Science and Business

Can scientists make it big in business? You bet.

a Science and Business student sitting and smiling in a classroom

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 three scientific disciplines, or take a broader range of courses tailored to your interests by remaining unspecialized. 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.

Program highlights

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.

Influence industry. Join WatSolve, our popular pro bono business consulting group that takes real science-related business problems and creates impactful solutions. Gain skills and make meaningful impacts while companies implement solutions customized to their needs. Win-win!


What will you learn?

First-year courses

In your first year, you'll take a mixture of Science and Business, Accounting and Financial Management, and Economics courses to give you the foundations for your upper-year classes.

Learn more about courses you'll take for your Science and Business degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by specializing in one of the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology

You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students.


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Ask them questions such as why they chose their program, what the classes are like, and how you can get involved on campus.


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

Admission averages: 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?

Please contact Alisia, our Science recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.

Alisia Mar


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