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.

Learn more about the Department of Biology's vision/strategic plan.

  1. Jan. 19, 2017Landfill treasure hunts: Novel microorganisms could be the key to more efficient waste managementPile of garbage, paper and plastic in landfill.

    Byline: Navin Asokumar, Biology MSc. student

    Landfills, a way of safely disposing waste, are now considered to be breeding grounds for novel, never before identified microorganisms. Biologists at the University of Waterloo believe these microorganisms have special metabolic abilities that can be harnessed to recycle plant waste.

  2. Jan. 17, 2017Farewell fossil fuels: Biologists aim to increase biofuel production output to aid waning fossil fuel reservesSilhouette of oil pump jack

    Byline: Amrit Mehta, Biology MSc. student

    The decline in reserves, rising cost of fossil fuel extraction and export, and the environmental impacts of their continued use are making alternative fuel more appealing. The push now is to be able to convert cellulose-containing waste into biofuels.

  3. Jan. 16, 2017The Phragmites Problem: Aggressive invasive reed threatens wetland ecosystem processesPhragmites

    Byline: Sarah Kim, Biology MSc. student

    Wetlands in North America are home to a very diverse set of native plants. But an invasive reed called common reed (Phragmites australis) has been expanding rapidly and could potentially threaten the ecosystem processes in the wetlands it inhabits.

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  1. Feb. 2, 2017World Wetlands Day Research Symposium and Poster SessionRamsar Convention logo for World Wetlands Day 2017.

    Join the Ecohydrology Research Group at the University of Waterloo for our fifth celebration of World Wetlands Day, a global commemoration of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

  2. Feb. 2, 20172016 Science Alumni Recognition Awards

    Robert Lemieux, Dean of the Faculty of Science, cordially invites you, faculty, staff, and alumni with family and friends, to attend the Science Alumni Recognition Awards Reception.

  3. Feb. 2, 2017World Wetlands Day Public Lecture: From the age of carbon to the age of waterA wetland at sunset.

    In commemoration of the Ramsar agreement, the Ecohydrology Research Group and University of Waterloo invites you to attend an evening public lecture by

    Dr. Ania Grobicki, Deputy Secretary General, Ramsar Secretariat, Switzerland

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