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Environment (BEnv)

Overview

UTP Stage II: Environment (Environment) provides first-year courses and the foundation for progression to the second year of SFU’s Faculty of Environment. With an emphasis on applied and interdisciplinary solutions to complex environmental problems, programs in the Faculty of the Environment provide multiple career options for students in Canada and around the World.

KEY INFORMATION

Duration

  • 3 terms

Intakes

  • January, May, September

Location

  • Vancouver

Your direct pathway to Simon Fraser University

High School
FIC
2nd year Simon Fraser University

UTP Stage II: Environment (BEnv)

Entry to second year of Bachelor of Environment

Entry into second year of the Bachelor of Environemnt (BEnv). The Faculty of Environment offer majors in the following areas (and many are also offered as minor options)

  • Resource and Environmental Management (BEnv)
  • Global Environmental Systems (BEnv)
  • Sustainable Business (BEnv, entry through Environment or the Beedie School of Business, however, admission to Beedie is also required for this program)

Certificates

Alongside obtaining a degree, students are also able to obtain certificates in the following areas:

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Corporate Environmental and Social Sustainability
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Environmental Literacy
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban Studies

You must complete a minimum of 30 units at FIC with an overall GPA of 2.5 and with a grade of C- or better in all courses upon completion of UTP Stage II, in order to be guaranteed admission to the Faculty of Environment.

 

Careers

Potential career paths

  • Waste Management Specialist
  • Environmental Coordinator/Specialist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Forest Ranger or Conservation Officer
  • Energy Consultant
  • Renewable Energy Consultant
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor
  • Compliance Coordinators
  • Urban Planners
  • Environmental Risk Assessor
  • Environmental Media Coordinator
  • Environmental Historian
  • Environmental Policy Advisor
  • Natural Resource Management Specialist
  • Environmental Communication Specialist
  • GIS Specialists
  • Restoration Ecology Professionals
  • Green Business Owner
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Fundraiser
  • Environmental Planning Analyst
  • Environmental Journalist
  • Water Operations Manager
  • Environmental Activist/Advocate
  • Sustainable Agriculture Manager
  • Business Development Managers
  • Sustainability Policy Analyst

* Program fees are based on 30 credits of study at C$992.57 per credit. Students taking more than 30 credits of study will need to pay additional fees. Not for credit transfer Academic Literacy Course is a requirement for UTP Stage II Direct entry.

Program Requirements

To transfer into the Faculty of Environment, students must complete the requirements listed below, which include at least one ‘W’ and one ‘Q’ course.
-> What are ‘W’ and ‘Q’ courses?

A minimum CGPA of 2.50, based on completion of 10 courses (at least 30 units, and with a grade of C- or better in all courses), will guarantee admittance to the Faculty of Environment (BEnv) for successful transfer students from FIC. In addition, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the university.

All (direct) students are required to take (and pass) ILS101/ILSA101 – Integrated Learning Skills and ALC099/ALAC099 – Academic Literacy Course in their first term of study unless exempted. *

The pathway from Fraser International College to the Faculty of Environment (BEnv) is effective as of September 2019 (Fall term).

Required Courses

ARCH131 - Human Origins

Breadth-Social Sciences
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Environment – To be offered in the future at FIC. A non-technical survey of the primate background of humans, fossil primates, and fossil humans, and the associated evidence of cultural development. An introduction to physical anthropology.

Prerequisite

No Prerequisite Required

EVSC100 - Introduction to Environmental Science

Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Environment – To be offered in the future at FIC. Introduces students to the study of environmental science. Lecture material spans contributing disciplines, emphasizing integration of diverse concepts to understand environmental problems. Tutorials develop core academic skills in environmental science context.

Prerequisite

No Prerequisite Required

GEOG100 - Our World: Introducing Human Geography

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Environment – A geographical introduction to how humans shape our world, with attention also given to how it shapes us. Themes may include: culture, economic activities, environmental change, globalization, politics, population, resources, and urbanization.

Prerequisite

There is a $85 Book fee associated with this course.

GEOG104 - Climate Change, Water, and Society

Breadth-Social Sciences
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Environment – To be offered in the future at FIC. An examination of climate change, its interaction with water availability, and how humans cope with altered circumstances.

Prerequisite

No Prerequisite Required

INDG101 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies (formerly FNST101)

Breadth-Humanities (Effective Spring 2008)
Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Spring 2008)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Introduces the nature and goals of Indigenous Studies as an academic discipline that emphasizes cultures and homelands of First Peoples. Students with credit for FNST 101 may not take this course for further credit.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

REM100 - Global Change

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Environment – To be offered in the future at FIC. This course provides students with an overview of global environmental change and its causes from a social science perspective, historically and at the present time. Population growth, an increasing ecological footprint and changes in ideology, social organization, economy and technology with be critically reviewed. New ways of thinking in natural and social science will be considered in relation to specific issues such as land, soil and food; energy, raw materials and solid waste; air pollution and transportation; water, oceans and fisheries; climate change; forestry and biodiversity; urbanization, and alternative futures.

Prerequisite

No Prerequisite Required

STAT203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Science / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics aimed at students in the social sciences. Scales of measurement. Descriptive statistics. Measures of association. Hypothesis tests and confidence intervals. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

 

Choose one Writing course from the following list:

ENGL112 - Literature Now (Formerly ENGL101)

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Introduces students to contemporary works of literature in English and/or contemporary approaches to interpreting literature. May focus on one or multiple genres. Includes attention to writing skills.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Students with credit for ENGL101 may not take this course for further credit.

ENGL113 - Literature and Performance

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Introduces students to plays and performance works created and adapted for the stage, and/or the performative dimensions of other literary forms. May be organized historically, generically or thematically. The course may also explore the links between literary and performance theory. Includes attention to writing skills.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes

ENGL115 - Literature and Culture (Formerly ENGL105)

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An Introduction to the study of literature within the wider cultural field, with a focus on contemporary issues across genres and media.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Students with credit for ENGL105 may not take this course for further credit.

PSYC109 - Brain, Mind and Society

Writing
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Introduces the student to issues in Psychology by surveying the research on brain and behaviour and the implications of this work for individuals and society. Beginning with neurons, this course explores the transition to human experience.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes.

WL101 - Writing in World Literature

Writing
Breadth-Humanities
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Explores literary texts from diverse linguistic and cultural origins while introducing students to the fundamentals of comparative literary analysis and critical writing. May examine cross-cultural interactions, or compare texts thematically. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes. Students with credit for WL102 may not take this course for further credit.

 

Available Writing Course Substitutions

WL102 will be counted as W designation if student took it between Fall 2016 to Summer 2017.
ENGL105 will be counted as W designation if student took it before Fall 2016.
ENGL101 will be counted as W designation if student took it before Fall 2016.
These courses are no longer offered at FIC.

Elective Courses

Choose one Breadth-Social Sciences course from the following list:

ARCH100 - Ancient Peoples and Places

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – A broad survey of human cultural development from the late Palaeolithic/Palaeo Indian periods (ca 40,000 BP) to the rise of civilization and empires, in both the Old and New Worlds.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

HSCI160 - Global Perspectives on Health

Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Spring 2009)
3 units
Faculty of Health Sciences – The primary aim of the course is to engage and inspire students about the opportunities and challenges in global health. This is an overview of issues in global health from many different viewpoints and provides general understanding of factors/dynamics that affect the health of human populations and efforts to improve it. What is the difference between the health of an individual and the health of a population, vulnerable populations, and global population? What’s the burden of disease and who shoulders the greatest proportion of it? What are the determinants of health, what’s the role of culture, lifestyle, health beliefs, environmental factors, access to health services and other resources? The course will answer these and many other questions from the global perspective; it will also look at the changing pattern of population health and diseases in the world and will discuss major challenges and emerging issues.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

INDG201 - Canadian Aboriginal Peoples’ Perspectives on History (Formerly FNST201)

Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Summer 2018)
3 units
An examination of fact and ideology in history and historic events involving contact between Aboriginal and European peoples. The course will also address questions of research methodologies in studying Aboriginal/European relations, such as the evaluation of oral history and written ethnohistoric sources. An additional focus will be on gender as it influences perspectives. Students with credit for FNST201 may not take this course for further credit,

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

IS101 - Global Challenges of the 21st Century: An Introduction to International Studies

Breadth-Humanities
Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Introduces the interdisciplinary field of International Studies to all undergraduates and IS majors. Examines the major global challenges of our time, including poverty and inequality, environmental degradation, nationalism, civil war, and armed conflict. Explores the challenge of global governance and global citizenship.

Prerequisite

LBST101 - Introducing Labour Studies

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Introduction to key concepts necessary for understanding the character and organization of work in contemporary society. The discussion of such issues as how our society decides who works, what the work will be, and under what conditions people work, will be situated in the context of current debates, trends, and issues.

Prerequisite

No Prerequisite Required

PHIL105 - Critical Thinking (Formerly PHIL001)

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Effective Summer 2016)
Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Summer 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An introduction to the evaluation of arguments as they are encountered in everyday life. The central aim will be to sharpen skills of reasoning and argumentation by understanding how arguments work and learning to distinguish those which actually prove what they set out to show from those which do not.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

POL141 - War, International Cooperation and Development (Formerly POL241)

Breadth-Social Science (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Theory and practice of international politics, diplomacy, hot war, cold war, alliances and the role of leaders. Students who have taken .

Prerequisite

POL 241 may not take this course for further credit.
There is a $90 Book fee associated with this course.

POL151 - Justice and Law

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – The development of laws and their application to the citizen and social groups. Special consideration will be given to civil liberties.

Prerequisite

No Prerequisite Required

 

Students select at least 1 additional transferable course within the FIC roster of offerings.

*Students with IELTS 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, TOEFL 82 (minimum 20 in all components), or equivalent, are exempt from the Academic Literacy Course. This determination is made at the time of admission if the student is eligible for exemption. Students who begin their studies at FIC in the Cornerstone program are exempt from ILS101/ILSA101.

*Courses and programs are subject to change without notice. If you have any questions, please contact the student success advising team.

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