BCom Year 1 and Year 2

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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 five required courses (7.5 units) and 22.5 units of 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.


  • ECON 103 (1.5 units)


  • 3.0 units from ATWP 135 (formerly ENGL 135), ENGL 146, ENGL 147, ENGL 225.
  • Students must have satisfied the university Academic Writing Requirement (AWR).

If you have another combination of English courses, please contact a BCom Admissions Officer. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of English courses are at the discretion of the Gustavson School of Business. Note: ATWP 101 is not an acceptable required English course (it can count as a non-commerce elective if completed before an AWR course).

Mathematics and statistics

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

  • MATH 151: Finite Mathematics (1.5 units) and STAT 252: Statistics for Business (1.5 units), or
  • STAT 255: Statistics for Life Sciences: I (1.5 units) and STAT 256: Statistics for Life Sciences: II (1.5 units), or
  • ECON 245: Descriptive Statistics and Probability (1.5 units) and ECON 246: Statistical Inference (1.5 units)

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.

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 BCom Admissions Officer 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. 

Overall requirements Requirements 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

5 required courses (7.5 units) completed


4.0/9.0 (B-) GPA on required courses with no mark lower than a C+
MATH 151 Finite Mathematics
STAT 252 Statistics for business
ATWP 135, ENGL 146 or 147 English meeting Academic Writing Requirement
ATWP 135, ENGL 146, 147, or 225 A second accepted English course
22.5 units Pre-commerce electives (non-commerce) 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.