Download a PDF of this section: The Vancouver School of Economics Print this page Email this page

Degree Requirements

Students must satisfy Faculty of Arts Breadth Requirement and Upper-Level Credit Requirement.

The Writing and Research Requirement will be satisfied by WRDS 150 and ECON 494 respectively.

Program Requirements

First Year
ECON 101, 1021,2 6
COEC 293 3
WRDS 150 3
MATH 104 (or 184), 105 6 or 7
Electives 12
Second Year
ECON 315 and 316 6
ECON 309 3
ECON 327 and 328 6
ECON 255 3
ECON 317 3
Electives 9
Third Year
ECON 370 3
COEC 371 3
Fourth Year
ECON 493, 494 6
Third and Fourth Year
3 courses selected from COEC 294, 365, 370, 377, 437, 491, 497, 4983 9
3 courses selected from ECON 441, 442, 455, 456, COEC 475 9
One ECON or COEC course at 400-level or approved equivalent 3
Electives 27
1 AP, A-Level or IB Economics cannot be substituted for these courses.
2 B.I.E. students are allowed a maximum of 27 credits of COEC courses towards the completion of their B.I.E. degree but cannot take any other credits in the Sauder School of Business. COEC courses that are equivalent to ECON courses are exempted from the 27 maximum.
3 By special permission only, students may substitute 9 credits from honours courses ECON 306 and 307 and econometrics course ECON 425 in place of 9 credits from COEC 294, 365, 370, 377, 437, 491, 497 and 498. Students given special permission to complete ECON 306, 307 and 425, which require an advanced mathematical foundation, are also required to complete two courses from MATH 200, 220, and 221. See the B.I.E. Advising Office.

Minor Programs

Students may construct their program to include any minor available to students in the Faculty of Arts, other than the Minors in Economics or Commerce.

Note: A maximum of 9 credits numbered 300 and higher may be shared between a minor and the B.I.E. See Double-Counting.

Minor in Arts

To complete a minor, a student will normally include in the 120 credits required for the degree at least 18 and no more than 36 credits in a single subject (discipline) or field of specialization. At least 18 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Students are encouraged to consult the B.I.E. advisor and see a departmental advisor in Arts, preferably before taking the necessary courses.

Minor in Education

The Minor in Education allows Bachelor of International Economics students to combine Arts subject content with an area of Education through which that content can be more broadly explored and applied. These investigations through the lens of education can lead to career options involving education theory and pedagogy, both for teaching careers and other professional goals. The Minor does not qualify students to teach in the K-12 system; however, it does provide prerequisites to higher education programs and required courses necessary for specialized teacher education.

The Minor consists of 30 credits, 18 of which are drawn from specified core Education courses and 12 of which are drawn from supportive Arts courses at the 300-400 level. Five different versions are available:

  • Special Education
  • Interpersonal Development
  • Community, Adult, and Higher Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Language Learning and Teaching

Students who wish to declare the Minor must be eligible for 3rd year standing. Arts subject courses must be chosen in consultation with Arts Advising, preferably prior to declaration; Arts Advising may consult with the Teacher Education office for final approval of these courses.

Education subject courses consist of the following:

  • Special Education: EPSE 303, EPSE 312, EPSE 316, EPSE 348, EPSE 436, EPSE 437
  • Interpersonal Development: CNPS 362, CNPS 363, CNPS 364, CNPS 365, CNPS 427, CNPS 433
  • Community, Adult, and Higher Education: ADHE 327, ADHE 329, ADHE 330, ADHE 412, plus two additional Education courses chosen in consultation with academic advising in the Faculty of Education
  • Early Childhood Education: ECED 400, ECED 401, ECED 406, ECED 407, ECED 420, ECED 421
  • Language Learning and Teaching: LLED 489A1 and LLED 489B, plus 12 credits from LLED 399, LLED 429, LLED 433-435, LLED 450-457, LLED 478-480

1ENGL 330 or ENGL 331 may be substituted for LLED 489A, in which case students may include these ENGL credits towards the required 12 credits of Arts and must take 3 additional LLED credits to reach a total of 18 credits of LLED for the Minor.

Minor in Land and Food Systems

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems offers six optional minors for Arts students. Upon declaration of one of the following minor options, the notation "Minor in [Subject]" will be denoted on the student's transcript. Note that most upper-level Land and Food Systems and Science courses have lower-level pre-requisites. Interested students are encouraged to meet with an Arts Academic Advisor as early as possible to discuss program planning.

The Applied Animal Biology Minor comprises 18 credits selected from APBI 311 (BIOL 364), 312, 314, 315, 316, 327 (BIOL 327), 398, 410, 411, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 419, 427 (BIOL 411), 496; PSYC 306.

The Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Minor comprises 18 credits selected from APBI 318, 322, 324 (BIOL 324), 327 (BIOL 327), 328 (BIOL 317), 342 (FRST 310), 351 (BIOL 351/FRST 311), 401, 402, 403, 417, 426 (BIOL 421), 428, 440 (BIOL 440), 444 (FRST 444).

The Food and Resource Economics Minor comprises 18 credits selected from ECON 371, FRE 302, 306, 326, 340, 374 (ECON 374), 385, 402, 420, 460, 490.

The Food Science Minor comprises 18 credits selected from FNH 300, 301, 302, 303, 309, 313, 330, 335, 402, 403, 405, 413, 419, 430.

The Nutritional Sciences Minor comprises 21 credits:

  • FNH 250, 350, 351; and
  • 12 credits selected from FNH 301, 355, 370, 371, 398, 402, 451, 454, 455, 471, 472, 473, 474, 477, 490

The Sustainable Food Systems Minor comprises 24 credits:

  • LFS 250 and 350;
  • 3 credits from APBI 314, 315, BIOL 343, EDCP 329, FNH 342, 355, 455, LFS 340, SOCI 342, 360, 423, GEOG 410;
  • 3 credits from APBI 360, 402, 428, 444, ENVR 430, 440, FNH 309, GEOG 310, 318;
  • 3 credits from APBI 361, 414, FNH 415, FRE 302, 306, 340, 374, 460, GEOG 311, SCIE 420;
  • 3 credits from APBI 465, LFS 450, 496; and
  • 3 additional credits from any 300- or 400-level course listed above

Space in many Faculty of Science and Faculty of Land and Food Systems courses is limited. Admission to a Land and Food Systems minor does not provide priority access to courses agreed upon for the minor.

Minor in Science

B.I.E. students may also complete a Minor in Science. An acceptable program must comprise courses recognized for credit in the Faculty of Science and acceptable for a science major in the proposed subject area or field. The Minor in Science must consist of at least 18 credits numbered 300 or higher in a single subject or field of specialization, together with any necessary prerequisites for these upper-level courses. Students should design a coherent and academically sound course of studies for their proposed minor. Note that space in many courses is limited and admission to a science minor does not guarantee access to courses agreed upon for the minor.

The 18 upper-level credits of science required by this program and their science prerequisites will not be applied towards the minimum 72 credits from the Faculty of Arts.

Page last updated: March 31, 2021

The University of British Columbia

Student Services
Vancouver Campus
1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC | © Copyright The University of British Columbia