X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Program Information

Academic Counselling

Program Counselling

Students are urged to seek the assistance of the counsellors in the B.Comm. Counselling Office regarding their program and academic regulations, course selection issues, services and resources, and when they are experiencing difficulties that affect their academic progress.

Departmental Advising

On entering the program, all students are assigned to a departmental Faculty Advisor by major. Students should seek the advice of the Faculty Advisor when they have questions or concerns about courses and academic requirements for their program/major. The Faculty Advisor is also knowledgeable about career opportunities which relate to a student's specific major. The list of Faculty Advisors is available on the Undergraduate Academic Information Centre website: http://www.uoguelph.ca/uaic/students_advisors.shtml or contact the B.Comm. Counselling Office for further information.

Special Expenses

Expenses may include cost of field trips and supplies and, for some majors, laboratory coats and other protective clothing.

Study at Other Universities

Students contemplating study at another university for credit towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Guelph should refer to the general regulations governing Letters of Permission in Section VII Degree and Regulations and Procedures in this calendar.

Students must obtain approval for the Letter of Permission prior to undertaking studies at another institution. Approval of the request depends on good standing in the program with a minimum cumulative average of 60%.

The total limit of credits taken on a Letter of Permission is 2.50 based on the University of Guelph's credit system.

Study Abroad

Global understanding and perspectives are regarded as being of central importance among the university's learning objectives, as they are, also, in understanding the international business environment. On both of these accounts, students enrolled in the B.Comm. program are urged to participate in one of the several exchange and study abroad programs specifically designed for the Commerce program. Planning for such participation is best undertaken quite early in the course of studies. For more specific information on possible opportunities refer to Section V -- International Study of the calendar or contact the B.Comm. program counsellor.

Continuation of Studies

Students are advised to consult the regulations for Continuation of Study within the program which are outlined in detail in Section VIII -- Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures.

Conditions of Graduation

To qualify for a Bachelor of Commerce degree, the student must satisfy the following conditions:

  • The student must successfully complete 1.50 credits from the Liberal Education Requirement list.

  • The student must successfully complete a minimum of 20.00 approved credits, in accordance with the Schedule of Studies for the specified major, including the Liberal Education Requirement.

  • The student must successfully pass Business Career Preparation [MGMT*1100] or Introduction to Co-operative Education [COOP*1100]

  • Students will not be eligible to graduate while on probationary or required-to-withdraw status.

Career Development Program

The Career Development Program provides students with knowledge and tools to enhance their career readiness skills, leading to a greater level of confidence and success when approaching the career search process. Through a series of activities that would span over each year of the Bachelor of Commerce Program, including a mandatory Business Career Preparation Course [MGMT*1100]*, students will be guided through a framework for career management and steps to create a personal “career toolkit”.

*Students who have successfully completed [COOP*1100] will be exempted from [MGMT*1100]

Liberal Education Requirement

The Liberal Education Requirement is designed to provide the student with exposure to and some understanding of a range of disciplines in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

The Liberal Education Requirement consists of 1.50 credits. The course prefixes listed below cannot be used to satisfy the Liberal Education Requirement:

  • ACCT Accounting

  • BUS Business

  • ECON Economics

  • FARE Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics

  • HROB Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour

  • HTM Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • MGMT Management

  • MCS Marketing and Consumer Studies

  • REAL Real Estate and Housing

Free Electives

Free Electives allow students to select courses that support or complement their primary field of study. Students may select undergraduate courses from any department, including Commerce/Business related courses, provided any individual course restrictions and prerequisites are satisfied. These courses can be at any year level.

The total number of Free Electives allowed varies by major (refer to the Schedule of Studies for details). Free Electives cannot be used to fulfill Required Core courses, Restricted Electives or Liberal Education Electives, but they could contribute to the total number of credits required for graduation.

Honours Minor

A minor is a group of courses which provide exposure to and mastery of the fundamental principles of a subject. A minor consists of a minimum of 5.00 credits (normally 10 courses). It may also require certain other courses from other areas to be taken along with the specified courses of the minor. A minor is taken in conjunction with a major. Students cannot earn a minor in the same subject area as their major. Additionally, students in the BComm program are not permitted to earn a minor in Business or Business Economics. For a list of Minors, please see Specializations and Their Degrees.

Double Counting of Credits

A maximum of 2.50 credits required in a major program may be applied to meet the requirements of a minor. Courses used to meet the Liberal Education requirement may not double-count toward the requirements of their major but may double-count towards the completion of a minor.

Schedule of Studies

Courses specified in the schedule of studies are required courses and must be completed successfully. A full course load normally involves 2.50 credits per semester. Part-time study is also possible although students should discuss this option with their Program Counsellor or Faculty Advisor.

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