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Computer Science

Study computer science in one of North America's leading technology centres.

Waterloo professors and graduates have created 300 spin-off companies and the surrounding region is home to more than 600 technology companies that have $18 billion in annual revenue. Companies with offices in the region include BlackBerry, Google, OpenText, Dalsa, Certicom, Waterloo Maple, and iAnywhere Solutions.

Learn from 70 professors with various research interests to help you explore this vast field. Tailor your studies by choosing courses, options, or electives specific to your interests.

You can also gain 20 months of paid work experience through our co-op program, the largest of its kind in the world, or fast track your degree by choosing the regular system of study.

Waterloo graduates are found in leading technology companies and as professors at other top universities around the world, including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California at Berkeley.

About the program

  • Regular and co-op
  • Entry program (starts in first year, so you apply directly to this program on your application)
  • Earn a Bachelor of Computer Science or a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science
  • Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
  • Waterloo ranks 24th in the world in Computer Science (QS World University Rankings 2015)

Admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
    • Advanced Functions
    • Calculus and Vectors
    • Any Grade 12 U English
    • One other 4U course
    • Recommended: Grade 11 U Introduction to Computer Science
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database.

  • Admission averages: Individual selection from the high 80s
  • You're strongly encouraged to write the Euclid Mathematics Contest.

Sample co-op positions

JOB TITLE EMPLOYER
Web Developer/Architect The Steele Group
Mobile/Cloud Developer Clearbridge Associates Limited
Bioinformatics Database developer Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Data Management Officer Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Software Engineering General Dynamics Canada
Software Design SeaWell Networks Inc
Software Development Engineering Microsoft Corporation

Co-op work/study sequences

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve. You can choose from 4 different co-op sequences.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
F W S F W S F W S F W S F W S
1A 1B * 2A * 2B * 3A * 3B * 4A * 4B  
1A 1B * 2A 2B * 3A * 3B * 4A * * 4B  
1A 1B Off 2A * 2B * 3A * 3B * 4A * * 4B
1A 1B 2A * 2B * 3A * 3B * 4A * * 4B  

F = Fall (September-December), W = Winter (January to April), S = Spring (May to August)
1A = First year, first term; 1B = First year, second term; 2A = Second year, first term; etc.
* = Co-op work term
Off = You can make your own plans for that term (work, travel, vacation, etc.)

Recent graduates

JOB TITLE EMPLOYER
Risk Modelling Analyst  Toronto-Dominion Bank
Business Analyst Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.
Agile Engineer Pivotal Labs
Developer Advocate Google Inc.
Product Manager Dropbox
Program Analyst Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Programmer Harry Rosen Inc.
Quality Assurance Analyst IBM Canada Limited
Lead Developer BMO Bank of Montreal

Possible professional designation

  • Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)

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