The 3rd floor of the ESC corridor will be closed starting Monday August 13th and plan to re-open on Monday August 20th. There will be no access through this corridor or to offices in this section of hallway. Please do not cross any caution tapes while in the building. The Biology-1 elevator is operational again.

Students looking for Biology Instructors and/or Staff Administrators should go to the Gleave Library in B1 273. 

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. Aug. 2, 2018Understanding and protecting the lakes in the Peace-Athabasca DeltaMitchell Kay being interviewed by Parks Canada

    Located in northeast Alberta, the Peace-Athabasca Delta (PAD) is one of the most magnificent wetlands in the world. Serving as the junction of four major North American waterfowl migratory routes, millions of ducks and geese descend to feed and nest here each summer.

  2. June 27, 2018Andrew Doxey wins first Science Excellence in Early Career Research AwardAndrew Doxey.

    The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce Assistant Professor Andrew Doxey as the first recipient of the Science Excellence in Early Career Research Award (SEECRA).

  3. June 15, 2018Waterloo Biologist mentors local teen, the 2018 International BioGENEius Challenge winnerBrian Dixon and Sajeev Kohli.

    Professor Brian Dixon hosts Sajeev Kohli in his University of Waterloo lab, guiding him on experiments and helping to promote his work to the outside world.

    Last week, Sajeev Kohli, a local Waterloo teen from Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School, won the International BioGENEius Challenge, held in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  1. Sep. 24, 2018Water Institute Research Conference 2018: Breaking BoundariesWater Institute Research Conference 2018: Breaking Boundaries in Water Research

    Join the Water Institute on Wednesday, September 24 for a full day of interdisciplinary dialogue around water research at the University of Waterloo.

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