You think outside the box. We won’t box you in.
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.
Build a museum exhibit
In a third-year course, you’ll travel to a major museum city such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, or Barcelona and then work in small teams to design and build an interactive museum exhibit on a topic of your choice.
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.
About the Knowledge Integration program
Program of its kind in the world
Earn a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration (BKI)
Offered by the Faculty of Environment
Apply directly to this program on your application
Average number of first-year students
Knowledge Integration admission requirements
- Ontario students: 6 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
- An Admission Information Form is necessary
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements
September to December
January to April
Knowledge Integration is designed to be flexible. You're encouraged to use four of your first-year electives to begin completing some of your breadth requirements, particularly the Computer Science, Math, Language, and Natural/Physical Science requirements.
After first year
About a quarter of the classes you’ll take will be Knowledge Integration courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subjects at Waterloo.
View a list of all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Customize your degree
Explore a topic more deeply by choosing a Collaborative Design or Science, Technology, and Society specialization within Knowledge Integration. You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree, or pursue a joint degree.
Careers in Knowledge Integration
Career opportunities are very broad, ranging from web developers to speech pathologists, consultants to design researcher.
- Account Executive, NetSuite
- Consultant, Deloitte & Touche LLP
- Interaction Designer and Researcher, Normative Design
- Knowledge & Program Services Specialist, Pathways to Education
- Design Strategist, Architech
- Business Systems Analyst, Royal Bank of Canada
- Product Owner & Strategist, Myplanet
- Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Pathways
- Strategist, Overlap Associates
- User Experience Researcher, Genesys Canada
While the full range of further education depends on your individual interests, these are common areas that our graduates pursue.
- Professional programs: medical school 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
- College programs: concept art for animation and video games, environmental visual communication, event management