Step 1: Learn and Explore
The Bachelor of Commerce degree is a four-year general business program. Students do not declare a formal major, concentration, or stream. The first and second year courses of the program are the same for all students, except for your Arts & Science electives. In third year, you start to branch out and take electives and you may choose to specialize in a field of study or take a variety of courses from different areas.
Learn the lingo and know your degree requirements
The Bachelor of Commerce Degree Program requirements and all other pertinent information relating to the completion of your degree can be found in the Academic Guide.
- Academic Year consists of two terms: fall term (Sept - Dec) and winter term (Jan - April).
- Courses are identified with a letter code and number sequence, as well as a title. All Commerce courses are coded COMM, and courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science will have a different letter code depending on the department offering the course.
- The number indicates the level of the course. In Commerce, both first and second year courses are numbered in the 100 sequence; in Arts & Science, first-year courses are usually 100-level, second-year are usually 200-level, and so on. For example, COMM 161: Introduction to Mathematical Analysis for Management (aka: Calculus) is a first year Commerce course, POLS 110: Introduction to Politics and Government, is a first year Politics course.
- Course Load refers to the number of units (not courses) you are taking in a given academic year. The normal course load for each year is identified in the table below.
- Course Section refers to either the lecture, lab or tutorial component of the course. Sections are identified by different numbers.
- Course vs Unit: Course refers to the actual class that you will take. For example, COMM 161, Calculus, is a course with two classes per week. Unit refers to the academic value for a course. For example, COMM 161 is a 3 unit course.
- Full-year Course refers to a course that spans both fall and winter term. There are no full-year Commerce courses, however, there are a number of full-year Arts & Science courses. Full-year courses have two separate portions: fall = A, winter = B. For example, MATH 121A is the fall portion of the course, and MATH 121 B is the winter portion of the course; you will need to register in both portions of the course (you are not automatically added to the B portion when you add the A portion).
- Grades are based on a 4.3 Grade Point scale. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total number of Grade Points by the total number of units. Refer to the Grading Scheme website.
- Units refers to the academic value for a course. A fall OR winter term course = 3.0 units; a fall AND winter term course = 6.0 units. Summer session courses will be 3.0 or 6.0 units.
BCom at a Glance:
(Includes ECON 110)
||18.0 to 24.0
||6.0 to 12.0
||15.0 to 21.0
||6.0 to 12.0
|International Business Course
||3.0 units in 3rd or 4th year
|Maintain 60% of the normal course load per year 2
Pass all courses, including your electives 2
Maintain a year and cumulative GPA of 2.0 2
1 Courses at Queen's will have a value of either 3.0 units (half-year course/1 term) or 6.0 units (full-year course/2 terms).
2 Refer to Academic Regulations 1, 2, 3, 4 & 7 for details. Contact an Academic Advisor for assistance.
- Complete all degree requirements in order to receive a BCom degree.
- Complete all core courses at Queen's. Core courses are those specifically listed in the Program Requirements.
- Complete all first and second year core courses by the end of second year to be eligible to go on exchange in third year.
Explore the upper-year Commerce electives and optional programs
Academic Fields of Study - full list of upper-year electives by field-of-study, includes videos featuring students and professors
Certificate in Socially Responsible Leadership - earn the CSRL certificate by taking 12.0 units in specific ethics based courses, plus doing 60 hours of outreach
Dual Degree - concurrently complete two degree requirements for programs in Queen's School of Business and in Arts & Science
Second Degree - earn a second degree in Arts and Science
International Exchange - study abroad for one term in third year, the Centre for International Management will assist you with course selection for your exchange university