Biomedical Sciences

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

Systems of study available: regular
Length: 4 years

Biomedical Sciences student working in lab


  • Waterloo's highly flexible Biomedical Sciences program can prepare you for almost any health profession program in North America.
  • If you're considering a career as an optometrist, doctor, dentist, pharmacist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, occupational therapist, forensic scientist, audiologist, speech pathologist, medical laboratory technologist, veterinarian, or any other health professional, our Biomedical Sciences program can help you reach your goals.
  • A recommended pathway to qualify for admission into the School of Pharmacy or School of Optometry and Vision Science. Learn more.

Beyond the classroom

The large number of elective courses allows you to pursue an area of special interest within or outside science. This flexibility is valuable because most health profession schools prefer well-rounded individuals who are both strong leaders and effective communicators.

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.


Minors add additional areas of expertise to your degree. View a complete list of minors. Choose minors within Science or even in other faculties. Some restrictions may apply depending on your program.


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

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

See more in the science careers list.

Important 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.

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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