Courses for your Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy degree

First-year courses and beyond

Programs/majors in the Faculty of Science start right in first year. To select your program with confidence, here’s some handy info to get you started.

September to December

January to April

  • AFM 113 – Analytical Methods for Business 2
  • AFM 121 – Introduction to Global Capital Markets
  • AFM 182 – Foundations for Management Accounting
  • BIOL 239 – Genetics
  • SCBUS 122 – Management of Business Organizations
  • SCBUS 225 – Organizational Behaviour in Scientific and Technical Workplaces

This a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability.

After first year

About a third of the classes you’ll take will be Biology and the other two thirds will be Accounting and Financial Management courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas.

View a list of all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses

BIOL 443 – Fermentation Biotechnology
BIOL 331 – Advanced Cell Biology
AFM 433 – Business Strategy


Types of courses you'll take

52% Accounting and financial management, 22% biology, 10% chemistry, 5% economics, 5% science and business workshops, 2% program electives, 2% free electives. 2% communications

This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.

Skills you'll develop with this major

  • Financial analysis and audit
  • Project management
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Time management
  • Corporate analysis

This isn't an exhaustive list – rather a glimpse into the skills this major can provide.

Your experience will be unique, and the skills you develop will depend on your goals; which courses you take; and your involvement with any clubs, jobs, or research projects.


Advisors are here to help

With so much to think about, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Science recruitment co-ordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps