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.

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  1. July 22, 2021Jozef Nissimov awarded $10,000 through Norma J. Lang Fellowship for Early Career Researchers
    Jozef Nizzimov

    Professor Jozef Nissimov was awarded the $10,000 USD Norma J. Lang Fellowship to investigate viruses associated with harmful algal blooms in Canadian lakes. 

  2. July 9, 2021Biology graduate students chosen for Weston Family Awards in Northern Research
    Side by side photos of Laura Neary and Hannah Thibault

    Congratulations to Laura Neary and Hannah Thibault who have been chosen as recipients of the 2021 Weston Family Awards in Northern Research!

    Funded by the Weston Family Foundation (formerly The W. Garfield Weston Foundation), these annual awards are some of the most prestigious in the country for students pursuing a master’s degree, a doctoral degree or postdoctoral fellowship.

  3. June 18, 2021Biology researchers to study rapid COVID-19 testing on Waterloo campus
    Trevor Charles (Left) and Jozef Nissimov (Right)

    As campus is beginning to open more widely, identifying asymptomatic COVID-19 cases becomes more important to help minimize the spread of the virus on campus. Faculty of Science researchers are looking to track the effectiveness of a non-invasive, saliva-based rapid test, while simultaneously testing asymptomatic individuals on campus. 

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  1. Aug. 4, 2021Notice of MSc Defence

    Mr. Alex Umbach will defend his M.Sc. thesis on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 10:00a.

    Title:  Profiling skin-associated archaea and bacteria with 16S rRNA and cpn60 gene markers

    Supervisor: Dr. Josh Neufeld

  2. Aug. 10, 2021Notice of MSc Defence

    Ms. Elaine Novik will defend her M.Sc. thesis on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 8:30a

    Title:  Characterization and Analysis of the Microbiomes of Bangia atropurpurea and other Freshwater and Marine Algae in North America

    Supervisor: Dr. Kirsten Müller

  3. Aug. 10, 2021Notice of MSc Defence

    Mr. Dongchang Yang will defend his M.Sc. thesis on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 2:00p

    Title:  Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Environmental Analysis: Metal Sensing and Solvent Effect

    Supervisors: Dr. Mark Servos & Dr. Xu Zhang

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