Science and Business

Can scientists make it big in business? You bet.

A student in the Science and Business program at the University of Waterloo.

Jumpstart your career with a one-of-a-kind degree that equips you with both scientific know-how and valuable business skills.

Science and Business at Waterloo combines studies in biology, chemistry, and physics with courses in economics, accounting, marketing, law, and entrepreneurship.

Focus your degree by specializing in one of four different scientific disciplines, or take a broader range of courses tailored to your interests. Meanwhile, in one of Canada’s top universities for business, you’ll work in small groups on case studies, business plans, and market analysis, as well as have the opportunity to gain paid work experience through the co-op stream.

When you graduate, the opportunities are many: this is a degree you can put to work in intellectual property, research, mutual funds, technical sales, business development, law, and a host of other fields.

Graph300+ business-related courses available

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4Optional specializations for you to choose from


Admission requirements

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

  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70%)
  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics
  • Recommended high school courses: Chemistry, Introduction to International Business

Admission averages: Low 80s

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Female business science student pointing to chart on glass wall while her peers sit at the meeting table in front of her.

Choose the co-op stream to include 20 months of paid work experience as part of your Bachelor of Science degree.

What will you learn?

Programs/majors in the Faculty of Science start right in first year. To select your program with confidence, here’s some handy info to get you started.

Skills you'll develop with this major

  • Business strategy
  • Public speaking
  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking

This isn't an exhaustive list – rather a glimpse into the skills a Science and Business major can provide.

Your experience will be unique, and the skills you develop will depend on your goals; which courses you take; and your involvement with any clubs, jobs, or research projects.

Types of courses you'll take

39% science electives, 5% math, 15% science and business workshops, 12% economics, 5% chemistry, 10% accounting and financial management, 12% other, 2% free electives

This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.


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Student Stories

Visit our Beyond Ideas website to learn about Science and Business at Waterloo, the student experience, co-op, and more. 

Connect outside of class

The Science and Business Students’ Association organizes beach days, BBQs, and end-of-term events … plus pre-exam breakfasts and résumé critiques.

Launch your own startup

If you come up with an idea for a product related to biology, chemistry, or physics, Concept Science, our incubator for science startups, can help you turn that idea into a business.