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School:University of Waterloo
Faculty:Faculty of Science
Degree:Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Field of Study:Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Description:Life Sciences is the study of living organisms, ranging from the very tiny world of microbiology and genetics to the physiology and zoology of the world’s great mammals – with plants, botany, and more in between!

At Waterloo, Life Sciences is a group of related majors. The four Life Sciences majors (Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Psychology) bring together disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, and math to help you learn how living systems work and interact. When you apply to Waterloo, you'll select one of the majors and get to do labs and experiments starting right in first year. You can choose the co-op program or the regular system of study in all majors, except Biomedical Sciences, which is regular only.
URL:Life Sciences at University of Waterloo
Length:5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,700
International: $42,700
Scholarships:20
Careers:Biologists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80 to 83
Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  • 2 of  Grade12 Biology  or  Grade12 Chemistry  or  Grade12 Earth and Space Science  or  Grade12 Mathematics of Data Management 

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including:

- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

- Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics (Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics are recommended)

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 75]

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 02, 2020

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