A new minor in Business, Science, and Entrepreneurship will be offered to science students in September 2017, allowing them to combine another skillset of business to their Bachelor of Science.

In an interview with The Medium, the director of undergraduate programs in management, Louis Florence, stated that the program, which is offered by the Institute of Management and Innovation, was approved on January 9 at the Academic Affairs Committee meeting.

Accepting up to 50 students, admission to the minor program requires students to get a minimum of 63 percent in ECO100.

Students would also have to take six new half-credit courses to complete the minor: Fundamentals of Marketing, Principles of Human Resource Management, Essentials of Accounting: Financial & Managerial, Essentials of Finance, Managing Projects, Operations and Preparing a Business Plan, and Technology Strategy.

Florence explained that the program will provide students with skills and knowledge in accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources and operations, with the hope that students gain the business knowledge needed when applying to jobs in the field.

He also added that the minor will help students develop a more entrepreneurial mindset, and maybe inspire them to either pursue a career or continue higher education in business.

Prior to proceeding with the minor, Florence said that the department carried out a survey and got 400 student responses, which the department used to find out about the level of student interest in the program, in addition to how they can shape the minor.

Information sessions about the program are set to take place in DV2082 on February 13 from 12-1 p.m. for UTM faculty and staff, and 6-7 p.m. for students. Other information sessions for faculty, staff, and students are scheduled on February 16 from 12-1 p.m. in IB 110 and 6-7 p.m. in DV2082.

The enrolment request for the program will be available to students through the Subject POSt starting March 14.

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