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Biology (BSc)


 waterloo

Our integrative approach to biology emphasizes commonalities of life principles, forms, functions and processes from the molecular level to the biosphere. We offer both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Our BSc program provides a firm foundation in biology, as well as in chemistry and math, preparing you for graduate work in biology or for professional post-degree programs in environmental sciences or the health sciences.

You will study molecular processes and cell structures, metabolic pathways, patterns of inheritance, physiological responses, life histories, strategies for survival, growth and reproduction, as well as biodiversity and conservation, across the three domains of life. Courses combine theoretical fundamentals with hands-on practices, allowing you to strengthen your proficiency in essential scientific skills and attitudes. Senior students can become involved in ongoing research programs at the cutting edge of our discipline.

Beginning in third year, single-major biology students – that is, students who are not in a double-major program – can choose to specialize in one of three streams:

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

Students may also choose to enter one of three double major science programs or one of two interdisciplinary BSc programs. Expand your horizons by considering:

Interested in transferring to Laurier? Review our admissions requirements and other information on how to apply in our Admissions Toolkit.

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Department of Biology

Program Highlights

  • Acquire core skills in critical thinking and practical techniques.
  • Develop depth of knowledge in a specialized area, known as streams, of biology.
  • Gain hands-on experience through projects spearheaded by faculty mentors by participating in their research programs.
  • Realize your goals and define your passion for biology within a collegial and creative community.
  • Explore opportunities to build a double major with another science discipline if you wish.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Life on Earth: Microbes
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Plants and People
  • Origin of Life on Earth and Endosymbiotic Theory
  • Global Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Field Studies

Requirements

  • Admission range in mid-70s.
  • English, Chemistry and Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Biology at 70%.
    • Biology and Mathematics also requires Calculus and Vectors at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • HL or SL Biology at 4.
  • HL or SL Chemistry at 3.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Sustainability Option
  • Management Option
  • Environmental Science Option
  • Chemistry minor
  • Environmental Studies minor
  • Geography minor
  • Psychology minor

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