Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy

Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy
Systems of study available: co-op
Length: 5 years, includes both study and work terms

students in school of accounting and finance

Students take in a lecture in the School of Accounting and Finance wing of the J.G. Hagey Hall of Humanities.


  • Offered by the Faculty of Science, in co-operation with the School of Accounting and Finance, and is part of the umbrella group of Waterloo Science and Business programs.
  • Allows you to explore careers in the accounting profession with the added bonus of the technical experience you'll need to be more effective in interacting with and working in modern technology-intensive organizations. This unique program integrates advanced courses in biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology with studies in financial management, accounting, auditing, and taxation.
  • Receive an integrated education while preparing for a role in accounting and advisory services in the rapidly growing science and technology business sector.
  • After graduation you can choose to continue to earn your Certified Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
  • Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy is a partial cost recovery program. This means you'll pay tuition fees that are in line with other professional programs. Explanation of tuition and other fees.

First-year courses

Beginning in first year, your courses will include a courses in both science and the accounting fields.

Fall term Winter term
  • AFM 101 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • SCBUS 225 Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes Workshop
  • BIOL 130 Introductory Cell Biology
  • MATH 109 Mathematics for Accounting 
  • CHEM 120/120L Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter/Lab
  • AFM 102 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • BIOL 239 Genetics 
  • SPCOM 111 Leadership, Communication and Collaboration
  • CHEM 123/123L Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics/Lab
  • ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics

Upper-year courses

View the full list of upper year courses in the Academic Calendar. 

Beyond the classroom

We believe in your personal development. In addition to motivating you to attain high academic standards, emphasis is placed on developing your personal and career skills. Learn to become confident in your life decisions with myBusiness. Be challenged, mentored, and motivated to develop specific plans and goals related to your personal and career development. Identify the entrepreneur, manager, leader, and scientist within you. Become well-rounded and prepared for the challenges of academic, job market, and national and global environments.


Minors add additional areas of expertise to your degree. View a complete list of minors. Choose minors within Science or even in other faculties. Some restrictions may apply depending on your program.

Co-operative education (co-op)

Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy involves a co-op system of study.

  • Access the world’s largest selection of co-op employers.
  • Alternate study terms with 4- or 8-month paid work terms.
  • Earn approximately $33,000-$73,000 before you graduate.
  • Explore a variety of careers and make valuable networking contacts.
  • Graduate with almost 2 years of work experience – from entry-level to more advanced.
  • Begin your first work term in the second term of your second year.

Co-op students at work

  • Financial Analyst, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
  • Supply Chain Analyst, Sanofi Canada
  • Tax Consultant, Eli Lilly Canada
  • Staff Accountant in Audit, KPMG LLP
  • Staff Accountant, Deloitte
  • Audit Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Learn more about co-op and how much you can earn on work terms.


With increasing involvement of business in the application of science and technology, encouraged by a wide range of government incentives, there is a demand for professional accountants, working in the public practice of accounting, and in industry and government, who can understand the specialized needs of the growing biotechnology sector.

See more in the science careers list.

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

The School of Accounting and Finance in the Faculty of Arts offers a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree. This eight-month graduate portion is normally taken in consecutive Winter and Spring terms immediately following completion of the 4B term of undergraduate studies. Graduates of Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy are eligible to enrol in MAcc studies.

Important information for future students

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