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. 27, 2017Discovery in northern lakes may be key to understanding early life on EarthA Boreal lake being sample in the Experimental Lakes Area, Ontario.

    A team of researchers has discovered that many Canadian lakes can provide new insights into ancient oceans, and their findings could advance research about greenhouse gas emissions, harmful algal blooms, and early life forms.

  2. Apr. 27, 2017Biology graduate student Samantha Burke finds lakes are getting saltierSamantha Burke sampling in the field.

    Canada’s freshwater lakes are being threatened by the widespread use of road salt, according to a recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  3. Apr. 27, 2017Biology co-op student “steels” herself for unfamiliar workLauren Hummel pipetting in a lab fume hood.

    Biology student Lauren Hummel on her current work term at Princess Margaret Hospital.

    By: Christine Nhan, Co-operative Education

    In Fall 2011, Nahanni Steel Products hired their first Waterloo co-op student. Right away, they saw that co-op students would be intergral to their company’s future development.  

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  1. June 14, 2017Lecture: Decoding 10,000 whole genome sequences towards understanding autismHeadshot of Stephen Scherer

    The Department of Biology proudly presents a lecture from Waterloo Honorary Degree Recipient Stephen Scherer.

    Scherer has transformed the understanding of human genetic variation and its role in disorders such as autism.

    He holds the GlaxoSmithKline-Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Genome Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto.

  2. June 20 to 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.

    Abstracts can be submitted from January 3, 2017 to April 14, 2017.

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