Marcus greets guests at an open house event

“The undergraduate research scene at Waterloo is inspiring and has become my passion. Last term I completed a research project with one of my Stats professors. It was an incredible experience and has given me the confidence to pursue graduate studies in biostatistics.” 

What is Biostatistics?

Effective healthcare research teams need members who have strong quantitative and data-based decision making skills. Quantitative skills and statistical methods are a potent combination and in greater demand than ever before.

You’ll take the same core courses as Statistics majors, with the addition of specialized upper-year courses designed specifically for Biostatistics students, including statistical methods used in health research, longitudinal studies and spatial data. Biostatistics uniquely positions its graduates for successful careers in the quantitative sector of the health care industry.

  • Available as a co-op or regular program
  • There are 40 courses for this degree
  • Graduate with a Bachelor of Mathematics, major in Biostatistics

First-year courses

  • Math 135/145 - Classical Algebra
  • Math 137/147 - Calculus 1
  • CS 115/135/145 - Computer Science
  • A communications course
  • One non-math elective

See full courses in our undergraduate calendar

Upper-year courses

  • BIOL 239 - Genetics
  • AMATH 250 - Introduction to Differential Equations
  • STAT 330 - Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 337 - Introduction to Biostatistics
  • STAT 438 - Advanced Methods in Biostatistics

Student story

Meet Marcus

Besides doing homework, Marcus likes to get involved in the different types of intramural sports that the University of Waterloo has to offer - including Ultimate Frisbee! Besides intramurals, Marcus teaches guitar and plays a hand of euchre every chance that he gets.

Similar programs

If you're interested in Biostatistics, you may also be interested in these programs that offer similar courses or career opportunities: 

How to apply

Apply to Mathematics for admissions consideration. If admitted, speak with an academic advisor after first year to declare Biostatistics as a major.

Find out more information on the steps to apply


 Explore more mathematics and computer science programs.