Since opening its doors 50 years ago in Burnaby, Simon Fraser University has spread to the downtown core of Vancouver, as well as the fast-growing suburb of Surrey. All three campuses have developed strong ties with their local communities.
One example is UniverCity, a model sustainable community that SFU is developing on Burnaby Mountain. The main campus is known for its Arthur Erickson-designed buildings, which have since fallen into disrepair, though the chemistry wing was recently renovated. Still, the mountain views are stunning. A three-semester system provides flexibility and the university has extensive co-op offerings. SFU also runs a grants program that parallels the governmentfunded Undergraduate Student Research Awards in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The university, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, does well in international rankings. "SFU has become internationally recognized for the quality of its educational programs and research, and we're committed to building on these strengths as we continue to engage the world," says president Andrew Petter.
• Interactive Arts and Technology: Students work in cross-disciplinary teams to study the use of computational media, good design principles and technology in everyday life.
• Bachelor of Environment: This young program combines earth sciences and social studies to give students an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental problems and how to fix them.
• Archaeology: SFU is home to one of North America's leading archaeology programs.
Students analyze real artifacts in a state-of-the-art lab and on field projects in B. C. and
around the world.
• Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation:
This business course is open to students from all disciplines. It focuses on generating
ideas that meet a real need, then bringing them to fruition as part of an interdisciplinary
• Major Crime and Forensic Analysis for Law
Enforcement: Students learn to use the same technology and techniques found in real
forensic labs to analyze criminal cases from scientific and legal perspectives.
• Science of Brewing: This course explores the plant biology, chemistry, fermentation technology, microbiology and marketing involved in making beer. Classes are held in a distilling plant.