Biomedical Sciences

Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biomedical Sciences
Department: Biology

Systems of study available: regular

Biomedical Sciences student working in lab

The study of applied biological science, in terms of health care and physiological processes.


Study human and other animal systems with respect to 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 impacts it, and what diagnostic tools can identify physiological problems. Think about, for example, a typical human — and you can visualize a lifetime of interaction with doctors, nurses, therapists, specialists, and technicians. Each of these interactions attributes to improving the quality of life that a person leads — be it in avoidance, detection, or treatment of disease. Not one person goes through life without seeking the medical assistance of at least one professional trained in biomedical sciences — which means this particular program is of vital importance.

First-year courses

Beginning in first year, you'll be able to tailor your individual program by choosing electives from both science and non-science disciplines, including Psychology, Sociology, Health Studies, and Mathematics.

Fall Term Winter Term

BIOL 130/130L Introductory Cell Biology/Lab

CHEM 120/120L Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter/Lab

PHYS 111/111L Physics 1/Lab OR PHYS 121/121L Mechanics/Lab               
Two electives

BIOL 239 Genetics 

CHEM 123/123L Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics/Lab

PHYS 112/112L Physics 2/Lab OR PHYS 122/122L Waves, Electricity and Magnetism/Lab

Two electives

Upper year courses

Beginning in second year, you'll take a wide variety of science and elective courses. Upper-year core courses explore microbiology, embryology, histology, human anatomy, molecular biology, and other areas fundamental to the health sciences. 

View the full list of upper year courses in the academic calendar.

Career fields

Because Biomedical Sciences emphasizes research and computer skills, employers find that our students are valuable team members who quickly learn new techniques and who are able to quickly problem solve. 

What our grads are doing now

  • Physician, City of Oakville
  • Respiratory Therapist, London Health Sciences Centre
  • Dentist, Young Street Dental Group
  • Research Technician, Ottawa General Hospital Eye Institute
  • Epidemiologist, Brant County Health Unit

See more in the science careers list.

Admission information for future students

  • Apply via Life Sciences on the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). 
  • Visit Waterloo’s main future student website for details on admissions, financing, housing, and more.

Meet Our Ambassadors

Find out more about life as a Waterloo Biomedical Sciences student. Come in for a tour or to one of our open houses and you might even meet them in person!


2017 QS World Subject Ranking Biological Sciences Ranked

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Build your own BSc

Another way to study biomedical-sciences-related courses is our flexible, build-your-own-degree Honours Science BSc program.

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