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. Apr. 20, 2017Curating a kaleidoscope Bradley Howie displaying a butterfly.

    Thousands of butterfly and moth specimens have been patiently waiting 70 years for their chance to be seen again. Ernest Leonard James donated the collection of more than 5,000 insect specimens to the Department of Biology in the 196­0’s. Now, they will awaken from hibernation and fly into the digital age.

  2. Mar. 31, 2017Stephanie Chan receives honourable mention for Science Co-op Student of the YearStephanie Chan, Natalya O'Neill and Associate Dean of Computing and Co-op Education Stefan Idziak.


    Stephanie Chan, Natalya O'Neill and Associate Dean of Computing and Co-op Education Stefan Idziak.

  3. Mar. 6, 2017Researchers 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 intestinal bowel syndrome (IBS), paving the way for new treatments against the most common digestive il

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  1. Apr. 27, 2017Biology Graduate Symposium

    Come check out Biology's annual Graduate Symposium! 

    Biology Symposium Program

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  2. Apr. 27, 2017University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference 2017Cultivating Curiosity in Teaching and Learning

    Be curious with us on April 27 at CTE's ninth annual teaching and learning conference. This year's conference theme engages with all things curious in teaching and learning. Learn from educational researchers and Waterloo instructors as they share their teaching strategies, research methodologies, and much more in interactive workshops and poster presentations.

  3. May 11 to 12, 2017EQUALS Conference: Excellence and Quality in Academic Life in STEMEquals Conference

    The University of Waterloo is hosting the Excellence and Quality of Academic Life in STEM (EQUALS) conference this May 11-12, 2017 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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