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Environment and Business

Program Description

The Environment and Business (B.E.S.) program produces knowledgeable and experienced graduates—people who can integrate the tools of business and sustainability and who have experience gained through paid co-op work terms.

Undergraduates leave with the foundations of a business degree - economics, finance, accounting, management and marketing. Undergraduate students also are provided with an environmental education including field ecology, human geography and environmental research techniques. Most significantly, integrated courses show how businesses can be both sustainable and profitable.

Canada's green leader
The Environment and Business degree is recognized for its environmental leadership with a #1 ranking in the Corporate Knights survey of how well sustainability considerations are integrated into business programs at Canadian universities.

Students leave with a skill set that is crucial and sought-after in the growing green economy:

While specialized and highly technical roles may still be important, a growing number of green companies were clearly looking for staff who could  bridge the gap between environmental expertise and business savvy.

ECO Canada, Green Jobs Map, 2012

By graduation, EB student Danielle already felt like she had lots of relevant work experience:

Learn more about Environment and Business

If you have any questions about the program, don't hesitate to contact Taylor Kerstens, our Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator or Jennifer Lynes, the Director of the program.


The Environment and Business program is currently accepting applications for admission. Review the University of Waterloo's admission requirements or learn more about the application process. We look forward to seeing your applications!

Degree details

Please refer to the Undergraduate Studies Calendar for the current degree requirements.

Samples of ENBUS 402 projects can be viewed on the Environment and Business projects page.

Course sequence

Co-op sequence
Year Fall term - September to December Winter term- January to April Spring term May-August
1 Study Study Off
2 Study Work Study
3 Work Study Work
4 Study Work Work
5 Study Study  

View the course sequence for the Environment and Business program.

Admission details

Refer to the program specific admissions page for details on Environment and Business admissions.

Program costs

You can explore the most up-to-date tuition costs through the UW Tuition Calculator. Since Environment and Business is a co-op program, please note that there are additional co-op fees that begin in year 2.


Environment and Business students are eligible for a variety of entrance scholarships, including the following:

Name Amount Eligibility # available
Minto Green Real Estate Scholarships $2,500 Based on academic achievement, min 85% admission average  4
UW Alumni@Microsoft Entrance Scholarship  $2,000 Given to an exceptional student 1
Chanan S. Saini Entrance Scholarship $1,300 Given to an exceptional student 1
Joan M. Swanson Memorial Scholarship  $1,000 Given to an exceptional student 1
President's Scholarships Varied, up to $5,000 Based on admission average n/a

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