Welcome to Biology at Waterloo
Biology is the study of living organisms: their structure, function, organization, origin, and evolution.
As a biologist, you’ll have career options that span a wide range of professions, including laboratory and field research, environmental assessment, the health professions, education, and industry. By choosing one of our areas of specialization, such as Animal Physiology, Ecology and Environmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, or Plant Biology, you can better prepare yourself for these exciting career opportunities.
Our Biology program is versatile, allowing you to complement your Genetics, Cell Biology, Physiology, Ecology, Plant Biology, and Human Anatomy courses with studies from the arts, humanities, languages, and mathematics areas. Related labs, tutorial sessions, and field trips provide hands-on experience in a wide range of biological disciplines.
The Department of Biology offers undergraduate degrees in Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences (formerly Pre-Optometry/Pre-Health), Honours Biochemistry, Honours Biochemistry/Biotechnology (Regular and Co-op), Honours Environmental Sciences (Ecology Specialization) and Honours Biology (Regular and Co-op). View the degrees and programs. More information about our graduate programs is available on our graduate program site.
Learn more about the Department of Biology's vision/strategic plan.
- Mar. 30, 2021
On Monday, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced funding for almost $3M to study the effects of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems across Canada.
- Mar. 22, 2021
Since the early days of the pandemic, Professor Mark Servos and his team have been applying their knowledge of measuring water contamination to help public health officials understand the movement of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – within municipal wastewater.
- Mar. 4, 2021
From the smallest of nanomaterials to the edges of our known galaxy, and every water droplet in between, researchers in the Faculty of Science are pushing the boundaries of knowledge.
- Apr. 13, 2021
Mr. Adam Grottoli will defend his M.Sc. thesis on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:00a.
Title: The importance of long-term capture-mark-recapture archives for wildlife monitoring and research: Two examples from bat populations
Supervisor: Dr. Hugh Broders
- Apr. 20, 2021
Ms. Cory Savage will defend her M.Sc. thesis on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 1:00p.
Title: Application of artificial substrate samplers to assess enrichment of metals of concern by river floodwaters to lakes across the Peace-Athabasca Delta
Supervisors: Dr. Roland Hall & Dr. Brent Wolfe (WLU)
- Apr. 21, 2021
Mr. Timothy Shardlow will defend his M.Sc. thesis on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1:00p.
Title: Identification and characterization of toxic cyanobacteria in two maritime watersheds within forested regimes in North America
Supervisors: Dr. Kirsten Müller & Dr. Monica Emelko