The study of physics from a deeper mathematical perspective.
Apply your love of mathematics to the understanding of how the natural world works. By taking more advanced courses in mathematics, you will be better equipped to understand the theoretical foundations of physics. You might contribute to discovering a new, more deeply unifi ed theory of physics, or work out mathematically complex solutions to some of the great theoretical and/or technological challenges of our time. Mathematical Physics will give you advanced mathematical problem solving skills to prepare you for a wide range of careers or graduate studies. Study in one of Canada’s largest and most highly respected physics programs, through experiential learning opportunities in co-op programs and upper-year research projects. With ties to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute for Quantum Computing, take your education further than you thought possible.
In Waterloo Science you're not required to take a general first year. From day-one you'll begin taking courses in physics and math. Access a large number and variety of state-of-the-art labs. Informal seminars and research lab tours keep you current with the latest research being conducted by your professors.
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|One of CHEM 120, 100-level BIOL, or EARTH 121 (and associated labs)
PHYS 121/131L Mechanics/Lab
PHYS 10 Physics Seminar
MATH 136 Linear Algebra 1 for Honours Mathematics
MATH 137 Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics
See the full list of upper year courses in the academic calendar.
Co-operative education (co-op) available: Yes
Mathematical Physics co-op students at work
- Engineering Aide — Traffi c Data Centre & Safety, City of Toronto
- Application Developer, Waterloo Maple Inc.
- CODE HA — Science/Engineering, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
- Ice Model Research Assistant — Data Assimilation, Environment Canada
- Analyst and Software Developer, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Because Mathematical Physics emphasizes research and computer skills, employers find that our students are valuable team members who quickly learn new techniques and who are able to problem solve.
What our grads are doing now
- Graduate school
- Industry (analysis and modeling)
- Software development
See more in the science careers list.
Admission information for future students
- Apply via Physical Sciences on the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).
- Visit Waterloo’s main future student website for details on admissions, financing, housing, and more.
Meet Our Ambassadors
Find out more about life as a Waterloo Mathematical Physics student. Come in for a tour or to one of our open houses and you might even meet them in person!