Complementary Studies

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 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 below "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 below "Acceptable Courses" list. 

Engineering Economics (ENGG or ECON 209)

Not open to first-year students.

Oral and Written Communications (COMS 363)

Not open to first-year students.

Technology and Society (ENGG 481)

Not open to first-year students.

Engineering Profession (ENGG 513)

Taken in the fourth or final year of most programs.

Exceptions

COST requirements differ slightly for the following programs: 


Engineering/Commerce

All course requirements for the BComm/BSc(Eng) combined program are specified in the University of Calgary Calendar program details.

Students in this program may not take Engineering Economics (ENGG/ECON 209) for credit. They also must take Introduction to Business Skills (SGMA 217) in place of Oral and Written Communication (COMS 363).

Energy and Environment Minor

Students taking a Minor in Energy and Environment use a required course (ENMG) to satisfy one of their two COST options.

Energy Engineering

Engineering Economics (ENGG/ECON 209) is not permitted for credit in the Energy Engineering program. Also, Oral and Written Communication (COMS 363) is not required as credit for this is awarded upon admission to the program.

Chemical Engineering

Students in Chemical Engineering must take one additional COST option in place of Engineering Economics (ENGG/ECON 209) - for a total of three COST options.

Oil and Gas Engineering

Students in Chemical Engineering must take one additional COST option in place of Engineering Economics (ENGG/ECON 209) - for a total of three COST options.


Acceptable Courses

Below is a list of courses that count as credits towards Complementary Studies (COST) requirements.


All courses in:

African Studies (AFST)
Art History (ARHI)
Canadian Studies (CNST)
Central & East European Studies (CEST)
Comparative Literature (COLT)
Development Studies (DEST)
East Asian Studies (EAST)
English (ENGL)

Film (FILM)
Greek & Roman Studies (GRST)
History (HTST)
Humanities (HUMN)
Indigenous Studies (INDG)
Law & Society (LWSO)
Linguistics (LING)

Philosophy (PHIL)
Political Science (POLI)
Religious Studies (RELS)
Romance Studies (ROST)
South Asian Studies (SAST)
Urban Studies (UBST)
Women’s Studies (WMST)


Language courses in: 

Arabic Lang & Muslim Culture
(ALMC 317, 319, 357, 359)
Chinese (CHIN 317, 355)
 

French (FREN 291)
German (GERM 200, 204, 317, 331, 357)
Russian (RUSS 355, 361)

Slavic (SLAV 355)
Spanish (SPAN 321)

NOTE: All other language courses, whether taught in translation or the primary language, are weighted according to literature/culture content and require permission of the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) for use as a COST option. The CEAB regulations state, “Curriculum content that principally imparts
language skills…cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for subject matter that deals with central issues, methodologies, and thought processes of the humanities and social sciences."


Selected courses in: 

Anthropology (ANTH) 
Archaeology (ARKY) 
Architectural Studies
Art (ART) 
Business & Environment 
Communications Studies (COMS)
Dance (DNCE) 
Drama (DRAM) 
Economics (ECON) 
Environmental Design (EVDS) 
Geography (GEOG)
Latin American Studies (LAST) 
Latin (LATI) 
Music (MUSI) 
Psychology (PSYC) 
Sociology (SOCI) 
University (UNIV)

All 200- and 300-level courses
All 200- and 300-level courses except 203, 306 
201, 457* 
301, 311*, 401
395**
All 200- and 300-level courses except 363
309*, 341, 343* 345
203, 205, 242, 243, 340, 345, 347, 355, 357, 371, 455*, 483, 471
All 200- and 300-level courses except 209, 311, 387, 389, 395
401, 523
205, 211, 213, 251, 253, 311, 317, 321, 341, 351, 361, 365, 367, 371, 377, 381, 397
All 200- and 300-level courses except 301
205, 207
203, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 401, 402*, 403*, 405*
All 200- and 300-level courses except 312, 365, 369, 375
All 200- and 300-level courses except 311, 313, 315
201, 205, 207, 301

NOTE: For 400- and 500-level courses not listed, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.

* Pre-approval by the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) is required for any course described as “special topics” or “research topics” for which the content may change from year to year.

** Not permitted for students in the Energy and Environment Minor.