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New Course Offerings - Fall 2023

September 05, 2023

SFU's eight faculties have a variety of course offerings that align with diverse career paths and interests. This fall, more than 30 new courses are being offered, each of which aims to provide a deeper dive into the rapidly changing world. 


SFU opens state-of-the-art Smart Manufacturing Hub in Surrey

CMPT 210 - Probability and Computing

Probability has become an essential tool in modern computer science with applications in randomized algorithms, computer vision and graphics, systems, data analysis and machine learning. The course introduces the foundational concepts in probability as required by many modern applications in computing.

SEE 475 – Special Topics: Carbon Capture Engineering

This course presents the philosophy and procedures of chemical engineering and process design as applied to designing the next generation of sustainable carbon capture systems. 

SEE 475 – Special Topics: Life Cycle Assessment in Buildings

This course introduces product life cycle assessment, data collection and modeling of system inventory, environmental impact measures, and application of life cycle assessment to buildings.  

SEE 475 – Special Topics: Energy Harvesting Materials

This course covers the fundamentals of energy harvesting materials and their application in devices for the conversion of ambient energy into electricity through various physical mechanisms (the photovoltaic effect, thermoelectricity, piezoelectricity, triboelectricity, and radiofrequency power transfer). 

SEE 476 – Special Topics: Renewable Energy Systems

The course focuses on renewable energy systems and their grid interfacing technologies. The class will learn about wind, solar, tidal, hydro and fuel cell energy conversion systems, their grid interfacing technologies and economics of distributed generation. 

MSE 980 - Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the future of manufacturing driven by artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and the resulting digital transformation technologies such as digital twins. Throughout examples and case studies, student will learn how the integration of Industry 4.0’s subsystems create smart factories that make manufacturing faster, more efficient and more customer-centric.

MSE 910 - Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)

The course covers industrial devices, processes, data collection, data flow communication protocols, I-IoT clouds, data analytics and cybersecurity.The goal of this course is to provide students with an in-depth and comprehensive background, approaches and skills to apply I-IoT technologies to the real-world applications of Industry 4.0.


The 2023 SFU History honours cohort visiting Iriving House, New Westminster. Undergraduate Medal Winner Julian Polanski is pictured centre. Cohort members from Left to Right are: Kate Reid, Rachel Anderson, Emma Lesko, Letian Wang, Julian Polanski, James Kirwan-Wallace, Hayleigh Giesbrecht, and Mike Lomanski.

GA 211 - Asian Migrations Across the Globe

An interdisciplinary course that focuses on Asian migrant experiences, community formation, cultural expression and political struggles in locations across the world, including in Canada and the United States as well as Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Oceania.

LBST 401 - How to Make Change: Community-Labour Organizing and Action

Explores community-labour organizing strategies and theories that workers and communities have used to effect social change. Beyond the formal labour movement, we focus on marginalized workers and communities who have turned to one another to amplify their power and fight against diverse forms of injustice.

PHIL 479 - Honours Tutorial in Philosophy 

In PHIL 479, each student will take a paper they wrote in a previous course (typically a 400-level seminar) and develop it into an honours thesis, supervised by the instructor of the previous course. PHIL 479 is required for completion of the program, honours in philosophy. 

GA/GSWS 388 - Topics in Queer Global Asias

The course focuses on the experiences, histories, knowledges and activism of marginalized gender and sexual subjects across Asia and its diasporas from the perspectives of feminist, queer and trans studies. 

JAPN 351 - Japanese Language and Culture through Film

Introduction to different styles of Japanese communication in various contexts through Japanese films, while reflecting on Japanese society and culture. Provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Japanese language and culture by learning how to tie appropriate language use to specific circumstances.

PLCY 200 – Introduction to Public Policy 

Government policies affect nearly every aspect of daily life. This course covers basic methods for public policy to deepen student's understanding of what public policy is, why it is important, and the way in which public policy is made. Students examine competing perspectives for explaining the relationship between power, knowledge, advocacy and policy making.


PEAK & ELITE case competition winners. Top: Peter Tingling, Alta Consulting (Troy Cheah, Linus Pui, Alicia Lee, Ammarah Siddiqui). Bottom: Peter Tingling, D.O.J. Innovators (Yen Huynh, Dao Nguyen, Uyen Ly).

BUS 240 - Introduction to Innovation

An introduction to key innovation concepts and processes, and how innovation is organized in established organizations and start-ups. Students will learn their role as agents of innovation by practicing techniques that help them anticipate opportunities, generate innovative concepts, and implement innovation in established organizations, entrepreneurial ventures and society.

BUS 275 - Business in a Sustainable Society

Businesses and business leaders have a key role to play in supporting a sustainable future. In this course, we examine what it means to be a responsible business and how businesses can do their part to be a catalyst for system-level change. We will also consider our own roles in supporting the necessary transition to a more regenerative and reconciled economy.


Three students who convocated from SFU's School of Communication in Summer 2023: Mark Villar, Linda Kanyamuna and Erica Apacible


How Research Makes its Way Into Society: Designed to spark conversations and engage students from across the university, the course explores the changing role of research, knowledge-making and truth in the public sphere. 


Discover the transformative potential of accessible publishing and pave the way for a more equitable and balanced society with industry expert, Laura Brady.


Edmonds Community School Celebrates Generous Donation from Education Class of 2023

MEd Curriculum & Instruction: Children’s and Young Adult Literature  

Designed for in particular for practicing K-12 teachers and librarians, this masters program explores what and how we read alongside youth. From picture books to blockbuster films, students will learn the skills necessary to critically read texts produced for youth while co-creating a range of pedagogies for teaching in B.C.’s culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.

MEd/MA Educational Theory and Practice                                    

This new masters program offering allows educators to enhance their educational practice in curriculum design and pedagogy across diverse formal and informal settings. They will engage with educational theory, research, and philosophy to develop and lead curriculum design that is sensitive to socio-historical contexts in a wide range of educational settings.


Students on overnight field trip to Merritt studying geography, geology

EVSC 495 – Special Topics: Issues of Scale in Ecology and Restoration

How do spatial dynamics contribute to the process and observation of biodiversity change and ecosystem functioning? Students in this course will study space and scale in the field of ecology and critically discuss new research on topics including ecological restoration, species range shifts and endangered species management.

GEOG 118 – The Water Planet

Our planet is unique in the solar system for the abundance of surface liquid water. This course provides an introduction to the science of water and the hydrologic cycle, and the role water plays at the intersection of many of the world's largest societal and environmental challenges. 

ARCH 332 – Special Topics: Indigenous Arch Theory & Practice

Informed by the values, concerns and goals of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous archaeology comprises a broad set of ideas, methods and strategies applied to the discovery, interpretation and protection of heritage places and objects. Students will hear from guest speakers and learn about practitioners of Indigenous archaeology, as well as its global history, theory and practice, particularly in North America.

EVSC 495 – Special Topics: Air Quality                                                 

In this timely course, students will be introduced to applied and theoretical aspects of air quality science and management. Topics of study will include key air contaminants, air quality and health, the interrelationship between air quality and climate change policies, emerging issues in air quality and more.

GEOG 429 – Racial Capitalism and Beyond

This course is an introduction to theoretical foundations in critical racial geographies, anchored by Cedric Robinson’s rendering of the Black radical tradition in his book, Black Marxism. Students will study the modern history and reach of Black radical thought in a global context, with particular attention to relations of capital, race, nation-state, social reproduction and the unfolding of contending geographies beyond dominant world order. 


2023 Undergraduate Award Recipients from Faculty of Health Sciences. (Top Row, L-R): Arti Shridhar, Chloe Goodison. (Bottom Row): Precious Akindele, Bita Gholamian, Peter Hong.

HSCI 220 - Indigenous Experiences of Health

An examination of Indigenous experiences of health and well-being that will encourage respectful, collaborative and ethical relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities. 

HSCI 336 – Health and Life Sciences Laboratory

An introduction to selected wet bench laboratory techniques common to biomedical health research. 

HSCI 461 – An Ecological Approach to Women’s Reproductive Health

Students will research women’s reproductive features, explore their evolutionary origins, how social and physical factors modulate their expression and their consequences for maternal and child health. 


Ongoing biology research experiment

BISC 171 - Biological Sciences Undergraduate Seminar

So, you want to be a biologist? Biology is an exciting field with a wide range of research and work opportunities. This course is designed for new Biology majors to introduce you to Biological Sciences. 


This one-credit course will introduce undergraduate science students in their first year to strategies and skills that will help them succeed in their science classes. These will include study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, library skills, etc. 


Chemistry will have two new courses 296-1 and 396-1. 296 is an introductory course, whereas 396 will build on the previous. These are one-unit courses designed to give students more opportunity for Experiential Undergraduate research.


Topics include microbial growth and kinetics, microbial metabolism and thermodynamics, biogeochemical cycling, microbial ecology and applied microbiology. Includes computer labs, where students will learn to analyze data generated by modern methods used to characterize microbes and microbial communities. 


Foundational biology of stem cell populations, technological advances, current and potential therapeutic applications. 

EASC 498

This course will provide Earth Science students with experimental and/or theoretical undergraduate research experience. 

Note from Faculty of Science Associate Dean, Academic: The new course offerings highlight the faculty's commitment to providing students with Experiential learning opportunities.