Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2006/2007
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Honours BBA (WLU) and Honours Bachelor of Mathematics (UW)

This double degree program is administered jointly by the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo (UW). It is a restricted-enrolment program with admission normally limited to Year 1 in a fall (September-to-December) term.

Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to attend both universities' convocation ceremonies and be awarded a WLU Honours BBA degree and a UW Honours BMath degree at the respective convocations. Students may register for this program at either university. The academic component is the same, regardless of where students are formally registered, but students participate in the co-op process at their home institution. Thus, the degree attached to each student's registered university is a degree with a Co-op Option designation, with the other university's degree being a regular-stream parchment.

This academic program cannot be combined with any other major or option designation. It requires a minimum of 10 full-time academic study terms and successful completion of a minimum of 52 one-term (0.5-credit) courses. These 52 0.5-credit courses must include 24 specified business-related 0.5 credits taken at WLU and 24 specified mathematics and computer science 0.5 credits at UW. The remaining 4 0.5-credit electives may be taken at either university.

Program Requirements

After Year 1, WLU-registered students who remain eligible to continue their studies in the double degree program are required to participate in the Co-op Option. Refer to the Co-operative Education section later in this chapter. The WLU co-op process involves three (or four at a student's discretion) co-op work terms intermixed with the ten study terms, beginning with a first co-op work term in the January-to-April period between the third and fourth study terms. The earlier May-to-August term between the second and third study terms is an "off" term (where students are on their own for the term, similar to regular-stream students).

For UW-registered students, the co-op process involves four (or five at a student's discretion) co-op work terms intermixed with the 10 study terms. The first of these work terms occurs during the May-to-August period between the second and third study terms, thus replacing the corresponding "off" term for WLU-registered students by an extra work term. With this one exception of the first May-to-August period, the term sequencing for UW-registered students is identical to the one for WLU-registered students.

With the sequencing of study terms and work terms indicated above, the normal duration for this program is four and two-thirds calendar years (or five calendar years at a student's discretion). Only under especially mitigating circumstances, and with the approval of both universities, can the term sequencing attached to the double degree program be altered, and such instances will usually result in a delay (possibly as much as one calendar year) of the graduation date.

All double degree program students, regardless of their home university affiliation, are required to satisfy all term-by-term progression requirements of both Laurier's School of Business & Economics and UW's Faculty of Mathematics to remain eligible to continue in the program, and to meet all graduation requirements of both institutions to be eligible for the two degrees. More specifically, students must ensure that their course selection each term, their academic performance level, and their academic conduct in general, comply with all the policies, procedures, regulations and requirements of both universities. Failure to do so will normally result in students being required to withdraw from the double degree program. Such students may remain eligible to enrol in the (single degree) Laurier BBA program (although not necessarily in the Co-op Option) or to enrol in another appropriate (single degree) UW BMath plan respectively, depending upon their individual circumstances.

Honours BBA (WLU) and Honours BMath (UW) Double Degree

Bachelor of Business Administration (WLU)/ Bachelor of Mathematics (UW)
Year Required WLU BU courses Required Non-BU courses Other Required non-BU Courses Elective Courses Minimum Cumulative Credit total & Required Completion Dates
1 BU111
From WLU:
From UW: MATH 137 (refer to Note 4 below)

From UW:
(Refer to Note 4 below)
MATH 135, 136, 138;
CS 134 or CS 136;
One of:
CS 125, 133, 135, 230, 234, 241;

From WLU:
EC250 or EC260 (Refer to Note 5 below)

ACTSC 231;
MATH 235, 237, 239;
STAT 230;

CO 350 or CO 355;
CO 370;
STAT 371, 372;
One of CS 338, 432;

Three additional courses chosen from one of Groups 1, 2, 3 (as listed in Note 2 below);
Three additional courses chosen from Groups 1, 2, 3 (as listed in Note 2 below); 300 and 400 level CS courses;

10 0.5-credits by
August 31 with not more than 12 course attempts. The BU111 and BU121 courses must be completed without repeat by April 30.
2 BU227
From UW: STAT 231
20 0.5-credits by
December 31. The required BU courses are integrated sets that must be taken concurrently.
3 BU352 BU354


From WLU:
During Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5, students must complete a minimum of 5 300 or 400 level BU elective 0.5-credits.
From UW or WLU:
Remaining elective courses. These courses may be taken at either university.

30 0.5-credits by
December 31. The required BU courses are integrated sets that must be taken concurrently.
4 BU481

Co-op Option 1 students: 40 0.5-credits by August 31
Co-op Option 2 and 3 students: 40 0.5-credits by December 31
52 0.5-credits to graduate

  1. UW Mathematics Course Abbreviations:
    ACTSC - Actuarial Science; AMATH - Applied Mathematics; CO - Combinatorics and Optimization; CS - Computer Science; MATH - Core (Algebra and Calculus) Mathematics; PMATH - Pure Mathematics; STAT - Statistics.
  2. Group 1 Courses: CO 351, 367, 372, 450, 452, 453, 454, 463, 466, 485, 487; 200 level CS courses.
    Group 2 Courses: ACTSC 232; 300 and 400 level ACTSC and STAT courses.
    Group 3 Courses: AMATH 231, 250; AMATH 331/PMATH 331; AMATH 341/CS371; AMATH 351, 353; AMATH 431/PMATH 451; PMATH 334, 351, 354.
  3. It is recommended that students try to complete at least 21 0.5-credit courses by the end of Year 2, either by taking 6 courses in one of their study terms, or by taking an elective course by distance education during an off term or a co-op term.
  4. The UW mathematics courses MATH 135, 136, 137, 138, 235, 237, 239 may be replaced by the 'Advanced' courses MATH 145, 146, 147, 148, 245, 247, 249 respectively.
  5. Economics Minor: EC120; EC140; one of EC250, EC260 - taken Year 2 (refer to i and ii below); four additional Economics courses approved by double degree program advisors from both WLU and UW (refer to iii below):
    i) UW's ECON 201 and ECON 202, taken either on campus or by Distance Education, may be substituted for WLU's EC260 and EC250 respectively.
    ii) If both EC250 (or ECON202) and EC260 (or ECON201) are taken, one of them may be included as one of the "Four additional Economics courses".
    iii) The "four additional Economics courses" may be any mix of approved EC courses from WLU and ECON courses from UW. These courses may be taken either on campus or (when available) by Distance Education.
  6. Mathematics Minor: the Faculty of Science will permit students who have completed two years of study in the above double degree program, but who subsequently decide to drop their affiliation with University of Waterloo, to obtain a mathematics minor with the BBA degree if they complete a minimum of 1.0 senior mathematics credits on the WLU campus. Students must still have completed the required courses, or their equivalents, in such a way that 3.5 credits constitute the minor.
For details about the various UW Honours BMath policies, procedures, regulations and requirements that apply to this double degree program, consult the UW Undergraduate Calendar and/or one of UW's academic program advisors.

Senate/Editorial Changes

Mathematics Minor requirements revised per Senate Dec 6, 2006 and effective Jan 1, 2007.