Complementary Courses

Complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration and are offered in six different areas. Except for Liberal Arts, Arts & Sciences and Double DEC programs, students must take two (2) complementary courses as part of their General Education requirement.

Students are encouraged to select courses from subjects that are outside their program of study;
Students can take a course from each ensemble of the same domain;
Students can take a course from either ensemble of two different domains;
Students can take a course from the same ensemble of two different domains;

Domain 1

Science and Technology

In this domain, students encounter science and technology as a specific approach to the study of reality. This general goal may cover various aspects of the field of knowledge, primarily experimentation with methodological instruments and the study of evolution, challenges and consequence of scientific and technological discoveries.


To explain the general nature of science and technology and some of the major contemporary scientific or technological issues.


To resolve a simple problem by applying the basic scientific method.


Domain 2

Contemporary Issues

This domain examines concerns that are cross disciplinary. The concept of cross-disciplinarity does not reflect a degree of specialization, but rather a type of approach that addresses a contemporary issue from the perspective of various disciplines and areas of knowledge, while going beyond the mere juxtaposition of subjects studied.


To consider contemporary issues from a cross disciplinary perspective.


To deal with a contemporary issue from a cross disciplinary perspective.

No courses at this time


Domain 3

Social Sciences

In this domain, students learn to view the social sciences as a specific approach to the study of human existence.


To assess the contribution of one or more of the social sciences to an understanding of contemporary issues.


To analyze one of the major problems of our time using one or more social scientific approaches.

Domain 4

Mathematics Literacy and Computer Science

In the area of Mathematics Literacy and Computer Science, the two sets of objectives and standards are based on the educational goal of developing a mathematics and computer culture.


To recognize the role of mathematics or informatics in contemporary society.


To use various mathematical or computer concepts, procedures and tools for common tasks.

Domain 5

Arts and Aesthetics

In Art and Aesthetics, the educational goal is to provide students with a general knowledge by exploring various forms of art, in one or more artistic fields. This basic education allows students to develop aesthetic awareness through exposure to works and experimentation with an artistic medium. In addition, students acquire the basic elements of artistic language and the ability to establish connections between the elements of this language.


To consider various forms of art produced by aesthetic practices.


To produce a work of art.


Domain 6

Modern Languages

Students meet the three sets of objectives and standards for Modern Language by learning the basic structures and vocabulary of a third language, while developing awareness for the culture of the people who speak this language.

Some modern languages use different structures and different writing systems. The sets of objectives and standards have been developed to take this into account. The degree of competency acquired therefore varies, depending on how far removed these languages are from our own language structure and thought process.

Note that it is possible to take these courses as separate complementary courses. Students may enrol in a course either for the first half of the semester or the second half.


To communicate with limited skill in a modern language.


To communicate on familiar topics in a modern language.