Spreadsheets + science = career success
In the world of biotech, specialists who can understand both spreadsheets and gene sequencing are a hot commodity. Enrol in the only accountancy program in Canada that combines biotechnology, accounting, and paid co-op work terms.
You’ll learn about biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology in the Faculty of Science. At the same time, you’ll take accounting, auditing, financial management, and taxation courses in Waterloo’s top-ranked School of Accounting and Finance.
Outside the classroom, you’ll have all kinds of opportunities to get involved in competitions and student clubs. You’ll graduate ready to succeed in your choice of fields: accounting, biotech business development, financial analysis, and more.
Move directly into the Master of Accounting program after graduation
Ontario students: six Grade 12U and/or M courses including
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics (Recommended courses: Chemistry, Biology, Principles of Financial Accounting)
Admission averages: Low 90s
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What will you learn?
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.
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.
Types of courses you'll take
This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.
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First-year Biotechnology/CPA courses and beyond
September to December
- AFM 112 - Analytical Methods for Business 1
- AFM 191 - Foundations for Financial Reporting
- BIOL 130 - Introductory Cell Biology
- BIOL 240/BIOL 240L- Fundamentals in Microbiology/Lab
- SCBUS 225 - Organizational Behaviour in Scientific and Technical Workplaces
NOTE: Courses listed are for the 2021/2022 school year
January to April
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
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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 job titles
- Staff accountant
- Financial analyst
- Supply chain analyst
- Tax consultant
- Assurance, external auditor
- Wealth management financial reporting analyst
- Transfer and administration assistant
Sample co-op employers
- The Hospital for Sick Children
- Ernst & Young LLP
- Magna International Inc.
- Bank of Montreal
- KPMG LLP Canada
What can I do with a degree in Biotechnology/CPA?
This program leads to the Master of Accounting program, which will qualify you to write the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants exam required to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Possible career areas
- Audit and tax
- Research and development monitoring and assessment
- Pharmaceutical and medical technology
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Earn a Bachelor of Science degree
Apply directly to this program on your application
Offered by the Faculty of Science
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy website
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Get career-relevant skills
Our curriculum emphasizes case-based lectures and workshops, along with the communications and analytical skills you’ll need for roles in leadership and management.
Build an awesome résumé
Explore possible career areas and acquire valuable on-the-job experience during your co-op work terms (experience that you may be able to credit toward a CPA designation!).