Tips for First-Year Students

Choosing your electives in Applied Sciences


Engineering Science (Burnaby Campus)


Mechatronics Systems Engineering (Surrey Campus)


Computing Science (Burnaby Campus)

  • All students at SFU need to take a certain number of WQB elective courses: http://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_students/wqb_requirements.html
  • As part of your curriculum as a Computing Science student, you will take your Q requirements, one of your B-SCI requirements and your Upper Division W course
  • This leaves you with the following to complete: 1 B-SCI, 2 B-HUM, 2 B-SOC, and 1 lower division writing (W) course
  • The W course can “double count” as a B-SOC or B-HUM; for example, ENGL 101W can count as one of your B-HUM and your W
  • Full breadth course list
  • In your first term we recommend choosing a W course that is also a B-SOC or B-HUM


Software Systems (Surrey Campus)

  • All students at SFU (except for Engineers) need to take a certain number of WQB elective courses: http://www.sfu.ca/ugcr/for_students/wqb_requirements.html
  • As  part of your curriculum as a Software Systems student, you will take your Q requirements, one of your B-SCI requirements and your W courses
  • This leaves you with the following to complete: 1 B-SCI, 2 B-HUM, and 2 B-SOC
  • Full breadth course list


The Do’s and Don’ts for Choosing Electives

  • DO choose a course that looks interesting to you
  • DON’T choose a course just because one of your friends is taking it
  • DO read course outlines for some courses that interest you
  • DON’T simply choose the first course that sounds okay
  • DO choose a course that looks fun, interesting and useful!                  
  • DON’T choose a course simply because you think it will be “easy”
  • DO ask your advisor if you have any questions or concerns about electives!

Questions?

For Surrey courses (Mechatronics/Software Systems), email sysone@sfu.ca or call 778 782 8111

For Burnaby courses (Engineering/Computing), email asadvise@sfu.ca or call 778 782 9256