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. Dec. 22, 2017Rooney Lab wins Holiday Hallway Competition for the second consecutive yearRooney lab holiday door

    Each December, the Department of Biology and the Biology Graduate Student Association host a holiday door decorating contest to celebrate the festive season. Biology staff and students judged the eight doors based on the creativity, visual appeal and originality of each lab’s decorations.

    The Rooney lab defended their title and beat seven other labs to win the 2017 Holiday Hallway competition for the second year in a row. The Hall and Hug labs came in second and third place respectively.

  2. Dec. 18, 2017The importance of keeping the Grand River healthyThe Grand River in summer.

    Professor Mark Servos, Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection and professor of Biology, Nandita Basu, professor in the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and post-doctoral fellow,

  3. 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.

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  1. Jan. 25, 20183MT Coaching Bootcamp Part II

    The 3MT Bootcamp is held on January 18th and 25th. Participants must attend part I and part II.

    • Part I - January 18th (from 2:40 to 3:30 pm)
    • Part II - January 25th (from 12:00 to 2:00 pm)

  2. Jan. 26, 2018Biology Seminar: Consequences of environmental pollutants on natural systems

    Dr. Jules Blais, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

  3. Feb. 2, 2018World Wetlands Day 2018 SymposiumWorld Wetlands Day, 2 February 2018.

    Join the Ecohydrology Research Group at the University of Waterloo for our sixth celebration of World Wetlands Day, a global commemoration of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

    The afternoon research symposium and poster session will feature knowledge and experience of top wetlands experts from across Canada and elsewhere. 

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