Specific Notes for Business 1

Here are the requirements you need to consider when registering for Business I (first year).

Note: This is a summary. For all the details, please see the Undergraduate Calendar.

Number of Units

Enroll for 30 units of coursework. You will be taking a combination of required courses and elective courses from other faculties.

Required Courses

Students who entered Business I in September 2021 or later must complete the following required courses:

Commerce 1GR0 A/B DeGroote Student Experience and Development I
Commerce 1AA3 Introductory Financial Accounting
Commerce 1BA3 Organizational Behaviour
Commerce 1DA3 Business Data Analytics
Commerce 1E03 Business Environment and Organization
Commerce 1MA3 Introduction to Marketing
Economics 1BB3 Introductory Macroeconomics
Economics 1B03 Introductory Microeconomics
Math 1MM3 Applied Calculus

Students seeking a Minor in Mathematics  and Statistics must take MATH 1A03 and should refer to the Faculty of Science section of this Calendar for the requirements for a Minor in Mathematics and Statistics. Students neither seeking this Minor nor planning on a transfer to the Faculty of Science, are advised to take MATH 1MM3.


You are also required to take 6 units of electives to bring your total number of units to 30.

Electives are courses taken outside your major. That is, they are non-commerce courses. You get to choose what you would like to take.

We have put together a list of elective courses which are open to students at Level I. Need some help deciding? Here are some tips.

Qualifying for Level II Commerce

Now is a good time to look at the criteria for admission into Level II of the program (Honours Commerce II). If you have any questions, please let us know.

Duplicate Course Registration

Students may not register and hold seats in the same course for both terms if it is a single term course. This prevents your fellow students from getting seats in preferred sections of required and elective courses.

If you do not successfully complete a course, and would like to repeat it, you may take the course again in a subsequent term as per McMaster’s Repeat Policy.

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