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.

  1. Aug. 7, 2019Opinion: Canada should work with First Nations to avert extinction crisis by DAVID SCHINDLER & R.C. ROONEY
    Smoggy city

    Dr. R.C. Rooney, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, at the University of Waterloo and Dr. David Schindler, Professor Emeritus of Ecology, Biological Sciences Department, at the University of Alberta. Both are among more than 30 signatories to a call-to action letter recently sent to Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

  2. Aug. 6, 2019Researchers trap and track bats in P.E.I. National Park
  3. Mar. 19, 2019Ensuring fish are safe to eat in the Canadian north
    Heidi Swanson holding a fish

    By Water Institute

    In 2011, Heidi Swanson’s phone rang. An unfamiliar voice said, “Hi, Heidi? This is George. I heard you work on fish mercury and that you are good at working with communities.”

    Eight years later, Swanson and George, who turned out to be George Low, coordinator for the Dehcho Aboriginal Aquatic Resources and Oceans Management program in the Northwest Territories, are planning their seventh field season together.

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  1. Sep. 10, 2019Waterloo Library Public Lecture: Breaking Bad Proteins in Diseases of the Brain
    Dale Martin

    The Waterloo Public Library welcomes one and all for a public lecture on diseases of the brain, featuring Dr. Dale Martin of the University of Waterloo.

    Breaking Bad Proteins of the Brain

  2. Oct. 5, 2019Huntington Society of Canada Community Education Forum
    Dale Martin

    Hearts Full of Hope

    For the first time since the disease was identified by Dr. George Huntington in 1872, there is hope for treatments that target the root cause of HD, providing the HD Community with "hearts full of hope." 

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