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- 2023 News
- SFU researchers sound out Canadian military’s plan to combat ocean noise pollution
- Mining industry competing with salmon for rivers created by disappearing glaciers: SFU study finds
- Trio of new Chairs at SFU to build on Canada’s global research, innovation reputation
- Strategic partnerships give quantum technologies a boost
- Learning More About How Flu Strains Evolved May Help Guide Future Vaccine Development
- SFU Science Announces Recipients of 2023 Excellence in Teaching Awards
- Hockey head impact research highlights need to improve injury prevention
- SFU Science recognizes 2023 Outreach Awards recipients
- Esther Lam Dances Her Way to a Degree in Actuarial Science
- SFU MPM & PhD graduate explores an unknown ‘spiderverse’
- SFU Physics grad sets his sights on the stars
- Simon Fraser University researchers involved in major international antimatter breakthrough
- Fainting from needles may be alleviated by reducing pain – study
- SFU scientist captures the beauty of chemistry
- SFU Starry Nights expands the out-of-this-world experience virtually
- SFU aerospace physiology team to test health of UAE astronaut
- SFU Science researchers receive over $7 million in new NSERC funding
- After over 50 years at SFU Chemistry Paul Saunders is still having fun
- Over $2.6 million in new funding from CIHR for health research at SFU Faculty of Science
- Congratulations to the 2023 recipients of the Faculty of Science Research Awards
- SFU Faculty of Science Celebrates Excellence in Science Outreach
- MBB researcher studying against the grain strategy to improve cancer treatment
- Common denominator for math grad in finding next challenge: co-op experience
- Convocation medalist thrives as data scientist at top biotech firm
- Highschool student partners with SFU music specialist to research the developing teenage brain
- Biological sciences grad uses volunteer involvement to jumpstart a career in education
- Childhood experiences spark BPK grad’s passion for physiology and anatomy research
- Asian Heritage Month: Gary Shum
- Drug Discovered by SFU Researchers Shows Potential Life-Saving Results in Treating Cardiac Arrhythmias
- Asian Heritage Month: Amy Lee
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- SFU university lecturer, associate dean, Sarah D. Johnson awarded 3M National Teaching Fellowship
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- David Lee wins 2022 SFU Staff Achievement award for numerous contributions to the Department of Physics
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- CIHR awards SFU Science researchers $2M in new funding
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- Sleuthing SFU scientists sniff out fake art
- SFU marine biologist rowing across the Atlantic to raise funds for ocean conservation
- Researchers counter healthy aging issues, isolation in cities with $6.8 million funding
- Natalia Bussard joins SFU Work Integrated Learning (WIL) as the Program Manager, Science and Environment Co-op
- Statistics and Actuarial Science researcher studying the effects of climate change on pension funds
- How salmon feed flowers & flourishing ecosystems: study
- Shark and ray populations rebounding in Northwestern Atlantic: SFU study
- Two-thirds of sharks and ray in coral reefs facing extinction: SFU study
- New Sci-Space creates room to connect for science students at Burnaby Campus
- SFU physicist Stephanie Simmons to help lead Canada's new quantum strategy
- Physics student helps inspire girls in Pakistan with opportunities in STEM
- 2022 News
- 2022 Faculty of Science Teaching & Learning Grants Recipients
- SFU mathematician finding new insights on evolution through the lens of infectious disease
- New tool developed to monitor health of marine ecosystems and extinction risk of species
- Scientists reconstruct gravity to better understand the universe
- $2 million gift helps seed new ideas at SFU Science
- Welcome Angela Brooks Wilson, Dean of SFU Science
- Genomic data can improve pandemic modelling, SFU researchers say
- SFU Science Announces Recipients of 2022 Excellence in Teaching Awards
- BPK grad Donya Divsalar brings an interdisciplinary perspective to aerospace research
- SFU researcher receives Michael Smith Health Research Award for work harnessing machine learning to advance genetic sequencing
- A mid-degree refocus helped new alumnus Melissa Nguyen set her sights on a career in optometry
- Big picture thinking helps Maya Piddocke earn 2021 Staff Achievement Award for Work Performance
- CIHR contributes over $2.5 million in new funding for health research at SFU Faculty of Science
- A new dean for the Faculty of Science—Angela Brooks-Wilson
- Isabelle Côté and John Bechhoefer honoured as 2022 Distinguished SFU Professors
- SFU researchers developing new methods for controlling deadly honeybee parasites
- SFU researchers find the missing photonic link to enable an all-silicon quantum internet
- SFU researchers develop new chemical biological tools to monitor Parkinson’s disease
- SFU physicists continue to advance ATLAS project, 10 years after Higgs boson discovery
- SFU alumni levelling the playing field with new Sports Analytics Award for Indigenous Students in Science
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- Proactive approaches needed to enable ecosystems to adapt to climate change
- SFU biochemist weaves western science with Indigenous ways of knowing
- Cory Macklin’s hard work leads to a Governor General’s Silver Medal
- Stephanie Simmons renamed Canada Research Chair in Silicon Quantum Technologies
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- SFU researchers exploit the body’s innate drive for safety to improve motor memory
- Asian Heritage Month: Kero Lau
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- Asian Heritage Month: Becky Lin
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- Asian Heritage Month: Joanna Woo
- Bridging the gap between disciplines to better understand chemical reactions
- Student satellite project prepares for liftoff
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- Department of Biological Sciences faculty member and previous Chair, Dr. Isabelle Côté Awarded as a Healthy Campus Community Champion
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- SFU researchers help develop world’s first autonomous agriculture planning software
- SFU Science researchers among new and renewed Canada Research Chairs
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- Study finds that river flows linked to the ups and downs of imperiled Chinook salmon population
- SFU Science Announces Recipients of 2020/2021 Excellence in Teaching Awards
- Q&A: HOW SFU IS TAKING BRAIN RESEARCH IN PROMISING NEW DIRECTIONS
- 2021 News
- Faculty of Science Canada Research Chairs announcement
- Excellence in Science Public Engagement and Outreach Award winners announced
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- Study finds Sawfish face extinction unless overfishing is curbed
- Astronaut "moves" to help prevent falls among older adults confined to bed rest
- Paleontologists discover major new insect group after solving 150-year-old mystery
- COVID-19 experts share 2020 SFU Media Newsmaker Award
- Chemistry professor awarded the 2021 John C. Polanyi Award for research excellence
- Where do we look when we walk?
- BPK prof honored with SFU Excellence in Teaching Award
- SFU lab one step closer to understanding how life started on Earth
- Research collaboration achieves world’s first laser-cooling of antimatter
- Fossil discovery deepens snakefly mystery
- Rain, rain go away! SFU Chemists develop new waterproofing solution.
- Asian Heritage Month; a profile of Hogan Yu
- IT team wins Staff Achievement Award for keeping us all connected
- Asian Heritage Month; a profile of Liangliang Wang
- New COVID-19 rapid test kit receives scientific seal of approval
- Asian Heritage Month: a profile of Ly Vu
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- Biology major completes degree while battling long-haul COVID
- SFU physicist Stephanie Simmons receives YWCA Women of Distinction Award
- SFU paleontologist honours Indigenous culture through collaboration
- Math alum creates award to support SFU students with mental health challenges
- SFU alum and scientist Kyle Bobiwash speaks on the importance of diversity of perspectives and worldviews in research.
- First Indigenous and Black Graduate scholarship established for SFU biology graduate students
- Global study shows major seagrass losses around the world
- Regular rapid testing detects COVID-19 soon enough to stop transmission in schools
- SFU Staff Achievement Award winner keeps Faculty of Science running smoothly through pandemic
- Faculty of Science profs receive Distinguished SFU Professorships
- SFU physics student uses machine learning technique to speed up image analysis
- Innovative coating for blood vessels reduces rejection of transplanted organs
- CFI invests more than $1.6 million in 10 SFU research projects
- Ground-breaking work from SFU identifies new source for earthquakes and tsunamis in the Greater Tokyo Region
- Faculty of Science researchers awarded Canada’s highest academic honour
- Science student graduates after an eight-year hiatus and a change of heart
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- Salmon decline impacted by “squeeze” of combined river and sea stressors
- Melting glaciers could produce 1,000s of kilometres of new Pacific salmon habitat by 2100
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- RESEARCHERS WORKING TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SENIORS IN LONG-TERM CARE
- NEW STUDY FINDS CORAL ISLANDS MAY NOT “DROWN” AMID CLIMATE CHANGE
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- BPK GRAD AIMS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AMID CHALLENGES OF LAB WORK ON COVID-19 PROJECT
- HOW CANNABIDIOL MAY BE HELPFUL IN TREATING DIABETES-RELATED ARRHYTHMIAS
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- NEW "SMALL NUMBER" K-12 MATH LEARNING MATERIALS AVAILABLE
- SFU RESEARCH TEAM HELPS TEST POTENTIAL SUPERBUG-KILLING COMPOUND
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- SFU RESEARCHER SCORES MAJOR FUNDING FOR ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA RESEARCH
- SFU EARTH SCIENTIST JOHN CLAGUE NAMED TO ORDER OF CANADA
- FACULTY OF SCIENCE RECEIVES OVER $1M IN RESEARCH FUNDING FROM CANADA FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION
- ABUNDANCE OF SALMON KEY TO FEEDING 'UNDERDOG' STREAM FISHES: SFU RESEARCH
- YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD BESTOWED ON PHYSICS PROF.
- SFU PHYSICS PROFESSOR RECOGNIZED AS “TOP 40 UNDER 40” IN CANADA
- SFU RESEARCH FINDS CLUES TO UNDERSTANDING CBD AND ITS MEDICINAL EFFECTS
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- 2019 News
- SFU RESEARCH POINTS TO UNPRECEDENTED AND WORRYING RISE IN SEA LEVELS
- SFU GLOBAL COLLABORATION CREATES WORLD’S FIRST OPEN-SOURCE DATABASE OF NATURAL MICROBIAL PRODUCTS
- VIRTUAL CADAVERS BRING LEARNING TO LIFE AT SFU
- SFU RESEARCHERS DISCOVER POTENTIAL WAY TO MANAGE INSECTS WITHOUT CHEMICALS
- FIRST FOSSIL DRAGONFLIES FROM B.C. IDENTIFIED AND NAMED
- INTERNATIONAL STUDY FINDS NEW GENETIC FEATURES IN RARE BURKITT LYMPHOMA CANCER
- TRIO OF SFU SCIENCE PROFESSORS HONORED
- NEW EVIDENCE SHOWS HUMAN PRESENCE IN HAIDA GWAII 2,200 YEARS EARLIER THAN PREVIOUS ESTIMATES
- SFU CHEMISTRY PROF NAMED TO ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
- POPULAR BUT DANGEROUS LAB DEMO NOW SAFER THANKS TO SFU CHEMISTS
- SFU PHYSICS WELCOMES NEW ASTROPHYSICIST
- WATCH YOUR SPEED—WHALE ZONE AHEAD!
- DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS & ACTUARIAL SCIENCE WELCOMES DONALD ESTEP
- COMPLIANT FLOORING NOT THE ANSWER TO PREVENTING FALL-RELATED INJURIES
- SFU WELCOMES NEW SHRUM CHAIR IN BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS OF DISEASE
- PEST BUSTING SFU PROF NAMED FELLOW OF THE ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BUILDS HIS OWN ADVENTURE AT SFU
- THE DIRT ON SUSTAINABLE SHEEP FARMING
- TINY FISH A BIG LURE FOR LIFE ON CORAL REEFS
- BIG ENERGY SAVINGS FOR TINY MACHINES
- BIOLOGY CLASS ANALYZES DOG DNA FOR BODY SIZE, SNOUT LENGTH AND COAT LENGTH
- SFU STUDIES CAUSES BEHIND SUDDEN UNEXPECTED DEATH IN INFANTS
- ANAL SECRETIONS OF APHIDS PROVIDE SUSTENANCE FOR MOSQUITOES
- CITIZEN SCIENTISTS' RARE FOSSIL BIRDS SHED NEW LIGHT ON AVIAN HISTORY
- STATISTICS STUDENTS IMPRESS THE NFL WITH THEIR MOVES
- 3D IMAGES IN PDFS IS A GAMECHANGER FOR CHEMISTRY EDUCATION
- DAVID SHIFFMAN NAMED PRESIDENT'S SOCIAL MEDIA NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR
- EARTH SCIENCES TECHNICIAN DIGS DEEP TO DEVELOP ENGAGEMENT
- EARLY-CAREER LECTURER KEVIN LAM DRIVEN BY LIFE-LONG PASSION FOR TEACHING
- CHEMISTRY TEAM "FIXES" CANCER-SUPPRESSING P53 PROTEIN
- SFU RESEARCHERS FIND NEW CLUES TO CONTROLLING HIV
- STUDY PREDICTS WARMER, DRIER MOUNTAINS POSE A DOUBLE WHAMMY FOR COLD-ADAPTED AMPHIBIANS
- “MICROSCOPIC” IMPROVEMENTS YIELD BIG GAINS IN SFU’S RESEARCH CAPABILITIES
- 2018 News
- SFU PROF’S WORLDWIDE INFLUENCE ON SHARKS AND RAYS RESEARCH LEADS TO ACCOLADE AND A NEW CONSERVATION PROGRAM
- SFU TEAM LEADS $12-MILLION EFFORT TO EXPAND SYSTEM OF WORLDWIDE HEALTH RESEARCH DATABASES
- SFU FACULTY MEMBERS SET SIGHTS ON HOLLYWOOD NORTH
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- NANOMACHINES HAVE ALL THE MOVES
- PHD CANDIDATE IN MARINE BIOLOGY WINS MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE
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- GENETIC MUTATION PROVIDES POTENTIAL CLUE TO NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA
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- NEW STUDY ON EFFECTS OF CANNABIS ON PAIN AND SEIZURE CONTROLNEW STUDY ON EFFECTS OF CANNABIS ON PAIN AND SEIZURE CONTROL
- FACULTY OF SCIENCE WELCOMES NEW DEAN!
- SCIENCE INQUIRY VIDEOS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LAUNCHED
- SFU MATHEMATICIAN RECEIVES ROYAL SOCIETY AWARD
- JOHN REYNOLDS NAMED CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF ENDANGERED WILDLIFE IN CANADA
- SFU STUDY BUSTS MYTH ABOUT FACIAL HAIR ON PILOTS
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- MEET THE LATEST WINNERS OF THE FACULTY OF SCIENCE EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS.
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I’m currently in a different faculty, but I would like to transfer into the Faculty of Science. How can I transfer over?
To switch from your current faculty to the Faculty of Science, you must first meet at a minimum these specific admission requirements:
- Minimum SFU CGPA of 2.00
- Minimum SFU UD CGPA of 2.00 (if you have taken upper division units at SFU)
- Minimum 12 units completed at SFU
- Minimum of 3 Faculty of Science courses taken at SFU, with a minimum C+ in each of the three courses (one must be Math 150, 151, or 154).
- Faculty of Science subjects are: ACMA, BISC, BPK, CHEM, DATA, EASC, MATH, MBB, NUSC, PHYS, SCI, STAT, and select MACM. Note courses worth only one unit are not normally used towards the three faculty course requirement, nor are grade 12 equivalents. Courses should be those required for your intended Science program of study
- Students who have previously completed Calculus I elsewhere should discuss possible substitutes with the Science Advisor
Once you have met these requirements, contact Nadia Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss transferring into the Faculty of Science:
- Include your full name, SFU student number, and intended science major/double minor subject(s). Transfer requests are assessed on an individual basis.
I completed MATH 157 and would like to transfer into the Faculty of Science. Do I have to repeat Calculus 1 in the form of MATH 150/151/154?
Not necessarily. The reason why we require MATH 150/151/154 to transfer into the Faculty of Science is that MATH 150/151/154 is required/preferred for all programs in our faculty. MATH 157 is acceptable for Calculus I if you plan to major in Math, Statistics, Data Science, or Operations Research with at least a B in order to take Calculus II.
If you completed MATH 157 and would like to get into one of these programs, please contact Nadia Williams (email@example.com) about transferring into the Faculty of Science. In some cases, MATH 157 may be acceptable for other majors in the Faculty of Science. Please consult with the departmental advisor for your desired major.
I'm almost finished my first semester but not sure I want to stay in Science. What should I do?
We can help! Talk to your advisor as soon as possible to explore other course options. Many university students change their course of studies once and sometimes more! The courses you have successfully completed in Science can be used towards SFU's WQB requirements, which are necessary for you to graduate, should you decide to transfer to another Faculty.
How do I declare a major/minor in the Faculty of Science?
To declare a major, joint major, or minor in the Faculty of Science, you must first meet the specific department's admission requirements. Admission requirements can be found in the SFU Academic Calendar or on the program’s website. If you have program specific questions regarding admission, program planning, or program completion, please contact the departmental advisor directly.
When do I need to declare my major? Is there a deadline?
Technically there is no deadline for declaring your major. However, there can be benefits to declaring a major, including access to upper division courses (see below). Also, program requirements can change over time. Declaring your major fixes your requirements as those specified in the calendar for your term of entry. If you wait to declare your major, the requirements may change from what you had been planning around.
Thus, it is recommended that a student declare a major as soon as they are eligible for admission to the program. New students who are unsure of what to major in should aim to have their major declared by the time they reach 60 units. Students over 60 units who have not yet declared a major should contact Nadia Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to discuss options.
What are the benefits of declaring a major?
Benefits may include: access to program-specific scholarships, awards, and bursaries; access to upper division courses; and opportunities that are available only to students in specific majors.
How do I figure out what to major and/or minor in?
Such decisions are subjective and should be based on your personal goals, interests, passions, and strengths. You may find it helpful to talk to people in different departments to get a sense of what each area of study is like. Speaking to a Career Advisor in Career Services may also help you make a decision about what to major and/or minor in. Students over 60 units in the Faculty of Science without a major should contact Nadia Williams at email@example.com as soon as possible to discuss options.
Can I repeat a course I have already attempted?
Students are allowed to repeat a particular course once. Ultimately both attempts will appear on your transcript but only the higher grade will factor into your GPA and CGPA. See here for details.
Note: It is not advised that students repeat a course simply to raise their CGPA. In many cases, repeating a course will have a negligible effect on the student’s final CGPA (e.g., for a student with 120 units, upgrading one grade from a C to an A increases their CGPA by only 0.05). We recommend that course repeats are used sparingly, as only five total repeats are allowed over the course of a degree (see below). Courses should only be repeated when doing so is necessary for completing program requirements (e.g., if a student failed a required course or if a student didn’t meet the minimum required grade for a course).
Can I repeat a course a third time?
In certain situations, a third attempt of a course may be permitted. Permission must come from both the student’s advisor as well as the advisor from the department that oversees the course.
How many course repeats are allowed in total?
What if I need to exceed the five allowable repeats in order to graduate from my program?
If you would like to enroll in a sixth or subsequent repeat course, you must discuss your plan with your departmental advisor. Exceptions are rarely granted, and must be approved first by the departmental advisor and then by the Manager of Academic Programs. Please review the repeat policy here, complete the repeat request form, and submit the form to your departmental advisor before enrolling in any further repeats.
Note: Students who do not obtain approval and register for the course will either be removed from the course or have the repeat course changed to ‘Illegal’ and the repeated course/units/GPA will not count towards their degree.
If you are unable to get permission, switching into a different program and/or faculty may be necessary. Those students who will not be able to meet the requirements for their intended major, but could qualify for a minor in the same subject may want to consider the General Science Double Minor program.
I’m a new student. How do I know which courses I should take?
For incoming high school graduates, course enrolment and sample program tables are found in the SFU 101 Canvas modules. Many of the departments in the Faculty of Science also outline typical/recommended course lists for their majors on their website (e.g., Biological Sciences).
- If you have a declared/intended major, you can consult with your departmental advisor
- If you are undeclared and under 60 units at Burnaby campus, you can consult with a Student Services Advisor
- If you are a Surrey campus student, please consult with Nadia Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are undeclared and over 60 units, you can consult with Nadia Williams at email@example.com
I know I want to study science, but I’m undecided on a major. What courses should I take in my first year to keep my options open?
There are some core courses that are required by many of the majors and minors in the Faculty of Science. All majors and our General Science Double Minor program require Calculus I (MATH 150/151/154) and Calculus II (MATH 152/155).
- Taking MATH 150/151 for Calculus I and MATH 152 for Calculus II will keep your options the most open. This option has the highest Pre-Calculus 12 grade requirements
- If you are drawn to the Life Sciences (BISC, BPK, MBB), take MATH 154 for Calculus I and MATH 155 for Calculus II. MBB also encourages the 150/151 and 152 combination
The next most common course requirements are first year Chemistry (CHEM 121, 122, 126) and first year Physics (see here for different streams of introductory Physics). CHEM 121 and 122 are of particular importance due to their nature as prerequisites for various second year courses.
Other introductory courses that are common to many programs in the Faculty of Science include: Biological Sciences (BISC 101 and 102), and Statistics (STAT 201 and 270).
Please consult with an Academic Advisor when planning your courses.
I’ve completed MATH 157 and/or 158. Are these courses acceptable for science programs?
MATH 157/158 may be acceptable for Calculus I and II, depending on the program. Students who have taken MATH 157 but not 158 should take MATH 152 or 155 instead of 158 as Calculus II.
Consult with the departmental advisor responsible for your desired program for further advice.
Can I get into a course if I don’t meet all of the prerequisites?
Generally no. However sometimes a student may have a good reason as to why she/he should be able to handle the course without the prerequisite. In such a case, please check the departmental FAQs website for information on the procedure for obtaining a prerequisite waiver, and/or consult with the advisor in the department that oversees the course.
Do I have to take courses every semester? Is there a minimum course load?
Unless you have had certain course load restrictions placed on you (e.g., because of a scholarship you have received, because you’re a student athlete, because you’re receiving a student loan, or for a student visa), there isn’t a minimum course load and you are free to take a semester off if you’d like.
Keep in mind, however, that if you do not enroll in any courses for three semesters in a row, you will become deactivated. While you are away from SFU, if you do not take coursework at a different post-secondary institution, becoming reactivated is a fairly simple process. If you do take courses at a different post-secondary institution while away from SFU, you will need to apply for readmission. See here for details on reactivation and readmission.
Can I take a course at a different post-secondary institution for credit towards my degree at SFU?
If you would like to take a course at a different post-secondary institution while still active at SFU, you must apply for a letter of permission. See here for details.
I’m a newly admitted second degree student. How do I proceed?
Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree must contact the departmental advisor for their intended program prior to course enrollment. The student will need to provide a copy of his/her transcript to the departmental advisor so that he/she can get prerequisites waived for entry into upper division courses.
Should I do co-op?
Doing co-op is an excellent way to get valuable, hands-on experience in your field, and will likely put you in a better position when it comes to seeking a career after you graduate.
The Science Co-op website can be found here.
What can I do with my degree?
Start by speaking with your academic advisor. Your next step would be Career Services.
SFU Career Services has put together a website with careers for various majors. Listed careers go beyond those that you would think of offhand (doctor, teacher, dentist...). They also have several helpful exploratory websites, such as Choices Career Explorer.
Enrolled students moreover have the option of booking a one-on-one appointment with a Career Advisor in Career Services to talk about career options and how to maximize their career prospects.
I want to be a doctor/dentist/pharmacist/other health care professional. Do you have any suggestions for me?
Many students enter Science with the goal of eventually becoming a health care professional. In your first year at SFU, you can enroll in first year foundational science courses required as prerequisites for most professional programs. We also advise you have a back-up plan - professional schools are extremely competitive, and every student should always have at least one other career idea in mind as they go through their studies. Click here for our tips on succeeding in the Sciences.
Self-Assessment - Is professional school realistic for me and my circumstances?
- How do my grades and admission test scores compare to the historical entrance averages for the professional schools I wish to attend?
- If my grades are below historical entrance averages, how much time and effort am I willing to spend to strengthen my candidacy to professional school?
- How have I demonstrated commitment to this profession? How willing am I to take steps to show further commitment?
- How have I demonstrated a foundational knowledge of this profession? Am I willing to build upon this knowledge?
Thanks to Lyman Briggs College for these self-reflective questions.
What if I don't get into the professional program I want?
This is where your back-up plan comes into play. Co-operative education job placements would help you explore different paid science positions and help you "get your foot in the door" for future employment at these organizations. There are also many alternate health-related careers that could be entered via different education programs such as certificates or technical diplomas. A university science background helps with success in these areas.
Who is the Academic Advisor for the General Science Double Minor program?
The Academic Advisor is Nadia Williams. Check the website for detailed contact information and advising information.
What are the requirements for the General Science Double Minor program?
Students need to meet three sets of requirements: the requirements for their first minor, the requirements for their second minor, and the General Science Double Minor program requirements.
How do I get admitted into the General Science Double Minor program?
You will need to contact the two departmental advisors for which you would like to have minors in and ideally be approved into at least one minor in Science before you can be added to the General Science Double Minor degree program. The requirements for each minor program can be found in the SFU calendar. Each department has their own requirements for entry into their minor programs. You may need to contact the departmental advisors directly to find out what the competitive admission CGPA is for their program.
Here are the steps:
- Read the program and course requirements and planner. See the academic advisor with any questions or course planning leading up to declaration of your minors.
- Review the program minor requirements found in the SFU Calendar and/or contact the departmental advisor for admission and course requirements for each department that you are interested in.
- Once you have met the requirements for transfer into at least one Science minor and the advisor has added the minor to your transcript, make an appointment with Nadia Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778.782.7486 to review your eligibilty for the General Science Double Minor program and discuss program planning. Discussion can also happen prior to approval of minors. Contact Nadia with any questions.
What minors do I have to choose from for the General Science Double Minor program?
At minimum, one of your minors needs to be in the Faculty of Science. The options are:
- Biological Sciences
- Environmental Toxicology
- Biomedical Physiology
- Environmental Chemistry
- Nuclear Science
- Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
- Earth Sciences
You are free to choose a second minor from any faculty. However, note that one of the requirements for the General Science Double Minor program is that students have at least 80 units in Faculty of Science coursework, which must include at least 28 upper division units. (Note, a total of 44 upper division units is required to graduate. The 28 refers to how many of these must be Faculty of Science units.)
Students who choose a second minor outside of the Faculty of Science may have some difficulty meeting this requirement.
A list of upper division Science courses recommended for General Science Double Minor students can be found with the program planner here.
If you are still having difficulty finding additional upper division Faculty of Science courses to meet this requirement, or if you would like to discuss anything regarding your academics, please contact Nadia Williams (email@example.com).
Most science minors only need 15 upper division units, but the program needs 28 units. What else can I take?
Some recommended upper division science courses can be found here.
Can I do more than two minors?
Yes, students in the General Science Double Minor program are free to complete more than two minors if they would like.
Do Health Sciences courses count as Science units?
Do B-Sci designation courses from other faculties count as Science units?
What can I do after graduating with the General Science Double Minor degree?
The General Science Double Minor program is inherently flexible and there are many career options after graduating. These are a few career examples of our past alumni:
- Secondary teacher (Science teachable minor subjects)
- Elementary teacher (Science teachable minor subjects with Education minor)
- Assistant Controller (Science minor & BUS minor)
- Financial Advisor (Science minors)
- Analyst Director (Science minor & GERO minor)
- Employment Counselor (Science minor & PSYC minor)
- Support Analyst (Science minor & EDUC minor)
- Youth Worker (Science minor & PSYC minor)
- BC Centre for Disease Control Director (Science minor & BUS minor)
- Laboratory Technician (Science minor & IAT minor)
- Ultrasound Teaching Assistant (Science minors)
- Kinesiologist (Science minor & HSCI minor)
- Child Development Facilitator (Science minor & PSYC minor)
- HR Adminstrator (Science minor & PSYC minor)