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Commerce and Business Administration (Diploma)

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department:
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
The Commerce and Business Administration Diploma Program introduces students to a variety of subjects in business and academic areas. The program is designed to facilitate transition to a number of universities and university colleges, and it satisfies most of the lower division and group requirements of Simon Fraser University's Bachelor of Business Administration degree program.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Note: A university transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following two options:

ACCT 1210**

Principles of Accounting II

3.00

ACCT 1235*

Principles of Accounting I & II

3.00

Select one course from the following two options:

BUSN 1210

Management Essentials

3.00

MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing

3.00

Select one course from the following two options:

CSIS 1175

Introduction to Programming I

3.00

CSIS 2300

Database I

3.00

Select one course from the following five options:

ECON 2408

Money and Banking

3.00

ECON 2418

History of Economic Thoughts

3.00

ECON 2460

Environmental Economics

3.00

ECON 2490

Canadian Microeconomic Policy

3.00

ECON 2491

Canadian Macroeconomic Policy

3.00

Select one course from the following six options:

ENGL 1102

Reading Literature and Culture

3.00

ENGL 1106

Reading Fiction

3.00

ENGL 2107

Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to Modern Literature

3.00

ENGL 1114

Reading Poetry

3.00

ENGL 1115

Reading Plays

3.00

ENGL 1130 (recommended)

Academic Writing

3.00

Select one course from the following two options:

MATH 1120

Calculus I

3.00

MATH 1125

Calculus for the Social Sciences

3.00

Select one course from the following four options:

PHIL 1101

Critical Thinking

3.00

PHIL 1102

Values and Contemporary Issues

3.00

PHIL 1103

Knowledge, Reason and Experience

3.00

PHIL 1152

Reality and Existence

3.00

Required courses:

BUSN 2429

Business Statistics

3.00

CSIS 1110

Introduction to Computers

3.00

CSIS 2200

Systems Analysis and Design

3.00

ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics

3.00

ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics

3.00

SOSC 2140

Behaviour in Organizations

3.00

UT ECON Elective

Select one university transferable Economics course

3.00

UT English Elective

Select one University Transferable English course

3.00

UT Electives

Select five University Transferable courses
(ACCT 2320 and ECON 2350 are recommended.)

15.00

Total credits

60.00

* Please note that ACCT 1235 is an intensive three-credit course. Please check the course description for prerequisite information.

** The prerequisite for ACCT 1210 is ACCT 1110. Please note that ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 transfer as a group to many of the Research Universities in BC as one 3 credit course. Thus, for students who intend to complete ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210, instead of ACCT 1235, they should take an additional 3 credit UT course to be elibile to receive 60 transfer credits at their intended transfer destination.

career transfer pathways
As program requirements vary between receiving institutions, students should consider the recommendations below when selecting their elective courses.

For transfer to SFU

Students who have completed the Commerce UT Diploma or a minimum of 30 credits, including the 11 lower division required core courses, can apply for admission to the third year of the BBA program at SFU. Students will be selected competitively based on the University grade point admission average.
Electives:
Student choosing ACCT 2320 and ECON 2350 as electives in semester III and IV will have satisfied all 11 lower level core courses. If you choose electives other than these courses, they must be non-BUS and non-BUEC university transferable courses.
WQB (Writing, Quantitative and Breadth) Requirements:
Students admitted to SFU must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they undertake. Some of the WQB Requirements can be completed at college. Please see SFU’s WQB Requirements page for details.

For transfer to UBC

Students can transfer credits from the Douglas College Commerce UT Diploma on a course-by-course basis to satisfy most of the lower level requirements of the UBC Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Electives:
Students should choose ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 in order to satisfy the COMM 293 Financial Accounting requirement, and should choose MARK 1120 to satisfy the COMM 296 Introduction to Marketing requirement.

For transfer to Douglas College BBA

Students who have completed the Commerce UT diploma can apply to complete their BBA Degree at Douglas College. The new BBA has specialties in either (1) Financial Services and Administration, or (2) Applied Accounting.

For transfer to University of Victoria

The Faculty of Business will accept a maximum of three courses that transfer as Commerce courses to the University of Victoria. Douglas College students who complete the diploma with certain restrictions will receive 30 units of credit at UVic and satisfy all of their pre-Commerce course requirements upon acceptance into UVic's Bachelor of Commerce degree program. This enables them to move directly into the third year of the UVic BComm degree program. To meet the entry requirements, students must observe some restrictions when choosing their courses:
  • Electives that transfer as non-Commerce courses at UVic must be chosen
  • In semester III, ACCT 2320 cannot be chosen
Consult an Academic Advisor at Douglas College for clarification of the requirements for this degree program and to ensure that appropriate courses are chosen as electives.

For transfer to Kwantlen Polytechnic University 

Students completing the 60-credit Douglas College Diploma, if accepted at Kwantlen, will receive 60 transfer credits towards their degree. Students should consult with an Academic Advisor to ensure they choose elective courses that help satisfy Kwantlen's "bridging" requirements.

For transfer to Royal Roads, University of Athabasca, and University of Lethbridge

Students completing the 60-credit Douglas College Diploma, if accepted at Royal Roads, University of Athabasca or University of Lethbridge, will receive 60 transfer credits toward their degree. Electives, therefore, may be chosen that satisfy personal interests or employability. For the latter purpose, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration courses are recommended.

NOTE: Some students transfer to other institutions before they complete the full two-year program at Douglas College. In fact, they can still apply for a Douglas College diploma by completing the missing courses at another institution; e.g., a student does not complete BUSN 2429 at Douglas College and proceeds to SFU where the student completes BUEC 232. Douglas College would accept SFU's BUEC 232 toward the completion of the Douglas College UT Commerce diploma program.

Students should be aware that the Douglas College UT Commerce program has changed over time to better match evolving university requirements. For purposes of completing the Douglas College UT Commerce program, students can complete either the program requirements as of their first semester at Douglas College, or the current requirements as long as the program is completed within five years.
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Note: Some courses in this program require students to have completed Foundations of Math 11 with a grade of C (some courses may have a higher requirement). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you check each individual course prerequisite and ensure that you have completed requirements prior to registration. 

program cost

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curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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