Complementary Studies (COST)
A requirement of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.
The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) of Engineers Canada requires that an accredited undergraduate engineering degree program must include a minimum of one half-year of Complementary Studies (COST) which appropriately complement the technical content of the engineering curriculum. To fulfill this requirement, CEAB Criteria for Accreditation require studies in the following:
Subject matter that deals with the humanities and social sciences
Oral and written communications
Professionalism, ethics, equity and law
The impact of engineering on society
Health and safety
Sustainable development and environmental stewardship
Engineering economics and project management
For more information on accreditation of engineering education in Canada, visit the Engineers Canada website.
Complementary Studies (COST) roadmap
Here's how to fill your 6 half-course requirements.
COST option 1
One half-course or the equivalent selected from the "Acceptable Courses" list. These meet the CEAB humanities and social sciences requirement.
COST option 2
A second half-course or the equivalent selected from the "Acceptable Courses" list.
Not open to first-year students.