Caroline at desk

“I chose Waterloo because it’s one of the best math schools in Canada. I knew that the global reputation of the school plus co-op, of course, would create a lot of opportunities for me.”

What is Statistics?

With massive volumes of data available to us every day, businesses and governments need someone to make it meaningful. You’ll acquire skills and learn statistical methods for designing studies and surveys, collecting and analyzing data, forecasting, mathematical modelling, extracting meaning and applying the results.

Where can you put these skills to work? The possibilities are endless! Statistician was ranked as one of the top five jobs of 2021, according to Our grads are working in a broad range of fields, including engineering, finance, health sciences, sports, and business management.

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

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

  • AMATH 231 - Calculus 4
  • AMATH 250 - Introduction to Differential Equations
  • STAT 330 - Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 331 - Applied Linear Models
  • STAT 332 - Sampling and Experimental Design

Student stories

Meet Lauralee

Lauralee is a student from Trinidad who has worked as a Business Analyst and QA Engineer while on co-op. "I’m very interested in working with data. I really enjoyed cleaning, processing and summarizing data in my first co-op term so I’d maybe like to pursue a career in data science when I graduate." Outside of her academics, she is active as a Tennis Club Co-President and as a Women's Football Club member. As a volunteer, she connects with international students as a member of both the International Peer Community and the Association of Caribbean Students. 

Meet Caroline

When Caroline isn’t studying she enjoys spending her time with her different extracurricular activities. She is involved in the Global Business Brigade, she's a Math Ambassador, and she is on the Residences Marketing Advisory Board. Within the Statistics program, she knows that she can customize her degree in either Data Science or Biostatistics! Caroline loves that she is able to keep her options open.


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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 Statistics as a major.

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