Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Undergraduate Business Degree Program

Program Overview

Newly admitted and continuing students will complete the curriculum below. Students first admitted to Edwards prior to 2011 should contact an advisor regarding their program of study.

All students complete the curriculum in place at time of first admission to the B.Comm. degree program. Edwards ensures that students are not disadvantaged by changes to curriculum after first admission. However, students returning to the program after an absence of 5 or more years will be placed under the curriculum requirements in effect on the date of readmission.

In 2006 and thereafter, upon first admission to the Edwards School of Business, students must complete the degree requirements within a ten (10) year time period. Under exceptional circumstances, the School may grant an extension.

  • Year 1: Foundational Elements (30 credits)
    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 100.3 Business Communication
    COMM 101.3 Introduction to Business
    ECON 111.3 Introduction to Microeconomics
    ECON 114.3 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    MATH 121.3 Calculus for Business and Economics
    COMM 104.3 Business Statistics 1
    COMM 105.3 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
    COMM 119.3 Skills for Academic Success
    Non-Commerce Electives.6 6 credits of 100 level non-Commerce electives1 (your choice)
    1 The B.Comm. degree requires 18 credits of 100 level non-Commerce electives and 12 of those credts must be from the areas of Social Sciences or Humanities (as of 2011).
  • Year 2: Functional Areas of Business (30 credits)
    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 201.3 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    COMM 203.3 Introduction to Finance
    COMM 204.3 Introduction to Marketing
    COMM 205.3 Introduction to Operations Management
    COMM 207.3 Business Statistics II
    COMM 210.3 Introduction to Management Accounting
    COMM 211.3 Human Resource Management
    Senior Non-Commerce Elective.3 3 credits of 200+ level non-Commerce electives
    Non-Commerce Electives.6 6 credits of 100 level non-Commerce electives1 (your choice)
    1 The B.Comm. degree requires 18 credits of 100 level non-Commerce electives and 12 of those credts must be from the areas of Social Sciences or Humanities (as of 2011).
  • Year 3: Analysis and Major Specialization (30 credits)
    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 306.3 Ethics and Strategic Decision Making
    COMM 307.3 (or COMM 300.3) Management Information Systems (or Business Communication II)
    Major Classes & Free Senior Electives.18 18 credits of major classes and free senior electives1
    Non-Commerce Electives.6 6 credits of 100 level non-Commerce electives2 (your choice)
    1 Free senior electives can be chosen from 300+ level COMM classes and/or 200+ level non-Commerce electives.
    The B.Comm. degree requires 18 credits of 100 level non-Commerce electives and 12 of those credts must be from the areas of Social Sciences or Humanities (as of 2011).
  • Year 4: Decision Making and Strategy (30 credits)
    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 401.3 Business Strategy
    COMM 447.3 Entrepreneurship & Venture Development
    Major Classes & Free Senior Electives.24 18 credits of major classes and free senior electives1
    1 Free senior electives can be chosen from 300+ level COMM classes and/or 200+ level non-Commerce electives.


Edwards undergraduate students can major in one of six areas.

Each major has required courses that all students must complete, and some also have specified elective courses. All majors are restricted except for Management. The criterion for acceptance into a restricted major is academic performance. All students must apply for acceptance to a major through Program Planning in February of their second year.

  • Accounting

    Accounting is the art of measuring, communicating, and interpreting financial activity, and is sometimes referred to as "the language of business." It involves interacting with numbers and people to determine the financial health of an organization.

    The Accounting major is designed to provide students with the general, business and accounting knowledge necessary for them to succeed as professional accountants. Since accounting is a dynamic field, all accounting majors will learn how to keep their knowledge up-to-date so they can continue to grow throughout their professional careers.

    Accounting majors will also acquire the communication, computer and interpersonal skills necessary to successfully resolve complex problems in unstructured settings. Accounting majors also benefit from participation in activities such as the Volunteer Tax Program where fourth year accounting students volunteer their time to prepare tax returns for seniors and people with disabilities.


    Most students who major in accounting choose to pursue a professional accounting designation after completing a B.Comm. degree. The accounting profession in Canada has united under the single banner of Chartered Professional Accountant – CPA. The new professional program is called the CPA-PEP and it leads to the CPA designation.

    Students have the option of applying to the Edwards MPAcc program or to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) to complete the requirements of the CPA designation.

    Possible career options: accountant, auditor, actuary, budget analyst, investment analyst, claims adjuster, taxation specialist
    Courses offered on: corporate accounting, taxation, cost accounting, auditing, control systems

  • Finance

    Finance is the science of funds management, with a focus on saving, lending, and investing money. The field of finance deals with the concepts of time, money, and risk, and how they are interrelated. The major is well positioned to provide students with specialized financial knowledge and the necessary management skills to be competent financial managers. Learn how people should invest their money and how companies will perform in the future based on the past.

    The finance industry expanded at a fast pace for almost three decades. Currently, the industry is a major employer. It ranks behind only construction and health care in the number of jobs. The major banks alone employ more than 170,000 individuals and there are no signs that this situation will change any time soon.

    Students who major in finance graduate well trained and ready to compete and succeed in the market place.

    Possible career options: financial analyst, financial planner, real estate agent/broker, stock broker
    Courses offered on: corporate finance, management of financial institutions, entrepreneurial finance, security analysis, portfolio theory, investment management, personal financial planning

  • Human Resources

    Human Resources is about helping organizations succeed by managing employees and helping them reach their full potential. It serves a strategic function linking talented people with organizational success.

    The major prepares students to handle human resource concerns in a timely and professional manner relating to all HR competencies including strategy, professional practice, engagement, total rewards, labour and employee relations, health, wellness and safe workplace, learning and development, workforce planning and talent management, HR metrics, reporting and financial management.

    Human resource specialists find it rewarding to know their work has a direct, immediate impact on their organization.

    Possible career options: arbitrator, compensation specialist, training and development manager, HR generalist, mediator, recruiter

    Courses offered on: recruitment, selection and engagement, training and development, collective bargaining, compensation, strategic HR, employment law, occupational health and safety

  • Management

    Management is the organization and coordination of business activities in order to achieve certain goals and objectives. As a manager, you need to be a forward thinker who can create a plan, organize the resources to make it work, direct the people who will make it happen, and monitor and control its effects.

    The major is designed for those students who seek a business education and do not wish to narrow their focus to a specific functional area. Students within the major have significant flexibility to take a collection of courses from accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, management and operations management. This wide breadth of knowledge gives you an ideal understanding of the strategy needed to achieve overall organizational goals and objectives.

    If your interests range across the many areas of business, the Management major is right for you.

    Possible career options: consultant, event planner, small business owner, entrepreneur, general manager
    Courses offered on: international business, Aboriginal business in Canada, entrepreneurship, consulting, and classes from all other major areas

  • Marketing

    Marketing includes everything an organization does to acquire customers and maintain a relationship with them. The field of marketing includes advertising, sales, product and services design, brand management, and public relations.

    As a Marketing major you will learn how to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy and plan, understand and analyze consumer behaviour, and undertake market research projects.  You will develop the ability to see an organization from a customer’s, or client’s, perspective.

    Individuals who are successful marketers tend to be excellent communicators, possess good analytical and decision-making skills, and enjoy working with a variety of different people.

    Possible career options: advertising and public relations, direct and event marketing, brand/product manager, communications officer, sales management, market researcher, creative design specialist
    Courses offered on: marketing strategy, consumer behavior, advertising, branding, pop culture, retail marketing, distribution, international marketing

  • Operations Management

    Operations Management is delivery-focused, coordinating the end-to-end flow of an organization’s goods, information and money, and ensuring that an organization successfully turns inputs to outputs in an efficient manner.

    The major prepares students to deal with the management of all activities directly related to the design and delivery of services, manufacturing and production of goods, and management of supply chains. Operations management professionals are detail-oriented and constantly think about how to make processes more efficient.

    Possible career options: business forecaster, layout design specialist, project manager, quality control manager, business analyst
    Courses offered on: distribution, purchasing, forecasting, supply chain management, logistics, total quality management