Academic Requirements Guides

Academic Requirements is an online degree planning tool designed to replace flowcharts for those admitted Fall 2016 or later. This online tool allows you to track the progress of your degree so that you can plan ahead when building your future schedules. Reports are in 'real-time' so as you change your registration, you can also review the changes to your report. In order to help you with the transition to this new tool for tracking degree progress, we have created these User Guides for your reference.

New BCom Students (What-If Report)

 

What-If Reports can be used by new students before they have official access to the Academic Requirements tab in BearTracks. What-If Reports generate a Requirements report that can be used as an online degree planning tool. The report will show you where your transfer credits fit within the BCom degree, and what classes you will have remaining to complete your Major and/or Minor.

Accessing the What-If Report

Login to BearTracks

Select What-if Report from the left navigation bar

Creating a New Report

The Requirements report that you will generate through this process will update in "real time" as you add or delete courses from your class schedule. However, in order to ensure that the report captures any changes, you MUST always click 'Create New Report' each time you return to this screen. Once several new reports have been generated, the system will create a list of old reports you've created. By accessing saved reports, you will not see the new changes you've made to your registration. So always create a new report each time for the most accurate representation of your degree requirements!

Selecting the Catalog Year

If you were admitted to Business in Fall 2020, please choose Fall 2020 from the drop down menu under 'Catalog Year', every time that you use your What-If Report from this date forward.
If you use your What-If Report two years from now for example, while you are a student in the Faculty of Business, you will always use Fall 2020 in this field.

Inputting your Major and/or Minor

In the example below, this student was a Marketing major and Operations Management minor, so they placed the major in Row 1 and the minor in Row 2, leaving Row 3 blank. Input your own major and/or minor in the same way.
Minors Outside of Business - Even if the minor you've chosen is a minor outside of Business, please still ensure that Column 1 reads 'BC - Bachelor of Commerce'. Column 2 will then show you all outside of business minors that are available to Bachelor of Commerce students. Column 1 should always read 'BC - Bachelor of Commerce' in each row, and generally Row 3 should always remain at 'None'

If you are transferring from another U of A Faculty - Row 1 and 2 will automatically fill with the details of your current program. So that the report shows correctly, please make sure to replace all rows with the details for the Bachelor of Commerce program only.

Minors are Optional for most majors -- If you don't have a minor or don't want a minor, that is fine too. Minors are not required for most majors (International Business majors are the only ones required to complete a minor).
If you do not have a minor, leave Row 2 at 'None' in all 3 columns.

Click 'Submit Request'

Click the button (as above) and your Online Degree Planner will load based on the Major and/or Minor you inputted. See the section below for more information on how to use your Online Degree Planner!

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If you want to collapse all or expand all sections, you can use the buttons displayed on the screen. We do not recommend viewing your report as a PDF. Simply keep scrolling.
A green circle with a check mark shows that the course is complete (identified as Taken)
A yellow diamond indicates that the course is In Progress (Enrolled/Currently Registered)
A blue star indicates that the course is currently part of your "My Planner" in BearTracks

 

Program Information

This section shows the Major and Minor that you inputted in the What-If scenario, as well as your current Year. NOTE: Year is determined by the number of credits successfully completed or in registration, NOT necessarily by the number of years of study.

Cohorts vs. Non-Cohorts

You are a Cohort BCom student if:
this is your 1st year at the Alberta School of Business
AND you have taken only 1 of the cohort classes or haven't taken any yet (MGTSC 312, ACCTG 311, MARK 301, BUS 201, FIN 301, SMO 310 or their equivalents)

Cohort Students -- enrol in a set timetable for their 1st year at the Alberta School of Business that includes 4 classes in the Fall and 2 classes in the Winter. They fill in the rest of their schedule with electives that fit their program, but have reserved seats in the cohort classes for the cohort they are assigned to.

Once you have reviewed the cohort schedules, submitted your preferences, and been assigned a cohort, your cohort assignment will also show under this banner as well.
You are a Non-Cohort BCom student if:
this is your 2nd year at the Alberta School of Business (you can only be a Cohort student in the 1st year).
you are an After Degree student.
you have completed 2 or more of the cohort classes (MGTSC 312, ACCTG 311, MARK 301, BUS 201, FIN 301, SMO 310 or their equivalents)

Non-Cohort Students -- do not enrol in a set timetable for the 1st year at the Alberta School of Business. Instead, they choose the courses that they are missing and begin taking higher level courses (as they may already have some of the prerequisites required).

Registered Courses

This section shows the courses you are registered in for the current and upcoming terms. If registration has opened for the next year, those courses will appear here as well.

 

Opening and Closing each Requirement Banner

If you see that any section is automatically collapsed, then you have already completed the requirements in that section OR you are currently enrolled in classes that will complete that section.

Primary & Secondary Core

These sections show the introductory business classes you are required to take. Note that if you are a cohort student, your primary core courses are the cohort classes that will be taken in your first Fall/Winter in Business.


 

Major Requirements

All major requirements will be listed in this section. This example shows the requirements for Accounting. This student has enrolled in or completed ACCTG 414, 415, and 424, but still has to complete ACCTG 426. Note that in the example below, the student is currently enrolled in *3 of the ACCTG 4xx required, but still has *6 that they will need to enrol in and complete before they can graduate.


 

Non-Business Electives

Students are required to take a certain number of Non-Business courses to meet degree requirements. This differs by major. In the tab you can see the number of credits required. As you can see, this student has completed all requirements for this section.

 

Free Electives

Free Electives can be Business or Non-Business Courses.

 

Optional Minor

Minors are not required for most majors (International Business majors are the only ones required to complete a minor). Courses used to meet major requirements cannot also be used to meet minor requirements. This section of your report is simply a verification that the courses for the minor where completed as free electives, senior business electives, or non-business electives above. NOTE: Some majors have additional categories, such as Language Requirements and Senior Business Electives.

 

100-level electives

It is not mandatory that you complete exactly 7 courses in 100-level electives -- only a maximum of 7 100-level electives is permitted.


Click the sideways triangle to open up the section and view it in more detail.



NOTE: This student has completed only *6 in 100-level electives. As the maximum is *21, this student could still take 15* in 100-level electives if they wished.
If you enrol in too many 100-levels, you will receive an error message that looks similar to the one below.

Program Residency Requirements

If you have not taken courses at another institution -- it should be fairly easy for you to meet program residency requirements by just completing the courses required for you major.
If you have attended another institution and taken business classes there -- you may not be able to complete the *45 in Business, just by completing the major requirements. In situations like these, you may have to take some more Business classes as part of your Free Electives to ensure that you meet the requirement of *45 completed here at the U of A.

*120 Check

This section shows a summary of what you've taken or are registered in. Students may only complete a maximum of 120 credits in the BCom program. View this section to check your overall progress.

 

Courses not for credit

In this section you will see any courses that have been deemed not for credit in the BCom program. This includes any failed courses, and any courses that did not transfer.

As a Business student you cannot take courses that don't fit your program. If something shows in the 'Courses That Don't Fit Your Program' section (below), you may be enrolled in more than *120 credits, or not in enough non-business electives to graduate. You should contact ugradbus@ualberta.ca if you believe there's an error.

4 Year Degree Students

 

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If you want to collapse all or expand all sections, you can use the buttons displayed on the screen. We do not recommend viewing your report as a PDF. Simply keep scrolling.
A green circle with a check mark shows that the course is complete (identified as Taken)
A yellow diamond indicates that the course is In Progress (Enrolled/Currently Registered)
A blue star indicates that the course is currently part of your "My Planner" in BearTracks

 

Closed vs. Open

If the large green bar is closed, you have registered in or completed all requirements under this heading. If the small green heading is open, you will see how many credits are remaining to complete this section.

 

Registered Courses

This section shows the courses you are registered in for the current and upcoming terms. If registration has opened for the next year, those courses will appear here as well.

Degree Requirements

The actual requirements of your degree are broken down into the following categories.

Some majors have additional categories, such as Language Requirements and Senior Business Electives. An Optional Minor category will be listed if you have a minor declared.
**REMEMBER: If you see that any section is collapsed, then you have completed all requirements for that section.

 

Residency Requirements

Residency requirements can be found under the BCom Degree Summary and Graduation Audit section. Students must complete *45 (15 courses) in senior business electives and complete *60 (20 courses) in the Faculty of Business at the U of A to meet residency.

 

100-level course limit

Students in business are only able to take a maximum of *21 (7 courses) at the 100-level. Pre-professional Courses taken prior to entrance into Business do not count towards this *21 limit.
Check here to see how many 100-levels you can still take. 100-level courses will fill your Free Electives or Non-Business sections.

 


*120 Check

Students may only complete a maximum of 120 credits in the BCom program. View this section to check your progress.

Error Message - Junior Credits Exceeded

Students are permitted to take a maximum of 7 courses at the 100 level (these do not include the courses listed in the pre-professional coursework section). If you have registered in an additional 100 level course, the following error message will appear.

 

Error Message - Exceeded *120

If you've registered in more than *120, you will also receive an error message.

 

Courses not for credit

In this section you will see any courses that have been deemed not for credit in the BCom program. This includes any failed courses, and any courses that did not transfer.

 

Any courses that do not fit your degree requirements or are beyond the *120 limit will also appear here. NOTE: If you are not sure if a course fits your degree requirements - Check to see if this section has appeared!


After Degree Students

 

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If you want to collapse all or expand all sections, you can use the buttons displayed on the screen. We do not recommend viewing your report as a PDF. Simply keep scrolling.
A green circle with a check mark shows that the course is complete (identified as Taken)
A yellow diamond indicates that the course is In Progress (Enrolled/Currently Registered)
A blue star indicates that the course is currently part of your "My Planner" in BearTracks

 

Registered Courses

This section shows the courses you are registered in for the current and upcoming terms. If registration has opened for the next year, those courses will appear here as well.

Degree Requirements

The actual requirements of your degree are broken down into the following categories. If you see that any section is collapsed, then you have completed all requirements for that section.

  1. Pre-Professional Coursework: Courses required for entry to the BCom After Degree program will appear here.

  2. Primary Core

  3. Secondary Core

  4. Major Requirements

  5. Senior Business Electives: Some majors also require Senior Electives in a certain subject. These will also be displayed in the Major Requirements section.

  6. Optional Minor: Minors in the faculty of Business are not required unless you have a Major in International Business. Courses used to meet major requirements cannot be used to meet minor requirements.

 

Residency Requirements

Residency requirements can be found under the BCom Degree Summary and Graduation Audit section. Students must complete *45 of business courses to meet residency, and within those *45, you must take *15 at the Senior level in your major.

Courses not for credit

In this section you will see any courses that have been deemed not for credit in the BCom program. This includes any failed courses, and any courses that did not transfer.

 

Any courses that do not fit your degree requirements or are beyond the *120 limit will also appear here. NOTE: If you are not sure if a course fits your degree requirements - Check to see if this section has appeared!