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.


Monday, April 15, 2024 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

EcoEvo Journal Club

W2024 Edition

Join us to discuss selected papers with the Waterloo Ecology & Evolution community. Everyone is welcome. All career stages and all departments.

Time: Biweekly on Mondays 4-5 pm (Except on February 19)

Location (In person): B2-256 (room for up to 6 people)

Note: If you would like to attend remotely, please contact Hanna 2 days in advance (h2hickey@uwaterloo.ca).

See our full schedule.

Thursday, May 2, 2024 (all day)

OE3C 2024

Save the date!

Registration has opened for the Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium (OE3C – oe3c.ca) being held at UWaterloo from 02-04 May 2024. This is a great opportunity for Biology students to showcase their research and network with academics across Ontario while staying close to home. 

FREE GRADUATE REGISTRATION for UWaterloo graduate students that present research they have conducted or assisted with (maximum 20 undergraduates and 20 graduates).

See our full schedule.