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 specific discipline, 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.
The Faculty of Science is an international leader in research
Available as a regular program only
State-of-the-art teaching labs located within our Science Teaching Complex
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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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 attained within this major
- Data interpretation and analysis
This isn't an exhaustive list – rather a glimpse into the skills an Honours Science 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
This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.
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First-year courses and beyond
September to December
January to April
- ENGL 193/SPCOM 193 - Communication in the Sciences
- Two of:
- One Mathematics course
- One elective
After first year
- Most of the classes you’ll take will be Faculty of Science 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.
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, or our Bioinformatics Option. In fact, most of our Honours Science graduates complete their program with at least one minor, often two. Popular areas of focus for Honours Science students include biology, psychology, and chemistry.
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.
- 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
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Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours 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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