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 degrees and programs. 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. May 17, 2018Climate change broadens threat of emerald ash borerEmerald Ash Borer

    More Canadian cities will experience damage from the emerald ash borer than previously thought. As a result of climate change and fewer days of extreme cold, the beetle may eat its way further north than originally estimated.

  2. May 11, 2018Feds invest $1.2 million into Waterloo research on Nunavut fisheriesTwo arctic charr.

    University of Waterloo researcher Heidi Swanson is set to receive $1.2 million, over five years, from the Federal government’s $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund to perform community-partnered research. The aim of the project is to restore fish in the Coppermine River and other river systems near Kugluktuk, Nunavut.

  3. May 11, 2018Canada Research Chair renewed for Mark ServosMark Servos in the field with a student.

    Mark Servos, Professor in the Department of Biology, was reappointed as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Water Quality Protection. The award comes with continued research funding  from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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  1. May 29, 2018Reception for Professor Ralph Smith

    Please join the Biology Department in celebrating Professor Ralph Smith's retirement after 31 years in academia.

    Light refreshments served. All welcome.

    Please RSVP with Margaret Berton (mberton@uwaterloo.ca).

  2. June 17 to 20, 20181st International Conference on Water Security1st annual Water Security Conference, Toronto, June 17-20, 2018.

    Water Security is emerging as a primary sustainability challenge across the globe in the 21st century.

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