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.

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.

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.


Being able to combine his two interests led Peter to pursue an Environment and Business degree at Waterloo. With his co-op work terms and classroom learning, Peter has been able to explore his passions. 

About the Environment and Business program

BreifCase Gain 20 months of hands-on experience through co-op 

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Graduation CapEarn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree


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

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Environment and Business admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 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
  • An Admission Information Form is recommended for admission
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements

What can you do with a degree in Environment and Business?

Waterloo Environment and Business graduates often pursue careers in health and safety, project management and environment. They often work for cities, consulting firms, banks, and more.

Recent graduates

  • Manager, Environmental Stewardship & Compliance - Home Depot of Canada
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist - NTN Bearing
  • Project Manager - Peritus Environmental Consultants
  • Environment, Health, and Safety Specialist - Walmart Canada
  • Planning Coordinator, Climate Change – Region of Waterloo
  • Project Manager, Renewal Energy – City of Toronto
  • Technology Analyst – Bank of America Merrill Lynch

First-year Environment and Business courses

September to December

AFM 131 - Introduction to Business in North America
ENBUS 102 - Introduction to Environment and Business
ECON 101 - Introduction to Microeconomics
INDEV 100 - Introduction to International Development
1 elective

January to April

ENVS 131 - Communications for Environmental Professions
ENVS 178 - Environmental Applications of Data Management and Statistics
ENVS 195 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
AFM 123 - Accounting Information for Managers
ENBUS 112 -  Operationalizing Sustainable Development within Business


After first year

Most of the classes you’ll take will be Environment and Business courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View a list of the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses

ENBUS 203 – Green Entrepreneurship
ENBUS 307 – Industrial Ecology: Life Cycle Assessment and Management in Business
ENBUS 309 – Applied Social Marketing
ENBUS 402A/ENBUS 402B – Environment and Business Capstone Project


Customize your degree

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.

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

  • Assistant environmental planner
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Outdoor environmental education instructor
  • Research associate
  • Junior policy analyst
  • Operations and logistics analyst
  • Environmental technician
  • Sales and marketing intern

Sample co-op employers

  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Ziptrek Ecotours
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Ericsson Canada
  • Metrolinx
  • Manulife Financial
  • Minto Group

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