Can scientists make it big in business? You bet.
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.
300+ business-related courses available
Optional specializations for you to choose from
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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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
- 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
This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.
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First-year courses and beyond
What is the balance of science and business courses in the program?
There is about a 50/50 split between both science and business courses! This allows you to explore both disciplines and tailor your degree to courses that interest you. You can specialize your degree in either biology, biochemistry, or biotechnology, or even remain unspecialized. On the business side, you can take courses such as economics, accounting, finance, human resources management, business law, marketing, and more.
September to December
January to April
- ECON 101 - Introduction to Microeconomics
- MATH 128 - Calculus 2 for the Sciences
- CHEM 123/123L - General Chemistry 2/Laboratory
- SCBUS 122 - Management of Business Organizations
- CS 100 - Introduction to Computing through Applications
- A first- or second-year Biology course -- OR -- EARTH 122/EARTH 122L - Introductory Environmental Sciences/Laboratory -- OR -- another Science elective
After first year
Most of the classes you’ll take will be Faculty of Science courses with some Economics and Accounting and Financial Management courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
View a list of all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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
- Marketing research analyst
- Marketing and operation coordinator
- Validation & quality assurance analyst
- Laboratory technician
- Undergraduate research assistant
- Science peer tutor
- Sustainability project analyst
Sample co-op employers
- Environment & Climate Change Canada
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- TD Bank Group
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario
- Apotex Inc.
- Alberta Cancer Research Institute
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the areas of focus in Science and Business.
- Earth Sciences (co-op not available)
You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
What can you do with a degree in Science and Business?
With their two areas of expertise, graduates of the program commonly pursue careers in finance, science, technology, health and medical research, consulting, and in the energy and oil industry practising project and program analysis, business analysis, and technology development.
- Business Analyst - The Hospital for Sick Children
- Clinical Research Officer - Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
- Drug Safety Operations Team Lead - Hoffmann-LaRoche Ltd.
- Logistic Planner - Praxair Canada Inc.
- Project Leader - Apotex Incorporated
- Science Commercialization Officer - Science Enterprise Algoma
- Privacy Analyst - eHealth Ontario
- Account Manager - Pivotal Labs
Learn about the future of careers in business.
Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Science and Business
Offered by the Faculty of Science
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Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Science and Business website
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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.