Biology (BA)

Explore life’s common principles and processes, as well as its diversity, at the many levels of biological organization. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology provides a foundation of knowledge in biology and prepares you to communicate biological processes and concepts to others, which can lead to careers in law, education, teaching or public policy. Choose an optional concentration in Anatomy and Physiology; Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity; or Cell, Molecular and Microbial Biology, and Genetics.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Biology program:

  • Participate in hands-on lab sessions, field trips, tutorials and seminars as part of your coursework.
  • Choose to complete one or more field courses as part of your program; approximately 30 are offered each year through the Ontario Universities’ Program in Field Biology.
  • Work as a research assistant to help faculty in the lab and field.
  • Build a capstone experience through an honours thesis or directed studies by doing research with a faculty mentor.
  • Learn state-of-the-science technical and analytical methods in the lab and field - approximately half of the courses we offer include labs that inlcude these!
  • Be hired as an instructional assistant to work in a teaching lab, or as a work-study student, in your third and/or fourth year.

Check out the Biology Experience and Career Guide.


2022 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term)     OUAC code: UBA

Program Details

About the BA in Biology

Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology program is intended for those who are interested in 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, or various postgraduate programs.

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 all areas of Biology or to professional postgraduate programs in environmental or health sciences.

Research Areas of Focus

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 all 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"

Your Path to Medical School


Get one step closer to your medical school dreams at Laurier!

Our pathway agreement with American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) means you’re automatically granted an admissions interview to the AUC School of Medicine if you meet all academic requirements. Upon graduation, you’ll have the opportunity to write exams to practice medicine in Canada, the UK or the United States.

Program Options and Courses


Beginning in third year, single-major Biology students (i.e. students who do not combine this program with another BA program) have the option to specialize in one of three concentrations:

  • Cell, Molecular and Microbial Biology and Genetics
  • Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Options and Minors

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

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

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Practical Skills for Biologists
  • Unifying Life Processes
  • 3.5 elective credits

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Film and the Image
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity
  • Love and Its Myths

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Ecology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Embryology
  • Plants and People
  • Science Communication
  • Science in the Modern World, From 1800 to the Present

Similar Programs


Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


"The journey was incredible and gave me a breadth of knowledge, skills and experience that is invaluable! This program has allowed many doors to open for me within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry."

Emily Tran, Biology graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • bioinformatics specialist
  • biotechnologist
  • environmental consultant
  • environmental policy advisor
  • microbiologist
  • public health professional
  • quality assurance manager
  • teacher/professor

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"I fell in love with the Laurier campus. School did not feel like a chore because it was my second home. From studying in the concourse or atrium to hanging out on Alumni Field during down time I always felt comfortable. The experience helped define who I am today. It’s a safe place to learn and grow. Laurier will forever be rooted in me and I am proud of where I went to school."

Steven Siman, Biology graduate

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