Environment and Business

Sustainability meets profitability

Environment and Business student sitting in front of living plant wall

Nature has always been close to Asser's heart. He grew up in the Philippines surrounded by the abundance of trees, ocean, wildlife, and farms. But he also experienced the not-so-good parts like typhoons. "I chose Environment and Business because it intersects my passion for climate action, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable finance."

Smart businesses know that sustainability must be a core part of their plan. In Environment and Business — the only program of its kind in North America — you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of environmental issues and the business world.

You'll get the foundations of a business degree with courses in economics, finance, marketing, and management, and you'll get an environmental education including field ecology and human geography. Plus, you'll learn how to integrate environment and business knowledge through specialized courses in corporate sustainability, social marketing, and more.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to make a difference, whether that’s developing business plans for renewable energy suppliers, analyzing the environmental record of a Fortune 500 company, or helping businesses reduce their ecological impacts.

Program highlights

20 months of job experience. You’ll get plenty of hands-on experience through 20 months of paid co-op work experience, plus a fourth-year capstone project where you’ll do sustainability consulting for real-world clients.

Grow your own green business. Have an idea for an environmental business or social enterprise? Take a course in green entrepreneurship. Or drop by Entrepreneurship at Environment (E@E) to work on your business plan with one-on-one coaching from an experienced advisor.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take a mix of foundational Environment and Business (ENBUS) and Accounting and Financial Management courses.

In your upper years, most of your classes will be in ENBUS.

Learn about the courses you'll take for your degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional expertise to your degree by choosing one of the minors available to all Waterloo students.

Some popular choices for Environment and Business students include minors in Geography and Environmental Management, Economics, and Entrepreneurship.


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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

Waterloo's co-op program, the largest in North America, is an amazing way to explore potential careers, learn to interview for jobs, graduate with up to two years of valuable experience – and make money!

Sample co-op job titles

  • Assistant environmental planner
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Air quality and climate change coordinator
  • Research associate
  • Junior policy analyst
  • Operations and logistics analyst
  • Environmental technician
  • Sustainability business outreach, education, and marketing coordinator

Co-op work-study sequence

Starting in second year, you'll normally alternate between school and work every four months, integrating your classroom learning with real-world experience. You can return to the same employer for a couple of work terms to gain greater knowledge and responsibility or work for different employers to get a broad range of experience.
Year September to December (Fall) January to April (Winter) May to August (Spring)
First Study Study Off
Second Study Co-op Study
Third Co-op Study Co-op
Fourth Study Co-op Co-op
Fifth Study Study -

Your first work term will be halfway through second year (January to April 2026).

Learn more about co-op →


megaphone icon"I really value the program's flexibility and the skill set I'll graduate with. While I'm a passionate environmentalist, I also value the practical business aspect of my program, which will open up more job opportunities for me!"Michelle, second-year Environment and Business student
megaphone icon"I value knowing how to apply theories learned in class to a working environment through co-op. Plus being involved in clubs lets you meet new people from different backgrounds."Medha, Environment and Business co-op student

Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (final grade of 70% is required)

Recommended courses: one Grade 12 U Mathematics, one Grade 12 U Science, Grade 12M Principles of Financial Accounting, Analysing Current Economic Issues (where offered)

Admission averages: Low 80s

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How to apply?

Apply directly to this program on your application.


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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Please contact our Faculty of Environment recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.