Canada's First B.Env. Graduate

Zebang Wei

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Zebang Wei first in Canada to graduate with a bachelor of environment degree

June 06, 2016
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International student Zebang Wei switched programs from geography to global environmental systems when he discovered that SFU was introducing a bachelor of environment program in January 2015.

Today, he is the first person in Canada to graduate with this new degree, which is only offered at SFU.

“The B.Env. is a combination of both art and science courses,” says Wei, who came to Canada in 2011 to study at SFU.

“It covers science fundamentals as well as methodologies and problem-solving that can be applied in the real-world in resource management.”

Wei didn’t give up his interest in geography, however. He completed a certificate program in Spatial Information Systems (SIS) in addition to the B.Env.

For his capstone SIS certificate he developed a multi-phased fire-development model that predicts in which direction a wildfire will spread. He hopes it will prove beneficial for forest firefighters.

Wei next plans to pursue a master’s in physical geography and, after several years of work experience, establish a career in the environmental field.