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Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy

Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy
Systems of study available: co-op

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The study of financial systems and business sophistication within science.


Understand how biological processes are used to develop new technologies while gaining knowledge and expertise in financial management, accounting, auditing, and taxation. The world is becoming dependent on new technologies to solve many issues facing today, from global warming to antibiotic-resistance. The scientific community is focused to create these solutions, but it alone cannot deploy the new biotechnologies required — it needs someone who understands the business processes behind the development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of
the product. Someone who understands both the product and the business is key — because new technologies don’t often follow traditional business models. Take your passion in both science and accounting to vault it into a career that is in demand, and earn your Chartered Professional Accountancy designation after graduation. Join a fast growing industry — biotechnology — ahead of the competition with your 16-months of paid co-op experience.

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.

Co-operative education (co-op) only

Co-op students at work

  • Staff Accountant in Audit, KPMG LLP
  • Microbiology Research Technician, Environment Canada
  • Staff Accountant, Deloitte
  • Finance Coordinator, Delhi Industries
  • Analyst, External Reporting, Rogers Communication Inc.

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

Career fields

Pathways after graduation include:

  • Senior Tax Consultant, Private Company Services, Deloitte
  • Senior Accountant, Alternative Investments and Banking Group, KPMG LLP
  • Senior Staff Accountant/Supervisor, KPMG LLP
  • Audit Associate, PwC
  • Accountant, Accentura

See more in the science careers list.

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

The School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo off ers a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree. Combine your Biotechnology/ Chartered Professional Accountancy degree with MAcc, and move directly to the CPA Common Final Exam (CFE). The education gained within these two degrees are designed to cover the required knowledge and skills
within the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

Admission information for future students

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