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Earth Sciences: Bachelor of Science Degree - Major or Honours

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer

Study Options
  • Co-Op
  • Program Start Date
    September, January, May
  • Campuses


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    City of Burnaby
  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $7,900 per year (Domestic) / $31,900 (International)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2,520 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Learning Method Options

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out SFU's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Spring (January): August 1st to September 15th
Summer (May): October 1st to January 31st
Fall (September): October 1st to January 31st (for high school applicants only)
Fall (September: October 1st to February 28th (for post-secondary/transfer applicants only)

Application Fee: $81.00

1) Program Admission Requirements


1. Students must complete a minimum of 5 approved Grade 12 courses, including all required courses for admission into the Faculty of Science as shown below.

2. Admission is based on an evaluation of ALL approved Grade 11 and 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses than List B.

3. Students must also meet the General admission requirements

*indicates required courses

*Any English Language Arts 11 or any English First Peoples 11 courses

*A language 11 or waiver (includes all grade 11 and/or 12 second language courses, including all Indigenous languages of Canada, and introductory Grade 11 language courses)

*Math 11, at least one of:

  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11

*Chemistry 11

*Physics 11

*Social Studies 11, at least one of:

  • Explorations in Social Studies 11
  • Francophone History 11
  • an approved Social Studies 12 course

Non-required, approved Grade 11 courses:
Any Arts Education 11 courses and Engineering 11

*indicates required courses

*English    One of:

English Studies 12
English First Peoples 12
Français langue et culture 12

*Pre-Calculus 12

*At least two of:

Anatomy & Physiology 12
Calculus 12
Chemistry 12
Physics 12



20th Century World History 12
Accounting 12
American Sign Language 12
Asian Studies 12
BC First Peoples 12
Comparative World Religions 12
Comparative Cultures 12
Composition 12
Computer Science 12
Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
Creative Writing 12
Economic Theory 12
Economics 12
Engineering 12
Entrepreneurship 12
Environmental Science 12
Financial Accounting 12
Foundations of Mathematics 12
French 12
Genocide Studies 12
Geology 12

Geometry 12
German 12
Human Geography 12
Italian 12
Japanese 12
Korean 12
Law Studies 12
Literary Studies 12
Mandarin 12
Mechatronics 12
New Media 12
Philosophy 12
Physical Geography 12
Political Studies 12
Punjabi 12
Russian 12
Social Justice 12
Spanish 12
Spoken Language 12
Statistics 12
Urban Studies 12

Note: Equivalent AP or IB courses may be used in place of the above courses.

Admission Advice:

1.Verify high school course requirements for admission into SFU Faculty of Science .  

2. Review the SFU Calendar for full program description.


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy SFU's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements


One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Completion of the last three (3) years of full time secondary school education in English in Canada with a grade of 70% or a "C" in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples or their equivalents
  • Completion of the last three (3) years of full time secondary school education in English in a country in which English is the principle language of instruction, with a grade of 70% or a "C" in senior level English 
  • Completion of the last four (4) years of full-time secondary school education in English at a recognized international school in a country in which the principal language of instruction is not English, with a grade of 70% in senior level English
  • Completion of IB Diploma Program including English A (HL/SL) or English Literature and Performance (SL) with a minimum grade of 3
  • A three unit transferable English (ENGL) course or certified writing intensive course with a minimum C- grade
  • An IELTS Academic overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6.0
  • A TOEFL iBT overall score of 88 or better with a minimum 20 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, and reading)
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) with an overall score of 70, with no part less than 60
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with an overall score of 65, and a minimum score of 60 in the Communicative Skills, including: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing. 

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

In addition to program-specific admission requirements, you should also be aware of the following general admission requirements for SFU. These requirements include:

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

BC Secondary School graduates who wish to be considered for admission to SFU must meet both general requirements and program-specific requirements.

Check admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates at the BC or YK page



Out-of-Province Secondary School graduates who wish to be considered for admission to SFU must meet both general requirements and program-specific requirements.

Admission requirements for out-of-province secondary school graduates are detailed at the SFU Admissions website .





BC Transfer Student

You can be considered for admission as a BC Transfer Student if you have completed between 24 to 60 credits of course work. SFU provides information for students transferring from BC colleges, other Canadian universities, and institutions of applied arts and technology.  For complete details, please click on the Transfer Credit page.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

You can be considered for admission as an Out-of-Province Transfer Student if you have completed between 24 to 60 credits of course work.

For complete details, please click on the Transfer Credit page. You may then select the Canadian colleges or Canadian universities or Visiting student sub-tabs.


Mature Student

You may be given consideration as a mature student if you are at least 23 years old, are a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident, and have attempted less than 24 units of transferable course work.

For complete details on mature student admission, please visit the Mature Student information page.


International Student

International applicants may be admitted from secondary school, a college, or a university, or applicants may already hold a university degree.

For complete details on International student admission, click the International High School page or the International College or University page.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For information on other student admission categories, please check Diverse Qualifications.

This category includes information on the following:

  • Indigenous students
  • Graduate Students
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Readmission/Reactivation
  • Diverse Qualifications
  • Mature Students
  • Degree Holders
  • Senior Citizen Applicants
  • Adult Graduation Diploma
  • English Bridge Program
  • Early Entry
  • Irregular Admission (Faculty of Education)
  • Concurrent Studies
  • Calculus Examination Certificate
  • Independent Schools

How to Apply

For application advice to SFU please click here.

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