Pure Math Alex

“The satisfaction from understanding an idea at a deeper level and tying together unrelated branches of mathematics or physics for the first time is the most rewarding part of learning and understanding mathematics. What I really enjoy is developing a deep understanding of a mathematical concept from many different perspectives.”

What is Pure Mathematics?

Go beyond the basics and find the answers to the “how" and “why” behind the mathematics. Pure mathematics is the foundation of all mathematical reasoning. If first-year calculus teaches you how to drive the car, Pure Mathematics teaches you how to build one! You can use this program as a springboard into a career in information technology, finance, business, science, education, and insurance, or go on to graduate studies at some of the world’s most prestigious universities.

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

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

  • MATH 239 - Introduction to Combinatorics
  • PMATH 347 - Groups and Rings
  • PMATH 352 - Complex Analysis
  • PMATH 441 - Algebraic Number Theory
  • PMATH 465 - Smooth Manifolds

Student story

Meet Alex

Not only is Alex pursuing a double major in Pure Math and Combinatorics and Optimization, he’s also putting his love of math into action. He spent a hands-on summer as a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) undergraduate award winner, traveled to Budapest for a term abroad, and is an active participant in on-campus events like datathons and Hack the North.

Meet Josué

Josué is double majoring in Pure Math and Combinatorics and Optimization. He's been a member of the Math Ambassador Team for a number of years and is heavily involved at Waterloo working as a Faculty Orientation Coordinator (FOC) for Math Orientation and a MathSoc Councillor and Director. On co-op, he's worked as an Instructional Support Assistant and Undergraduate Research Assistant. 


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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 Pure Mathematics as a major.

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