Business and Computer Science

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

The Business and Computer Science combined major will give you the technical background and understanding to apply IT solutions in a business context, and use them to develop opportunities for growth. In each year of study, you'll take a combination of core commerce and computer science courses.

Why this program?

  • Study abroad at one of 59 partner business schools in 29 countries.
  • Find co-op placement opportunities through both UBC Sauder and Computer Science.
  • Get dedicated services and support in the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre to help jumpstart your career.
  • Within three months of graduation, 94% of BCom students find relevant employment with global firms like KPMG, L’Oréal, HSBC, and McKinsey & Company.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: UBC Sauder School of Business / Department of Computer Science
  • Degree: Bachelor of Commerce
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Business and Computer Science combined major will give you the technical background and understanding to apply IT solutions in a business context, and use them to develop opportunities for growth. In each year of study, you’ll take a combination of core commerce and computer science courses.

The Bachelor of Commerce Combined Major in Business and Computer Science is jointly offered by UBC’s Sauder School of Business and Department of Computer Science. The program is designed to meet the growing demand for graduates needing a strong foundation in Business, Information Management Systems, and Computer Science. It’s a very flexible grounding, and ideal if you’re planning to lead IT-related projects or advance to high management positions in IT-related companies.

Campus features

UBC Sauder’s state-of-the-art facilities create an ideal environment for collaborative and meaningful learning. The Canaccord Learning Commons and David Lam Management Research Library provide research and academic support services. The Wayne Deans Investment Analysis Centre and Leith Wheeler Investment Research Lab have the tools students need to access real-time financial data.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

As a UBC Sauder student, you can access exceptional career support through a dedicated Business Career Centre that offers one-on-one coaching, workshops, company information sessions, industry networking events, mentorship programs, and co-op work placements.

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Your future

While at UBC Sauder School of Business, students gain a practical understanding of business while learning to be innovators, entrepreneurs, global citizens, and leaders. UBC Sauder’s ongoing career support and well-rounded course offerings allow students to stand out from the crowd in the job market and to create a lasting impact on the world. Students who have completed the combined major have gone on to careers as product directors, IT managers, user-experience designers, and data analysts. But because you’ll build a solid foundation in business, your potential career path is not limited to the information technology sector.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Commerce (UBC Sauder School of Business)

  • IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL or HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. (IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, are not acceptable.)

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation (will consider Chemistry and Physics in this category)
  • Social Studies (only Economics, Ethics, First Nations or Contemporary Indigenous Studies, Geography, Law, Psychology, and Social Studies)
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