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Future undergraduate students

science students in teaching complex atrium

Located in the heart of campus, our new 5-storey Science Teaching Complex is a hub of learning activity, with classrooms, learning laboratories, social and study spaces, a coffee shop, and more. This is just one of 9 Science-affiliated buildings that will be yours to explore. 

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.

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Additional highlights

  • 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

See snapshots of Science student life

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View or request a brochure

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Watch a video demo on how to bring this, and other Waterloo admissions brochures, to life.

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