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Complementary Studies Electives

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To better understand the role of Engineering within a broader social context, all programs require an element of complementary studies consisting of the humanities, social sciences, arts, languages, management, engineering economics and communications. Aspects of these topics are covered in mandatory courses, but each program contains complementary studies electives so that students may explore areas of particular interest.

Students must take the number of complementary studies electives as required by their program from the complementary studies electives list below. Note that in some cases, a course may appear both on a complementary studies list and as a program required or program elective course. A single course cannot be used to satisfy multiple course requirements under Programs of Study .

Students interested in taking a minor should select their first complementary studies courses with this in mind. For the Business minor, student should take ECON 204 ; for an Arts minor, students should select a course in a possible area of concentration of interest, see minors for specific requirements for each minor.

Complementary studies electives list (Alphabetical order);

  • Any language courses offered by the department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies


*Not available to Civil students
**Not available to Civil (Environmental Engineering Option) students.

Other courses not on the list will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Approval by the Faculty is required prior to enrolling in any course not in the above list to have the course counted as an elective.

A single course cannot be used to satisfy both the ITS and Complementary Studies requirements. This list is updated annually. Courses that teach the application of a particular skill (such as courses in physical education, music and art) do not meet the intent of the Accreditation Board with respect to complementary studies and are therefore not eligible. (see Errata - March 9, 2020 )

Impact of Technology on Society (ITS) Elective

A specific requirement of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board is study of the impact of technology on society. To meet this requirement, students must take one of the following:

English Electives

Engineering programs require ENGL 199 .

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