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PROSPECTIVE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Bao Williamson, EVSC undergraduate student

 

Step into the Faculty of Environment and find more than you think.

Build more resilience by making our cities more equitable and sustainable.

More collaboration allows us to advance social justice, support communities and reconciliation.

Create more impact by using science to inform policy and management decisions.

More knowledge will allow you to influence more decisions that steer us to a more sustainable future. The world needs us all to take on today’s challenges and work for a better tomorrow.

Environment is more than you think.

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MORE CAREERS THAN YOU THINK

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ECO CANADA REPORTS:

35,000

NEW ENVIRONMENTAL JOBS IN 2020
 

74,000

NEW ENVIRONMENTAL JOBS BY 2025

EDISON TING

BA, Geography, 2012

Teghan Acres

BEnv, Resource & Environmental Management, 2021

TESICCA TRUONG

BSc, Environmental Science, 2018

MORE PROGRAMS THAN YOU THINK

MAJORS

ARCHAEOLOGY

MAJOR IN ARCHAEOLOGY

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Department: Archaeology

Is Archaeology for you?

  • Do you like to solve mysteries old and new?
  • Are you interested in biology, forensics or DNA?
  • Does Indigenous knowledge, culture and heritage management interest you?

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Department: Environmental Science

Is Environmental Science for you?

  • Do you like debunking fake news like climate change isn’t real?
  • Have you ever wondered if a water source was safe to drink?
  • Are you curious about how to repair contaminated environments?

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GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

MAJOR IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Department: Jointly administered by the Department of Geography and the School of Computing Science

Is Geographic Information Science for you?

  • Do you like digital tools that help you to make informed decisions about traffic routes, energy use, crime prevention and more?
  • Are you fascinated with technologies that warn or monitor natural disasters?

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GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS

MAJOR IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS 

Degree: Bachelor of Environment

Department: Geography

Is Global Environmental Systems for you?

  • Do you want to understand climate change and what we are doing about it?
  • Do you want to know what environmental justice is?
  • Are you curious about how to influence environmental legislation based on scientific evidence?

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HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

MAJOR IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Department: Geography

Is Human Geography for you?

  • Do social issues like homelessness, addiction, and racism interest you?
  • Are you curious about how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Are you interested in how we can make neighbourhoods and cities more equitable, sustainable and functional?

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PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

MAJOR IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Department: Geography

Is Physical Geography for you?

  • Have you ever wondered what happens when a landslide blocks a river valley or a highway?
  • Do you want to know why our climate is changing and what our future climate will look like?
  • Do you know that soil resources for food production are threatened?

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RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

MAJOR IN RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Degree: Bachelor of Environment

Department: Resource and Environmental Management

Is Resource and Environmental Management for you?

  • Do you think it is important to have access to local resources?
  • Do you want to make industries such as forestry, agriculture and fisheries more sustainable?

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JOINT MAJORS

Archaeology and Anthropology

Specialize in two fields and explore the relationships between Archaeology and Anthropology while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

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Archaeology and First Nations Studies

Specialize in two fields and explore the relationships between Archaeology and First Nations Studies while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Business and Geography 

Specialize in two fields and explore the relationships between business and place. Earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Business Administration in this Joint Major with the Beedie School of Business. Available to students already admitted into the Department of Geography.

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Sustainable Business 

Specialize in two fields and learn about adapting business practices in an evolving global environment.This joint major consists of courses in both the social and biophysical aspects of environment as well as accounting, economics, finance and more. Earn either a Bachelor of Environment or a Bachelor of Business Administration in this joint major with Beedie School of Business. 

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Enhance your degree

Enhance your degree in a variety of ways. We offer joint majors with other faculties, double majors, certificates and minor program options.

Gain relevant work experience and start building your resume by doing a co-op work term while working towards your degree.

Immerse yourself in diverse culture while participating in a field school or semester abroad. 

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Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I'm interested in multiple areas of study? 

The Faculty of Environment offers a wide variety of joint majors, double majors, minors and certifications—so you don't have to settle on just one area of study! It is also common for students to switch majors once they have have taken a variety of courses. 

What is the cost to apply and when is the deadline?

The application fee is $81 CAD. You can see the comprehensive list of application deadlines here.

What are the admission requirements for the Faculty of Environment?

The admission requirements vary depending on which program you are applying to. You can learn more about specific requirements here

What should I do if I'm not certain on my preferred area of study?

A good place to start is with your general interests. You have the ability to change majors or even transfer to different programs after you've been admitted and start taking classes. University is a great time to explore your interests! 

How much does tuition cost?

Your semesterly costs will depend on a number of things including how many courses you take, the cost of books and supplies, living in residence and meal plans. Use the SFU budget calculator to see the number most relevant to your plans here

What is the difference between a joint major and a double major?

Double-major programs consists of the major requirements of each of two subjects within a single degree, whereas joint major programs require a minimum of 30 units of specified upper division work in the joint major subjects.

What is a bachelor's degree?

A bachelor's degree is an undergraduate academic degree.

What is a graduate degree?

A graduate degree is a masters or a PhD, which is typically completed following the completion of a bachelor's degree. 

Will I have many job opportunities after graduating from the Faculty of Environment?

There is a growing demand for green jobs! According to Eco Canada, while Canada's employed labour force shrunk in 2020, the environmental sector added 35,000 net new jobs (5% growth). An additional 74,000 net environmental job openings will be created between 2020-2025—resulting in an 11% growth from 2020 employment levels.

More Questions? Chat with us!

Want to know more about being a student in SFU's Faculty of Environment? Do you have questions about our programs, your offer or student life? Chat with Chris and Chloe!

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