Study the science of living things.
Life Sciences is the study of living organisms, ranging from the very tiny world of microbiology and genetics to the physiology and zoology of the world’s great mammals – with plants, botany, and more in between! At Waterloo, Life Sciences is a group of related majors.
What are the Life Sciences majors at Waterloo?
The four Life Sciences majors bring together disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, and math to help you learn how living systems work and interact. When you apply to Waterloo, you'll select one of the majors and get to do labs and experiments starting right in first year.
You'll graduate with a Bachelor of Science in your major, e.g., Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and will be well prepared for careers in science or for further education in specialized graduate programs, medicine, optometry, pharmacy or other health professions.
Life Sciences 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 (Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics are recommended)
Admission averages: Low 80s
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Most students take five courses per term, plus associated labs if applicable. Select your program of interest to see a list of first-year courses.
Choose from four different majors within Life Sciences
Earn a Bachelor of Science in your major
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore careers in Life Sciences as your career interests evolve and earn money to help pay for school.
Co-op work/study sequences
Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August