Courses for your Biostatistics degree

First-year courses and beyond

You may also select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements. Details will be sent during course selection in June.

September to December

  • MATH 135 – Algebra for Honours Mathematics
  • MATH 137 – Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics
  • Choose one course from
    • CS 115 – Introduction to Computer Science 1
    • CS 135 – Designing Functional Programs
  • Choose one course from
    • HLTH 101 – Introduction to Health 1
    • BIOL 239 – Genetics
    • You can take this requirement later in your studies but it will help you determine if Biostatistics is the major for you.
    • One communication skills course

    January to April

    • MATH 136 – Linear Algebra 1 for Honours Mathematics
    • MATH 138 – Calculus 2 for Honours Mathematics
    • Choose one course from
      • CS 116 – Introduction to Computer Science 2
      • CS 136 – Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
    • Elective or STAT 230 – Probability
    • One elective

    This is a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability.

    After first year

    The majority of your required courses will be Statistics courses, with additional courses in Mathematics. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

    View a list of courses required for your degree.

    Sample upper-year courses

    STAT 337 – Introduction to Biostatistics
    STAT 437 – Statistical Methods for Life History Analysis
    STAT 436 – Introduction to the Analysis of Spatial Data in Health Research
    STAT 430 – Experimental Design


    Advisors are here to help

    With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Math recruitment co-ordinator.

    Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

    • choose your courses,
    • select minors and specializations,
    • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

    Next steps