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 academic plans. More information about our graduate programs is available on our graduate program site.

Learn more about the Department of Biology's vision/strategic plan.

  1. June 13, 2017Biology bake-off makes for a sweet department socialLucy Satora's winning tiramisu.

    Biology held their annual bake-off last Thursday with an irresistible challenge to faculty, staff and students: taste and vote for your favourite home-made dessert.

  2. June 9, 2017University of Waterloo researchers lead impactful projects on climate changeA Canadian lake.

    Climate change is significantly impacting Canada’s water resources. From melting permafrost, to more pervasive algal blooms, to increased flooding, these impacts are only expected to increase in the future.

  3. Apr. 27, 2017Discovery in northern lakes may be key to understanding early life on EarthA Boreal lake being sample in the Experimental Lakes Area, Ontario.

    A team of researchers has discovered that many Canadian lakes can provide new insights into ancient oceans, and their findings could advance research about greenhouse gas emissions, harmful algal blooms, and early life forms.

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  1. June 20 to 23, 2017Canadian Society of Microbiologists 67th Annual Conference

    Save the date!

    The University of Waterloo is honoured to be hosting the 67th annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) conference, co-chaired by Waterloo Biology Professors Josh Neufeld and Laura Hug.

    Registration opens January 13, 2017; early registration ends April 14, 2017.

    Abstracts can be submitted from January 3, 2017 to April 14, 2017.

  2. June 23, 2017Family and special leaves at the University of Waterloo: A special panel discussion

    This event will provide information on UW policies specific to various special leaves (e.g., maternity, parental, family caregiver or medical leaves), that are available to faculty, staff and graduate students as well as the processes involved.

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