Business (BBA) and
Computer Science (BCS UW)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a business and computer science student, you can: 

  • Join student clubs such as Lazaridis Students’ Society clubs or student clubs at the University of Waterloo and build leadership skills through joining an executive team.
  • 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.
  • Join the Laurier Case Team and represent the Lazaridis School at JDC Central, a team competition of debates and academic cases along with charity, sports, and social events.
  • Enroll in Prism Resources training sessions to increase your digital literacy.
  • Attend Lazaridis Institute research events.
  • 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.
  • Attend employer recruiting sessions hosted by the Career Centre.

Outside of your program, three are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

The following concentrations are available to you in the BBA program:

  • Accounting
  • Business and Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Find more information about completing a concentration and preparing for professional designations including CPA (accounting), CFA (finance), CFP (financial planning), and CHRP (human resources).

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

  • Exhibit knowledge of business principles and processes.
  • Identify and analyze ethical issues in a business context.
  • Understand global issues affecting business management and performance.
  • Learn about all areas of business including accounting, business and sustainability, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, insurance and risk management, international business, marketing, strategic management and supply chain management.
  • Learn about computer programming, data structures, software engineering, algorithms, operating systems, the social implications of computing and the limits of computation.
  • Describe problems in a formal, precise way so that machines can solve them using theory and application.
  • Manage large-scale programs and understand the power, limitations and organization of computer software and hardware.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

47 BBA-UW Computer Science respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master's degree - Computer Science, System Design Engineering

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • application developer
  • business analyst
  • front-end engineer
  • product manager
  • project coordinator
  • site reliability engineer
  • software developer
  • software engineer

Careers of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • finance manager
  • program manager
  • self-employed
  • senior application security engineer
  • senior research engineer
  • software engineer
  • technical systems analyst
  • technology consultant

Career and Industry Options

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options to help guide you. 

  • cybersecurity
  • e-commerce
  • entrepreneurship
  • finance
  • human resources
  • information technology
  • insurance
  • international business
  • market analysis/research
  • marketing
  • risk management
  • software development
  • supply chain
  • sustainability
  • user experience
  • web development

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your 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!

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