How do I choose between Health Sciences and Life Sciences?

The University of Waterloo offers a variety of Bachelor of Science programs related to living things. These programs are similar in some aspects, but offer different benefits and opportunities.


Health sciences

Life sciences


Human health

All living things

Degree granted

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Co-op available?


Yes (except Biomedical Sciences and Honours Science)

Program Details

Health Studies

While many students use this program as a pathway to health professional schools, the focus on preventing disease is also excellent preparation for careers in population health.


Learn about the science of human movement through courses in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, and social sciences, which provide a solid foundation for many health professional schools.


Build a strong foundation in both biology and chemistry, prepare for careers in both fields.


Learn about the workings of living organisms, where they come from, evolve, and how they function.

Biomedical Sciences

This program includes courses required for entry into most health professional schools. Enjoy the flexibility of the program by choosing many of your electives to meet professional school pre-requisites.

Life Physics (under the Physical Sciences entry program)

If you enjoy both biology and physics, this is a rare program that will prepare you for health-related professions that harness the power of physics, such as radiation oncology (designing radiation treatments for cancer patients) and medical imaging (ultrasounds).


Learn why people do what they do along with a strong background in science and math. Prepare for professional training in medicine, particularly neurology, psychology, or pediatrics.

Honours Science

If you'd like maximum flexibility within your program or just haven't decided which Life Science discipline to focus on, Honours Science allows you to explore multiple subjects.