Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy program outline: Fall 2019 entry

There is an increasing involvement of business in the application of science and technology that is encouraged by a wide range of government incentives. As a result, there is a demand for professional accountants, who work in the public practice industry and government, and understand the specialized needs for services in these areas. The Faculty of Science, in co-operation with the School of Accounting and Finance, offers an Honours Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy Program which combines courses in Biotechnology with courses in Accounting and business-related areas of study. This program provides a unique opportunity to prepare professional accountants with an integrated educational experience for a role in providing accounting and advisory services in the rapidly growing science and technology business sector of the economy.

Students considering a Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation should be aware of all CPA requirements.

Students are admitted directly into the program from high school but must successfully complete a provisional first year to proceed into the program in second year.

Continuation in the program requires a cumulative Science average of 65%, a cumulative Accounting average of 70% and a cumulative overall average of 70%.


















AFM 101

AFM 102 AFM 212 AFM 291 AFM 341 AFM 311 AFM 433 AFM 401
BIOL 130 BIOL 239 AFM 273 AFM 231 AFM 362 AFM 351 AFM 491 AFM 462
CHEM 120/120L CHEM 123/123L BIOL 240/240L AFM 274 AFM 373 AFM 363 BIOL 331 AFM 479
SCBUS 225 ECON 101 CHEM 266/266L BIOL 309 AFM 391 AFM 481 BIOL 432

AFM 482

ENGL 193/


SPCOM 111 ECON 102 CHEM 237 BIOL 342 BIOL 241



BIOL 443

AFM Elective1

ECON 221

    AFM Elective1          

Successful completion of this program requires:

  1. 22.0 total units distributed as follows:
  2. Co-operative education requirements that include:


  1. STAT 202 can substitute for ECON 221.
  2. Co-op program information requirements are located in the Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA) section of this Calendar and in the Science Faculty work-term report guidelines.
  3. Fees for this program are higher than some honours BSc programs because it is a high-fee plan.

Eligibility for University of Waterloo's Master of Accounting (MAcc)

The School of Accounting and Finance in the Faculty of Arts offers a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree. This eight-month graduate program is normally taken in consecutive winter and spring terms immediately following completion of the 4B term of the Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy Program.

MAcc applicants must meet all University of Waterloo graduate program entry requirements, including having achieved a minimum, all-inclusive, cumulative average of 75% in their undergraduate course work. Candidates must also normally have attained a minimum average of 75% in all their required courses during their last year of undergraduate studies.