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. Mar. 6, 2017Listening to your gut: Researchers link intestinal bacteria to the complex symptoms of IBSBlackboard drawing of the human digestive tract.

    A study involving Waterloo biologist Josh Neufeld and post-doctoral fellow Michael Lynch finds that bacteria in the human gut contribute to the physical and psychological symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), paving the way for new treatments against the

  2. Feb. 20, 2017Biology competes in Science's 3MT heat3MTPhoto

    The annual Faculty of Science Three Minute Thesis heat returned this week.  More than twenty graduate students from all six units gathered to compete and describe their research in less than three minutes, using only one slide.

  3. Feb. 9, 2017New online edition of BIOL 240 aims to inspire future studentsJosh Neufeld standing in front of a CEL course banner.

    Josh Neufeld is anything but an ordinary professor of biology at the University of Waterloo. His use of clickers, twitter, and art for student engagement are pioneering. His Halloween costumes are legendary. And he’s somehow discovered a connection between microbiology and The Lord of the Rings.

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  1. Mar. 30, 2017BIOL 371 Comparative Animal Physiology 2 Poster Presentations

    Please join Continuing Lecturer Dr. Heidi E. Engelhardt and BIOL 371 students for their Spring 2017 poster presentations.

    Session A – Tuesday March 28, 1:00-2:20pm 

    Session B – Thursday March 30, 1:00-2:20pm

  2. Mar. 30, 2017WaterTalks Lecture: Joan B. RoseAnnouncement poster for WaterTalks with Joan B. Rose

    Monitoring Pathogen Concentrations in Sewage to Inform Treatment Goals and Public Health Risks

    Joan B. Rose, 2016 Stockholm Water Prize laureate and Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University

  3. Mar. 30, 2017GRADtalk Event SeriesGradTalk Mar30

    GRADtalks is a new graduate studies event that features a series of talks highlighting research by doctoral students from interdisciplinary perspectives. 

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