Information for First-Year B.Comm Students | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Information for First-Year B.Comm Students

Welcome to the B.Comm Program at the University of Guelph's Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics!

Through the links and information on this page, we hope to answer most of the frequently asked questions we receive from 1st year students. For details on the course selection process, the courses required for your major, and additional course selection tips, be sure to please refer to the Registration Handbook for New Students.

Electives--which one do I choose? Where do I find them?

Starting in Undeclared?

Thinking of adding a minor?

Thinking of changing your major?

Transfer student from university or college?


  • Admitted to Co-op for this fall? Your Co-op Experience is a good place to start.
  • Didn’t get an offer to Co-op but would like to apply in your first year? Review the ‘Applying to Co-op in your 1st year’ section below.
  • Starting in Undeclared and interested in applying to co-op? Visit the Undeclared 1st Year page for details

MATH*1030 or MATH*1200 – Which one do I take?

If you are in the Management Economics and Finance (MEF) major, you have to choose one of these two math courses:

MATH*1030 is the standard math course taken by all business students who have completed Advanced Functions and Data Management in high school. For most students in MEF, this is the recommended math course.

MATH*1200 is for students who are looking for a more challenging math course. It is a primarily theoretical calculus course intended for students who have completed Advanced Functions and Calculus & Vectors in high school. If you like calculus and you are good at it, then this course may be a good choice.

If you are thinking of pursuing a graduate (Masters) degree in economics or finance, MATH*1200 is worth considering as these programs often require a background in calculus.

If you are still unsure, you do have the option to take MATH*1030 this fall and then take MATH 1200 next fall (Math 1200 is only offered in the Fall). If you complete both MATH*1030 and MATH*1200, then MATH*1200 could be used as an elective towards your program.

Note: If you choose to take MATH*1200, you do not also need to complete MATH*1030.

Applying to Co-op in your 1st year

If you didn’t get an offer to co-op but would still like to be considered, you can apply during your first year at Guelph through the Co-op In-Course application process. The deadlines to apply are determined by the major; Accounting - mid-November 2023; all other majors* - mid-March 2024. Our office will automatically send you detailed instructions on how to apply well in advance of these deadlines.

Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the Co-operative Education Office after your final grades from the Fall semester (Accounting) and Winter semester (all other majors*) are available. You must have a minimum 70% cumulative University of Guelph average as a full-time student to be considered for co-op. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee your admittance to co-op. Depending on demand, some co-op programs have limited capacity, so the average required will be greater than 70%. This average varies significantly from year to year, so unfortunately Co-operative Education cannot predict the actual required admission average for entry this coming year.

*If you are interested in the co-op option for Sport and Event Management, you must be admitted to the major before Co-operative Education will consider your application for co-op; contact our office for details.

Our Contact Information:

B.Comm. Program Counselling Office 
Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics
Macdonald Hall, Room 106
(519) 824-4120 ext. 56757 (Hint: if we cannot get to your call, be sure to leave us a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible)