Why Science at Waterloo?
- Reputation for innovation and research excellence. Not only has the University of Waterloo been ranked as Canada's most innovative university for 24 years in a row by Maclean's magazine, the Faculty itself is known as a powerhouse of discovery and innovation. See our About The Faculty of Science page for highlights.
- Choose from 18 BSc majors that begin from day 1 of your first year. Because you don't have to wait until after first year to declare your major, you'll have the knowledge you need to succeed as fast as possible.
Student empowerment. What do we say about the University of Waterloo? It's Ideas Start Here®. We believe in your ideas and that you have something of value to contribute, not just after you graduate, but from day 1. Waterloo scientists are making ground-breaking contributions, every day, with the help of current students. Check out Velocity Science to see what some of them are up to.
- Experiential learning. Whether you choose a co-op or regular system of study you'll get all the benefits from a university with a hands-on approach to learning. More than 100 Science courses include a lab component. If you choose to join one of the world's largest co-op programs, you'll access over 560 Science employers and graduate with almost 2 years of paid work experience on your resume.
- Supportive, friendly, and close-knit. We admit just over 1,000 undergraduate Science students each year. This means faculty, staff and peer support is always just a hallway or a building away. Current students note that while there is healthy competition between them, the non-competitive, friendly environment helps them succeed.
- Canada's only Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree program taught in English.
- Canada's only co-op-based Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program.
- A Canadian leader in scientific research, attracting more than $60 million in funding annually — more than any other Waterloo faculty. Many of your teachers, involved in cutting-edge research, will bring this learning into your classroom. Access opportunities to work or volunteer with researchers and add this experience to your resume.
Strong links with industry and government through research, co-op, and spin-off companies.
Beyond Science Fiction - Jake Malliaros, Applied Physics student