Complementary Studies (CS) Electives

Complementary Studies (CS) can be broadly defined as studies in humanities, social sciences, arts, management, engineering economics and communication that complements technical curriculum.

Engineering, math or science courses—including astronomy and psychology—may not be used to fulfill your CS elective requirement. Additionally, the Rotman School of Management does not typically permit students outside of their faculty to take their courses (i.e. RSM courses).

For detailed information regarding Complementary Studies, please consult the Academic Calendar. Students are responsible for determining their qualification for taking an CS course, including but not limited to prerequisites and required permissions.

Some areas of study that are considered complementary to Engineering studies include:

  • An introduction to the methodologies and thought process of the humanities and social sciences
  • A basic knowledge of engineering economics
  • Awareness of the impact of technology on society
The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering also offers several courses that may be used as CS electives:
  • APS 120 — Interdisciplinary Introduction to Sustainability
  • APS 234 — Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • APS 305 — Energy Policy
  • APS 310 — Defining Energy Futures in India and Canada
  • APS 323 — Writing Lab
  • APS 343 — Foundations of Engineering Leadership (formerly APS443 & APS 501)
  • APS 432 — Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • APS 442 — Cognitive and Psychological Foundations of Effective Leadership
  • APS 446 — Leadership in Project Management
  • APS 510 — Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy Systems
  • APS 1011 — Concepts and Applications of Authentic Leadership
  • CHE/CIV/ECE/MIE/MSE488 — Entrepreneurship and Business for Engineers
  • JRE 300 — Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
  • JRE 410 — Markets and Competitive Strategy
  • JRE 420 — People Management and Organizational Behaviour.

Faculty-Approved Arts & Science Courses

As an Engineering student, you may enrol in Arts & Science (A&S) courses that have the prefixes listed in the table below. Exceptions are listed in the footnotes. Before you enrol in an A&S course to fulfill your CS elective requirement, please consult your undergraduate academic advisor.

Select Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) courses may be used to fulfill CS elective requirements.

Faculty-approved Arts & Science course prefixes

Please note that some of the following courses may have enrolment controls that limit enrolment. Information on enrolment controls, see the Arts & Science Academic Calendar.

An asterisk (*) indicates you can take any course that follows that prefix with the following exceptions:

  • Anthropology courses designated as science courses and ARC221H
  • INI341H
  • PHL courses about probability
  • All science UNI courses
Approved CS courses:
  • ABS*
  • ANT (note 1) *
  • ARC (note 1) *
  • COG 250Y1
  • CIN*
  • CLA*
  • CSC 300
  • DRM*
  • EAS*
  • ECO*
  • ECMA*
  • ENG*
  • ENV 307
  • ENV 320
  • ENV 335
  • ENV 347
  • ENV 350 (pre-requisites waived for Engineering students)
  • ENV 422
  • ERI 260
  • ERI 360
  • EST*
  • ETH*
  • FAH*
  • FAS 143
  • FIN*
  • FRE*
  • FSL*
  • FOR 302
  • FOR 303
  • FOR 421
  • GER*
  • GGR124
  • GGR 220
  • GGR 222
  • GGR 225
  • GGR 251
  • GGR 252
  • GGR 271
  • GGR 314
  • GGR 323
  • GGR 329
  • GGR 332
  • GGR 335
  • GGR 343
  • GGR 356
  • GGR 424
  • GRK*
  • HIS*
  • HPS*
  • HUM*
  • HUN*
  • IAS*
  • IMC 200
  • INI (note 2) *
  • IRE260H1
  • ITA*
  • JAL*
  • JEF*
  • JHP*
  • JLP*
  • JMC*
  • JPH441
  • JPJ*
  • JPP*
  • JUP*
  • JGI 346
  • LAT*
  • LIN*
  • MEI*
  • MGEA 01H3
  • MGEA 02H3
  • MGEA 06H3
  • MGT*
  • MGM*
  • MGR101H1
  • MUS*
  • NEW*
  • NMC*
  • NML*
  • PHL (note 3)
  • POL*
  • PRT*
  • RLG*
  • RSM 295Y
  • SAS*
  • SLA*
  • SMC*
  • SOC*
  • SPA*
  • TRN*
  • UNI (note 4) *
  • USA*
  • VIC*
  • WDW*