covered.  If necessary this should be translated in English.  A link to the original university website course page for that specific course containing the course outline may be used for this.

These courses outlines will be evaluated to make certain the student's background is sufficient for them to be well prepared for the course.

Please contact International Services for Students exchange@sfu.ca in regards to access to ECON courses. Please include your full name, email address and SFU student number so your email can be linked to your exchange/study abroad application.

Education (EDUC) 

[ Faculty of Education ]

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange/study abroad students cannot access Professional Development Program (PDP) courses.

Due to demand and space restrictions all courses in the subject area of 'Counselling and Human Development" (listed below), exchange/study abroad students will not have priority enrollment to take these courses. Only if space is available will exchange/study abroad students be able to enroll in these courses.

EDUC 323 - Introduction to Counselling Theories 
EDUC 324 - Foundations of Multicultural Counselling 
EDUC 328 - Career Education and Career Counselling 
EDUC 423 - Helping Relationships 

Due to demand and space restrictions in EDUC 424 Learning Disabilities:  Laboratory and EDUC 452 Environmental Education, exchange/study abroad students will not have priority enrollment to take these courses. Only if space is available will exchange/study abroad students be able to enroll in these courses.

Certain courses within the Faculty of Education require students to obtain (and pay for) a Criminal Records Check in order to access the course. Please see the list of affected courses, and if you wish to take one of these courses, email exchange@sfu.ca as early as possible for information: students.sfu.ca/criminalrecords/check.html

English (ENGL) 

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for ENGL 400-level courses.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access ENGL 400-level courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. Many courses at SFU fill up quickly and such classes will likely be full when exchange / study abroad students are permitted to access the class.  

Engineering Science (ENSC) 

[ Faculty of Applied Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following course(s): ENSC 305W, ENSC 440W, ENSC 405W, and ENSC 440.

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following courses:  ENSC 251, ENSC 252, ENSC 254, ENSC 470, ENSC 489, and ENSC 495. Due to demand and space restrictions, access and space for ENSC courses is limited for exchange / study abroad students.

If you wish to take ENSC courses, please contact exchange@sfu.ca as soon as possible for further instructions. It is very important that you complete the necessary forms and submit documents on time. These instructions are outlined briefly below:

  1. Check that you are eligible to take your requested ENSC course(s). Have you completed a course at your home university that satisfies the SFU course prerequisites? Please check the prerequisite/enrollment requirements here. Please note some courses are linked so that taking one course requires co-registration in a second course.  A typical example is ENSC 100W which is linked to ENSC 105W where both courses must be taken at the same time.
  2. Check the description of the SFU prerequisite course(s). Are the topics covered equivalent to a course you have completed? Take a look at the course outline here.
  3. Find your relevant home course outlines. The appropriate home course outlines should be a detailed outline/syllabus of the topics covered in course(s) you have completed at your home university (shown on your transcript). A short 3 line course description is not sufficient. If applicable, please translate the course outline(s) into English. A link to the original university website course page containing the course outline may be submitted. Please include any textbooks that you may have studied in the course(s).

Please note that ENSC courses are very demanding.  No more than 21 units of courses will be approved for a single term.

Environment (ENV) 

[ Faculty of Environment ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following courses: ENV 197, ENV 198, ENV 391, ENV 491, and ENV 495.

Environmental Science (EVSC) 

[ Faculty of Environment ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following courses: EVSC 205, EVSC 399, and EVSC 499.

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following course: EVSC 100.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access EVSC 100) during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. Many courses at SFU fill up quickly and such classes will likely be full when exchange / study abroad students are permitted to access the class.  

Explorations (EXPL) 

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

This is a specialized program where only one course is open to incoming exchange/study abroad students. All other Explorations (EXPL) courses are restricted, with the exception of EXPL 235.

Foundations Courses: FAL X99 and FAN X99

These two courses are not open to exchange and study abroad students.

Health Sciences (HSCI) 

[ Faculty of Health Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students may not receive enrollment priority for HSCI courses.

History (HIST)

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following courses: HIST 400 and HIST 494.

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following course: HIST 300.

Humanities (HUM)

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following course: HUM 390.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may have limited access to all 400-level HUM courses. 

International Studies (IS) 

[ School for International Studies ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following courses: IS 450W, IS 451, and IS 302.

Labour Studies (LBST)

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following course: LBST 301W.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access LBST 301W course during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. 

Linguistics (LING) 

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

First, look at the pre-requisites for the courses you will be requesting listed in the calendar web site: http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/programs-and-courses.html

Second, look up the pre-requisite course descriptions and identify from your home university transcript which course or courses you have taken and feel could be used to meet those pre-requisites. Please send us a list that relates the transcript to the pre-requisites. If the course has a minimum number of units required, you must also show you meet the equivalent at your home university.

Third, you must provide a course outline for each of those pre-requisite courses.  This should not be just a 3 line course description but an actual course outline of the topics covered.  If necessary this should be translated in English.  A link to the original university website course page for that specific course containing the course outline may be used for this.

These courses outlines will be evaluated to make certain the student's background is sufficient for them to be well prepared for the course.

Please contact International Services for Students exchange@sfu.ca in regards to access to LING courses. Please include your full name, email address and SFU student number so your email can be linked to your exchange/study abroad application.

Mathematics (MATH)

[ Faculty of Science ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following courses: MATH 498 and MATH 499W. 

Exchange / study abroad students may not receive priority enrollment for the following courses: MATH 302, MATH 303, MATH 304, and MACM 316. Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access these courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. 

For information about MACM 101, please check the Computing Science (CMPT) section of this page. 

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MBB) 

[ Faculty of Science ]

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following course(s): MBB 308, MBB 309, and MBB 432.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access the above courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. Many courses at SFU fill up quickly and such classes will likely be full when exchange / study abroad students are permitted to access the class. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

[ Faculty of Science ]

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following courses: PHYS 140, PHYS 141, PHYS 231, PHYS 233, PHYS 326, PHYS 332, and PHYS 431.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access the above courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. Many courses at SFU fill up quickly and such classes will likely be full when exchange / study abroad students are permitted to access the class.  

Mechatronic Systems Engineering (MSE) 

[ Faculty of Applied Sciences ]

Due to demand and space restrictions, access and space for MSE courses is limited for exchange / study abroad students.

If you wish to take MSE courses, please contact exchange@sfu.ca as soon as possible for further instructions. It is very important that you complete the necessary forms and submit documents on time. These instructions are outlined briefly below:

  1. Check that you are eligible to take your requested course(s). Have you completed a course at your home university that satisfies the SFU course prerequisites? Please check the prerequisite/enrollment requirements for MSE courses.
  2. Check the description of the SFU prerequisite course(s). Are the topics covered equivalent to a course you have completed? Take a look at the course outlines for MSE courses.
  3. Find your relevant home course outlines. The appropriate home course outlines should be a detailed outline/syllabus of the topics covered in course(s) you have completed at your home university (shown on your transcript). A short 3 line course description is not sufficient. If applicable, please translate the course outline(s) into English. A link to the original university website course page containing the course outline may be submitted. Please include any textbooks that you may have studied in the course(s).

Physics (PHYS) 

[ Faculty of Science ]

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following courses: PHYS 140, PHYS 141, PHYS 231, PHYS 233, PHYS 326, PHYS 332, and PHYS 431.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access the above courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. Many courses at SFU fill up quickly and such classes will likely be full when exchange / study abroad students are permitted to access the class.  

Psychology (PSYC)

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Upper division (300-400 level) PSYC courses are only accessible to exchange / study abroad students who are Psychology majors at their home university. All other exchange / study abroad students may not have priority enrollment for all 300-400 level PSYC courses. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

Publishing (PUB)

[ Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following courses: PUB 350, PUB 355W, PUB 450, and PUB 477.

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following courses: PUB 372, PUB 375, PUB 401, PUB 456, and PUB 478. Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access these courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

Resource and Environmental Management (REM)

[ Faculty of Environment ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following courses: REM 698, REM 801, REM 802, REM 699, REM 899.

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for the following courses: REM 601, REM 602, REM 611, REM 621, REM 631, REM 641, REM 642, REM 643, REM 644, REM 664, REM 665, REM 690, REM 691. 

Sociology and Anthropology (SA)

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students will not receive enrollment priority for any 300-400 level SA courses.

Due to demand and space restrictions, exchange / study abroad students may access 300-400 level SA courses during the 4th week of the enrollment period if space is available. Many courses at SFU fill up quickly and such classes will likely be full when exchange / study abroad students are permitted to access the class. During the enrollment period, students may be added to the wait list for a maximum of 2 courses. 

Certain courses in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology require students to obtain (and pay for) a Criminal Records Check in order to access the course. For a list of all these courses and more information, click here. If you wish to access one of these courses, email exchange@sfu.ca as early as possible. 

Sustainable Community Development (SCD) 

[ Faculty of Environment ]

Due to demand and space restrictions, access to Sustainable Community Development (SCD) courses is usually restricted to SFU students completing an SCD certificate. Only in rare cases will exchange/study abroad students be able to enroll in these courses.

Urban Studies, Masters Program (URB)

[ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ]

Exchange / study abroad students cannot access the following course(s): URB 693, URB 694, URB 670, URB 696, URB 697, and URB 699.