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. July 21, 2016The ocean is a giant classroom

    Ashley Stasko

  2. June 29, 2016Incoming Biology student seeks world neuroscience title

    Incoming Waterloo Biology student heads to world neuroscience competition in Denmark.

    Before Nooran AbuMazen even attends her first university lecture, she’ll test her knowledge of neuroscience on the world stage.

  3. June 28, 2016Two Biology graduate students win prestigious Weston award for Northern research

    Biology graduate students Casey Remmer and Samantha Burke have each been awarded a prestigious W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research.

    The highly competitive, national scholarships from the Weston Foundation are awarded each year to 15 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across Canada for “advancing our understanding of important scientific issues facing the North.”

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