Applied Mathematics

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Use your understanding of mathematical concepts to solve complex problems in engineering, medicine, business, and science, from the behaviour of ocean waves to the structure of space-time.

In Applied Mathematics, you’ll deepen your knowledge of calculus and differential equations: the foundation for most mathematical models. You’ll have lots of opportunity to put those tools to work on real-life problems — in the classroom and, if you choose co-op, during your work terms.

Many of our Applied Mathematics graduates work in research, development, and consulting. Others pursue graduate studies in applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, or physics.

Either way, your Waterloo degree will open doors.

Get international experience

Round out your résumé and broaden your cultural perspective with a term abroad. Earn credits at universities in 18 different countries, or spend a work term with a company overseas.

Add research to your résumé

Spend a term working with a Waterloo professor as a research assistant — and perhaps get published in The Waterloo Mathematics Review, which showcases undergraduate research.


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Combine your interests in mathematics and science by adding an option in Biology, Economics or Physics to your degree.

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Applied Mathematics admission requirements

Apply to Mathematics and choose Applied Mathematics as your major at the end of first year. Once you've applied, you'll need to complete the Admission Information Form as part of the application process.

We strongly encourage you to participate in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and/or the Euclid Mathematics Contest to enhance your admissions status.  

To be considered for entrance scholarships in the Faculty of Mathematics, you must write one or both of the contests. If you complete both contests, we'll use the results of the contest in which you performed best.

*For September 2020, participating in the Euclid Mathematics Contest is NOT required for admission or for a scholarship. You will not be penalised in any way for not participating in the Euclid this year.

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First-year Applied Mathematics courses

You may select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements. 

September to December

  • MATH 135 - Algebra for Honours Mathematics
  • MATH 137 - Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics
  • PHYS 121 - Mechanics
  • CS 135 - Designing Functional Programs
  • One elective

January to April

  • MATH 136 - Linear Algebra 1 for Honours Mathematics
  • MATH 138 - Calculus 2 for Honours Mathematics
  • CS 136 - Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
  • Two electives

After first year

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

View a list of all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses 

AMATH 373 – Quantum Theory 1
AMATH 390 – Mathematics and Music
AMATH 391 – From Fourier to Wavelets
AMATH 463 – Fluid Mechanics


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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

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.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Junior marketing analyst
  • Mobile application developer
  • Assistant survey methodologist
  • Data scientist
  • Financial analyst
  • Instructional support assistant
  • Web full stack developer

Sample co-op employers

  • Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation
  • Environment Canada
  • Delcan Corporation
  • Bell Canada
  • Facebook
  • North Inc
  • The Hospital for Sick Children

Customize your Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Applied Mathematics

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.

What can you do with a degree in Applied Mathematics?

Waterloo Applied Mathematics graduates commonly pursue careers in research, consulting, and development. They often work in financial institutions, universities, government, and for engineering firms.

Recent graduates

  • Research Assistant – Tufts University
  • Strategy Analyst – Open Options
  • Data Analyst – BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Software Engineer – Instagram
  • Quality Assurance Specialist – Maplesoft
  • Computing Consultant – University of Waterloo
  • Software Developer – Latitude Geographics

Learn about the future of careers in math, coding, and data.

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