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.

  1. Oct. 7, 2022Award opens door to co-op
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    Lenora Fleming knows how important the co-op experience can be. She watched how her daughter Charlotte's confidence soared during her first work term. But finding that first co-op job wasn't easy.

  2. Aug. 18, 2022Stormwater management ponds may not hold the solution for depleting wetlands
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    Relying on stormwater management (SWM) ponds to restore the depleting wetlands is not sustainable and lacks the critical ecosystem services vital for biodiversity, a new study found.

  3. July 28, 2022Josh Neufeld wins 2021 Excellence in Online Teaching Award
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  1. Oct. 7, 2022Hybrid - Biology Seminar Series

    Seminars Schedule

    Date Time Presenter Location
    Friday, October 7 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr. Kristen Nolting STC 0040/Zoom
    Friday, October 21 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr. Juliet Daniel STC 0040/Zoom
    Friday, November 4 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr.
  2. Oct. 21, 2022Hybrid - Biology Seminar Series

    Seminars Schedule

    Date Time Presenter Location
    Friday, October 7 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr. Kristen Nolting STC 0040/Zoom
    Friday, October 21 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr. Juliet Daniel STC 0040/Zoom
    Friday, November 4 2:30pm - 3:30pm Dr.
  3. Oct. 26, 2022Celebrate Bat Week with a Lecture from Professor Liam McGuire - The Science and Mystery of Bats
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    Liam’s research interest lies with how animals cope with energetic challenges and how these challenges are driven by environmental conditions and constraints. He’ll guide us through the diversity of bats, from vampire bats to sucker-footed bats, hammer-headed bats, fishing bats, wrinkle-faced bats, flying foxes and more!

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