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. June 18, 2021Biology researchers to study rapid COVID-19 testing on Waterloo campus
    Trevor Charles (Left) and Jozef Nissimov (Right)

    As campus is beginning to open more widely, identifying asymptomatic COVID-19 cases becomes more important to help minimize the spread of the virus on campus. Faculty of Science researchers are looking to track the effectiveness of a non-invasive, saliva-based rapid test, while simultaneously testing asymptomatic individuals on campus. 

  2. June 11, 2021eCampusOntario investing in cutting edge virtual learning projects in Waterloo Science
    Kim Cuddington.

    As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual learning has necessarily become an integral part of the day-to-day life of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Waterloo. One of the challenges often associated with online learning is creating active engagements between students and instructors, especially with hands on learning opportunities such as with labs.  

  3. June 4, 2021Trevor Charles awarded $250,000 through The New Frontiers in Research Fund Exploration competition
    Trevor Charles

    Innovative and interdisciplinary research is at the forefront of the Faculty of Science. The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) has awarded four Waterloo Science researchers a total of $750,000 to advance groundbreaking research. 

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  1. June 24, 2021Notice of PhD Defence

    Ms. Ellen Cameron will defend her Ph.D. thesis on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:30a.

    Title: Spatiotemporal Shifts in Cyanobacterial Communities in a Northern Temperate Watershed – Applications of Next-Generation Sequencing and Implications for Monitoring and Climate Change Adaptation

    Supervisors: Dr. Kirsten Müller & Dr. Monica Emelko (Civil & Env Engr)

  2. July 15, 2021Notice of MSc Defence

    Ms. Ghadeeer Aljoudi will defend her M.Sc. thesis on Tuesday, July 15, 2021 at 1:00p

    Title:  Bacterial Communities in the Glenmore Reservoir with an Emphasis on the Cyanobacteria

    Supervisor: Dr. Kirsten Müller

  3. July 21, 2021Notice of MSc Defence

    Mr. Evan Balzer will defend his M.Sc. thesis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 9:20a

    Title:  Roost Selection and Mass Variation Patterns of Temperate Bats in Eastern Canada

    Supervisor: Dr. Hugh Broders

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