Writing, Quantitative and Breadth Requirements
All students admitted to an undergraduate degree at SFU as of Fall 2006 must complete a minimum of 36 units of courses designated as Writing, Quantitative, or Breadth, with a grade of C- or better to receive the WQB credits. Students transferring from a BC college with 60 units should consider completing some transferable W, Q and B courses prior to admission to SFU.
Benefits of the Writing, Quantitative and Breadth Requirements
A superior education, with greater applicability and relevance, and better preparation for careers
Writing Requirements - Courses with a "W" designation will assist students to learn the course content through the process of writing intensive assignments. These courses will help students to improve their writing abilities and overall communication skills, and will teach students to write in the genres of their disciplines.
Quantitative Requirements - Courses with "Q" designation will assist students to develop quantitative (numerical, geometric) or formal (deductive, probabilistic) reasoning, and to develop skills in practical problem solving, critical evaluation, or analysis.
Breadth Requirements - Courses with "B" designation will expose students to concepts and ideas from a range of disciplines and perspectives outside of their programs. Students may complete breadth courses throughout their degree programs, taking courses at the lower or upper division. Only courses outside of the student's major subject may count as a B.
Multiple W, Q, and B Designations
Some courses may fulfill more than one requirement:
Some courses may have multiple B designations:
A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit.
Joint or Double Majors, Extended Minors, Double Minors
Students taking joint or double majors and honors, extended minors, or double minors are not required to take double W, Q and B requirements. W, Q and B designated courses in either one or both disciplines of the majors or honors or minor programs may be used to satisfy the writing, quantitative and breadth requirements. For example, a student taking a double major in English and Physics may count:
Students in double minor programs should select an upper division W from one of the two discipline areas in which they are taking their double minors.
Students admitted to a second degree program are exempted from all of the breadth requirements (designated and additional), three units of the Q requirements, and the lower division W requirement. The remaining W and Q courses must be three units each. Second degree students must meet the FAL and FAN prerequisites in order to enrol in W and Q courses. The W course must be upper division in the student's major. Second degree students who have met WQB requirements in a first degree at Simon Fraser University are required to meet this W and Q requirement for the second degree.