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.

Learn more about the Department of Biology's vision/strategic plan.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  1. Oct. 24, 2017WaterTalks Lecture: Diane Orihel and Alana Greaves

    The importance of ecosystem-based ecotoxicology for advancing environmental policy, with special reference to Canadian Oil Sands development

    Diane OrihelNational Scholar in Aquatic Ecotoxicology and assistant professor in Biology and Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, and

    Alana Greaves, Environmental toxicologist and a postdoctoral researcher with Queen’s University

  2. Oct. 24, 2017Gairdner Lecture 2017: Reverse VaccinologyGairdner Foundation.

    Dr. Rino Rappuoli is the Chief Scientist and Head External R&D at GSK Vaccines, Siena, Italy. He was awarded a 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award "For pioneering the genomic approach, known as reverse vaccinology, used to develop a vaccine against meningococcus B which has saved many lives worldwide."

  3. Oct. 26, 2017WaterTalks Lecture: Kevin Boyle

    From the Exxon Valdez oil spill to the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill: A story of economic damages from major environmental contamination events

    Kevin Boyleprofessor of agricultural and applied economics and director of the Program in Real Estate at Virginia Institute of Technology

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