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Chemistry Business & Mathematics 1911-2011 | Wilfrid Laurier University

1911-2011 | Wilfrid Laurier University


Business & Mathematics at Laurier

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ilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics is one of the largest and most prestigious business schools in Canada, and the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics is the world’s largest centre for the study of mathematics and computer science.

When you put the two together in a double degree program that rewards you with both an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Laurier and an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from Waterloo, you will have a powerful set of credentials that will open the door to

outstanding career opportunities. Enrolment in this program is limited. Admission is normally limited to Year 1 in the fall (September–December) term, meaning you cannot transfer into the program from another program. You can register for the BBA/BMath program either through Laurier or the University of Waterloo, but you must meet the admission requirements of both mathematics at Waterloo and business at Laurier. The academic component of the program is the same no matter where you register. The only real difference is that you participate in the co-op program through the university with which you are registered, and the degree you earn will indicate where you obtained your co-op designation.

About the program

The academic program for the double degree BBA/BMath requires a minimum of 10 full-time academic study terms and successful completion of a minimum of 52 one-term (0.5-credit) courses, normally taken over a period of five years. These 52 courses (which are identified and described in the Laurier Undergraduate Calendar at www.wlu.ca/calendars) must include 24 specified business-related courses at Laurier and 24 specified mathematics and computer science courses at Waterloo. The remaining four 0.5-credit electives can be chosen from business, mathematics or any other area of study, and can be taken at either university.

Admission information For the most up-to-date information about admission to Laurier, go to www.wlu.ca/admissions.

Mingquan Zuo’s decision to come to Laurier was a fairly easy one.

I viewed the Math and Business program as a great opportunity to diversify my skills and study multiple areas of interest.

“I chose Laurier because of the university’s reputation as one of the best business schools in Canada,” says Zuo. “I also saw the co-op option as an excellent opportunity to get a head start on my career.”

Being a double major in the Business and Mathematics program at Laurier and the University of Waterloo has made Zuo’s university experience unique. “Usually in university, we are steered toward one field of interest,” he says. “I viewed the Math and Business program as a great opportunity to diversify my skills and study multiple areas of interest.” Aside from spending time between two universities, Zuo participates in the Wilfrid Laurier Student Investment Club, the University of Waterloo Toastmasters and is an avid tennis player. After graduation, Zuo plans to either pursue a career in business consulting or work toward his MBA.


A great learning experience

Laurier’s co-op advantage

Co-operative education, which provides an opportunity for participants to integrate their academic studies with work experience, has been offered at Laurier since 1976. Participation in co-op is compulsory for students in the business (Laurier) and math (UW) double degree program. Students in the double degree program accumulate 12 to 16 months of practical experience through three to four work terms, and graduate in up to five years, depending on the number of work terms they choose. Participants receive training in job search techniques and assistance in finding employment related to their studies or career goals. They set goals for their learning and prepare a report for each work term. Each co-op employer provides supervision and evaluates his or her student’s performance. Laurier’s co-op coordinators conduct a work-term visit with each student and employer to discuss their experiences.

Laurier co-op positions have included supply chain positions with Canadian Tire, Research In Motion and Winners; management accounting positions with GE Hitachi Nuclear and Pepsi; insurance positions with Aviva Canada, The Economical Insurance Group and London Life; marketing positions with AC Nielsen Canada and McCain Foods; chartered accounting positions with Deloitte, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers; and finance positions with BMO Capital Markets, Deutsche Bank, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Scotiabank and TD Securities. For more details about applying to or participating in Laurier’s Co-op program, visit www.wlu.ca/co-op.

For Dr. Kim Morouney, keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in business is one of the things she most enjoys about her role as an Associate Dean in Laurier’s School of Business & Economics (SBE).

Sample courses offered Introduction to Business Organization Functional Areas of the Organization Introduction to Microeconomics Introduction to Macroeconomics Calculus I and II Linear Algebra Principles of Computer Science Principles of Program Design Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming Statistics Mathematics of Finance Introduction to Combinatorics Working Capital Management Network Design Public Key Cryptography Computer Applications in Business: Databases Management Information Systems Linear Optimization

More attention is being paid to integrity, creativity and social and environmental responsibility.

“Lately, more attention is being paid to integrity, creativity and social and environmental responsibility – keeping a balance between what’s easy to measure (dollars) and what’s harder to measure (value),” says Morouney. This translates into how she approaches her students and course material. “In everything I do, I want to encourage students to take responsibility, to engage themselves, to think creatively,” she says. This is also why Morouney is proud of the way SBE incorporates real life scenarios into business programs and courses. Recently, Morouney took on the role of Project Lead for the Laurier MBA Blackberry Pilot. “It’s an exciting partnership between SBE, Research In Motion, Rogers and our students,” she says. The project explores how mobile learning brings the world to the classroom, and brings the classroom out into the world. In addition to projects, program updates and her own courses, Morouney is also working with people across the university to create more international learning opportunities for Laurier students. “We know our students will make a difference in the world,” she says. “We’re doing everything we can to get them ready!”


Your career starts here

Research centre

The Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship operates within the School of Business & Economics and conducts activities to support academic programs and research in the area of entrepreneurship. The Centre provides students with experiential learning opportunities, supports the entrepreneurial community and facilitates the incubation of student business ideas.

Support for grads

At Laurier, support for our students doesn’t end when we hand them their degree. Our Career Development Centre continues to offer career decision-making, career management and job search services to all our alumni for a lifetime. Alumni are also encouraged to attend workshops and programs offered through the centre, including the largest career fairs and job fairs of their kind in the country, which Laurier co-sponsors.

Strong reputation In the 2009 Maclean’s reputational survey, Laurier ranked in the top three in our category nationally for Best Overall, Highest Quality, Most Innovative and Overall Reputation.

Tel: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3385 | Fax: (519) 747-2106 | Email: chooselaurier@wlu.ca www.chooselaurier.ca | www.facebook.com/laurierfuturestudents

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