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 Specializationand Honours Biology (Regular and Co-op). View the academic plans. More information about our graduate programs is available on our graduate program site.

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  1. Apr. 12, 2016New tree of life may hold clues to cleaning up pollution

    A new University of Waterloo professor who was part of a research team that has discovered 1,000 new microorganisms, is hoping the team’s revised “tree of life” will hold clues to cleaning up environmental contamination.

    Tree of life artistic rendering

  2. Mar. 31, 2016Waterloo biologist and First Nation examine mercury in fish

    Kluane First Nation youth, using the latest sampling and analysis techniques in a Waterloo lab, are finding very low levels of mercury in fish in their northern community.

  3. Mar. 30, 2016Biology grad student Laura Sauder receives a 2016 Amit and Meena Chakma Award for exceptional teaching

    Laura SauderBiology doctorate student Laura Sauder has been awarded a 2016 Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student (AETS).

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