BACHELOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMERCIAL STUDIES DEGREE
Management and Organizational Studies (MOS) courses are equivalent to the former Administrative and Commercial Studies (ACS) courses with the same number.
The Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies Degree (which includes the following four Areas of Concentration: Commercial Aviation Management; Finance and Administration; Finance, Administration and Computer Science; Organizational and Human Resources) provides students with a 4-year general program, combining commerce and administration courses with a broad background in social science. Careful selection of courses will permit transfer to other 3-year or 4-year programs whose requirements have been fulfilled. Students registered in the BACS Degree are eligible to complete one additional non-BACS Area of Concentration within the 20-course BACS Degree requirements. In selected cases, the second Area of Concentration may open the possibility of completing an Honors BA in that discipline following graduation from BACS. Counselling for this option is required from an Academic Counsellor in the Faculty of Social Science and the Department concerned.
In addition to the BACS Degree, the Commercial Aviation Management Stream also allows students the opportunity to obtain a Commercial Pilot's License over the course of the program. Students wishing to pursue this option must fulfil special program admission requirements as stated below.
Admission, Progression and Graduation Requirements
Students may apply to enter the Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies (BACS) Degree when they apply for admission to the University. Because enrolment is limited, possession of the University's minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Please note the Mathematics and English requirements in the ADMISSION section.
Note: Students admitted without Ontario Secondary School credits (OACs) must complete OAC 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 program at the University, may also request permission to register in the BACS Degree. UWO students wishing to enter the BACS Degree after first, second, or third year must have achieved an overall average of 70% on the last five full-courses or equivalent, 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 stream only); and one additional full-course equivalent in Social Science. Permission for such students to enter the program may be granted by either the Director of BACS 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 five university full-course equivalents before requesting admission to the program. The student's relevant academic performance, compared to the standards required of students in the program, is of primary consideration. Students interested in transferring into the program are advised to consult BACS Counselling. Students who fail to meet the progression requirements governing the BACS degree will normally be expected to complete 5.0 additional courses in the 3-year BA program (in another Area of Concentration) before applying for readmission into the BACS Degree.
BACS students must meet the general regulations pertaining to course selection, progression and graduation for 3-year BA programs and, in addition, the following BACS Program 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 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 Stream 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 either OAC level Physics or Physics Grade 12 U or one of Physics 020, 021, 024 or the former 025 prior to their second year of study. Students must also provide documentation on or before September 1 of their first year of study 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 BACS.