Biomedical Sciences

Paging future doctors – and dentists and chiropractors and…

A student in the Biomedical Science program at the University of Waterloo.

Aiming for a career in health care? This is the program for you.

Study human and animal systems and their functions related to health, disease, and the healing process. Diversify your knowledge by learning about viruses, bacteria, and other microbes, and how these (along with genetic and environmental influences) can impact health. Examine how the body ages, how disease and injury impact it, and what diagnostic tools can identify physiological problems.

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 specialized Master's or PhD degrees.

12Electives throughout your degree to explore your interests

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CapEarn a Bachelor of Science degree


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

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.

Biomedical Sciences at Waterloo

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What will you learn?

Programs/majors in the Faculty of Science start right in first year. To select your program with confidence, here’s some handy info to get you started.

Skills you'll develop with this major

  • Data analysis
  • Laboratory methodology
  • Resiliency
  • Communication
  • Organization and time management

This isn't an exhaustive list – rather a glimpse into the skills a Biomedical Sciences major can provide.

Your experience will be unique, and the skills you develop will depend on your goals; which courses you take; and your involvement with any clubs, jobs, or research projects.

Types of courses you'll take

28% biology, 13% chemistry, 5% physics. 10% science electives, 10% program electives, 31% free electives, 3% communication

This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.


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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.