Knowledge Integration

More than an arts and science degree

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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.

Program highlights

  • 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.

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What will you learn? 

First-year courses

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

You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students or choose to complete a joint major (sometimes referred to as a double major).


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Admission requirements

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

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

Admission average: Low 80s

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How to apply?

Apply directly to this program on your application.

Connect with us

Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Contact Jaime, our Faculty of Environment recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.

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