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.
- June 11, 2021
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual learning has necessarily become an integral part of the day-to-day life of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Waterloo. One of the challenges often associated with online learning is creating active engagements between students and instructors, especially with hands on learning opportunities such as with labs.
- June 4, 2021
- Mar. 30, 2021
On Monday, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced funding for almost $3M to study the effects of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems across Canada.
- June 24, 2021
Ms. Ellen Cameron will defend her Ph.D. thesis on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:30a.
Title: Spatiotemporal Shifts in Cyanobacterial Communities in a Northern Temperate Watershed – Applications of Next-Generation Sequencing and Implications for Monitoring and Climate Change Adaptation
Supervisors: Dr. Kirsten Müller & Dr. Monica Emelko (Civil & Env Engr)
- July 15, 2021
Ms. Ghadeeer Aljoudi will defend her M.Sc. thesis on Tuesday, July 15, 2021 at 1:00p
Title: Bacterial Communities in the Glenmore Reservoir with an Emphasis on the Cyanobacteria
Supervisor: Dr. Kirsten Müller
- July 21, 2021
Mr. Evan Balzer will defend his M.Sc. thesis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 9:20a
Title: Roost Selection and Mass Variation Patterns of Temperate Bats in Eastern Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Hugh Broders