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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.

About the Applied Mathematics program

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Applied Mathematics admission requirements

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.

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
1 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
2 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 Applied Mathematics courses 

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


Customize your Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Applied Mathematics

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.

Gain relevant work experience through co-op

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
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Ice Model Research Assistant - Data Assimilation
  • Software Engineering

Sample co-op employers

  • Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation
  • Communitech Technology Association
  • University of Waterloo
  • Environment Canada
  • Delcan Corporation

Careers in Applied Mathematics

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Houston
  • Research Analyst, ITG Canada Corp.
  • Computing Consultant, University of Waterloo
  • Derivative Analyst, Prism Valuation Inc.
  • Programmer, ClevrU Corporation
  • QA Analyst, IBM Canada
  • Teacher, Upper Grand District School Board
  • Business Data Analyst, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
  • Database Analyst, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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