Earn a science degree with an economic punch.
Biotechnology promises to become one of this century’s dominant technologies. Become a leader in 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 finance.
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 (especially the experiences you'll have gained if you enrol in co-op), you’ll have all kinds of options!
Biotechnology/Economics admission requirements
Ontario students: six 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)
- Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics (Recommended courses: Chemistry, Biology)
Admission average: mid-80s
We recommend you complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied.
September to December
January to April
After first year
Sample upper-year courses
Gain 20 months of paid experience with co-op
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Science degree
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
- 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
Only program of its kind in Canada
Offered by the Faculty of Science
Science and Business workshops to develop your skills
What can I do with a degree in Biotechnology/Economics?
Popular career areas include program planning and financial analysis, systems analysis, sales analysis, consulting and research, and medical and pharmaceutical technology.
- 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
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in business.
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 four-month school and co-op work terms. Over the course of your degree, you’ll acquire 20 months of paid work experience.