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, and this program comes with a co-op option so students can gain up to two years of paid work experience while pursuing their degree.
Join a program that fosters curious minds to question the smallest particles, the largest forces, and everything in between. Where you'll get the support to possibly win a Nobel Prize in Physics (like Waterloo professor Dr. Donna Strickland) or be part of the team to take the first image of a black hole (like professor Avery Broderick).
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.
Waterloo ranks top 10 in Canada for Physics and Astronomy
Earn a Bachelor of Mathematics or Bachelor of Science degree
For September 2020, participating in the Euclid Mathematics Contest is NOT required for admission or for a scholarship. You will not be penalised in any way for not participating in the Euclid this year.
Choose your focus
You can earn your Mathematical Physics degree through the Faculty of Mathematics or the Faculty of Science. What's the difference?
- The degree you earn will be either a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc).
- Depending on your interests and whether you'd like to earn a math or science degree, you'll apply to one of two entry programs: Mathematics or Physical Sciences (which have different admission requirements).
- You'll then choose Mathematical Physics as your major within one of these entry programs.
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First-year Mathematical Physics courses
Faculty of Science
September to December
January to April
*Note: Year-one CHEM may be replaced by year-one BIOL or EARTH courses.
Faculty of Mathematics
You may select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements.
September to December
January to April
After first year
About half of the classes you’ll take will be Physics courses, with roughly the 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 courses
Waterloo ranks among the top 50 universities in the world for math
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.
Sample co-op job titles
- Design engineer-quality assurance
- Project engineering support
- Performance engineering co-op student
- Science & math peer tutor
- Undergraduate research assistant
- Application programmer
- Quality assurance analyst
Sample co-op employers
- Ontario Power Generation Inc.
- Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
- 360 Education Labs Inc.
- CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
- Ontario Ministry of Government & Consumer Services
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
What can you do with a degree 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.
- Programmer/Research Assistant – Grand River Hospital
- Teacher – Nancy Campbell Academy
- Specialist – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
- Shopping Operations Specialist – Google
- Lecturer – McGill University
- Front End Engineer – Sandvine
- Assistant Engineer – General Dynamic Canada
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