Electives
The elective component of your Bachelor of Commerce degree is fulfilled by taking courses outside of the Asper School of Business.  Electives broaden and enhance your knowledge base and provide an opportunity to study in an area of interest that is not part of your core requirements.

Make sure you read the program guide to be certain the courses you plan to take as electives can be used towards your degree. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the Undergraduate Program Office (Room 268 Drake) and speak with a Program Advisor.

You will be required to complete 18 credit hours of electives. 3 credits hours will contribute to your Track 1/Foundation requirements and 15 credit hours can be taken at any time. Within the degree, there is also a 3 credit hour component that can be fulfilled with either a business option or an elective. This would raise the total elective credit hours available to 21. There are additional elective restrictions (see below).

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Actuarial Studies it is to your benefit to take specific Math and Statistics courses to fulfil your elective requirements, as they will help you to achieve your professional designation. You should speak with the Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research for more information as to your elective choices.

For students admitted in September 2011 and after

In Year 1 we recommend PHIL 1290 Critical Thinking as a preferred elective choice.

In Years 2, 3 and 4 you will be expected to complete 15 credit hours of electives to graduate. Of the 15 credit hours of electives required 6 must be at the 2000 level or higher and 3 must be a non business Written English course. In addition to the 15 credit hours of electives there is also a 3 credit hour component that can be fulfilled with either a 2000 level or higher business option or a 2000 level or higher elective.

It is important to keep in mind that you will need to take a minimum of 6 credit hours of upper level electives (2000 level or higher) to fulfil your graduation requirements, and in order to take most upper level courses you will need to have completed the prerequisites. You will have to take some 1000 level courses to fulfil your degree requirements. For example, STAT 1000 with a minimum grade of C would make you eligible to take STAT 2000 as an elective.

You will also be required to fulfil a 3 credit hour Alternative Management Studies requirement (see program guide for more details). Depending on the course you are interested in taking to fulfil this requirement, you may have to take specific prerequisites. Some prerequisites are taken as core/foundation courses but others might only be able to be used to fulfil your elective requirements.

  • Example 1: ECON 2540 Political Economy 1: Production and Distribution (3 credit hours) can be used to fulfil the Alternative Management Studies requirement and has a prerequisite of a grade of ‘C’ or better in 6 credit hours of 1000 level Economics. For the B.Comm. degree you are required to complete ECON 1010 and ECON 1020 (or the Former ECON 1200) with a minimum grade of ‘C’ so you would be able to take this specific course without having to take a prerequisite that is outside of your core courses.

  • Example 2: POLS 3250 International Political Economy (3 credit hours) can also be used to fulfil the Alternative Management Studies Requirements; however it requires a grade of ‘C’ or better in either POLS 2040 or POLS 2041 or written consent of the Department Head. While it is possible that you may be able to get permission from the department to take this course without taking the prerequisites it is not guaranteed. To be sure that you are eligible to take this course you would have to take either POLS 2040 or POLS 2041. As neither of these courses is a required course in the B.Comm.  degree they could only be used to fulfil your elective requirements.

Finance Major

If you want to complete the Finance Major you will be required to complete FIN 3410 and FIN 3480. Their prerequisites are FIN 2200 (C+); MATH 1300 (C) or MATH 1310 (C); STAT 2000 (C). Therefore, if you are interested in the Finance major you should take MATH 1300 or MATH 1310 as a Track 1/Foundation course or as an elective and take STAT 2000 as an elective.

Marketing Major

If you want to complete the Marketing Major you will be required to take STAT 2000 as one of your electives. STAT 2000 (D) is a prerequisite for MKT 3220 which is required for the Major.