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 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.
- 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!
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Science
- Offered by the Faculty of Science
What will you learn?
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 including one or more of the areas of focus in Science and Business.
You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
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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
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.
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.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?
Please contact Katelyn, our Science recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.