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What will I learn?

Biotechnology promises to become one of this century’s dominant technologies. Get ready to lead this industry with a one-of-a-kind degree from Waterloo.

In Biotechnology/Economics, you’ll immerse yourself in the science of biotech with labs and lectures in the Faculty of Science. You’ll complement that with courses in economics, business, and finance.

Starting in second year, you'll alternate 4-month school and co-op work terms. Over the course of your degree, you’ll acquire 20 months of paid work experience.

Once you graduate, put your skills and knowledge to work for pharmaceutical companies, brokerage houses, banks, government agencies, research firms, and more. With your unique blend of expertise, you’ll have all kinds of options!


By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op job titles

Business and marketing associate
Junior economic analyst
Macroeconomic analyst
Business performance coordinator
Research ethics board and research assistant
Consultant, special projects
Assistant regulatory

What can I do with a degree in Biotechnology/Economics?

Popular career areas include program planning and financial analysis, systems analysis, sales analysis, consulting and research, and medical and pharmaceutical technology.

Recent graduates

Analyst, The Loyalty Inc.
Distribution Analyst, Suncor Energy
Product Specialist, Antibody Healthcare Communications
Regulatory Affairs Associate, Alveda Pharma
Regulatory Project Officer, Health Canada
Senior Analyst, TD Securities Inc.
Strategy Analyst, Shoppers Drug Mart Limited

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (3 to 4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$44,000.00 (US$ 32,393) per year
Approximate tuition fees: CAN $44,000 - $45,000; Co-op fee: CAN $739/term
Start date

Expected September 2022


Faculty of Science

200 University Avenue West,


Ontario (ON),

N2L 3G1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements: MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: 85,80 per section For co-op programs: speaking 3; CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment: 70, 60 per band, Writing 70,Speaking 70; PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English: 63, Writing 65, Speaking 65; EFAS - English for Academic Success: 75% overall in 400 level with 75% in each of academic, oral, and writing.

For international students

Applicants must have completed a Ontario high school diploma or equivalent.

English language requirement:

Internet - based TOEFL (iBT) - 90 overall; 25 writing, 25 speaking.
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall; 6.5 writing, 6.5 speaking, 6.0 reading, 6.0 listening.
MELAB: 85 overall; 80 per section; if you're applying to a co-op program: 3 speaking.
CAEL: 70 overall; 60 per band; 70 writing, 70 speaking.
PTE Academic: 63 overall; 65 writing, 65 speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Canadore College

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