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Declaring majors

Please review the information below that outlines the requirements and procedures for declaring majors in the Faculty of Mathematics.

If you have further questions, please contact the relevant academic advisor.

For the requirements below, MAV (major average) refers to all of your math faculty courses (MATH, ACTSC, CO, CS, STAT, AMATH, PMATH). Note: this is for students who started from Fall 2014 onwards. CAV (cumulative average) refers to all courses taken (math and non-math).

Plan Requirements Method of declaring major
Outlined on the department website. Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.

Applied Mathematics (including Biology and Economics specializations)

  • Completed all first-year math courses: Math 135, 136, 137, 138, CS 115/135, 116/136
  • MAV of 65% 

Applied Mathematics/Physics Specialization

  • Completed all first-year math courses: Math 135, 136, 137, 138, CS 115/135, 116/136
  • Completion of PHYS 121 and PHYS 122
  • MAV of 65% 

Applied Mathematics/Engineering Specialization

  • Completed all first-year math courses: Math 135, 136, 137, 138, CS 115/135, 116/136
  • Completion of PHYS 121 and PHYS 122
  • Completion of GENE 123
  • MAV of 65% 

Applied Mathematics/Scientific Computing

  • Completed all first-year math courses: Math 135, 136, 137, 138, CS 115/135, 116/136
  • MAV of 65%
Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
Outlined on the department website. Limited enrollment. Speak with the BCS Double degree advisor.
Outlined on the department website. Limited enrollment. Speak with the BMath Double degree advisor.
Apply in the term you are taking CS 136 Limited enrolment/competitive entry. Complete form by the last day of classes in the term you are taking CS 136.
  • At least 2A standing
  • Have MAV of 65%+
  • Strongly recommend that you complete MATH 239 and/or CO 250 before declaring CO as your major.
Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
  • At least 2A standing
  • Completed all first-year math courses: Math 135, 136, 137, 138, CS 115/135, 116/136
  • Have MAV and CAV of 60%+
Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
Apply in the term you are taking CS 136. Limited enrollment/competitive entry. Complete form by the last month of term. More information available here.
Outlined on the department website. Limited enrollment. Speak with the CFM program manager.
Outlined on the department website. Complete a plan modification form and then email it to mathbus@uwaterloo.ca. Make sure the email is sent from your Waterloo email account.
Outlined on the department website. Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
Outlined on the department website. Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
  • At least 2A standing
  • CAV of 60%+
  • Completed at least 3 math courses with an average of 70%
Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
  • At least 2A standing
  • Have MAV of 65%+
  • Strongly recommend that you complete CO 250 before declaring MO as your major.
Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
  • Completed all first-year math courses: Math 135, 136, 137, 138, CS 115/135, 116/136
  • Completion of PHYS 121 and PHYS 122
  • MAV of 65%
Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
  • At least 2A standing
  • Completed all first-year math courses: Math 135, 136, 137, 138, CS 115/135, 116/136
  • Have MAV and CAV of 60%+
Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
 Outlined on department website. Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
Not applicable Due to high demand, it is not possible to join this program after first-year.
  • Be in the co-op program**
  • Submit an application in 2A

** Students in CPA would need to switch to Honours Math/Teaching. Recommend CS students also switch to Honours Math/Teaching.

Difficult for DD students to complete all requirements so not recommended.

Students can do a Major/Teaching degree. Would follow Major course requirements plus some Math/Teaching requirements.

We encourage you to speak with the plan advisor.

Interview process with director of the Math/Teaching program.
  • At least 2A standing
  • CAV of 60%+
  • Completed at least 3 math courses with an average of 65%
Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.
Outlined on department website. Plan modification form signed by the plan advisor.