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Academic Regulations

The following regulations regarding Commerce courses apply:

  1. Students are admitted to the B.Com. program, not to particular fields of concentration (options). Enrolment in required option courses may be limited. Students may select their option in the summer registration period prior to third year, but must make their choice no later than the end of Term 1 of Winter Session of the third year in the program. While it may be possible to change options at the end of Term 1, there may not be sufficient space in all of the required courses. Because registration access is based on GPA, students with lower marks will register later and may be unable to gain admission to the option of their first choice. For this reason students are encouraged to plan for a second and third choice. Changes to options made at the end of Term 1 require the approval of the Undergraduate Office.
  2. Each option program assumes that there is a normal sequence of courses, as listed by the Faculty. Students are expected to recognize these normal sequences in planning their program. Any exceptions must be approved by the director or associate director of the undergraduate program.
  3. Students may be required to undertake field work in the business community.
  4. A charge may be made for material supplied by the Faculty for use in classes.
  5. Courses in Commerce generally are reserved for students registered in a degree program in Commerce. However, there are exceptions to this regulation. Special arrangements have been made for students registered in other faculties in programs, as approved by Senate, which specifically require Commerce courses. Non-Commerce students should consult their faculty to see if such arrangements have been made for their program of study.
  6. Students who have obtained a First Class average (80% or higher) in their third year may elect to register for up to 6 credits of 500-level courses chosen in consultation with the chair of the division, the instructor, and the director or associate director of the undergraduate program.

Dean's Honour Roll

The words "Dean's Honour Roll" will be placed on a student's transcript if they have achieved an average of 80% or better in a Winter Session. To be eligible, a Winter Session must contain at least 27 credits. Students in a co-operative education program who are registered at UBC for only one term in Winter Session because of a co-op placement must be in a program of 15 credits for that term. Grades obtained by students registered in a study abroad or exchange program during the Winter Session will be considered. To qualify, a student must pass all courses.

Degree Completion

Students must complete their degree requirements within six years of their original admission into the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

Degree with Honours

The words "with Honours" will be placed on the transcript of record and the degree certificate of a student graduating with the Bachelor of Commerce where the average is 80% or better in all upper-level Commerce courses. Grades obtained by students registered in a study abroad and exchange program will be considered. As well, the student must be enrolled in a 27 percentage-graded credit course load in Winter Session in at least one of year 3 or year 4.

Program Approval

Students are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of registration as it relates to the regulations of the program in which they are enrolled. Any variation from a full load must be approved by an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Office.

Unsatisfactory Performance

Students whose performance in the Faculty is unsatisfactory will be required to discontinue study in the Faculty for at least one year. Students who have failed to meet the continuation requirements of the University will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to discontinue study in the University for at least one year. Continuation requirements are listed in the table Summary of Continuation Requirements below and are subject to the following:

  1. Student performance is considered unsatisfactory when the average taken in any year, including failed courses, is below 60%.
  2. Students who fail the year or are required to discontinue study in the Faculty may apply for readmission only after 12 months.
  3. Students at any level of university study who are required for a second time to discontinue studies in the Faculty, whether in repeating a year or in a later year, will be required to withdraw from the University. Readmission to Commerce in such cases is normally not granted.
  4. Any students whose academic records, as determined by the tests and examinations of Term 1, are found to be unsatisfactory may be required to discontinue attendance in Commerce for the remainder of the session.

Summary of Continuation Requirements

Year Level Winter Session Average   Sessional Standing Continuation Status
1-4 60% or more Pass Eligible to continue
1-4 Less than 60% Fail Required to discontinue

Advancement Requirements

The B.Com. is a full-time four-year program. Students are expected to register in a full load of courses unless they have been granted advanced standing.

  1. To earn a promotion from first to second year, a student must have completed a minimum of 24 credits including all of COMM 101, ECON 101, ECON 102, MATH 104, and two of ENGL 112, COMM 290, COMM 291, COMM 292.
  2. To earn a promotion from second to third year, a student must have completed 48 credits including all required courses from first year and at least four of COMM 203, COMM 204, COMM 205, COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298.
  3. To earn a promotion from third to fourth year, a student must have completed 72 credits, including all required courses from first and second year, two option core courses,and at least two of COMM 390, COMM 393, COMM 394, COMM 395.

For students in the Combined Major in Business and Computer Science (BUCS) program:

  1. To earn a promotion from first to second year, a student must have completed a minimum of 24 credits including all of COMM 101, ECON 101, ECON 102, MATH 104, CPSC 110 and one of ENGL 112, COMM 292, CPSC 121.
  2. To earn a promotion from second to third year, a student must have completed a minimum of 50 credits of the first and second year BUCS program including all required courses from first year and COMM 205, COMM 290, CPSC 210.
  3. To earn a promotion from third to fourth year, a student must have completed a minimum of 81 credits including all required courses from first and second year; one of CPSC 304, CPSC 310; all of COMM 203, COMM 296; and at least two of COMM 204, COMM 390, COMM 393, COMM 395.

For students in the Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management program:

  1. To earn a promotion from first to second year, a student must have completed a minimum of 24 credits including all of COMM 101, ECON 101, ECON 102, MATH 104, and two of ENGL 112, COMM 290, COMM 291, COMM 292.
  2. To earn a promotion from second to third year, a student must have completed 48 credits including all required courses from first year and at least four of COMM 203, COMM 204, COMM 205, COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298.
  3. To earn a promotion from third to fourth year, a student must have completed 72 credits including all required courses from first and second year and four option core courses.

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