1st & 2nd year @ Surrey

Explore Science courses at SFU Surrey

It can be tough to figure out what courses to take in your first or second year of university – especially if you’re undecided about your major. To help make these decisions a little easier, we’ve compiled some course examples for our Surrey campus by semester and major. You can complete a full first year at SFU Surrey and – depending on your program and course load – second and third year courses, too.

1st Year at Surrey

  • Some courses may require prerequisites, so it's important to check that you're taking courses in the right order or in the right term.
  • Physics is taught in a studio laboratory designed to link theory with practice. Students work in collaborative groups in a technology-rich environment, which is conducive to retaining knowledge. Students who wish to take physics in a traditional lecture-only format should enroll in Physics courses taught at our Burnaby campus.
  • Note that due to COVID-19, the following CHEM & PHYS courses were restructured to create more flexibility. These courses have now returned to regular offerings for the Fall 2022 term and beyond.
Standard Learning Courses Course Equivalencies Courses to take Next
CHEM 121-4  CHEM 120-3 + CHEM 125-1 (take both, total 4 units)

CHEM 122-2

CHEM 126-2 (lab required for certain programs only)

PHYS 140-4 PHYS 120-3 + PHYS 132-1 (take both, total 4 units) PHYS 141-4


The following course outlines are rough examples to help you plan your year and are applicable for Fall 2022. We advise you to begin your studies at SFU with 3 to 4 courses in your first term, although you may take up to 5. We also recommend you visit with your Academic Advisor prior to course registration to check that your schedule is in line with your program.

If you don't see course examples for your area of interest, you can contact Nadia Williams, Surrey Science Advisor, at science_advisor@sfu.ca for more advice.

For Undecided Students

Fall  Spring
BISC 101-4 BISC 102-4
BPK 142-3 BPK 142-3
CHEM 121-4 CHEM 122-2 (and 126-2)
MATH 150-4 or 151-3 or 154-3 MATH 152-3 or 155-3
PHYS 100-3 (if no Physics 12) PHYS 101-3
PHYS 140-4 (if not taking 100) PHYS 141-4
EASC 101-3  

For students interested in Behavioural Neuroscience

Fall Spring
BISC 101-4 BPK 142-3
BPK 142-3 CHEM 122-2
CHEM 121-4 MATH 155-3
MATH 154-3 PHYS 101-3
PHYS 100-3 (if no Physics 12) PSYC 100-3 OR PSYC 102-3
PSYC 100-3 OR 102-3  

For students interested in Biological Sciences (BISC) or Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (MBB)

Fall Spring
BISC 101-4 BISC 102-4
CHEM 121-4 CHEM 122-2 (+CHEM 126-2 FOR MBB majors)
MATH 154-3 MATH 155-3
PHYS 140-4
or PHYS 100-3 (if no Physics 12)
PHYS 141-4 (if PHYS 140 taken in Fall)
or PHYS 101-3
CMPT 120-3 for MBB majors CMPT 120-3 offered at Burnaby campus only in Spring

For students interested in Biomedical Physiology or Kinesiology

Spring Fall
BISC 101-4 BISC 102-4 BP only
CHEM 121-4 CHEM 122-2
BPK 142-3 BPK 140-3 K only
MATH 154-3 MATH 155-3
PHYS 100-3 if no Physics 12 or PHYS 140-4 PHYS 101-3 or PHYS 141-4 if PHYS 140 taken in Fall

For students interested in Physics or Applied Physics

Fall Spring
CHEM 121-4 CHEM 122-2 and CHEM 126-2
MATH 150-4 OR MATH 151-3 MATH 152-3
PHYS 140-4 or PHYS 100-3 if no Physics 12 PHYS 141-4 or Burnaby Physics if no 140 in Fall
  MATH 232-3

For students interested in Actuarial Science

Fall Spring
CMPT 120-3 or CMPT 130-3 CMPT 125-3 if 120 taken in Fall
ECON 103-4 or 105-4 ECON 105-4 or 103-4
MATH 150-4 or MATH 151-3 MATH 152-3
  MATH 232-3
  BUS 251-3

For students interested in Mathematical Physics

Fall Spring
CMPT 120-3 CMPT 125-3
MATH 150-4 or MATH 151-3 MATH 152-3
PHYS 140-4 MATH 232-3
CHEM 121-4 is recommended PHYS 141-4

For students interested in Mathematics, Mathematics & Computing Science (MACM), Operations Research (OR), or Applied mathematics

Fall Spring
CMPT 120-3 or 130-3
CMPT 135-3 if 130 taken in Fall, CMPT 125-3 MACM only
MACM 101-3 not required for Applied Math but prereq for option course MACM 201-3 not required for Applied Math but option
MATH 150-4 or MATH 151-3 MATH 152-3
Humanities or Social Sciences Breadth Course MATH 208W-3 not required for Applied Math or Math
  MATH 232-3 

For students interested in Statistics or data science

Fall Spring
CMPT 120-3 CMPT  125-3
MATH 150-4 or MATH 151-3 
MATH 152-3
BUS 200-3 DATA only MATH 232-3
STAT 180-1 for STAT, DATA 180-1 for DATA, both evening Burnaby campus STAT 270-3
MACM 101-3 DATA only MATH 208W-3 DATA only
  MACM 201-3 DATA only
  BUS 251-3 DATA only

For students interested in Chemistry or Chemical Physics

Fall Spring
CHEM 121-4 CHEM 122-2
MATH 150-4 or 151-3 CHEM 126-2
PHYS 140-4 MATH 152-3
  MATH 232-3
  PHYS 141-4


2nd year at Surrey

There are fewer second year course options at Surrey than first year, so you may need to consider this when planning your year - you may want to take some courses at the Burnaby campus while considering travel time.

If you're a Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Computing Science, or Operations Research major, you may be able to complete most of your second year courses - and even some third and fourth year courses - at Surrey. Check Math's course timetables for the latest Surrey course information.

Examples of 200-level Science courses available @ Surrey:

  • MATH 232-3 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 251-3 Calculus III
  • MACM 201-3 Discrete Mathematics II
  • STAT 201-3 Statistics for the Life Sciences
  • STAT 270-3 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Select third and fourth year MATH courses are also available.

Have questions?

Nadia Williams, Surrey Science Advisor
Email: science_advisor@sfu.ca (preferred)
Phone: 778.782.7486 

Contact Nadia if you're a current student Science student at the Surrey campus or interested in the General Science Double Minor degree program.

If you have program specific questions, please contact a departmental advisor.