Business Minor & upper-level commerce courses

Business minor students sitting at the UVic fountain

If you want to take a few business courses while completing a non-BCom degree, you can do it! A Business Minor can help expand your career options and better prepare you for the work force. You will graduate with knowledge, skills and perspective in business and management. Plus, courses from the Business Minor complement our Master in Management graduate program!

If you're planning on getting a minor in Business or doing an upper-level commerce course, please contact your academic adviser. It is important to discuss how these options fit with your program planning.

Please visit the undergraduate calendar for course descriptions and prerequisites. Visit the UVic timetable for information on course availability. If you want to register for a commerce course that is not listed in the Business Minor section, you must follow our "Request for Registration" process. See details below.

Pursuing a Business Minor

The Business Minor program consists of 9.0 units of course work. This includes the following 5 fundamental courses, which each require a minimum grade of a C+ (3.0/9.0):

Additionally, you’ll need to complete at least 1.5 units of 300- or 400-level COM, ENT or IB courses. You can choose from one of the following courses below, or apply to complete an alternate upper-level course through our Request for Registration process:

You must declare the minor with the advising centre of your originating faculty. Students enrolled in the Business Minor program can also access the Business Minor Program Manual on Brightspace.

Request for Registration process

If you are interested in individual commerce courses, please follow these steps:

  1. Review courses available for the upcoming term—posted four weeks prior to the start of term.
  2. Complete a Request for Registration Form.
  3. Visiting students must include a copy of their transcript from their home institution.
  4. Submit form to the  as follows:
Month Course Begins Dates Applications are Accepted
September August 1-15
January December 1-15
May April 1-15

Applicants should be aware that course availability is extremely limited in any given term. Spaces in classes, if any, will be awarded based on: availability, most recent available grade-point average of the applicant and completion of prerequisites.

Courses available for the upcoming term

Remember that COM 202, COM 220, COM 250, COM 317, COM 270, COM 302, IB 301 and ENT 402 do not require a Request for Registration form. Students who satisfy the prerequisites can register in these courses through Online Tools.

(Last updated August 3, 2023)

Courses for Fall 2023:

Course code

Course title


COM 450 A01 Business Analysis Minimum C+ in COM 220, Com 250 and fourth-year standing
COM 450 A02 Social Media Marketing Minimum C+ in COM 220, COM 250 and fourth-year standing
COM 450 A03 Alternative Forms of Organizing Minimum C+ in COM 220, Com 250 and fourth-year standing
COM 450 A04 Understanding Organizational Behaviour from an Evolutionary Perspective

Minimum C+ in COM 220, COM 250 and fourth-year standing

COM 450 A06 Introduction to Applied AI for Business

Minimum C+ in COM 220, Com 250 and fourth-year standing

COM 410 Leadership Strategies

Minimum C+ in COM 220 and fourth-year standing

COM 425 Taxation for Managers Minimum C+ in COM 202, COM 270 or COM 315 and fourth-year standing
COM 426 Management Accounting II Minimum C+ in COM 270, COM 316 or COM 317 and fourth-year standing

Note: For COM 450 Special Topics: each section is a different class entirely (you can complete as many sections as you would like). Only courses from the above list are available for Request for Registration. Please fill out the Request for Registration Form and email it back to the .

Visiting students

If you are a visiting student hoping to complete individual commerce courses through a letter of permission from your home institution, you must be admitted to UVic first.

Apply to UVic as a Visiting Student and choose "Business Non-Degree" as your program.

Visiting students may apply to complete individual commerce courses through the Request for Registration process, subject to course availability. Please note that the BCom Advising team may require a copy of your transcripts and/or course outlines to determine whether pre-requisites have been met.

Master in Management program

Some students that minor in Business end up pursuing a Business Graduate Degree. The Master in Management program has been designed with you in mind! This is the perfect addition to your non-business undergrad degree. Visit the website for more information on the program, including info sessions, admission requirements and application deadlines.