Earn a science degree with an economic punch

Biotechnology promises to become one of this century’s dominant technologies. Get ready to lead this industry with a one-of-a-kind degree from Waterloo.

In Biotechnology/Economics, you’ll immerse yourself in the science of biotech with labs and lectures in the Faculty of Science. You’ll complement that with courses in economics, business, and accounting.

Once you graduate, put your skills and knowledge to work for pharmaceutical companies, brokerage houses, banks, government agencies, research firms, and more. With your unique blend of expertise, you’ll have all kinds of options!

Hone your business skills

Hands-on, workshop-style courses will develop your ability to apply business knowledge to industrial and scientific technologies.

Build an awesome résumé

Starting in second year, you'll alternate 4-month school and co-op work terms. Over the course of your degree, you’ll acquire 20 months of paid work experience.



Starting in second year, you'll alternate 4-month school and co-op work terms. You'll graduate with 20 months of paid work experience and be able to explore possible career areas while earning money to help pay for school.

About the Biotechnology/Economics program

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CapEarn a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology/Economics

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Biotechnology/Economics admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U 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)
    • 2 of: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics (Recommended courses: Chemistry, Biology)
  • Admission average: mid-80s

  • An Admission Information Form is recommended.

  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.

Careers in Biotechnology/Economics 

Popular career areas for Biotechnology/Economics graduates include program planning and financial analysis,  systems analysis, sales analysis, consulting and research, and medical and pharmaceutical technology.

Recent graduates

  • Analyst, The Loyalty Inc.
  • Distribution Analyst, Suncor Energy
  • Product Specialist, Antibody Healthcare Communications
  • Regulatory Affairs Associate, Alveda Pharma
  • Regulatory Project Officer, Health Canada
  • Senior Analyst, TD Securities Inc.
  • Strategy Analyst, Shoppers Drug Mart Limited

First-year Biotechnology/Economics courses

September to December

BIOL 130 - Introductory Cell Biology
BIOL 240/240L - Fundamentals of Microbiology/Laboratory
CHEM 120/120L - Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter/Laboratory
SCBUS 123 - Workshop 1: Science and Business
ENGL 193/SPCOM 193 - Communication in the Sciences

January to April

BIOL 239 - Genetics
BIOL 241 - Introduction to Applied Microbiology
CHEM 123/123L - Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics/Laboratory
ECON 101 - Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 102 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
CS 100 - Introduction to Computing through Applications


After first year

Sample upper-year courses

ECON 391 – Equilibrium in Market Economics
ECON 408 – Business Cycles

BIOL 331 – Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL 443 – Fermentation Biotechnology


Gain relevant work experience through co-op

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

  • Business and marketing associate
  • Junior economic analyst
  • Macroeconomic analyst
  • Business performance coordinator
  • Research ethics board and research assistant
  • Consultant, special projects
  • Assistant regulatory officer

Sample co-op employers

  • BMO/Bank of Montreal
  • Toyota Canada
  • Microsoft Canada
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Health Canada
  • Ontario Ministry Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

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