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. Jan. 18, 2021PhD student uses DNA sequencing to study cyanobacteria
    Ellen Cameron

    Cyanobacteria blooms are a major environmental issue worldwide. They can have direct impacts on the safety of drinking water supplies by producing a variety of toxins which also impose health risks for swimmers and boaters. Although many may associate cyanobacteria with bright green algae seen on the surface of lakes, Ellen Cameron, PhD Candidate in Waterloo’s Biology Department, is using DNA sequencing to study cyanobacteria communities in low-nutrient, clear lakes in Northern Ontario.

  2. Jan. 14, 2021New Biology Chair, Assistant Vice President of GSPA, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Science Named

    We are pleased to share some upcoming organizational changes with some leadership positions held by Science faculty members.

  3. Dec. 2, 20202020 Waterloo iGEM team wins gold with a project to recover heavy metals from wastewater
    iGEM team picture, showing 25 of the team members in a zoom call

    The Waterloo iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team has been recognized with a number of awards this year at the annual competition. In addition to receiving Gold standing, their project also received the award for best Manufacturing Project at the undergraduate level, it was also nominated for the iGEM Inclusivity Award and the Best Wiki Award!

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  1. Jan. 22, 2021Biology Seminar: Physiology and aquaculture performance of triploid fish

    Tillmann Benfey (Department of Biology, UNB Fredericton)

  2. Feb. 2, 2021World Wetlands Day 2021

    9th Annual World Wetlands Day Research Symposium at the University of Waterloo

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