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Environment and Business at Waterloo

At a glance

  • Available as a co-op program only
  • Starts in first year so apply directly to this program on your application
  • Earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies
  • Offered by the Faculty of Environment

About the program

As environmental issues increasingly become part of business operations, there is a growing demand for people who understand environmental issues and the business world.

In Environment and Business, you'll gain a background in ecology, environmental economics, and environmental decision-making while developing expertise in finance, project management, accounting, marketing, and law.

The program is the only one in Canada to integrate environmental and business courses with 20 months of paid co-op work experience. Through co-op, you'll gain paid work experience while trying out different career areas and earning money to help pay for your education.

As a graduate, you might use your unique background to develop business plans for alternative energy suppliers, to analyze the environmental record of a Fortune 500 company, or to help businesses reduce their ecological impacts.

Study these interests in the business program that ranks #1 in Canada for combining business and sustainability.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
    • Any Grade 12 U English (final grade of 70% is required)
    • Recommended courses: one Grade 12 U Mathematics, one Grade 12 U Science, Grade 12M Principles of Financial Accounting, Analysing Current Economic Issues (where offered)
  • Admission averages: Low 80s
  • An Admission Information Form is necessary.
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database.

First-year courses

September to December

AFM 131 - Introduction to Business in North America
ENBUS 102 - Introduction to Environment and Business
ECON 101 - Introduction to Microeconomics
INDEV 100 - Introduction to International Development
1 elective

January to April

ENVS 131 - Communications for Environmental Professions
ENVS 178 - Introduction to Environmental Research Methods
ENVS 195 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
AFM 123 - Accounting Information for Managers
ENBUS 112 - Operationalizing Sustainable Development within Business

What other courses will you take?


By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op positions

  • Partner Marketing Associate, Microsoft Canada Corporation
  • Policy Analyst, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
  • Business Analyst, Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
  • Capital Projects Assistant, Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Environmental Officer, Transport Canada
  • Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Samsung
  • Assistant Environmental Planner, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Sustainability Coordinator, Minto Group Inc.

Co-op work/study sequences

  Fall Winter Spring
First year School School Off
Second year School Co-op School
Third year Co-op School Co-op
Fourth year School Co-op Co-op
Final year School School  

Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
School = 4-month school term
Co-op = 4-month co-op work term
Off = You can make your own plans for that term (work, travel, vacation, etc.)


Graduates pursue careers in areas such as waste management, environmental consulting, sustainability assessment, business analysis, project management, and environmental affairs.

Recent graduates

  • Social Compliance Coordinator, Hudson's Bay Company
  • Environmental Health & Safety Consultant, Stantec Consulting
  • Manager, Environmental Stewardship & Compliance, Home Depot of Canada
  • Marketing Specialist, TELUS
  • Sustainability Analyst, Sun Life Financial
  • Sustainability Environmental Manager, MTS Allstream
  • Sustainable Design Specialist, Mindscape Innovations
  • Energy Consultant, City of Toronto
  • Environmental Advisor, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Environmental Protection Officer, Ministry of Environment, BC

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