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Biology (BSc)


 Waterloo

Our Biology program takes an integrative approach to biology and emphasizes commonalities of life principles and processes across the many levels of biological organization, from the molecular level to the biosphere. We offer both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Our BSc provides a firm foundation in chemistry and math, and prepares you for graduate work in biology as well as for professional programs in environmental sciences and health sciences.

You’ll study molecular processes and cell structures, signalling mechanisms, metabolic pathways, patterns of inheritance, physiological responses, life histories, biodiversity and conservation and strategies for survival across the 3 domains of life. Courses incorporate hands-on lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. As a senior undergraduate student, you’ll have the opportunity to become part of ongoing research programs at the cutting edge of our discipline.

Beginning in your third year, you’ll have the option to specialize in 1 of 3 streams:

  • Stream A: Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbial Biology and Genetics
  • Stream B: Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution
  • Stream C: Physiology and Toxicology

Or, you can combine this program with one of the following science majors and double your learning in one degree! We offer:

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Program Highlights

  • Internal and external funding makes it easy for students to work with faculty mentors on a wide range of projects.
  • Our diverse offering of courses with lab or field studies emphasize the function of organisms in their environments.
  • You will gain hands-on experience that will show you biology is not only about technical skills, but also about attitude, passion and critical thinking.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Field Studies
  • Plants and People

Requirements

  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English, Chemistry and Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Biology at 70%.
  • A combined minimum average of 70% is required in the prerequisite 4U Mathematics and 4U Science courses.
  • Biology and Mathematics requires Calculus and Vectors at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • HL or SL Biology.
  • HL or SL Chemistry.
  • HL or SL Mathematics.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.

Careers

Our graduates proceed to graduate studies, professional programs, or a variety of careers, such as:

  • Food safety
  • Health professions
  • Environmental consulting
  • Pharmaceutical industry

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