What is Science and Business?

  • A paradigm shift: Your specialty doesn't have to be limited to one area. Waterloo offers 2 plans under the Science and Business program (Science and Business, and Biotechnology/CPA) that combine practical, comprehensive business skills with domain expertise in the sciences, get the in-depth study of both.
  • A challenge to think differently: See science and business as two connected concepts, with graduates (you!) that bridge the gap—in knowledge, communication and capability—between the two fields.
  • A jumpstart for your career: An impressive Bachelor of Science degree that's so much more than just science.

From tech start-ups to medical diagnostic firms, organizations need work-ready professionals that have expertise in multiple fields. Go from explaining the science behind a new product to presenting the commercial launch!

2 plans of study that help you reach your goals

  • Science and Business
    Choose your specialization from 3 possible scientific disciplines, or stay unspecialized and choose the courses you'll need, to prime you for the future you want. Use electives to personalize your degree and you'll graduate as an expert in a field of science you're passionate about, with a versatile set of business skills. You'll be an asset right away, on any project. You can also include cooperative work experience in your study, with all the benefits that brings. Not only will you be an authority in your subject area, but you'll also be a triple threat with your scientific expertise, business skills and experiential learning!
  • Biotechnology and Chartered Professional Accountancy
    Graduate with an elite, cutting edge science degree and the tools to address the heart of business. Be ready to take on the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) or the Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree. Build your future with this unique program (the only one in the country) offering accounting, biotechnology and co-operative work placements and gain practical work experience that will set you apart.
  1. June 29, 2021Science and Business students provide impactful business consulting to science-based companies throughout the pandemic
    An online photo through video conferencing showing WatSolve members wearing their blue shirts

    Throughout the pandemic, students in the WatSolve Consulting Group have continued to provide support for small science companies to find their niche in the market, through management consulting. The University of Waterloo is well known for its experiential learning experiences, and the Science and Business program is no exception.

  2. Apr. 20, 2021Okey Igboeli named next Director of the Science and Business Program
    Okey Igboeli

    The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce that Professor Okey Igboeli will be our next Director in the Science and Business Program, effective July 1, 2021.

  3. Mar. 22, 2021WatSolve surpasses 50 completed deliverables

    Written by: Monica Shum

    WatSolve provides consulting services to STEM businesses of all sizes. Since 2017, WatSolve has worked with 22 clients and has completed over 50 deliverables! Project deliverables included financial audits, market research, customer segmentation, and plenty more. 

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  1. Jan. 27, 2022Advice for your internship


    For the past four years, I've been a student at the University of Waterloo studying in the Science and Business co-op program, specializing in Biochemistry. Being from B.C., one of the reasons why I chose to fly across the country to attend Waterloo was because of the co-op program.

  2. Dec. 20, 2021University of Waterloo’s Fusion Conference 2021

    On November 13, Abigail Leu, Jake Goodman, Jared Richstone, and Shaylon Godse placed first overall at the 17th annual Fusion Conference, hosted by University of Waterloo. The Fusion Conference, operating since 2004, merges knowledge from science, business, and technology fields through a unique theme each year. Graduate and undergraduate students from around the world were encouraged to compete for a prize pool of $6,000.  

  3. Nov. 30, 2021My Fusion Journey

    Every student goes to university with a purpose. Personally, university allows me to form connections and develop skills that ultimately help me make a positive impact on the world. I'm always in search of opportunities that help me achieve this goal through my passion for science, business, and technology, so joining the Fusion team in 2020 was a dream come true.

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