Honours BBA (WLU) and Honours Bachelor of Computer Science (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 BCS 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 9 full-time academic study terms and successful completion of a minimum of 52 one-term (0.5-credit) courses. Most students require 10 full time terms to complete the program. The 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.
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 9 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 9 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
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 BCS or BMath plan respectively,
depending upon their individual circumstances.
Honours BBA (WLU) and Honours BCS (UW) Double Degree
Bachelor of Business Administration (WLU)/ Bachelor of Computer Science (UW)
||Required Business & Economics courses
||Required Math Courses
||Required Math Courses (choice of when taken)
||Minimum Cumulative Credit Total & Required Completion Dates
|| BU111(F) BU121(W)
| CS 135(F) CS 136(W)
MA 135(F) MA 137(F) MA 136(W) MA 138(W)
||10 0.5-credits by August 31 with not more than 12 course attempts. The
Business and non-business courses must be completed by August 31.
|| BU288(F) BU227(F) BU231(S) BU247(S) Recommend EC250/202 or EC260/201 be completed by the end of Year 2
| CS 245(F)
| EN 210F
||20 0.5-credits by December 31. The required BU courses are integrated sets that must be taken concurrently.
|| BU352(F) BU354(F) BU383(F) BU385(F)
BU362(S) BU393(S) BU395(S) BU398(S)
| CS 241
| Require a total of 4 courses - these can be BU, CS or other course
Business Electives Laurier (5 courses)
|30 0.5-credits by December 31. The required BU courses are integrated sets that must be taken concurrently.
| 4 and 5
|| Required Business Courses to be taken between Years 4 and 5:
|| CS 341
Four additional CS courses chosen from CS 340-398, 440-489, with at least two chosen from CS 440-489
||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
- UW Course Abbreviations:
Computer Science, EN - English, MA - Core Mathematics, ST - Statistics.
- Under certain circumstances, MATH 137 and MATH
138 may be replaced by MATH 127 and MATH 128 respectively. Refer to the
- It is recommended that students 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 via Online
Learning during an off term or a co-op term.
- The UW courses
MATH 135, 136, 137, 138, 235, 237, 239, CS 135, ST 230 and ST 231
may be replaced by the 'Advanced' courses MATH 145, 146, 147, 148, 245,
247, 249, CS 145, ST 240 and ST 241 respectively.
may take CS 115 and CS 116 in place of CS 135, or if needed they may taken CS 116 after CS 135 and before CS 136. Students who take CS 116 in the Winter term in Year 1 must take CS 136 in the
Fall term in Year 2 and CS 245 and CS 246 in the Spring term of Year 2.
who successfully complete CS 145 in the Fall term of Year 1 may not
take either CS 116 or CS 136, but instead should take any required
second year CS course in the
Winter term of that year. Such students must later take an additional
300- or 400- level CS major course to replace the missing CS course
- The selection of upper-year CS courses must include at least one course from each of at least two of the following area groups:
Systems and SE: CS 343, 349, 442, 444, 445, 446, 447, 450, 452, 454, 456, 457, 458
Applications: CS 348, 448, 473, 476, 482, 483, 486, 488
Mathematical Foundations of CS: CS 360, 365, 370, 371, 462, 466, 467, 475, 487
Minor: EC120; EC140; one of EC250, EC260 - taken in Year 2 (refer to i
and ii below); three additional Economics courses approved by the
double degree program advisor from WLU (refer to iii below):
ECON 201 and ECON 202, taken either on campus or by Online Learning,
may be substituted for WLU's EC260 and EC250 respectively.
ii) If both
EC250 (or ECON 202) and EC260 (or ECON 201) are taken, only two
additional Economics courses are required.
iii) The "three 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 Online Learning.
- 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.
Editorial Changes October 4, 2010: UW changes passed by University of Waterloo Senate effective September 1, 2010.
Academic & Related Dates 2010/2011