First & second year studies @ Surrey

First year courses

  • BISC 101 and BISC 102 may be taken in any order. Most other first year science courses offered at the Surrey campus are sequential, with the exception of BPK 110, 140, & 142.
  • Pre-COVID-19: 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.
  • All first year courses are remote for Spring 2021 except for CHEM 126 which is being held in person at Burnaby campus in small sections.  Otherwise campus is not relevant.

The following suggested course tables will be revised by the Faculty each year and posted in the Fall for the following academic year. Please note the COVID-19 course number changes. 

Pre-Remote learning course Current Course Equivalencies To take once Face-to-Face Teaching Returns To take if Remote Teaching Continues
CHEM 121-4  CHEM 120 + CHEM 125 (take both, total 4 units)

CHEM 122-2 (lecture/tutorial)

CHEM 126-2 (lab, certain programs only, must be taken with CHEM 122 or afterwards)

CHEM 122-2 (lecture/tutorial)

CHEM 126-2 (lab, certain programs only, must be taken with CHEM 122 or afterwards)

PHYS 140-4 PHYS 120 + PHYS 132 (take both, total 4 units) PHYS 141-4 PHYS 121 + PHYS 133 (take both, total 4 units)

For Undecided Students

Fall Spring

MATH 150-4 or MATH 151-3 or MATH 154-3

MATH 152-3 OR MATH 155-3
CHEM 121-4 CHEM 122-2 and 126-2
PHYS 140-4
or PHYS 100-3 (if no Physics 12)
PHYS 141-4 (if PHYS 140 taken in Fall)
or PHYS 101-3
BISC 101-4 or EASC 101-3 BISC 102-4

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

For students interested in Biomedical Physiology and/or Kinesiology

Spring Fall
BISC 101-4 BISC 102-4 (BP only)
CHEM 121-4 CHEM 122-2
BPK 110-3 (K only) or BPK 142-3 BPK 142-3 if not completed in Fall or 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 (Students with transfer credit for MATH 151 should take MATH 232) 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 130-3 CMPT 135-3
ECON 103-4 ECON 105-4
MATH 150-4 or MATH 151-3 (Students with transfer credit for MATH 151 should take MATH 232)  MATH 152-3

For students interested in Applied Mathematics or Mathematical Physics

Fall Spring
CMPT 130-3 CMPT 135-3
MATH 150-4 or MATH 151-3 (Students with transfer credit for MATH 151 should take MATH 232) MATH 152-3
PHYS 140-4 MATH 232-3
  PHYS 141-4

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

Fall Spring
CMPT 120-3
(Students in OR may also consider CMPT 130-3 or CMPT 126-3)
CMPT 125-3
(Students in OR may also consider CMPT 135-3 or CMPT 128-3)
MACM 101-3 MACM 201-3
MATH 150-4 or MATH 151-3 (Students with transfer credit for MATH 151 are encouraged to take MATH 232) MATH 152-3
DATA 180-1 (for DATA students)
Note: Only available in Burnaby
MATH 208W-3
  MATH 232-3 or 240-3 (Students in DATA may also consider STAT 270-3)

For students interested in Statistics

Fall Spring
CMPT 130-3 CMPT  135-3
MATH 150-4 or MATH 151-3 
(Students with transfer credit for MATH 151 should take MATH 232)
MATH 152-3
SFU Surrey breadth course MATH 232-3
  STAT 270-3

Second Year Courses

FALL SPRING  
BPK 110-3 Human Nutrition: Current Issues BPK 140-3 Contemporary Health Issues  
BPK 142-3 Introduction to Kinesiology BPK 142-3 Introduction to Kinesiology  
PHYS 102-3 Physics for the Life Sciences II (studio version) STAT 201-3 Statistics for the Life Sciences  
MATH 232-3 Applied Linear Algebra STAT 270-3 Introduction to Probability and Statistics  
MATH 251-3 Calculus III MATH 232-3 Applied Linear Algebra  
STAT 203-3 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences  MACM 201-3 Discrete Mathematics II  

 

Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions course offerings may be different in the 2020-2021 academic year.  

Select third and fourth year Mathematics courses are also available.