Environment and Business

Eco-warrior, meet business mogul

Today, smart businesses know that sustainability has to 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.

Study finance and field ecology, entrepreneurship and environmental ethics, plus a whole lot more, and get the opportunity to get paid work experience through co-op on top of that.

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.

#1For adding sustainability to university business programs in Canada (Corporate Knights magazine)

BriefcaseGain 20 months of valuable hands-on experience through co-op 

RibbonOnly program of its kind in North America


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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Waterloo Environment and Business student writing on whiteboard

Growing up, Okeoghene quickly discovered that creating a sustainable future is as much about protecting our natural resources as it is fostering a competitive business landscape. As a student in Environment and Business, she's been able to put her passion for sustainability to work.

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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

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EnvironmentOffered by the Faculty of Environment

Graduation CapEarn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree


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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 Velocity Start @ Environment to work on your business plan with one-on-one coaching from an experienced advisor.