BCom Year 1 and Year 2

bcom students on campus

Welcome to BCom!

Year 1 & 2 are known as your pre-core years, which take place prior to entering the BCom core (Year 3). For a visual guide to our 2+2 program structure, please visit the program information section of our website. For more information on opportunities engage with the BCom program, connect with your program advisors, and stay on track with your studies, check out the Pre-Core section of the BCom Program Manual on Brightspace!

Course planning & requirements

Prior to starting the BCom “core” curriculum in Year 3, all BCom students must complete required courses and non-commerce electives. These courses are referred to as our pre-commerce requirements, or “pre-core”. Our Program Planning Worksheet and Pre-Core Course Guide will help you build your schedule.

*see note below if you started BCom prior to September 2022



If you have another combination of English courses, please . Decisions regarding the appropriateness of English courses are at the discretion of the Gustavson School of Business.


Mathematics and statistics

Below are the three approved combinations of courses for UVic students:

If you are transferring from another institution, you may have a different combination of mathematics and statistics courses. At a minimum, you must have 3.0 units of courses in the mathematics and statistics area. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of mathematics and statistics courses are at the discretion of the Gustavson School of Business.

Strategy and business fundamentals

Note: this course is offered as an elective only in the 2022-23 academic year, and will become a required class in the 2023-24 academic year for students starting Year 3 core in September 2024.

Mandatory courses for international students

International students are required to complete COM 206C (Business English and Communications – Level III) and/or COM 290 (Introduction to Canadian Business) as mandatory courses in January of their second year, unless otherwise specified by a BCom advisor. 

BCom applicants for direct-entry into BCom core must submit a request for registration in October of their second year to be added to these courses on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is the applicant’s responsibility to consult with a  to determine whether or not they need to take these courses.

Progression Conditions

All BCom students must complete the following pre-commerce requirements and meet the minimum GPA conditions outlined below in order to progress to Year 3 BCom core. This applies if you were admitted to BCom in Year 1 or Year 2, or if you are applying to enter directly into Year 3. 

Minimum GPA and units GPA and minimum individual grades specific to required courses
ECON 103 Microeconomics


30 units of useable pre-core course work completed


5.0/9.0 (B) GPA on most recent 30 units of attempted course work

6 required courses (9.0 units) completed


4.0/9.0 (B-) GPA on required courses with no mark lower than a C+

Note: COM 200 only requires a grade of D or above

MATH 151 Finite Mathematics
STAT 252 Statistics for Business
ATWP 135, ENSH 101 or 102 1st required English course (English meeting Academic Writing Requirement)
ATWP 250

2nd required English course (New - Genres of Business Writing)
*see note below if you started BCom prior to September 2022

COM 200

New - Strategy and Business Fundamentals
*see note below if you started BCom prior to September 2022

21.0 units

Pre-commerce electives (non-commerce)
*see note below if you started BCom prior to September 2022

Not applicable for pre-commerce electives

Current students should review the Core Progression Conditions section of our BCom Program Manual in Brightspace for more information on these progression requirements.

*Note: the above progression conditions are valid for students planning to start Year 3 core in September 2024 (e.g. students starting Year 1 of BCom in September 2022).

Review of Academic Performance

Students who have failed a work term required in the mandatory Business Co-op program, or have a GPA below 3.0/9.0 in any academic session, will be ranked as unsatisfactory and may be required to withdraw for at least one calendar year. Gustavson is under no obligation to re-admit students who have been required to withdraw, regardless of the cut-off GPA in the year in which they re-apply.