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Mathematical Physics

Study the very big to the very small. This math is universal.

In Mathematical Physics, you’ll combine theoretical physics with high-level math courses in differential equations, vector calculus, and applied mathematics.

You’ll also get plenty of chances to apply that learning with hands-on labs in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, computer programming, optics, and more.

You won’t find a better place to study than Waterloo. Our Faculty of Mathematics is the largest in Canada. Meanwhile, the Department of Physics is one of Canada’s largest and most innovative.

Pursue a career in software development, management consulting, or finance. Get involved in higher-level research in nanotechnology, cosmology, or quantum computing. Or develop groundbreaking technologies in renewable energy, medicine, or manufacturing.

Whatever door you choose, Waterloo offers the key to open it.

Learn from top researchers

Catch a lecture at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, just south of campus, or spend a research term at Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing.

Make friends for life

Plan to live in residence? Live in a Science Academic Cluster and meet other first-year Science students.  Form a study group or walk to class together with your new classmates.


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Study the mathematical and theoretical sides of physics and be well-prepared to embark on a career in research and development or to pursue specialized graduate studies.

About the Mathematical Physics program

Breifcase Available as a co-op and regular program

CapEarn a Bachelor of Mathematics or Bachelor of Science degree

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Mathematical Physics admissions requirements 

Careers in Mathematical Physics

Mathematical Physics graduates commonly pursue careers in industry analysis and modelling, software development and theoretical physics research with nuclear power companies, tech companies, engineering firms, and more. Many graduates also pursue specialized master's and PhD studies.

Recent graduates

  • Senior Researcher, 1QB Information Technologies
  • Technology Development Fellow, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

First-year Mathematical Physics courses

You can choose to study Mathematical Physics through the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Mathematics.

After first year

About half of the classes you’ll take will be Physics courses, with the about other half being Applied Mathematics and Math courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

Sample upper-year Mathematical Physics courses  

AMATH 373 – Quantum Theory 1
AMATH 390 – Mathematics and Music
AMATH 391 – From Fourier to Wavelets
PHYS 359 – Statistical Mechanics


Customize your Mathematical Physics degree

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor(s).


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

  • National Information Technology Director
  • Design Engineer-Quality Assurance
  • Project Engineering Support
  • Performance Engineering Co-op Student

Sample co-op employers

  • Bruce Power Inc
  • Ontario Power Generation Inc
  • Students Offering Support
  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

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