What will I learn?

Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology program is intended for those who want to have a role in communicating biology and biological concepts to others.

This program will prepare you for careers such as law, education/teaching, public policy or science journalism.

This is a flexible program that you can combine with other subject areas through minors, options or even as a dual major with another BA program.

We also offer a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology, which provides a firm foundation not only in Biology, but also in Chemistry and Math. The BSc program is ideal for those looking to move on to graduate work in Biology or to professional postgraduate programs in environmental or health sciences.


In this program, 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 three domains of life.

As a senior undergraduate student, you’ll have the opportunity to become part of ongoing research programs at the cutting edge of our discipline.

Some examples of recent student research include:

"Effects of water-borne pollutants on the health of fish"

"Mechanisms of biofilm formation by bacteria"

"Evolution of mating behaviour in fruit flies"

"Interactions of plants with soil microbial communities"

"Structure and function of proteins"

"Effects of climate change on northern ecosystems"

Program Highlights

  • It's easy to work with faculty mentors on a wide range of projects that will stimulate your curiosity and develop your creativity.
  • Augment your knowledge through teamwork and problem solving in our diverse lab-based courses or in field studies that emphasize the function of organisms in their environments.
  • Internal and external funding makes it easy for students to work with faculty mentors on a wide range of projects.
  • You’ll gain hands-on experience that will show you biology is not only about technical skills, but also about attitude, passion and critical thinking.

Sample Courses

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

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:

  • Research Specialization
  • Sustainability Option
  • Management Option
  • Environmental Science Option
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Environmental Studies Minor
  • Geography Minor
  • Psychology Minor


  • bioinformatics specialist
  • biotechnologist
  • conservation biologist
  • crop biologist
  • dentist
  • dietician/nutritionist
  • environmental consultant
  • environmental policy advisor
  • fisheries biologist
  • food safety inspector
  • genetic counsellor
  • laboratory technician
  • land-use planner
  • medical professional
  • microbiologist
  • naturopath
  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist
  • public health professional
  • quality assurance manager
  • research associate
  • science journalist
  • science librarian
  • teacher/professor
  • technical sales representative
  • technical writer
  • toxicologist
  • veterinarian

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$27,860.00 (16,36,898) per year
Full-time tuition: CAN $27,860 - CAN $31,930. Please note this fee is for 2020 - 2021 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022


Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo Campus,

75 University Avenue West,


Ontario (ON),

N2L 3C5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent qualification. English language requirement: Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component; Paper-based testing: 560 overall, IELTS: An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band, PTE: 59 overall or higher, CAE: Overall score of 176.

For international students

Students must have the following:

  • Minimum admission range of mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range of mid 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Biology at 70%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

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

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component; Paper-based testing: 560 or higher.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher).

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - 59 overall or higher.

Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) - Overall score of 176.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Fleming College

About Wilfrid Laurier University

Studying at Laurier goes beyond being a great student at a top-rated university; it’s about being ready to take on whatever the future holds.

  • 95% graduates secured employment or went on to PG studies
  • 1:25 faculty to student ratio
  • Home of Canada’s largest business degree co-op program
  • Vibrant campuses in cities in Ontario, close to the US