Majors and entry programs

There are two main types of undergraduate programs at Waterloo: entry programs and majors.

You can apply directly to an entry program (because that's how you "enter" university). Sometimes an entry program automatically becomes your major (as is the case for programs in the faculties of Engineering and Environment).

For most of our majors, you need to apply to an entry program and then choose your major either in first or second year. The chart lists our majors and the entry program(s) you would need to apply to.

Confusing? Here are some examples.

  • Civil Engineering is an entry point (as well as automatically being your major).
  • Earth Sciences is a major. You apply to Physical Sciences and then choose Earth Sciences as your major.

Email our Visitors Centre if you'd like any clarification about entry programs and majors.

Major you'd like to study

Entry program you apply to

Actuarial Science Mathematics
Anthropology Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Applied Mathematics Mathematics
Biochemistry Life Sciences
Biology Life Sciences
Biomedical Sciences Life Sciences
Biostatistics Mathematics
Chemistry Physical Sciences
Classical Studies Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Combinatorics and Optimization Mathematics
Computational Mathematics Mathematics
Data Science Mathematics or Computer Science
Economics Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Earth Sciences Physical Sciences
English Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Fine Arts Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
French Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Gender and Social Justice Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
German Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
History Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Information Technology Management Mathematics/Business Administration
Legal Studies Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Liberal Studies Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Life Physics Life Sciences
Materials and Nanosciences Physical Sciences
Mathematical Economics Mathematics
Mathematical Finance Mathematics
Mathematical Optimization Mathematics
Mathematical Physics Mathematics or Physical Sciences
Mathematical Studies Mathematics
Mathematics Mathematics
Mathematics/Teaching Mathematics
Medicinal Chemistry Physical Sciences
Medieval Studies Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Music Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Peace and Conflict Studies Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Philosophy Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Physics Physical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy Physical Sciences
Political Science Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Psychology (Arts and Science degrees available) Honours Arts, Honours Arts and Business, or Life Sciences
Pure Mathematics Mathematics
Recreation and Sport Business Recreation and Leisure Studies
Religious Studies Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Sociology Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Spanish Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Speech Communication Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Statistics Mathematics
Theatre and Performance Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Therapeutic Recreation Recreation and Leisure Studies
Tourism Development Recreation and Leisure Studies

See a list of all undergraduate programs offered at Waterloo.