Computational Mathematics

Computational Mathematics

What is Computational Mathematics?

Until recently, solving industrial-sized problems was next to impossible. But with computational mathematics, you can harness the power of computers to generate and run mathematical models – analyzing data for quantitative, real-world solutions.

You’ll learn how to code mathematical models to solve problems in business, economics, engineering, environment, finance, medicine and science, and earn a degree that combines math and computer science to give you a competitive edge.

Meet Jessie

Computation Mathematics JessieJessie has been very involved with the math faculty by becoming a math ambassador and helping out with math orientation. Outside of the math faculty she also is a Mystery Shopper for her residence. Jessie says that her favourite thing about the University of Waterloo is that as a student you are surrounded by people who are academically curious and Waterloo has no shortage of these types of individuals. Students are constantly inspiring each other and they’re not afraid to aim for the best.

“I knew that I wanted to study mathematics because I became more interested in the material as things got more complex. Waterloo Mathematics is such a large community, meaning that there are more options, courses, and opportunities to explore my interests.”

Your first year

All first-year students take a common selection of math courses called core courses. Normally in the fall term, students take:

*Note: For suggested electives and more information please visit our course selection page.

Potential co-op and career opportunities

Potential co-op opportunities
Sample titles Sample employers
  • Student programmer
  • Junior web developer
  • Data analyst
  • Technical trading associate
  • Software developer
  • Data scientist
  • Programmer analyst
  • KPMG LLP Canada
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  • Manulife Financial
  • TD Bank Financial Group
  • Desire2Learn
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Natural Resources Canada
Potential career opportunities
  • Information Systems Analyst and Consultant, University of Waterloo
  • Security Engineer, Arctic Wolf Networks
  • Software Developer, TD Bank Group
  • Senior Application Developer, Fairfax Financial Holdings
  • Associate Analyst, Forecast and Measurement, IDC Canada
  • Data Scientist, Stitch Fix
  • Software Test Specialist, Magnet Forensics