Paging future doctors – and dentists and chiropractors and …
Aiming for a career in health care? This is the program for you.
You’ll start with foundational courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and math that prepare you to meet the admission requirements of most health-related professional schools.
In upper years, you’ll focus on human biology, with courses in anatomy, physiology, histology, microbiology, and biochemistry. Add some complementary courses from Science and related disciplines, and then round out your degree with electives of your choice.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have the solid scientific foundation you need to succeed in most health care professions or pursue a graduate degree.
Build an awesome résumé
Our highly flexible program gives you room to pursue a variety of personal interests or even add a minor. Want to add more impressive work experience? Take advantage of our undergraduate research and teaching opportunities.
Prep for professional school
Biomedical Sciences at Waterloo gives you the background you need for medicine, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, forensics, and other health disciplines.
About the Biomedical Sciences program
Available as a regular program only
Apply to Life Sciences and select Biomedical Sciences as your major
Earn a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Offered through the Faculty of Science
Biomedical Sciences admissions requirements
- Apply to Life Sciences and select Biomedical Sciences as your major in first year.
Careers in Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences graduates commonly pursue careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary care working for medical research centres and hospitals, as well as in the agriculture, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Many graduates also pursue further education such as medical school.
- Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital
- Staff Optometrist, University of Waterloo
- Production Coordinator, Apotex Pharmachem Inc.
- Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Acupuncturist, Don Valley Health and Wellness
- Chief Science Officer, Dystopia Biotechnologies
- Clinical Operations, Bayer (Canada) Inc.
- Occupational Therapist, St. Mary's General Hospital
- Research Data Management Coordinator, St. Michael's Hospital
- Tissue Donation Coordinator, Trillium Gift of Life Foundation
- Clinical Research Project Assistant, Hospital for Sick Children
First-year Biomedical Sciences courses
September to December
BIOL 130/130L - Introductory Cell Biology/Laboratory
CHEM 120/120L - Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter/Laboratory
ENGL 193/SPCOM 193 - Communication in the Sciences
Choose 1 of:
• PHYS 111/111L - Physics 1/Laboratory
• PHYS 121/121L - Mechanics/Laboratory
Plus 1 elective
January to April
CHEM 123/123L - Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics/Laboratory
BIOL 239 - Genetics
Choose 1 of:
• PHYS 112/112L - Physics 2/Laboratory
• PHYS 122/122L - Waves, Electricity and Magnetism/Laboratory
Plus 2 electives
After first year
View a list of all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
BIOL 273 – Principles of Human Physiology 1
HLTH 320 – Psychosocial Perspectives on Lifespan Development and Health
BIOL 302 – Functional Histology
HLTH 340 – Environmental Toxicology and Public Health
Customize your Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor/minors as part of your degree.