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Human Geography: Bachelor of Arts 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) / $32,000 (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

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

See deadlines on SFU Apply website.

Application Fee: $81.00

1) Program Admission Requirements


Students must meet SFU's general admission requirements

  • English Language requirement: minimum 70% in Grade 12 level English. 
  • Quantitative and Analytical Skills requirement: minimum 60% or C in senior-level Math course or Pre-Calculus, or equivalents.  
  •  For admission to the Faculty of Environment, high school applicants must complete a minimum of 5 approved Grade 12 courses, including all required courses as shown below. Admission is based on an evaluation of ALL approved Grade 11 and 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses than List B.


  1. One Grade 11 English: Composition 11, any English First Peoples 11 courses, Creative Writing 11, Literary Studies 11, New Media 11, or Spoken Language 11
  2. One Grade 11 language Any approved language 11 course (includes all grade 11 and/or 12 second language courses, including all Indigenous languages of Canada, and introductory Grade 11 language courses)
  3. One Grade 11 Math: Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11
  4. One Grade 11 Science: Chemistry 11, Earth Sciences 11, Environmental Science 11, Life Sciences 11 (Biology 11), Physics 11, Science for Citizens 11, or Specialized Science 12
  5. One Grade 11 Social Studies: Explorations in Social Studies 11, Francophone History 11, or an approved Social Studies 12 course

See all approved grade 11 courses


  1. One Grade 12 English (min 70%): English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or Français langue et culture 12
  2. One Grade 12 Science or Math: Anatomy & Physiology 12 (Biology 12), Calculus 12, Chemistry 12, Computer Science 12, Environmental Science 12 (Sustainable Resources 12), Foundations of Mathematics 12, Geology 12, Geometry 12, Physical Geography 12 (Geography 12), Physics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, or Statistics 12
  3. One Grade 12 Course from this List: 20th Century World History 12 (History 12), Asian Studies 12, BC First Peoples 12, Comparative World Religions 12, Comparative Cultures 12 (Comparative Civilizations 12), Composition 12, Contemporary, Indigenous Studies 12, Creative Writing 12, Economic Theory 12, Economics 12, Genocide Studies 12, Human Geography 12, Law Studies 12 (Law 12), Literary Studies 12 (English Literature 12), New Media 12, Philosophy 12, Political Studies 12, Social Justice 12, Spoken Language 12, or Urban Studies 12
  4. Two additional course from List A or List B. 


Accounting 12, American Sign Language 12, Arabic 12, Art Studio 12, Choral Music 12 (includes Chamber 12, Concert Choir 12, Vocal Jazz 12), Composition & Production 12, Contemporary Music 12, Dance Choreography 12, Dance Company 12, Dance Conditioning 12, Dance Foundations 12, Dance Technique & Performance 12, Directing & Scriptwriting 12, Drama 12, Engineering 12, Entrepreneurship 12, French 12 or Francais Langue Seconde 12, Film & Television 12, Financial Accounting 12, German 12, Graphic Arts 12, Instrumental Music 12 (includes Concert Band 12, Guitar 12, Jazz Band 12, and Orchestra 12), Italian 12, Japanese 12, Mandarin 12, Korean 12, Mechatronics 12, Media Arts 12, Musical Theatre 12, Photography 12, Punjabi 12, Russian 12, Spanish 12, Studio Arts 2D 12, Studio Arts 3D 12, Theatre Company 12, Theatre Production 12.

See all approved grade 12 courses

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

*Students unable to complete the requirements in any one category due to course availability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Advice:

1. Review the SFU Calendar for the full program description.
2. Verify course requirements for admission into the Faculty of Environment on SFU website.
3. Visit the Department website.


2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements


As an applicant to undergraduate studies, you must demonstrate English language competence in one of the following ways: (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 (see list of countries)
  • 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
  • Completion of SFU’s English Language and Culture (ELC) Low Advanced Level; a minimum grade of 80% or higher is required.
  • GCSE O-Level English (or GCSE English Language B); a minimum grade of 4 (or C)
  • 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. 
  • NEW! Duolingo English Test (DET) with an overall score of 125 or better.
    *Only accepted from students in countries where no other English proficiency test is available.

Verify the information on the SFU website .

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.

In addition to normal documents, you must submit a personal information profile and at least one letter of reference. SFU gives preference to applicants who have successfully completed some post-secondary work, usually four transferable academic courses (12 units), and ensured that they have no background deficiencies in essay writing, mathematics, etc.

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.

As an international high school student, there are two admission pathways to SFU. You can apply directly to SFU or to the pathway program for international students offered by Fraser International College, SFU's on-campus partner institution. Both streams will allow you to complete your SFU 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

Diverse Qualifications Admission applicants may include:

  • Students with refugee backgrounds
  • Student athletes or students who have shown commitment to an extracurricular activity or artistic endeavour
  • Students with learning exceptionalities
  • Students who have displayed dedication to learning in the face of socio-economic challenges
  • Students who have overcome systemic barriers, sociocultural adversity or personal hardship

Applicants who wish to be considered via Diverse Qualifications Admissions must meet the following requirements:

Please note, the above examples are not exhaustive. SFU is committed to evaluating applicants in an equitable manner. If you believe that your full potential is not represented by your grades, you are welcome to apply via Diverse Qualifications Admission.

How to Apply

For SFU deadlines and instructions on how to apply, please visit the SFU website .

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