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 (no longer available after Fall 2020), 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. Feb. 2, 2023Wetlands under threat
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    Thursday, February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day, an international government agreement acknowledging the importance of wetlands and their ecological role in conserving our ecosystems. Waterloo's Dr. Rebecca Rooney discusses the value of wetlands and the risk they face in Ontario.

  2. Jan. 27, 2023Moths are the new tool to protect Canada’s wetlands
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    Waterloo biologists, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Toronto, are working on a North American pilot program that uses moths as a management tool to control the invasive plant threatening Canadian wetlands.

  3. Dec. 5, 2022Biology postdoc Brittney Borowiec named a 2022 L’Oréal-UNESCO Canadian Fellow
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  1. Feb. 14, 2023EcoEvo Journal Club

    W2023 edition

    Join us to discuss selected papers with the Waterloo Ecology & Evolution community. Meetings are hybrid on Tuesdays 1-2 pm.

    Everyone is welcome. All career stages and all departments.


    Meetings are hybrid: 

    In person: B2-256 

    On Zoom: https://uwaterloo.zoom.us/j/95810844043?pwd=aEFnMnA2amdtbmNqK082RklkbU5DUT09

  2. Feb. 28, 2023EcoEvo Journal Club

    W2023 edition

    Join us to discuss selected papers with the Waterloo Ecology & Evolution community. Meetings are hybrid on Tuesdays 1-2 pm.

    Everyone is welcome. All career stages and all departments.


    Meetings are hybrid: 

    In person: B2-256 

    On Zoom: https://uwaterloo.zoom.us/j/95810844043?pwd=aEFnMnA2amdtbmNqK082RklkbU5DUT09

  3. Mar. 14, 2023EcoEvo Journal Club

    W2023 edition

    Join us to discuss selected papers with the Waterloo Ecology & Evolution community. Meetings are hybrid on Tuesdays 1-2 pm.

    Everyone is welcome. All career stages and all departments.


    Meetings are hybrid: 

    In person: B2-256 

    On Zoom: https://uwaterloo.zoom.us/j/95810844043?pwd=aEFnMnA2amdtbmNqK082RklkbU5DUT09

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