Step 3 - Select your math courses (algebra and calculus)

Algebra (MATH 135) and Calculus (MATH 137)

The majority of incoming students take MATH 135 and MATH 137. Most incoming students find these two courses sufficiently challenging in their first term at Waterloo.

  • Both these courses will be offered in two delivery methods in Fall 2020: online and on-campus.

Advanced Algebra (MATH 145) and Calculus (MATH 147)

If you are considering enrolling in the advanced honours version of the first-year algebra (MATH 145) and calculus (MATH 147) courses then you should be aware of the following. These courses are mostly based on studying theorems and learning how to prove them rigorously. They are not required by any majors but might be of interest for students who want to learn a lot more theory in addition to their regular curriculum.  

  • MATH 145 and MATH 147 will be offered online only in Fall 2020. 

Admission to MATH 145 and MATH 147

If you:

  • earned grade of 50+ in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (CSMC) from 2018 or 2019
  • earned grade of 90+ in the Euclid contest from 2019

then you will be able to choose MATH 145 & MATH 147 during course selection.

If none of the above criteria applies to you then you can choose to be added to the MATH 145/MATH 147 waiting list during the course selection process.

Physics-based section of MATH 137

The physics-based section of MATH 137 will cover the same mathematical topics as the other sections of MATH 137 but will use ideas from physics as motivation and as a source of examples. This section will form the foundation for plans such as Mathematical Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics/Engineering Electives (but enrolling in this section does not restrict your choice of plan in 2A). This section will benefit students who are interested in the application of mathematics to solve physical problems in fields ranging from quantum mechanics through neurobiology and biochemistry to climate science and astrophysics. Enrolling in the physics-based MATH 137 automatically enrols you in PHYS 121 as one of your non-math courses.

  • The physics-based section of MATH 137 will be offered online only in Fall 2020. 

If you choose this section in the fall term we will automatically enrol you into the Physics-based section of MATH 138 for the winter term.