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Why Mathematics at UWaterloo?

Choosing the university that is right for you is a major decision. We're pleased that you're considering Waterloo, which is recognized as one of Canada's best and most innovative universities. Here are reasons to study the mathematical and computer sciences at the University of Waterloo.

1. The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo is the world's largest centre for education in the mathematical and computer sciences.

In 50 short years, we have become known for the breadth and quality of our academic programs, the partnerships we have with industry through co-operative education, the quality and achievements of our students and graduates, our high rankings in international competitions for undergraduate students, and the teaching and research accomplishments of our professors.

We are proud of our 6,454 undergraduate students, 863 graduate students, 200 full-time professors, and over 28,000 alumni in 97 countries.

We are also proud of the great number of spin-off companies that had their beginnings on campus. Outstanding success stories of companies currently trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE), and actively participating in the education of Waterloo students include Waterloo Maple, iAnywhere Solutions, Vertek Vision International, Certicom, Open Text, Dalsa, Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, Sirfic Wireless, Senesco Technologies, and Sybase, to name just a few.

2. By doing mathematics, students develop skills in problem solving, reasoning, drawing connections, and communication.

These skills transfer to one’s endeavours outside of the classroom. We use reasoning, problem solving techniques, and communication to deal with daily challenges, either in our personal lives or in the workplace. The skills developed by doing mathematics make us efficient, accurate, and confident decision makers. These skills, which are honed by the study of mathematics, are the primary reason graduates from the Faculty of Mathematics, are eagerly sought after by employers and graduate schools. Their problem-solving skills make them adaptable to the ever-changing world.

3. We offer a wide range of majors to choose from and you can customize your degree.

The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo offers the most comprehensive list of mathematical and computer science programs available anywhere. We offer more than 45 academic programs, and there are over 300 mathematics and computer science courses to choose from.

4. Reach your academic goals through either the co-op or regular systems of study.

Approximately 70% of our students are enrolled in co-op programs – co-op is available in every program we offer and begins in first year in all our programs, except Mathematics/Chartered Accountancy. If you choose the co-op advantage, you can gain up to two years of workplace experience and earn as much as $80,000 over six work terms. Co-op work experiences provide opportunities for you to apply your education in industry as well as bring your work experience back to the classroom. Through co-op, you'll be exposed to the kinds of jobs that await you after graduation. Through the process of elimination, you'll learn about the kinds of work and work settings you are best suited for.

Our traditional system of study, known as "regular," may be a better option for you – co-op isn't for everyone. As many as 30% of our students selected regular over co-op. You'll choose regular because you prefer to study from September to April each year, plan your own summers, return home each summer, focus on school and campus life, graduate a year sooner than co-op students, and move more quickly than co-op students into a career or graduate school.

5. Enjoy opportunities for conducting research.

Exceptional undergraduate students who want to gain research experience while they are in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo have the opportunity to participate in research assistantships and research seminars on campus. Check out research information for undergraduates.

6. You can count on us for help.

Academic support is available to all first- and upper-year students through a variety of Faculty of Mathematics offices and services. The Tutorial Centre provides assistance to all first-and second-year students in the Faculty of Mathematics who encounter challenging material in their algebra, calculus, and computer science courses; these services are offered in the Mathematics & Computer Building (MC) and also in the University residences. You'll have opportunities to build peer support networks among your classmates. The director of first-year studies and first- and upper-year advisors provide academic and transition support through meetings and events. Professional counsellors are on staff, available to help with non-academic challenges you face; and they're conveniently located adjacent to the Mathematics Undergraduate Office.

7. Make the world your classroom through international exchanges.

As business and industry become more globalized, international experience is an increasingly important part of an education in the mathematical and computer sciences. By taking part in international academic exchanges, you can broaden your cultural perspective and gain international experience at institutions around the world, while earning academic credits toward your BMath degree.

Take advantage of our extensive international connections. We have academic exchange agreements with universities in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Thailand. Other international opportunities include university-wide exchange programs, the Co-op Japan Program, the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, and the Student Work Abroad Program.

Read more about our exchange programs.

8. Mathematics and computer science graduates land the best jobs and salaries.

Some of the most prized jobs today, according to the Wall Street Journal Online, are ones you will prepare for in University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics.

  1. Mathematician
  2. University professor
  3. Statistician
  4. Actuary
  5. Audiologist
  6. Dental hygienist
  7. Software engineer
  8. Computer systems analyst

9. Employers and graduate schools respect these degrees.

Undergraduate studies in the mathematical and computer sciences at University of Waterloo lead to one of the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) when you complete the Double Degree program
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS) when you complete studies in Bioinformatics or one of the many other School of Computer Science programs listed above under Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Computing and Financial Management (BCFM) when you complete studies in Computing and Financial Management
  • Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) when you complete studies in one of the many Mathematics or Computer Science programs listed above
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSE) when you complete studies in Software Engineering

The Faculty of Mathematics also offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Mathematics (MMath) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in many of the same programs as those offered at the undergraduate level.