What will I learn?

Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology program 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.

Courses combine theoretical fundamentals with hands-on practices, allowing you to strengthen your proficiency in essential scientific technical and reasoning skills. Senior students can become involved in ongoing research programs at the cutting edge of our discipline.

We also offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology program, which is intended for those who want to have a role in communicating biology and biological concepts to others in careers such as law, education/teaching, public policy or science journalism.


You'll 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.

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

  • Learn from award-winning instructors who bring innovative practices to the classroom.
  • Acquire core skills in critical thinking and practical techniques.
  • Develop depth of knowledge with a specialized concentration of third- and fourth-year courses.
  • 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.

Sample Courses

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

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
  • dentist
  • dietician
  • environmental consultant
  • fisheries biologist
  • food safety inspector
  • genetic counsellor
  • government scientist
  • laboratory technician
  • land-use planner
  • medical professional
  • microbiologist
  • naturopath
  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist
  • public health professional
  • quality assurance manager
  • speech therapist
  • research associate
  • 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$25,320.00 (US$ 18,656) per year
Full-time tuition: CAN $25,320 - CAN $31,120. Please note this fee is for 2019 - 2020 and subject to change in the coming year.

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

Start date

10 September 2020


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 in mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range in mid 80s.
  • 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.

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.

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 this uni

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.

  • #1 in Canada for student satisfaction four years in a row
  • #1 in Canada for course instructors
  • #1 In Canada for extracurricular activities
  • Vibrant campuses in cities in Ontario, close to the US