SFU Geography offers certificates in Urban Studies and Spatial Information Systems
Undergraduate certificates can enrich your academic experience at SFU. You may tackle a certificate while working towards your main degree.
Certificates allow students to focus on a specific area of interest within their ongoing degree. Or they can encourage cross-disciplinary studies by bringing together courses from different departments. In practical terms, certificates allow students an opportunity to emphasize highly specific interests and skills. They do so by giving students a second credential – recognized on their academic transcript – without requiring numerous additional courses beyond their main degree program. Moreover, certificates can readily alert potential employers to the fact that a student has concentrated in a specific academic area without the need to ‘dig’ for such information among the intricacies of a university transcript!
The Certificate in Urban Studies encourages students to explore the nature and functions of the modern city from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Breadth of perspective is mandated by requiring students to take urban courses from a number of departments across campus, including Geography, Political Science, and Sociology & Anthropology. This popular certificate is SFU’s only exclusively urban credential at the undergraduate level.
The Certificate in Spatial Information Systems [SIS] is based on courses taught by one of the strongest and most diverse SIS research groups in Canada. SIS is an exciting field of Geography that includes Geographic Information Science; spatial analysis and modeling; geovisualization; geospatial interface research; remote sensing; and mobile networks. Together these form a cutting-edge cluster of technologies and intellectual endeavours that provide insight into spatial phenomena and their geographical context.
Some nuts and bolts....
- Courses taken as part of a certificate program may also be applied towards a degree program;
- But credits applied to one certificate may not be applied to another SFU certificate or diploma;
- Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites of all courses included in a certificate program;
- Students may complete and apply for a certificate before, after, or at the same time as application is made for graduation;
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required in those courses taken for the certificate;
- Students should consult with the Department Advisor as early as possible for program admission; formal approval is required before completion of a certificate.