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. Aug. 12, 2016Waterloo biologist explains the science behind Rio’s green pools

    The green water of Rio’s outdoor Olympic pools has baffled athletes, organizers and spectators but not Waterloo Biologist Kirsten Müller. She is fairly certain that algae is the culprit.

  2. Aug. 11, 2016Science student volunteers her way to success

    By Andreea Perescu

    Samantha Fowler wants you to get excited about science.

    This term, she secured her dream co-op position as an Outreach Associate at the University of Waterloo Science Outreach office, coordinating the Waterloo Let’s Talk Science site. Let’s Talk Science is a charitable organization with sites at more than 40 post-secondary institutions.

  3. Aug. 4, 2016Velocity Science startups to compete at CNE Innovation Garage pitch competitionCanadian National Exhibition Innovation Garage Poster

    Waterloo Biology student and three other Velocity Science entrepreneurs will be heading to the Canadian National Exhibition later this month to compete for $25,000 in the inaugural CNE Innovation Garage pitch competition.

    The three day event will take place August 19 to 21 and highlight emerging ideas from 25 of Ontario's most imaginative and inspiring young inventors. 

    Velocity Science startups Acorn Cryotech, Arylla Inc., Curiato and Suncayr were named 2016 CNE Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition Finalists.

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  1. Oct. 24, 2016Lab Tour and Networking Session: Centre for Contact Lens Research

    Following a presentation by the CCLR Director and the Head of Biological Sciences, there will be a guided tour of the clinical and laboratory facilities, highlighting the full capabilities of the centre. 


    Dr. Lyndon Jones, CCLR Director

    Dr. Lakshman Subbaraman, Head of Biological Sciences at CCLR

  2. Nov. 8, 2016Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Prof. Craig Janes

    Using a new-generation satellite imaging system to inform health system planning in the Zambezi flood plain

    Prof. Craig Janes, Professor/Director, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

    Everyone welcome! Coffee provided.

  3. June 20–23, 2017Canadian Society of Microbiologists 67th Annual Conference

    Save the date!

    The University of Waterloo is honoured to be hosting the 67th annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) conference, co-chaired by Waterloo Biology Professors Josh Neufeld and Laura Hug.

    Registration opens January 13, 2017; early registration ends April 14, 2017.

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