Majors and entry programs

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

Only entry programs are listed on our admission requirements page and budget calculator.

An entry program is how you "enter" university and is what you'll apply to from high school. Sometimes an entry program is the same as your major. A major is the subject which will be the focus of your degree and most of the courses you take will be in your major.

For most of our majors, you need to apply to an entry program and then choose your major either in first or second year. For example, Earth Sciences is a major. You apply to Physical Sciences and then choose Earth Sciences as your major.

To find the admission requirements or tuition for your major(s) of interest, you'll have to refer to the corresponding entry program in the chart below.

Majors and their corresponding entry program

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
Communication Studies Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
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)
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
Statistics Mathematics
Theatre and Performance Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Therapeutic Recreation Recreation and Leisure Studies

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