Physical Sciences

Discover how the world works by investigating the natural laws and processes of non-living matter.

A student in one of Waterloo's Physical Sciences programs works with a pipette in a lab

You're able to specialize in your major of interest right in your first year, giving you a strong foundation for upper-year courses and co-op work terms.

Apply to Physical Sciences and choose one of these eight majors starting in first year. Each major is available through the co-op as well as regular system of study with the exception of Medicinal Chemistry, which is co-op only.


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Admission requirements

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

  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, or Physics

Admission averages: Low 80s

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How to apply

Apply directly to this program and indicate the major that interests you.

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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Please contact Alisia, our Science recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.

Alisia Mar