Deciding is difficult. So don't.

With so many different sciences to love, why limit yourself? Honours Science at Waterloo lets you keep your interests broad.

Take a range of courses in chemistry, biology, physics, earth sciences, and more in the most flexible program within the Faculty of Science. Because you don’t have to commit to a major, more than half of your courses are electives. Choose additional science courses, or take advantage of offerings from other faculties or departments across the university.

Once you graduate, an Honours Science degree gives you an excellent foundation for many science-related careers. It also makes it easy to meet the requirements for professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, and more.

Honours Science 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, and Physics

Admission averages: Low 80s

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First-year courses

September to December

January to April


After first year

Female Honours Bachelor of Science degree student studying with an open textbook.

Honours Science provides an excellent foundation for your career or for further education, such as medical school or a master's degree.

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Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus for Honours Science students include Biology, Psychology, and Chemistry.

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11State-of-the-art teaching labs located within our Science Teaching Complex


What can I do with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree?

With its flexible course selection, Honours Science leads to a wide variety of careers in fields such as health care and research, education, energy and oil, pharmaceuticals, environmental science and research, insurance, natural resources, and agriculture and food.

Recent graduates

  • Teacher - Halton District School Board
  • Cardiac Ethnographer - University Health Network
  • Coordinator Forests Without Borders - The Canadian Ecology Centre
  • Environment, Health & Safety Advisor - Suncor Energy Products Inc.
  • Food Processing Specialist - Maple Leaf Consumer Foods
  • Industrial Hygienist - Petro-Canada
  • Lab Technologist - Stratford General Hospital

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

Choose your own courses

In Waterloo’s most flexible science program, there’s only one restriction: six of your 10 courses each year must be science related. After that, it’s up to you!

Pick your science major later

If you end up falling in love with a particular subject in science, you can switch into a more specialized program at any time up to third year.


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