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. 9, 2017Salmon farmers adapt to climate change with help from a $4.4M collaborationSalmon swimming.

    With sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean already climbing, scientists are predicting Atlantic Canada’s $400 million salmon aquaculture industry could be wiped out within the next 25 years.

  2. Aug. 1, 2017Two of a kind: How we share our microbiome with our partnerCouple holding hands sitting on a bed.

    Biologists at the University of Waterloo find the unique microbial communities living on our feet can be used to predict who we live with.

    The study, published this month in mSystems, combined high-throughput sequencing and artificial intelligence to see what the microbome living on the skin of cohabiting couples can tell us about the microbial “fingerprints” that we leave on our loved ones.

  3. July 27, 2017Dead fish do tell tales: Using the necrobiome to measure impact of wastewater on aquatic lifeRainbow darter fish in a respirometer used to measure metabolic activity.

    Waterloo Biologists Paul Craig and Andrew Doxey find fish struggle to live in the Grand River downstream from Kitchener, Ontario’s wastewater treatment plant.

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  1. July 6 to Sep. 6, 2017Science Graduate Student Photo Contestphoto contest poster

    Calling all graduate student photographers. The Faculty of Science is holding its first Science Graduate Student Photo Contest! From field-work to social activities, we want your photo to describe what life is like in Waterloo Science. Submissions will be used to help promote grad studies and the different elements of student experience across the Faculty and will be displayed in public materials, such as our website and brochures. Please review the below details before entering.

  2. Sep. 5, 2017WaterTalks Lecture: Prof. Max Maurer

    Data instead of concrete? Exploring the potential of digitalization in urban drainage

    Prof. Max Maurerhead of the Urban Water Management Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology  (Eawag)

  3. Sep. 11, 2017The Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture 2017: Quentin Grafton

    Innovation, Incentives and Infrastructure in the Blue Economy 

    Prof. Quentin Graftona professor of economics, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University

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