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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.

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.


Naushin’s goal of becoming a pharmacist inspired her to pursue a Biomedical Sciences degree at Waterloo.

About the Biomedical Sciences program

Breifcase Available as a regular program only

ClickApply to Life Sciences and select Biomedical Sciences as your major

CapEarn a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

13Electives throughout your degree to explore your interests

BeakerOffered through the Faculty of Science

StethoscopeUse your degree to meet the requirements for professional schools

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.

Recent graduates

  • 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

Most of the classes you’ll take will be Biology, Chemistry, and Physics 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
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.

Learn more about Biomedical Sciences