Build models to save the world. No assembly required.
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.
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Earn a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Applied Mathematics
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.
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.
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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
January to April
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
Waterloo is an international leader in Mathematics
Apply to Mathematics and choose Applied Mathematics as your major
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
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
- 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.
- 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
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on the future of careers in math, coding, and data.