Computational Mathematics

Get ready to solve industrial-sized problems

Today, it takes more than a calculator and a few equations to tackle many of the questions facing business and industry. That’s where you come in.

In Computational Mathematics you’ll learn to analyze data sets, formulae, and images in ways that help us understand the world around us and predict and influence the future.

There’s no better place to study it than Waterloo: we’re ranked among the world’s top 35 schools for math and computer science (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021), and we have one of the largest co-op networks, too.

You’ll graduate with the skills to solve problems in areas such as biotechnology, business, economics, social media, engineering, finance, and medicine. And that means you’ll have no shortage of job opportunities.

Program highlights

  • Your choice: Four years or five. Gain 24 months of paid work experience through Waterloo's co-op program, the largest of its kind in North America, or fast track your degree by choosing the regular system of study.
  • Add research to your résumé. As an undergraduate research assistant, you could spend a term working with one of our award-winning professors on a research problem.


Male student Studying in the Davis Centre.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

You'll take a mix of Mathematics and Computer Science courses to give you the foundations for your upper-year classes, along with a few electives.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Computational Mathematics degree.

Customize your degree

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

Once you're a student, advisors can help you explore which minors or specializations may fit into your plans.

 

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Contact a Faculty of Mathematics student ambassador to learn about their experience in the program.

Ask them questions such as why they chose their program, what the classes are like, and how you can get involved on campus.

 


Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus and Vectors
  • Any 4U English
  • One other 4U course

Recommended course: Grade 11 U Introduction to Computer Science

Admission averages: Individual selection from the high 80s

How to apply?

Apply to Mathematics and choose Computational 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.

Connect with us

Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Contact Laura Jane Watkins, our Mathematics recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions you have.

Laura Jane, Mathematics Recruitment Coordinator