Originally established in 1981 as a community college, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has evolved to offer 120 programs—a wide range of degree programs as well as trades, vocational education and qualifying studies—designed with ﬂexibility in mind. Students have the option of building on applied and technical programs by bridging certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor degrees. Class sizes are kept small with a maximum of 35 students. KPU’s “intensive learning environment blends theory with practice and is recognized for its extensive engagement with its communities,” says president Alan Davis, who adds that the university “serves one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.” The school draws about 80 per cent of its undergrads from the Lower Mainland, and is deepening its local roots through a program of dual credit pathways—offering some post-secondary courses to high school students from nearby school districts. KPU has four campuses, each with a feel and culture all its own. As the largest campus, Surrey is a hub of activity. Richmond has a metropolitan vibe, while Langley and Cloverdale enjoy a closer proximity to more rural areas.
• Sustainable Agriculture: Offers a comprehensive perspective on the science of agro-ecosystem design and stewardship, ecologically sound crop production methods, sustainable farm business management and the economic, social and environmental challenges facing our food system.
• Traditional Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture: This intensive six-semester program blends ancient Chinese philosophy with Western biomedical science; includes 460 hours of clinical practice.
• Physics for Modern Technology: This B.Sc. program gives students a solid background in physics with instruction in quantum physics, thermal physics, optics and optoelectronics, electricity and magnetism, computer programming, business, industrial process control, and signal and image processing.
• Moral Theory: Students in this introductory philosophy course examine ethical theories, including classic works representing the major ethical traditions of virtue theory, deontology, social contract theory, and utilitarianism, as well as concepts such as duty, virtue, well-being and right action.
• Inside Out: Criminology students from KPU and people incarcerated at nearby Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village learn together, examining aspects of crime and social justice in a Canadian context. The course takes place inside the corrections facility.
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|High school diploma; minimum grade C+ in English 12 or equivalent; some program entrance requirements may be higher||$5,197||Undergraduates: 12,343