Complementary Studies Electives (2014-2018)

These lists are for B.Eng. students starting their program prior to Fall 2019 and later. For students who have entered the program later, use the updated Complementary Studies Lists

Selection of complementary studies elective courses should be considered with regard to both personal interest and career aspirations so as to ensure that some maturity is attained in the elective area of study.  Advice may be obtained from program counsellors or faculty advisors within the departments of the university offering the course or courses of interest. 

B.Eng. students are required to take the following number of required Complementary Studies electives for their program. All students are required 2.0 credits of Complementary Studies Electives. The allocation for these credits is as follows:

  • 0.5 credits (1 course) from list CS-1 Complementary Studies Electives: Central Issues
  • 0.5 credits (1 course) from list CS-2 Complementary Studies Electives: Methodologies
  • 0.5 credits (1 course) from list CS-3 Complementary Studies Electives: Social Sciences
  • 0.5 credits (1 courses) from any of the lists:
    • CS-1 Complementary Studies Electives: Central Issues
    • CS-2 Complementary Studies Electives: Methodologies
    • CS-3 Complementary Studies Electives: Social Sciences
    • Note that students have the option to complete one language course instead. Please contact your Program Counsellor if you have questions about this. 

A maximum of 1.5 credits at the 1000 course level is allowed for elective requirements (this limit applies to all electives, including technical electives, complementary studies electives and free electives, where applicable). (Rule no longer applies as of November 1, 2022.)

Students should refer to Course Descriptions in the current Undergraduate Calendar for prerequisites, class hours and the semester(s) in which courses are offered.

List CS-1 Central Issues

ASCI*3200   Issues in Public Health, S 
CIS*2050      Computers and Society, S [Last Offering was S19]
EDRD*4020  Rural Extension in Change and Development, F 
FARE*1300  Food, Poverty and Hunger, W (Equates: AGEC*1300) 
GEOG*1200 Society and Space, F 
GEOG*1220 Human Impact on the Environment, F/W 
GEOG*2210 Climate and the Biophysical Environment, W 
GEOG*2510 Considering Canada: A Regional Synthesis, W 
GEOG*3020 Global Environmental Change, S/F 
GEOG*3050 Development and the City, W 
GEOG*3210 Management of the Biophysical Environment, S/F 
IDEV*1000 Understanding Development and Global Inequalities, S/F/W 
POLS*1500  World Politics, F 
POLS*2080  Development and Underdevelopment, F 
POLS*2200  International Relations, F 
POLS*2250  Public Administration and Governance, W 
POLS*2300  Canadian Government and Politics, F/W 
POLS*3060  Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, U 
POLS*3080  Politics of Latin America, U 
POLS*3250  Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects, F 
POLS*3270  Local Government in Ontario, U 
POLS*3320  Politics of Aid & Development, F 
POLS*3370  Environmental Politics and Governance, S/F
UNIV*2020 Pandemics: Culture, Science and Society, F/W

List CS-2: Methodologies

ACCT*1220   Introductory Financial Accounting, F/W (Equates: BUS*2220)
ACCT*2230   Management Accounting, F/W (Equates: BUS*2230)
ECON*1050  Introductory Microeconomics, S/F/W
ECON*1100  Introductory Macroeconomics, S/F/W
ECON*2100  Economic Growth and Environmental Quality, F
ECON*2310  Intermediate Microeconomics, S/F/W
ECON*2410  Intermediate Macroeconomics, S/F/W
EDRD*2650  Introduction to Planning and Environmental Law, F/W
EDRD*3140  Organizational Communication, W
EDRD*3160  International Communication, W
EDRD*4120  Leadership Development in Small Organizations, F
ENVS*2120  Introduction to Environmental Stewardship (Equates SOIL*2120, NRS*2120), F
FARE*1400  Economics of the Agri-Food System, W
FARE*2700  Survey of Natural Resource Economics, F (Equates: AGEC*2700)
FARE*4310  Resource Economics, W (Equates: AGEC*4310)
FARE*4360  Marketing Research, W (Equates: AGEC*4360)
HROB*2090 Individuals and Groups in Organizations, F,W
LARC*2820  Urban and Regional Planning, W
MCS*1000   Introductory Marketing, S/F/W
MCS*2600   Fundamentals of Consumer Behaviour, F/W
MCS*3010  Quality Management, W
MCS*3040  Business and Consumer Law, S/F/W
MGMT*2150  Introduction to Canadian Business Management, S/F/W
POLS*1400  Issues in Canadian Politics, F
POLS*3370  Environmental Politics and Governance, S/F

List CS-3: Social Sciences

ANTH*1150  Introduction to Anthropology, F/W
ANTH*2160  Social Anthropology, W
ARTH*XXXX All Art History courses
ENGL*1200   Reading the Contemporary World, F/W
ENGL*1410   Major Writers, U
ENGL*2200   Postcolonial Literatures, F
FARE*4310   Resource Economics, W (Equates: AGEC*4310)
FREN*2020   France: Literature and Society, F/W
FREN*2060   Québec: Literature and Society, F/W
FRHD*1010   Human Development, W
HIST*XXXX All History courses (except for HIST*1250 which is a required engineering course)
ISS*3420     Women Social and Political Theorists, W
MUSC*2030  Music in Canada, F
NUTR*1010  Introduction to Nutrition, F/W
PHIL*1000  Classic Thinkers, F
PHIL*1010  Introductory Philosophy: Social and Political Issues, F/W
PHIL*1050  Ethics, Knowledge and Reality, W
PHIL*2030  Philosophy of Medicine, F
PHIL*2060  Philosophy of Feminism I, W
PHIL*2070  Philosophy of the Environment, W
PHIL*2100  Critical Thinking, F/W
PHIL*2120  Ethics, F/W
PHIL*2180  Philosophy of Science, F
PHIL*2370  Metaphysics and Mind, W
PHIL*2600  Business and Professional Ethics, W
PHIL*3230  Theories of Justice, W
PSYC*1000  Introduction to Psychology, S/F/W
PSYC*2310  Social Psychology, S/F/W
PSYC*2330  Principles of Learning, F
PSYC*2450  Developmental Psychology, F
SOC*1100  Sociology, S/F/W
SOC*1500  Crime and Criminal Justice, F/W
SOC*2010  Canadian Society, U
SOC*2070  Social Deviance, S/F/W
SOC*2080  Rural Sociology, W
SOC*2280  Society and Environment, F
SOC*3380  Society and Nature, W
SOC*3410  Individual and Society, W
SPAN*2990   Hispanic Literary Studies, W
SPAN*3080   Spanish American Culture, F
UNIV*2020 Pandemics: Culture, Science and Society, F/W
WMST*XXXX All Women’s Studies courses

Why are Complementary Studies important?

Professional engineers often face complex situations involving sociological, political and economic factors in addition to technical and technological problems.  Recognition of the human aspects is so important that special attention should be paid to the humanities, social sciences and areas of administrative studies.  As an engineering student at the University of Guelph, you should strive to become aware of the role of professional engineers in society and the contribution engineering makes to the economic, social and cultural aspirations of society.  In completing the complementary studies electives courses, along with ENGG*3240 (Engineering Economics) and HIST*1250 (Science & Technology in a Global Context), you should gain an understanding of:

  • The nature of the human and natural environment and the impact of technology on it;
  • The function and roles of individuals, organizations, business and governments in shaping our society and its values;
  • The ethical and legal responsibilities, guidelines and constraints within which the engineering profession functions, and;
  • Effective communication within the profession and society at large.

The term “complementary” within the context of CEAB requirements is not intended to mean “directly related to or relevant to your specific technical area of study within engineering”.  These electives are meant to broaden your knowledge of society, culture, government, economy, etc. so that you may better understand the impact of engineering on society at large.

(Updated on November 2, 2022)