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Combined Degree Program SCIENCE/HBA
Faculty of Science - Combined Programs - Faculty of Science

This is a Combined Program also featured at the following pages:

The completion of these combined degrees takes five academic years. Students apply for the combined degree program during the HBA 1st year, typically their third year of University. To be eligible for  consideration for admission to this program, students must complete: a full first year (5.0 courses), including all the principal courses with the appropriate marks required for admission to an Honours Specialization offered by the Faculty of Science; a second year (5.0 courses), including 4.0 courses of their Honours Specialization module with a minimum average mark of 70 % and no mark less than 60 % in these modular courses, and Business Administration 2257 with a minimum mark of 70 %. Because entrance to the program is competitive and limited, students must achieve a minimum two-year (10.0 course) average of 80%. Demonstrated participation in extracurricular and/or community activities, leadership, and work experience are also taken into consideration.

Students applying to the Richard Ivey School of Business Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) are also eligible to be considered for the combined degree program.

Module/Program Information

Year 1
5.0 courses including:

all the required courses with the appropriate marks needed for admission to an Honours Specialization offered by the Faculty of Science;
1.0 first year course from Category B

Year 2

4.0 courses from an Honours Specialization offered by the Faculty of Science
Business Administration 2257

Year 3 (HBA1)

The third year of the undergraduate program in Business Administration consists of an integrated set of courses (7.5 courses) designed to give a basic understanding of the functions and the interrelationships of the major areas of management, as well as to develop problem-solving and action-planning skills.

All students will take: Business Administration 3300K, Business Administration 3301K, Business Administration 3302K, Business Administration 3303K, Business Administration 3304K, Business Administration 3311K, Business Administration 3316K, Business Administration 3321K, Business Administration 3322K, Business Administration 3323K.

No substitute for any of the above courses is permitted under any circumstances.

Years 4 and 5 (HBA Requirements can be taken over year 4 or 5 - except Business Administration 4569 must be taken in Year 4)

2.5 courses:

2.5 additional business elective courses.

Years 4 and 5 (Honours Science)

6.0 courses from an Honours Specialization offered by the Faculty of Science.


  1. The standard breadth and essay requirements for a BSc degree must be satisfied.
  2. When the  Honours Specialization requires fewer than 6.0 courses be taken in years 4 and 5, students will take additional business elective courses to ensure that a total of 11.0 courses is completed in years 4 and 5.

Program Requirements

Students registered in the combined degree program are expected to abide by all guidelines associated with each of the individual programs.


Progression Standards

Students in the combined degree program must meet the progression standards of each Faculty or School. Students enrolled in HBA1 (Year 3) must attain a minimum weighted average of at least 78%. In Years 4 and 5, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000 level HBA courses.They also must attain a minimum average of 70% in their Honours Specialization module and meet all other progression requirements of the Honours Specialization module in which they are enrolled.

Failure to Meet Progression Standards

A student who fails to meet the combined degree program progression standards in any year must withdraw from the combined program. However, a student who has met the progression standards of either the HBA or Science program will be allowed to proceed to the next year of that program. If the progression standards of both individual programs have been satisfied, the student may continue in either program and may petition the School or Faculty whose program was not selected for permission to complete that program at a later date. A student who is required to withdraw from the combined program and wishes to pursue either or both of the individual programs, must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or programs in order to graduate from that/those program(s).

Dean's Honour List

At the Richard Ivey School of Business, students are considered for the Dean's Honour List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years 4 and 5 of the combined degree program are considered for the Dean's Honour List in Year 5 only. Only grades obtained in 4000-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for the purposes of determination of Dean's Honour List standing. Courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. The Dean's Honour List for HBA2 typically includes the top 25% of all of HBA2 and is determined by vote of the teaching faculty. Calculations for Ivey Scholar and Gold Medals are completed in the same way.

In Science, students will be considered for the Dean's Honour List in the usual way in Years 1 and 2, and at the end of Year 5 by considering all Science courses that have been taken in Years 4 and 5. Students who take at least 2.0 science courses in Year 4 will be considered for the Dean's Honour List in that year on the basis of those courses.

Related Information


Upon completion of this combined program, students will receive an Honours BSc degree and a BA in Honours Business Administration.

Graduation With Distinction

Eligibility to graduate “With Distinction” for each degree is determined by each Faculty or School.

Science Internship

A Science Internship may profitably be taken between years 4 and 5 of the combined degree program. For details see the Science/BMSc Internship Program section.

International Exchange Programs

Students in the combined degree program may be eligible to participate in academic exchange programs. Interested students should discuss exchange options with the HBA Program Office and with the Faculty of Science.


Students pay the prevailing fees as determined by the University policy on combined programs. Contact the Office of the Registrar for details.