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. Mar. 13, 2018The connection between Huntington disease and dietIstock illustration of a brain with neurons.

    Biology congratulates its newest faculty member, Dale Martin, on his latest paper.

  2. Feb. 8, 2018Biology grads leave no pins standing at Bowling Night BGSA students watching peers bowl.

    The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) hit the lanes last week with a Bowling Night at Bingeman. It was a chance for students to have some fun with both old and new students of this multi-disciplinary department. The event was well attended with over 20 students showing up have some fun and mingling with their peers.

  3. Jan. 26, 2018Scientists find new source of BotoxNeedle with text saying botulium toxin.

    A new source of the botulinum neurotoxin was discovered by Canadian and American scientists in a strain of animal gut bacteria known as Enterococcus faecium. The neurotoxic protein is known for its paradoxical ability to remove wrinkles yet cause botulism, a potentially fatal illness associated with food poisoning.

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  1. Mar. 23, 2018Biology Seminar: Gut physiology and microbiome interactions

    Dr. Carol Bucking, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience, Department of Biology, York University

  2. Apr. 3, 2018AquaHacking 2018 information night and kick-off mixerWant to launch a clean tech startup?

    Join us on April 3, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in RCH 306 for food, drinks and information about AquaHacking 2018. Meet last year's winners, learn about the competition and this year's format, and meet like-minded individuals. 

  3. Apr. 6, 2018Biology Seminar: Macrophages and host defence

    Dr. Dawn Bowdish, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University

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