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. Sep. 19, 2017Survival of the fattest: Understanding the role of polyesters in root nodule bacteriaS. meliloti bacteria

    Even Sinorhizobium meliloti suffers from a weight gain once in a while.

  2. Sep. 12, 2017Bacterial Scissorhands: Biologists discover bacteria have new and improved flagellaBacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Photo source: iStock.

    Biologists from the University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia and Health Canada have discovered hundreds of bacterial species equipped with a new and powerful type of flagella covered in enzymes.

  3. 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.

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  1. Sep. 27, 2017Science Graduate Open Housegrad open house poster

    Interested in pursuring a Master's or PhD after graduation? Want to learn more about what graduate studies is really like? 

    Attend the Faculty of Science Graduate Open House! Come chat with professors and current grad students to find out more about our programs, the benefits of furthering your studies, and unique research opportunities. 

    Schedule to be confirmed. 

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