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Degree Requirements

Effective September 1, 2014, the following requirements represent the core courses of the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) program. In addition, students in third year must select an option and complete the specific option program requirements set out below. Students who were initially registered in the B.Com. program prior to September 1, 2014, should consult the Undergraduate Office regarding the requirements to complete the program. Students completing the B.Com. with a Combined Major in Business and Computer Science should refer to the degree requirements listed under the Business and Computer Science-Combined Major option.

A student transferring from another university or college may be granted transfer credit for a maximum of 50% of degree requirements. Of the 50% of the degree requirements that are to be completed while registered in the Bachelor of Commerce program, 30 credits must be upper-level commerce courses including commerce core courses and option core courses.

Bachelor of Commerce

First Year
ENGL 1121 3
ECON 101/102 6
COMM 101 3
COMM 290 3
COMM 291 3
COMM 292 3
MATH 1042 3
Non-Commerce electives3 6
Total Credits 30
Second Year
COMM 2024 1
COMM 293, 294, 298 9
COMM 2954 3
COMM 203, 204, 205, and 2965 12
Non-Commerce electives3 6
Total Credits 31
Third Year
COMM 3906 3
COMM 393 3
COMM 394 3
COMM 3956 3
Options Requirements (as specified below) 6
Electives3 12
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
One of COMM 491, 492, 497, or 4987 3
Option requirements (as specified below) 9
Electives3 18
Total Credits 30
1 Acceptable alternatives are ASTU 150, WRDS 150, ENGL 120, ENGL 121, Coordinated Arts Program, or Arts One.
2 Acceptable alternatives are MATH 184 or 100 or 180 or 102 or 120 or 110. Students planning to specialize in Economics or Computer Science must take MATH 104 and 105 (or equivalents). Students should make themselves aware of elective courses for which MATH 104 and 105 are prerequisites and plan accordingly.
3 At least 27 credits of the 42 credits of electives in the Bachelor of Commerce program must be non-Commerce with at least 12 credits at the senior level. Additional electives in third and fourth years may be either Commerce or Non-Commerce courses. See Electives for more information.
4 Students completing a minor in Economics should take ECON 301 and 303 instead of COMM 295. Students planning to take fourth year economics courses should be aware that these courses require ECON 301 (or ECON 304), and for certain courses, ECON 302 (or ECON 305). Students who have COMM 295 and MATH 105 may be admitted to courses requiring ECON 301/304 with permission of the Economics Department.
5 One or two of these courses may be deferred until third year. Students intending to take the Business Technology Option should complete COMM 205 in second year. Students intending to take the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Option should complete COMM 203 in second year.
6 One or both of these courses may be deferred until fourth year. Please note advancement requirements for promotion to fourth year.
7 Students must take one course from COMM 491, 492, 497, and 498 as part of the core requirements in the fourth year. The 49X series of courses can only be taken in the fourth year.

Third and Fourth Year Option Requirements

Students who complete the course of studies in any one of the following options will receive the Bachelor of Commerce: Accounting, Business Technology Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business Management, International Business (must be combined with another option), Marketing, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, Transportation and Logistics, or Real Estate. Option requirements are listed below.

Electives

The B.Com. program elective requirements are as outlined below:

Option Total Required Electives Requirements
Accounting

Business Technology Management

Entrepreneurship

Finance

Marketing

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Real Estate
42 credits
  • At least 15 credits, whether Commerce or non-Commerce, must be at the 300-level or higher

  • At least 27 credits must be non-Commerce. 12 or more credits of these electives must be at the 300- or 400-level
General Business Management

Transportation & Logistics

Operations & Logistics

Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management
45 credits
  • At least 18 credits, whether Commerce or non-Commerce, must be at the 300-level or higher

  • At least 27 credits must be non-Commerce. 12 or more credits of these electives must be at the 300- or 400-level
International Business See above
  • International Business students should complete elective requirements of their first declared option as outlined above

  • Elective credits are also used to satisfy the option requirements for International Business1
1 See International Business for more information.

Many senior-level courses require lower-level prerequisites, so students should select lower-level electives carefully. In addition, many electives are not accepted for the B.Com. Program, due to overlap with required Commerce courses. Visit the Faculty to verify electives that can be used to fulfill program requirements.

English and Business Writing Requirements

To qualify for the B.Com., students must satisfy the English and Business Writing requirement of the Faculty. To do this, students must obtain credit for ENGL 112 (Arts One or Coordinated Arts Program is acceptable) and COMM 390 with a minimum grade of 60% in each of these two courses. Satisfactory completion of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Examination is prerequisite to all first-year English courses at UBC.

Prerequisites

The required 200-level Commerce courses generally are prerequisite to 300- and 400-level courses, and in each option it is assumed that the required 300-level courses will be taken prior to the 400-level courses.

Any student not registering for a normal sequence of courses must consult an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Office. Non-Commerce students taking Commerce courses as a part of a program should contact the Undergraduate Office for information.

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