Biomedical Sciences

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.

After first year, 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 to pursue a graduate degree.

Biomedical Sciences program admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics (Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics are recommended)

Admission averages: Low 80s

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How to apply

Apply to Life Sciences and select Biomedical Sciences as your major in first year.




First-year courses

September to December

January to April


After first year

Most of the classes you’ll take will be Biology and Chemistry courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

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
BIOL 303 – Introductory Development Biology and Embryology


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Customize your degree

You can also include one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus for Biomedical Sciences students include Psychology, Medical Physiology, Chemistry, Biology, Biophysics, and Biochemistry.

12Electives throughout your degree to explore your interests

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What can you do with a degree in 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 students also pursue further education such as graduate school.


  • Physician - Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Staff Optometrist - University of Waterloo
  • Production Coordinator - Apotex Pharmachem Inc.
  • Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Acupuncturist - Don Valley Health and Wellness
  • 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

For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in science.

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

Graduate with the background you need for medicine, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, forensics, and other health disciplines.


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