Business and Computer Science (Laurier) Experience Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Program Highlights

  • A unique opportunity to gain the technical know-how to go along with analytical skills and business expertise while simultaneously earning two degrees in only five years.
  • Only the best business schools worldwide are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – the highest standard of achievement for business schools. The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics has been accredited since 2004.
  • The largest business degree co-op program in the country, which gives you the chance to explore different career options and develop skills for the future through 12-16 months of practical work experience.
  • You don’t get a Lazaridis BBA, you live a Lazaridis BBA. Be immersed in the reality of today’s businesses and learn how to think for yourself. You will learn to adapt to a world of ever-growing complexity, and solve problems no one has faced before while becoming a technically-savvy business graduate.
    • In your first year, you will work in a team to generate and present a new venture for the BDO New Venture Competition.
    • In your third year, you will put your business knowledge and skills to the test during a 10-day Integrated Case Exercise (ICE), where you will analyze a real problem facing a real organization.
  • Learn the skills in database and Internet computing that are especially valued as marketing diversifies from print and broadcast media to new technologies.
  • Develop strong algorithm analysis and design skills in procedural, object-oriented and lowlevel languages, with an optional introduction to functional, parallel and logical paradigms.
  • Plenty of lab time – you will gain hands-on experience key to your understanding of computing fundamentals.
  • Learn enterprise computing, the technology for developing industrial strength back-end software.
  • Explore opportunities to be creative and innovative and learn how to take your ideas and turn them into profitable new ventures. StartUp Lab, Laurier's incubator in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, provides support, mentorship and resources to startups founded by Laurier students.
  • The Lazaridis Students' Society (LazSoc) is the student government specifically for all Business, double-degree, and Economics students at Laurier and includes a variety of clubs, committees and associations. LazSoc strives to enhance your university experience by providing opportunities to discover and pursue your passions through academic and networking events.

Enhance Your Business and Computer Science Experience

  • Attend the Physics and Computer Science Seminar series.
  • Participate in the Supplemental Instruction sessions and Directed Homework for key courses.
  • Apply for a FOSSA grant to attend a conference or purchase lab supplies for your research.
  • Meet with potential supervisors to learn about directed-studies research projects for your final year.
  • Consider taking the Entrepreneurship in Science course and explore the Science Maker Lab
  • Look for employment opportunities in research labs or as an Instructional Assistant in Computer Science. 
  • Participate in competitions (e.g., Communitech Waterloo Hacks, Waterloo Codefest or the Great Canadian Appathon). 

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Checklists for Success

Academic Checklist

Experience Checklist

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Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Develop competencies through your curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help prepare for your future.

Target

Discover Career Opportunities

Lazaridis Business and Computer Science Graduates (2021)
%
Employed
%
Pursuing Further Education

Respondents from the 2021 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

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Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story with the Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!