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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Schulich School of Engineering 3. School Regulations 3.3 Course Work
3.3 Course Work

To register in an undergraduate course delivered by the Schulich School of Engineering, a student must have obtained a grade of at least "C-" or better in each prerequisite course.

Equivalent Courses

Approval may be given by the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) or by the relevant Department Head for a student to replace one or more courses in the Engineering program by registering in equivalent courses in other faculties. To receive credit, the student must normally obtain a grade of "C-" or higher.

Final Year Technical Options

A student in the final year of the Engineering undergraduate program, who has a high academic standing, may be permitted to substitute a graduate course(s) for a fourth-year departmental course(s) with the approval of the department. The undergraduate grading scheme will apply to this student.

Reduced Course Load

Because space in the School is limited, students are encouraged to complete all courses for their year of program within each academic year. Students who have not yet been placed in a specific degree program are advised that taking a reduced course load may disadvantage them when they are ranked for placement in programs.

As long as students take at least 9 units (not including Block Week courses) directly applicable to the degree program in which they are registered in each of the Fall and Winter Terms, they will be allowed to continue in Engineering provided all other requirements for satisfactory standing are met. Students who take two or fewer courses in Fall or Winter without valid reason for doing so may be required to withdraw or may lose their space in their degree program. This also applies to students who start a term in three or more courses but complete two or fewer due to withdrawals from courses.

Part-Time Studies

Students who wish to take two or fewer courses in a Fall or Winter Term for valid reasons must request permission from the Associate Dean (Student Affairs). Valid reasons include (but are not limited to): inability to take courses due to missing prerequisites; inability to take courses due to not having been placed into a degree program; extraordinary extracurricular activities such as national team athletic training and competition; extenuating circumstances such as serious disability, illness, or family issues.

As many required courses are not offered during the evenings or during the Spring or Summer Intersession, students should anticipate that it will not be possible to complete their degree without a significant time commitment on weekdays during several Fall and Winter Terms.

Note also that there is a regulation under 3.4 Academic Performance, Review, and Student Standing that students must normally complete all degree requirements within eight calendar years.

Permission to Take Courses for Credit at Another Institution

Normally students are expected to complete their programs through courses taken at the University of Calgary. Students who wish to take a course elsewhere should obtain written permission from the Schulich School of Engineering before registering in the course, to ensure that it is acceptable for credit.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that an official transcript of grades is forwarded directly to the Registrar of the University of Calgary in order that the appropriate credit may be officially recorded. To receive transfer credit, a minimum grade of "C-" or equivalent must be obtained in each transfer course. (Under some circumstances students may also receive credit for courses with grades of "D" or "D+"). The grades obtained in such courses are not used in the computation of grade point averages for graduation purposes.

Complementary Studies

The following six complementary studies courses are required for all students1,2,3 in the School:

(a) Engineering 209 (Economics 209)3,4 - not open to first-year students

(b) Engineering 481

(c) Engineering 213 or Communications Studies 3635

(d) Engineering 513

(e) Two general complementary studies courses (see below) are required for all programs except in the following cases:

  • Students enrolled in Sustainable Systems Engineering or the Biomedical Engineering Minor (with the exception of Chemical Engineering students) are required to take one general complementary studies course.
  • For the Chemical Engineering Programs, students are required to take three general complementary studies courses.3

Note inclusions to the list of acceptable general complementary courses for specific programs:

  • Energy Management 301, which is required in the Energy and Environment Minor, counts as a general complementary studies course.
  • For Geomatics Engineering Programs (except for Geomatics with Energy and Environment Minor), Strategy and Global Management 395 may be used as a general complementary studies course. Geomatics Engineering 587, which is required in the Aerospace Engineering Minor, counts as a general complementary studies course.

1Students in Energy Engineering are not required to take Economics/Engineering 209; and Engineering 213 or Communications Studies 363. Students are required to take Engineering 481, Engineering 513, and two general complementary studies courses.

2Students in the BSc (Engineering)/BComm program are required to take Economics 201 in place of Economics/Engineering 209; Economics 203 and one junior-level English course in place of two general complementary studies courses; and Strategy and Global Management 217 in place of Engineering 213 or Communications Studies 363.

3Students in Chemical Engineering may not use Economics 209 or Engineering 209 as a Complementary Studies course; these students must take three general complementary studies courses.

4Students in Sustainable Systems Engineering are required to take Sustainable Systems Engineering 315 in place of Economics/Engineering 209.

5Students in Geomatics Engineering Polytechnic Transfer Pathway are normally not required to take Communications Studies 363 as they receive transfer credit for it.

General Complementary Studies Courses

General complementary studies courses must be selected from the list of acceptable courses which may also be obtained from the D2L of Engineering Student Centre and via the following link: Students are responsible for ensuring that any prerequisite conditions are satisfied.

All courses in:

African Studies (AFST)
Art History (ARHI)
Canadian Studies (CNST)
Central and East European Studies (CEST)
East Asian Studies (EAST)
English (ENGL)
Film (FILM)
Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSXS)
Global Development Studies (DEST)
Greek and Roman Studies (GRST)
History (HTST)
Indigenous Studies (INDG)
Law and Society (LWSO)
Linguistics (LING)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Political Science (POLI)
Religious Studies (RELS)
Romance Studies (ROST)
South Asian Studies (SAST)
Urban Studies (UBST)

Language courses in:

Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures 317, 319, 358
Chinese 317, 355
French 291
German 200, 204, 317, 331, 357
Russian 355, 361
Slavic 356
Spanish 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 All 200- and 300-level courses
Archaeology All 200- and 300-level courses except 203, 306
Architecture 201, 400, 500, 502, 510
Art 301, 311*, 401
Communication and Media Studies All 200- and 300-level courses except 363
Dance 309*, 341, 343* 345
Drama 203, 205, 242, 243, 345, 346, 347, 355, 371, 483, 471
Economics All 200- and 300-level courses except 209, 311, 387, 389, 395
Geography 204, 254, 308, 324, 326, 328, 330, 352, 354, 430, 432, 452
Latin American Studies All 200- and 300-level courses except 301
Latin 205, 207
Music 203, 306, 307, 308, 309
Psychology All 200- and 300-level courses except 300, 301, 365, 369, 375
Sociology All 200- and 300-level courses except 311, 313, 315
Strategy and Global Management 395**
University 201, 205

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.