What is Mathematical Physics?
You’ll study the math of the laws of nature
Discover the mathematical and theoretical underpinnings of the laws of nature, such as the foundations of quantum theory with its applications in nanotechnology, the structure of spacetime and cosmology, fluid mechanics and atmospheric physics. Learn from worldclass researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
 Available as a coop or regular program
 There are 40 courses for this degree
 Graduate with a Bachelor of Mathematics, major in Mathematical Physics
Firstyear courses
 MATH 135/145  Classical Algebra
 MATH 137/147  Calculus 1
 CS 115/135/145  Computer Science
 A communications course
 One nonmath elective
Upperyear courses
 AMATH 231  Calculus 4
 AMATH 271  Introduction to Theoretical Mechanics
 PHYS 234  Quantum Physics 1
 PHYS 342  Electricity and Magnetism 2
 PHYS 358  Thermal Physics
Recomended courses

AMATH 251  Introduction to Differential Equations

AMATH 271  Introduction to Theoretical Mechanics:

AMATH 475 (General Relativity)

PHYS 234  Quantum Physics 1

AMATH 473 and AMATH 474 (Quantum Theory 2 and 3)
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
In the Mathematical Physics program, you’ll develop a very strong understanding of a wide range of mathematical disciplines and then learn how to apply these to a variety of physical problems. You could embark on an exciting research career in fields such as cosmology, relativistic quantum information, quantum computing, physical oceanography, or atmospheric science and pursue graduate studies at Waterloo or top international schools. A training in mathematical physics opens many doors — you’ll be wellprepared for graduate studies not only in physics and applied mathematics, but even engineering. There are also many career opportunities outside academia for you including emerging industrial fields such as quantum computing and nanotechnology.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Each Spring term, the Department of Applied Mathematics organizes an active undergraduate research program supported by NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (USRAs). There are also research awards available if you’re an international student. Mathematical Physics faculty members are active in a number of research areas including quantum information theory, nanotechnology, quantum gravity, cosmology, fluid mechanics, and statistical physics. In addition, you can pursue summer research opportunities with the Perimeter Institute.
Student story
Meet Nick
Nick has some tips and tricks for incoming Mathies. To learn to the best of your ability, he believes that you must take every opportunity you can to learn the material and always be ready to work. Practicing through assignments, textbook questions, and tutorials are a great way for you to learn the material so that when exams come around you aren’t scrambling for information. Also, know that asking for help isn’t a bad thing!
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How to apply
Apply to Mathematics for admissions consideration. If admitted, speak with an academic advisor after first year to declare Mathematical Physics as a major.
Find out more information on the steps to apply.