BACHELOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMERCIAL STUDIES (BACS) DEGREE
The Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies degree (which includes the following four Specializations: Commercial Aviation Management; Finance and Administration; Finance, Administration and Computer Science; Organizational and Human Resources) provides students with a four-year degree, combining commerce and administration courses with a broad background in the social sciences.
In addition to the BACS degree, the Commercial Aviation Management Specialization also allows students the opportunity to obtain a Commercial Pilot's License. Students wishing to pursue this option must fulfil special admission requirements as stated below.
Admission, Progression, and Graduation Requirements
Students may apply to enter BACS when they apply for admission to the University. Because enrolment is limited, possession of the University's minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Please note the Mathematics and English requirements in the ADMISSION section.
Note: Students admitted without Ontario Secondary School credits must complete Grade 12U Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus or Mathematics 012a/b or equivalent, prior to registering in certain Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics courses. See course descriptions in the UNDERGRADUATE COURSE INFORMATION Section.
Transfer students who have been admitted to Western with advanced standing, or students who are currently registered in another module at the University, may also request permission to register in BACS. UWO students wishing to enter BACS after first, second, or third year must have achieved an overall average of 70% in their last 5.0 courses and a cumulative average of 65%. Transfer students must have completed successfully the equivalent of the BACS first year Mathematics requirement, Economics 020 (Finance and Administration Specialization only), and 1.0 additional course in Social Science. Permission for such students to enter BACS may be granted by either the Dean of Social Science or, for students registered at an Affiliated College, by the Dean of that College. Part-time students must complete the Mathematics requirements noted in the ADMISSION section and 5.0 university courses before requesting admission to BACS. Students interested in transferring into BACS are advised to consult BACS counselling. Students who fail to meet the progression requirements governing BACS will normally be expected to complete 5.0 additional courses in another module before applying for readmission into BACS.
BACS students must meet the following BACS degree requirements:
BACS is a 20.0 course degree. Students must satisfy the requirements of the four-year Bachelor degree in addition to the higher progression and graduation standards required for the BACS degree. (Note in particular the essay, breadth and residency requirements.)
Once in BACS, students must maintain a cumulative average of 65%, with no sessional average (including summer session) less than 60% in order to remain in BACS.
Students must achieve a graduating average of 65% in the 20.0 courses toward the BACS degree. Students with advanced standing must achieve an overall average of 65% on courses completed at Western.
Students accepted into the Commercial Aviation Management Specialization must meet all admission, progression and graduation requirements as stated above. In addition, students wishing to pursue the Commercial Pilot's License option must have completed Grade12U Physics or one of Physics 020
or 025 prior to their second year of study. Students must also provide on or before September 1 of their first year of study documentation that they have successfully obtained the Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certification. It is recommended as well that students complete at least two hours of small aircraft flying time prior to their first year of study. Students who have obtained previous flight training from an accredited flight school may also be eligible to receive credit for this training at the discretion of the Director of the BACS Program.
BACS Specializations may be combined with certain Minor modules offered by other departments. For example, Finance and Administration may be taken with a Minor in Economics. For more information, consult BACS Counselling.