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. Mar. 19, 2019Continuing lecturer Marcel Pinheiro wins 2019 Excellence in Science Teaching AwardMarcel Pinheiro headshot

    Biology continuing lecturer Marcel Pinheiro has been awarded the Faculty of Science's 2019 Excellence in Science Teaching Award for his innovative and engaging teaching methods.

  2. Feb. 4, 2019Understanding comammox's role in wastewater treatmentWastewater treatment equipment

    A team of Waterloo researchers have published a preprint article on the activities of complete ammonia oxidizing bacteria, better known as “comammox”, in a wastewater treatment plant.

  3. Jan. 28, 2019Researchers and Indigenous community work together to determine fish safety for consumptionView of lake from tip of canoe.

    Food security is an urgent and growing concern for Indigenous populations in Canada. Environmental change in aquatic ecosystems can impact the health of fish and the communities that rely on those fish in many ways. Some of those ways can involve exposure to contaminants like mercury.

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  1. Mar. 21, 2019microTALK - Many Metabolisms of MicrobesHeadshots of Christina Smeaton, Kesen Ma and Moira Glerum

    Join the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research for a series of talks by Faculty of Science Profs. Moira Glerum and Kesen Ma and research scientist Christina Smeaton. They will be discussing the "Many Metabolisms of Microbes".

  2. Mar. 21, 2019BIOL 130 supported learning groupGroup of students working together with books and laptops on the table.

    Supported learning groups (SLG) are free weekly study sessions intended to give students a chance to study with their classmates. Science Peer Success Coaches create and facilitate fun and engaging activities to help students review challenging course content from BIOL 130.

  3. Mar. 22, 2019World Water Day 2019March 22 World Water Day with image of a globe.

    UN-Water's World Water Day tackles the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many are being left behind. On this day, the Water Institute will join thousands from around the world in solidarity as we support and amplify World Water Day events and initiatives.

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