Courses for your Science and Business 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.

What is the balance of science and business courses in the program?

There is about a 50/50 split between both science and business courses! This allows you to explore both disciplines and tailor your degree to courses that interest you. You can specialize your degree in either biology, biochemistry, or biotechnology, or even remain unspecialized. On the business side, you can take courses such as economics, accounting, finance, human resources management, business law, marketing, and more.

September to December

  • AFM 131 – Introduction to Business in North America
  • CHEM 120/120L – General Chemistry 1/Laboratory
  • MATH 127 – Calculus 1 for the Sciences
  • SCBUS 123 – Workshop 1: Science and Business

Plus one course from

January to April

Plus one course from


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

After first year

Most of the classes you’ll take will be Faculty of Science courses with some Economics and Accounting and Financial Management courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

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

Sample upper-year courses

AFM 231 – Business law
BIOL 239 – Genetics
SCBUS 223 – Workshop 2: Strategies Behind Technological Innovation
SCBUS 323 – Workshop 3: Technology Development


Types of courses you'll take

39% science electives, 5% math, 15% science and business workshops, 12% economics, 5% chemistry, 10% accounting and financial management, 12% other, 2% free electives

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

Skills you'll develop with this major

  • Business strategy
  • Public speaking
  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking

This isn't an exhaustive list – rather a glimpse into the skills a Science and Business 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 flexibility, 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