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 (no longer available after Fall 2020), 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. 18, 2022Stormwater management ponds may not hold the solution for depleting wetlands
    Birdseye view of stormwater ponds

    Relying on stormwater management (SWM) ponds to restore the depleting wetlands is not sustainable and lacks the critical ecosystem services vital for biodiversity, a new study found.

  2. July 28, 2022Josh Neufeld wins 2021 Excellence in Online Teaching Award
    Professor Neufeld standing in front of a computer monitor

  3. June 22, 2022A Grand day of STEM activities for Indigenous high school students
    STEM Academy student looking underwater with special binoculars

    On June 15, grade nine students from Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) and the STEAM Academy program donned their waders to join researchers Charles de Lannoy, Karen Kidd and Mark Servos to conduct experiments in the Grand River.

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  1. Oct. 4, 2022Waterloo Ecology Network - EcoEvo Journal Club

    Want to exchange with the broader Ecology and Evolution community in Waterloo? Join us in person or virtually on Tuesdays noon-1pm this Fall to discuss selected papers.

    Next paper discussion

    Tuesdays October 4th, noon

  2. Oct. 7, 2022Hybrid - Biology Seminar Series

    Seminars Schedule

    Date Time Presenter Location
    Friday, October 7 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr. Kristen Nolting STC 0040/Zoom
    Friday, October 21 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr. Juliet Daniel STC 0040/Zoom
    Friday, November 4 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr.
  3. Oct. 21, 2022Hybrid - Biology Seminar Series

    Seminars Schedule

    Date Time Presenter Location
    Friday, October 7 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr. Kristen Nolting STC 0040/Zoom
    Friday, October 21 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr. Juliet Daniel STC 0040/Zoom
    Friday, November 4 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr.
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