Physical Sciences

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

Apply to Physical Sciences and choose one of these eight majors starting in first year, most of which offer co-op as well as regular streams.


Visit our Beyond Ideas website for tips on how to choose a program within the Faculty of Science.

BriefcaseMost majors offered as a co-op and regular program

ClickChoose from eight majors

CapEarn a Bachelor of Science degree 


Admission requirements for Physical Sciences majors

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 (Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and/or Physics are recommended)

Admission averages: Low 80s

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

Specialize in your major of interest in your first year of studies at Waterloo, giving you a strong foundation for upper-year courses and co-op work terms.

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