What is Mathematical Physics?
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. Get hands-on in the lab and dig deep into mechanics, electricity and magnetism, computer programming, optics, and more.
Learn from world-class researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, or the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
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!
“With the combination of the world-renowned mathematics department, connections with IQC and Perimeter Institute, and the co-op program UW is definitely the best choice for math undergrads.”
Your first year
All first-year students take a common selection of math courses called core courses. Normally in the fall term, students take:
- Classical Algebra (MATH 135 or MATH 145),
- Calculus 1 (MATH 137 or MATH 147), and
- Computer Science (CS) (one of CS 115, CS 135, or CS 145).
- A communications course
- One non-math elective*
*Note: For suggested electives and more information please visit our course selection page.
Potential co-op and career opportunities
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