Bachelor of Commerce
(4 years—120 credits)
Regulations effective June 1, 2003

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

The Bachelor of Commerce degree is offered by Athabasca University School of Business, 800.468.6531, or e-mail.

This program is designed for students seeking a rigorous, technically based business degree comparable in content to most Bachelor of Commerce degrees in Canada. Courses in all core business areas are required, including marketing, statistics, financial accounting, management accounting, finance, economics, information systems, strategic management, organization behaviour, and commercial law.

All students in the Bachelor of Commerce program will complete a common set of core courses in Years 1 and 2, and also in Years 3 and 4. The core courses are the same for the regular Bachelor of Commerce degree and the recently introduced e-Commerce major and the new major in Accounting. The e-Commerce major is intended for students with a career focus in the areas of e-Commerce and management information systems, and is delivered using online systems.

The new major in Accounting is designed for students wishing to pursue an accounting career, and offers flexibility and generous transfer arrangements to meet professional accounting association requirements. Students will focus on financial, management and taxation accounting, along with auditing and accounting information systems.

Athabasca University advisors have developed a program plan to assist you. Counselling Services offers an assessment Web site, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University."


Bachelor of Commerce: Accounting Major

  Bachelor of Commerce: e-Commerce Major  

Enrolment Restriction

Students holding a degree in administration, business, commerce or management; or a degree with a major, concentration, or any equivalency programs from Athabasca University or another university will not be accepted into the Bachelor of Commerce General Program, Accounting Major, or e-Commerce Major.

B. Comm Second Undergraduate Degree

Students who hold a recognized university degree may have their total Bachelor of Commerce program (i.e., 120 credits) reduced by up to 60 credits, based on course work completed in the first degree, which is applicable to the Bachelor of Commerce.

Regulations Governing all Bachelor of
Commerce Students

Students must have a weighted average of at least 1.7 (60 percent) across all courses taken at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree in order to graduate.

Program Structure

  Total credits in the program 120
  Required courses (Years 1 and 2) 36
  Required courses (Years 3 and 4) 24
  Administrative Studies at junior (200) or senior
(300 or 400) level

Humanities, Science or Social Science at junior
(200) level

  Humanities, Science or Social Science at senior
(300 or 400) level
  Administrative Studies at senior (300 or 400)
level with a minimum of 9 credits at 400 level
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and
Recognition credits
  At least 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in Years 3 and 4, including ADMN 404 (residency requirement).
  Years 1 and 2 (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 311 Case Studies in Management Information Systems or  
CMIS 245 1. Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)*
*strongly recommended
COMP any junior (200) or senior (300/400) level COMP course
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics (3)
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
  English (at the junior or senior level) (3)


Options* (24 credits)

Administrative Studies at the junior (200)
or senior (300 or 400) level





Humanities, Science or Social Science at the
junior (200) level


*A maximum of 3 credits in any area of study at the preparatory (100) level can be taken in the above 12 credits. 2.





Humanities, Science or Social Science
at the senior (300 or 400) level

  Years 3 and 4 (60 credits)

Required Courses (24 credits)


ACCT 356 Strategic and Competitive Analysis (3)
ADMN 404 Business Policy* (3)
ADMN 404 must be taken with AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded. ADMN 404 should be taken as the last course in the program.  
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
MGSC 368 Introduction to Production and Operations Management
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
  A senior (300 or 400) level Organizational Behaviour course (other than ORGB 364)

Options (36 credits)



Humanities, Science or Social Science at the
senior (300 or 400) level




Administrative Studies at the senior (300
or 400) level with a minimum of 9 credits
at the 400 level


Notes for Years 3 and 4


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.

  1. CMIS 245 added in March 2010 and grandfathered.  
  2. This change was made in Jan. 2010 and has been grandfathered.  

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