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 academic plans. More information about our graduate programs is available on our graduate program site.

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  1. Dec. 22, 2017Rooney Lab wins Holiday Hallway Competition for the second consecutive yearRooney lab holiday door

    Each December, the Department of Biology and the Biology Graduate Student Association host a holiday door decorating contest to celebrate the festive season. Biology staff and students judged the eight doors based on the creativity, visual appeal and originality of each lab’s decorations.

    The Rooney lab defended their title and beat seven other labs to win the 2017 Holiday Hallway competition for the second year in a row. The Hall and Hug labs came in second and third place respectively.

  2. Dec. 18, 2017The importance of keeping the Grand River healthyThe Grand River in summer.

    Professor Mark Servos, Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection and professor of Biology, Nandita Basu, professor in the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and post-doctoral fellow,

  3. Oct. 27, 2017Biology grad students carve out time for some Halloween funBiology graduate students with their final pumpkin creations.

    The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) held their first annual pumpkin carving contest yesterday in which graduate students were tasked with designing and carving a Halloween pumpkin in less than an hour.

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  1. Jan. 18, 20183MT Coaching Panel & Bootcamp Part 1

    The 3MT coaching sessions this year held on January 18th and 25th. Participants may chose to attend:

    • Panel discussion - Jan. 18th (from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm)
    • 3MT Bootcamp - Jan. 18th (from 2:40 to 3:30 pm) AND Jan. 25th (from 12:00 to 2:00 pm)
         *participants must come to both sessions 
    • Panel discussion & 3MT Bootcamp (Jan. 18th & Jan 25th)

  2. Jan. 19, 2018CIHR Project Grant Information Session

    Faculty members and supporting staff interested in learning about funding opportunities to support fundamental or applied health with a focus on the health care system and/or health outcomes are invited to attend the CIHR Project Grant Information Session on Friday, January 19, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in EC5-1111 (Enterprise Theatre).

  3. Jan. 19, 2018Biology Seminar: Bacterial Phages shaping the gut microbiome

    Dr. Alexander Hynes, Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, McMaster University

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