Program Details

COVID-19 Information for BIE Students

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Faculty of Arts has created a special UBC Arts and COVID-19 page and worked with the University to safeguard the health of our entire community and support the educational progression of our students. Make sure you check the page for detailed and up-to-date information to support your educational progression.

We’d like to emphasize that a W standing means that you have withdrawn from a course. It confers no credit, and fulfills no requirement. Withdrawing from a BIE STT course will impact pre-requisites and continuation in the BIE program. BIE students must consult with Triny ( before applying for withdrawal from a Standard Time Table (STT) course.

Please review carefully the information in our emails and on the updated UBC Arts and COVID-19 webpage before submitting a request.

BIE Academic Advising office is providing service to students in-person and remotely during this time. For how to access our services, please visit BIE Advising webpage.

Cohort Model

The cohort model is central to the BIE learning experience. As a member of the cohort, you will develop a supportive peer-based learning community through collaborative work on class projects and social interactions. Plus, you will graduate with a strong international professional network already established. The BIE curriculum is structured to combine a group of required courses taught in a standardized timetable solely to each cohort, with the possibility of a wide range of electives to individualize your BIE program. Courses will be taught using a range of different content delivery methods, primarily delivered on campus.

BIE Cohort Course Structure – Four Years at a Glance
BIE Cohort Required CoursesOther BIE Required CoursesRecommended Number of Elective Credits
Term 1Term 2Term 1Term 2
Year 1ECON 101, WRDS 150ECON 102, COEC 293MATH 104 (or MATH 100)MATH 105 (or MATH 101)12 credit electives
Year 2ECON 315, ECON 327, ECON 317, ECON 255ECON 316, ECON 309, ECON 3289 credit electives
Year 3COEC 371, ECON 370Business Fundamentals: 3 courses from COEC 294, 365, 370, 377, 387, 437, 491, 497, 498
Advanced Economics*: 3 courses from ECON 441, 442, 455, 456, COEC 475
1 ECON or COEC course at 400-level or approved equivalent (ECON323)
27 credit electives
Year 4ECON 493ECON 494

*Summer courses are NOT acceptable for BIE Advanced Economics Requirement. BIE students must take all Advanced Economics course options during the Winter Session in the section restricted to BIE students.

BIE Cohort-specific Required Courses

  • ECON 101 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 102 - Principles of Macroeconomic
  • COEC 293 - Financial Accounting
  • WRDS 150A - Arts Studies in Writing

Other Required Courses

  • MATH 104/100 - Differential Calculus
    • Derivatives and rates of change, exponential and trigonometric functions, Newton's method, Taylor polynomials, maxima and minima, and graphing.
  • MATH 105/101 - Integral Calculus
    • Antiderivatives, the definite integral, techniques of integration, infinite series, partial derivatives, maxima and minima with constraints, discrete and continuous random variables.

Recommended Elective Credits

  • 12 elective credits

BIE Cohort-specific Required Courses

  • ECON 315 - Intermediate Microeconomics I
  • ECON 316 - Intermediate Microeconomics II
  • ECON 309 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 327 - Introduction to Empirical Economics
  • ECON 328 - Methods of Empirical Research in Economics
  • ECON 255 - Understanding Globalization
  • ECON 317 - Poverty and Inequality

Recommended Elective Credits

  • 9 elective credits

  • COEC 371 - Investment Theory
  • ECON 370 - Benefit-Cost Analysis & Economics of Project Evaluation

  • ECON 493 - Quantitative Methods for Economics
  • ECON 494 - Seminar in Applied International Economics
    • Four topic areas to complete independent empirical research project are: Trade, Finance, Development and Environment. Prerequisite is required for each area:
      • Trade: ECON455
      • Finance: One of COEC370, COEC387
      • Development: One of ECON441, ECON442
      • Environment: One of COEC475, ECON471, ECON472
    • Students must complete the required prerequisite prior to taking ECON494 in the relevant area.

3 Courses from Business Fundamentals

  • COEC 294 - Managerial Accounting
  • COEC 365 - Market Research
  • COEC 370 - Corporate Finance
  • COEC 377 - International Financial Markets and Institutions
  • COEC 387 - Entrepreneurial Finance
  • COEC 437 - Database Technology
  • COEC 491 - Strategic Management
  • COEC 497 - New Enterprise Development
  • COEC 498 - International Business Management

3 Courses from Advanced Economics*

  • ECON 441 - Process of Economic Development
  • ECON 442 - Issues in Economic Development
  • ECON 455 - International Trade
  • ECON 456 - International Macroeconomics and Finance
  • COEC 475 - The Economics & Policy of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources

*Summer courses are not acceptable for BIE Advanced Economics Requirement. BIE students must take all Advanced Economics course options during the Winter Session in the section restricted to BIE students.

1 Additional Advanced Economics or Business

  • Any ECON or COEC course at 400-level or approved equivalent (i.e. ECON323)

Recommended Elective Credits

  • 27 elective credits

  1. AP, A-Level or IB Economics cannot be substituted for ECON 101 and 102 in the BIE program.
  2. B.I.E. students are allowed a maximum of 27 credits of COEC courses towards the completion of their B.I.E. degree but cannot take any other credits in the Sauder School of Business.
  3. A very limited number of students are selected to complete the Academic Track. Admission to the Academic Track is by application only. See BIE page on individual learning plans for more details.

**Starting 2017W Session, B.I.E. Program is no longer participating in the B+MM Dual Degree Program because BIE students will have a commerce background that is comparable to that offered by business undergraduate programs.

Continuation Requirements

  • Year One
    • Overall average of at least 60% and
    • Core average of at least 65% (STT courses) and
    • Passing grade in  all Core required MATH and ECON courses.
  • Year Two
    • Overall average of at least 60% and
    • Core average of at least 65% (STT courses)
  • Year Three and Four
    • Overall average of at least 60%

Course Equivalency and Credit Exclusion

Students may not earn credit for two courses with significant and pre-defined content overlap. Students are fully responsible for their registration, and are advised to check the Course Schedule for course equivalencies and to review the Science Credit Exclusion Lists to avoid unnecessary registration. Note that credit exclusion does not imply that courses are interchangeable, and meeting specialization requirements may necessitate the completion of a specific course. Students registering in courses dealing with probability and statistics should exercise particular caution.

  • Examples of BIE course exclusions
    • STAT 200, 203, BIOL 300, COMM 291, ECON 325, 327, EPSE 482, 483, FRST 231, GEOG 374, KIN 371, POLI 380, PSYC 218, 278, 366, SOCI 328
    • STAT 306, ECON 326, 328
    • STAT 241, 251, ECON 325, 327, PSYC 366, COMM 290
    • COMM377, COEC 377 and ECON456
    • COEC475, COMM487 and ECON371