Complementary Studies

2014-2015 Engineering and Applied Science Calendar

In all academic plansin the Faculty students must complete courses in Complementary Studies amounting to at least 18.75 credits. All of the academic plans in the Faculty have courses in Complementary Studies built into the CORE of the curriculum, and/or have portions of technical courses assigned to topics in Complementary Studies. The exact requirements vary from plan to plan, the details are provided in the curriculum for each Academic Plan.

Complementary Studies complement the technical content of a student's curriculum, and are sub-divided into six areas of study:

  • Engineering Economics (EEC);
  • Communications (CMC);
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS - List A);
  • Linkage and Professional Issues (LNK - List B);
  • Performance Arts and Languages (PAL - List C); and
  • Management (MGT - List D).

Students MUST complete a minimum number of credits in some of the above six areas of study. Some of these credits are obtained in faculty-wide core courses while others may be drawn from a list of elective courses. The table below shows the credits in the core courses and lists of elective courses from which additional required credits must be drawn. The lists are updated each year, and a course qualifies as a Complementary Studies course only if it appears on the list for the Academic Session in which the course is taken.

Area of Study Core Courses Credits in core courses List of additional courses Total required credits
Engineering Economics APSC 221, 321 OR CHEE 3101 3 3
Communications APSC 100, 293 2 See note 2 below 3
Humanities and Social Science (H&SS) 0 List A 6
Linkage and Professional Issues (LNK) APSC 100, 151, 2003 3 List B 3.5
Any combination of H&SS, LNK, PAL, or MGT List A, B, C, or D 3
TOTAL 18.5

1Note: At the end of each Academic Plan listing in the Calendar there is an explanation of which courses may be taken to meet the requirement for engineering economics.
2Note: At the end of each Academic Plan listing in the Calendar there is an explanation of which additional courses must be taken to meet the total credit requirement for Communications.
3Note: for the graduating class of 2014 and later, an additional 1 credit of Linkage and Professional issues will be delivered in third and fourth year courses in the Engineering Design and Practice Sequence, satisfying the requirement for 3.5 credit total. In special cases APSC 191 can be used to satisfy the required 3.5 credit of linkage by permission. For the graduating classes of 2013 and earlier, the required 3.5 credit was met by APSC 190 (no longer offered) or APSC 191.

Note that the credits in the table above add up to 18.5 credits, so an additional .25 credit of complementary studies are needed to reach the requirement of 18.75 credits. In many academic plans this additional .25 credit is provided by other upper year engineering courses, but it is the student's responsibility to check.

Engineering Economics Courses

Communications Courses

Humanities and Social Sciences Courses (List A)

Linkage and Professional Issues Courses (List B)

Performance Arts and Languages Courses (List C)

Management Courses (List D)