Fight illness with a healthy dose of data
Good health care decisions depend on good data. But there’s a crucial shortage of people with the right skills to make sense of statistical information. Step into that gap with a Biostatistics degree from Waterloo — the only one of its kind in Canada.
In this program, you’ll take the same core courses as Statistics students, but with the addition of specialized upper-year courses designed specifically for Biostatistics students. In addition to math courses, you'll take courses in health studies, including health policy, health informatics, and management. You'll also get the chance to get paid work experience through co-op.
Learn how to design clinical experiments, analyze health data, and interpret results. You’ll graduate ready to help create advances in diagnostics, medical technology, and treatments.
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Waterloo is an international leader in mathematics
Biostatistics admission requirements
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 Biostatistics courses and beyond
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
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January to April
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 Medical Statistics
STAT 437 – Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Health Research
STAT 436 – Introduction to the Analysis of Spatial Data in Health Research
STAT 430 – Experimental Design
Customize your Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Biostatistics
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
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.
Co-op work/study sequences
Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
Student life, including women in mathematics
Math Society (MathSoc)
MathSoc is run by students for students and provides a wide range of clubs and services as well as social and academic events to make your experience as a Waterloo Mathematics student the best it can be. There are many ways to get involved and to meet students in other Faculty of Mathematics programs.
Outside of the Faculty of Mathematics, our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved, no matter how unique your interests. Between clubs supported by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, sports and recreation, student government, and an incredible range of events, there's something for everyone at Waterloo!
Women in Mathematics
The Women in Mathematics (WiM) community encourages and advocates for women of all ages who are interested in studying math and pursuing a career in a related area. WiM strives for all genders to be well-represented in mathematics and welcomes people with under-represented gender identities.
Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) promotes gender equity for students interested in studying computer science and pursuing career in computing. WiCS has a very active student-run committee and offers events such as the Big CSters mentoring program, workshops, a speaker series, and panels about diversity in computer science and STEM.
There's also Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that welcomes all students (regardless of gender) to promote equality in STEM. Opportunities include skills workshops, discussions, homework help, and guest speakers.
Earn a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Biostatistics
Apply to Mathematics and choose Biostatistics as your major
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Biostatistics website
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Two years of work experience
Opt for co-op and get 24 months of paid, on-the-job experience with research and health-related organizations.
Add research to your résumé
Want to go deeper? Work with a professor on a research project as part of your degree. Visit our Waterloo Stories website to learn about current research in biostatistics at Waterloo.