Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students completing degree programs must fulfill writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of their program. For students in Engineering Science, these university requirements are modified as follows:

  • for students in the computer engineering, electronics engineering, systems engineering and engineering physics options, the total number of Breadth-Social Sciences (B-Soc) and Breadth-Humanities (B-Hum) courses is reduced to three, with at least one course in each category
  • for students in the biomedical engineering option, one course in each of the Breadth-Social Sciences (B-Soc) and Breadth-Humanities (B-Hum) categories may be waived

In addition, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) requires that one complementary studies elective in the ENSC curriculum must be in the Central Issue, Methodology and Thought Process category.

Students admitted to SFU in Fall 2006 and after are required to meet the following WQB requirements in order to graduate. University requirements state all students completing an undergraduate degree program must complete breadth requirements with a grade of C- or better.


Writing Requirements


6 credits of writing intensive courses, including at least one course from the upper division, preferably within the student's discipline. In ENSC, this requirement is normally met by taking ENSC 105W and ENSC 405W.

Quantitative Requirements

6 credits of quantitative intensive courses. In ENSC, this requirement is normally met by taking ENSC 220 and ENSC 225.


Breadth Requirements

(a) 6 credits of Sciences – B-Sci; (b) 6 credits of Undesignated Breadth -- B-UD (courses taken outside the student's major program); (c) 6 or 9 credits of Social Sciences and Humanities - B-Soc and B-Hum - depending on the option you are in. In ENSC, the B-Sci requirements are met with PHYS 120 and 121. The B-UD requirements are met with CHEM 121 and CMPT 128. The B-Soc and B-Hum requirements can be met by carefully selecting the complementary electives; please refer to the section on Pre-Approved Complementary Studies Electives under courses for students admitted in Fall 2006 and after for details.