Undergraduate

Plan Your Degree & Courses

From day one, every decision you make at SFU Beedie has the power to bring you closer to your goals. You’ll explore all the career pathways, experiences, and opportunities made possible by an SFU Beedie education. But which options are right for you? Creating an academic plan helps answer this question, and prepares you for your educational experience at SFU Beedie and beyond.

Use the planning tools below to stay organized and make informed choices. 

Remember that help is always available from our professional advisors. An Academic Advisor can connect you with business-specific opportunities tailored to your needs, and suggest resources to help you meet your long-term educational goals.

Review the requirements checklist that matches your year of admission to the BBA Major program:

Unsure which checklist applies or if you can move years? Don’t see your admission year listed? Connect with an Academic Advisor.

Read up on SFU Beedie's Academic Policies governing grades, appeals, enrolment and other topics.

Selecting a concentration(s) and charting your courses is a critical element of your degree plan, but it just one part of a much bigger picture. Real-world experiences outside the classroom are what bring your learning to life. Enhance your degree and boost your career prospects with experiential learning activities. 

  • Explore co-operative education opportunities that deliver skills and competencies in your area of concentration.
  • Consider a Study Abroad experience to gain new perspectives on the global nature of business.
  • Get involved with the student clubs and organizations that provide opportunities to engage with like-minded peers.
  • Pursue Case Competitions and other opportunities that challenge you to think critically about the real business challenges in your area(s) of concentration.
  • The Academic Progress Report (APR) is an interactive course mapping tool. Designed to help current undergraduate students understand their degree and program requirements, it provides a starting place for making informed decisions about their academic program.
  • My Planner allows you to plan which courses you would like to take in a future term and to pre-load your course cart two weeks before the start of the enrollment period. 
  • Download a copy of your Academic Advising Transcript through goSFU and bring it with you to all advising sessions for the most accurate record of your advising progress. 

The most up-to-date information about specific requirements for the SFU Beedie School of Bachelor of Business Administration program is found on the SFU Academic Calendar. This information should be consulted when creating your academic plan.

All students admitted to an undergraduate degree at SFU must complete a minimum of 36 units of Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth (WQB) designated courses, with a grade of C- or better. Students transferring from a BC college with 60 units should consider completing some transferable WQB courses prior to admission to SFU.

WQB courses develop the writing and quantitative abilities desired by employers and can increase your probability of gaining admission to graduate (GREs) and professional schools (LSATs). Learn more about WQB requirements at SFU’s Undergraduate Curriculum Initiative webpage.

All program requirements and transfer admission requirements must be graded using the Standard Grade System.

All BUS courses (other than BUS 216 and BUS 221) and courses that meet program requirements for Bus Major/Joint Major/Bus Honours/Joint Honours/Minor /Business Certificates are not considered electives and must have letter grades. These courses will not meet the Business program requirements if the Elective Grade System (P/CR/NC) option is selected. Once the deadline has passed, the grade option cannot be changed.

Please consult with an advisor if you are unsure about your choice.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If your question is not answered below please check the Elective Grade System - Student support and resources FAQ

I am a business major/joint major/minor student, which courses can I choose the P/CR/NC grade system for?

  • All program requirements and transfer admission requirements must be graded using the Standard Grade System with two exceptions in BUS 216 & BUS 221 as these do not meet program requirements. In non-business selective courses where a BUS student must complete "one of these courses" a standard letter grade must be completed in at least one option.

I am a business major student and want to opt in for the P/CR/NC grade system within the courses used towards meeting my WQB requirements. Is this possible?

  • Business Major students complete their writing (W), quantitative (Q), breadth-social science courses and 3-units of breadth-humanities (in select cases), directly through the lower-division and upper-division course requirements. As the successful completion of a course with a minimum C-minus or elected P grade is required for it to be used towards meeting a WQB requirement, Business Major students may elect a P grade within courses used to meet Breadth-Science and Breadth-Humanities requirements which is not also used towards meeting their lower-division requirement (i.e., the one of ENGL/PHIL/WL required within the lower division requirements). For reference, please see SFU's Breadth designated courses.

I am a business minor student with 16 satisfied units of upper division business coursework, can I choose a P/CR/NC grades in additional upper division coursework?

  • All BUS courses (except the two exceptions) are considered program requirements otherwise degree progression may be impacted. If it is a non-business upper division course than you can elect the Elective Grade System (P/CR/NC) option.

I am a business major student taking an elective 400-level BUS course out of interest (not in my concentration or the core) is it possible to choose the Elective Grade System for this in this course?

  • All BUS courses (except those two exceptions) are considered program requirements otherwise degree progression may be impacted.

What happens if I chose a non-standard letter grade in a Business course that is neither BUS 216 or 221? How is that counted towards my overall degree requirements?

  • It is the responsibility of the student to carefully select courses that are not program requirements as goSFU will not stop you from selecting the Elective Grade System (P/CR/NC) option for a business course. Past the deadline your selection cannot be changed. Students may designate a maximum of 12 units of elective grades toward degree completion. Consult an advisor how this course may have impacted degree progression.

I have elected a P/CR/NC grade in a required course for admission (Major, Minor, Joint Major) and now have to repeat this course. Which grade will you use in the admission calculation? Will this count as a repeat?

  • Required course for admission will require a letter grade and it will count as a repeat.

When 36 units of Upper Division BUS have been met, can additional 9 units of Upper Division include non-business P/CR to make up the total of 45 units for this requirement?

  • The Elective Grade System (P/CR/NC) can be chosen for non-BUS upper division. All upper division BUS courses must have a letter grade. Consult with an advisor as P/CR in upper division requirements have impacts within some concentrations and may impact graduate school considerations.

As a business major student can I choose P/CR/NC for my Directed Study elective in another program?

  • Requirements for directed studies are unique to each course and you should consult that department regarding requirements.

As a non-business student will electing for the P/CR/NC in a BUS course allow me to enroll in a future pre-requisite course in BUS?

  • A (P) will satisfy prerequisite courses when no minimum letter grade is required.

I am a business major student looking to pursue a joint major. I am currently taking an elective that will become a program requirement, can I choose a P/CR/NC for this course?

  • You can select the Elective Grade System (P/CR/NC) option for this course but upon admission you will need to retake this course or another comparable course if that is an option.
 

Sample Degree Planners

Planning courses ahead of time may seem overwhelming, but we are here to help. We’ve provided sample course plans below as general frameworks for your journey through the BBA Major program.

Term 1

Recommended Courses Units
BUS 201
  • Self Assessment & Finding Your Fit (Complete in 201)
  • Job Search Strategies & Career Management (Complete in 201)
  • Competitive Cover Letters (Complete in 201)
  • Professional Business Resumes (Self Register)
  • Interview Preparation Tactics (Self Register)
  • Networking & Business Etiquette (Self Register)
3
MATH 157 3
Any one of PHIL/WL/ENGL from approved list 3
Non-Business course 3
Total units 12

 

Term 2

Recommended Courses Units
One of BUS 237/251/272 3
One of ECON 103/105 4
WQB (B-Sci or B-Hum) 3
Non-Business course 3
Total units 13

 

Term 3

Recommended Courses Units
One of BUS 237/251/272 3
One of ECON 103/105 4
Total units 7

 

Notes: Based on a 4 year degree plan.
Students with AP/IB credits should consult an academic advisor for course planning prior to beginning their program.

Term 1

Recommended Courses (for students admitted between 24-32 units) Units

BUS 202

  • Self Assessment & Finding Your Fit (Complete in 202)
  • Job Search Strategies & Career Management (Self Register)
  • Competitive Cover Letters (Self Register)
  • Professional Business Resumes (Self Register)
  • Interview Preparation Tactics (Self Register)
  • Networking & Business Etiquette (Self Register)
3
BUS 254 3
WQB (B-Hum) 3
Non-Business course 3
Total units 12

 

Term 2

Recommended Courses (for students admitted between 24-32 units) Units
BUS 207 3
WQB (B-Sci) 3
Non-Business Course 3
Upper Division Requirement (303/343/393 or one of 374/381) 3
Total units 12

 

Term 3

Recommended Courses (for students admitted between 24-32 units) Units
BUS 217W 3
Upper Division Requirement (303/343/393 or one of 374/381) 3
Total units 6

 

Note: Based on a 4 year degree plan

Year 1

Recommended Courses Units
BUS 202
  • Self Assessment & Finding Your Fit (Complete in 202)
  • Job Search Strategies & Career Management (Self Register)
  • Competitive Cover Letters (Self Register)
  • Professional Business Resumes (Self Register)
  • Interview Preparation Tactics (Self Register)
  • Networking & Business Etiquette (Self Register)
3
BUS 232 4
BUS 237 3
WQB (B-Hum) 3
Total units 13

 

Term 2

Recommended Courses Units
BUS 254 3
BUS 272 3
WQB (B-Sci) 3
Non-Business Course 3
Total units 12

 

Term 3

Recommended Courses Units
BUS 207 3
BUS 217W 3
Total units 6

 

Notes: Based on a 4 year degree plan.
Please consult an academic advisor to determine remaining WQB coursework.

Students should note that this is a suggested course plan only and understand that, for a variety of reasons, they may not be able to enroll in the suggested courses. In this event, we recommend that these students connect with an academic advisor to find suitable alternatives.