More than an arts and science degree
If your passions don’t fit neatly into a traditional university program, consider Knowledge Integration (KI).
More than just a mix of arts and science, KI is built around a core set of skills that equip you to understand and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, and make a difference in a complex and changing world.
No KI degree is the same. Build your program around your interests, studying topics from technology and software to life and health sciences, environmental issues, and policy making. If you’re a high-achieving student and want the freedom to integrate a broad range of interests, this is your program.
What you do with your degree is up to you. Our grads have gone on to careers in everything from design to business systems analysis to speech language pathology. Many also continue their education with graduate studies, medical school, law school, and more.
- Pick from 300+ courses. Discover the freedom to pursue all kinds of interests. In a typical year, KI students take over 300 different courses from 60 departments at Waterloo.
- Build a museum exhibit. In your third year, you’ll work in small teams to expand your research, design, and teamwork skills to build an interactive museum exhibit on a topic of your choice.
- Available as a regular program, with the option to do KI Works
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration
- Offered by the Faculty of Environment
A student shares his Knowledge Integration experience
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take courses in Knowledge Integration, public speaking, critical thinking, and elective courses from different faculties depending on your interests.
In upper years, about a quarter of the classes you'll take will be Knowledge Integration courses.
Learn more about the courses you'll take for your Knowledge Integration degree.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one of the areas of focus within Knowledge Integration.
- Collaborative Design
- Science, Technology, and Society
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What can you do with a degree in Knowledge Integration?
Graduates pursue a broad range of careers including web development, speech pathology, consulting, design, and research. They work in financial institutions, consulting firms, design firms, and more.
- Consultant – Deloitte
- UI/UX Designer – Descartes Systems Group
- Data Scientist – Shopify
- Business Systems Analyst – RBC Royal Bank
- Policy Analyst – Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
- Program Manager – Lumos Clean Energy Advisors
- Speech Language Pathologist – Speech Pathways
While the full range of further education depends on your individual interests, these are common areas that our graduates pursue.
- Professional programs: medicine and other health professions, law, business, and teaching.
- Master's and PhDs: anatomical science, anthropology, biology, digital experience innovation, environment, global innovation design, international relations, mathematics, neuroscience, planning, philosophy, political science, science and technology, speech language pathology, statistics, vision science Learn more about the types of graduate studies Knowledge Integration grads pursue.
- College programs: concept art for animation and video games, environmental visual communication, event management
Read about what some of our recent graduates are doing.
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of 75% is required)
- Any Grade 12 U Science (minimum final grade of 75% is required)
- Any Grade 12 U Mathematics (minimum final grade of 75% is required)
Admission average: Low 80s
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.
How to apply?
Apply directly to this program on your application.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?
Contact Graham Barnes, our recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions you have.