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. Oct. 27, 2017Biology grad students carve out time for some Halloween funBiology graduate students with their final pumpkin creations.

    The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) held their first annual pumpkin carving contest yesterday in which graduate students were tasked with designing and carving a Halloween pumpkin in less than an hour.

  2. Oct. 6, 2017Graduate program brings together students from all six Waterloo facultiesWater Collaborative Students sampling on a shoreline.

    For one week in September, graduate students in the Collaborative Water Program (CWP) step outside of the classroom and gain hands-on learning experience from local water experts and community members in the Grand River Watershed.

  3. 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.

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  1. Jan. 12, 2018Biology Seminar: Redox proteomics and cell biology

    Dr. Robert Cumming, Professor, Department of Biology, Western University

  2. Jan. 17, 2018GMOs: Facts & MisconceptionsFood evolution

    A screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Food Evolution directed by academy award-nominated Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson followed by a panel discussion with local and global experts

  3. Jan. 19, 2018Biology Seminar: Bacterial Phages shaping the gut microbiome

    Dr. Alexander Hynes, Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, McMaster University

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