4.5. Bachelor of Commerce degree program
(four years 120 credits)
Bachelor of Commerce core courses and an increasing number of electives are available for study electronically in the ViTAL® learning environment. In addition, some courses applicable to the program are offered to students in Calgary and Edmonton or at designated colleges.
The Bachelor of Commerce program builds upon the university transfer options available through the Alberta post-secondary system, therefore, applicants who have completed applicable course work from a recognized post-secondary institution may receive transfer credit into the four-year degree.
- You will not be accepted into the Bachelor of Commerce program if you have a degree in administration, business, commerce or management; or a degree with a major, concentration, or any equivalency to the aforementioned programs from Athabasca University or another university.
- If you hold a recognized university degree, your total Bachelor of Commerce program (i.e., 120 credits) may be reduced by up to 60 credits based upon course work completed in the first degree which is applicable to the Bachelor of Commerce.
Regulations governing all Bachelor of Commerce students
To graduate, you must have a weighted average of at least 60% across all courses taken at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Total credits in the program 120
- Required courses 36
- Core courses 21
Note: Minimum Athabasca University credits (including ADMN 404) in years 3 and 4 30
- Humanities, Science or Social Science at junior (200) level 12
- Humanities, Science or Social Science at senior (300 or 400) level 18
- Administrative Studies at senior (300 or 400) level with a minimum of 9 at 400 level 33
First and second years (60 credits)
Required courses (36 credits)
ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
CMIS 301 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) or
a junior-level computer science course (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I (3)
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I (3)
English (at the junior or senior level) (3)
Options (24 credits)
- Humanities, Science or Social Science at the junior (200) level 12
- Humanities, Science or Social Science at the senior (300 or 400) level 12
Third and fourth years (60 credits)
Core courses (21 credits)
ACCT 356 Strategic and Competitive Analysis (3)
ADMN 404 Business Policy (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
MGSC 368 Introduction to Production and Operations Management or
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management (3)
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
Options (39 credits)
- Humanities, Science or Social Science at the senior (300 or 400) level (6)
- Administrative Studies at the senior (300 or 400) level with a minimum of 9 credits at the 400 level (33)
Notes for third and fourth years
- A maximum of 30 credits at the 300 or 400 level can be transferred into the program (in addition to the 60 first- and second-year credits).
- The above 30 transfer credits may include a maximum of 9 credits from the core courses.
- No transfer credit will be accepted for ADMN 404.
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