Several disciplines within the Faculty of Science have been ranked within the top 100 to 200 programs worldwide by the 2014 Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Subject Rankings.
Physics and Astronomy led the way ranking fourth in Canada after the University of British Columbia, McGill University and the University of Toronto. Chemistry was in the top ten after the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia, McGill, Montreal and Alberta.
Material Science at the University of Waterloo ranks within the top five in Canada and incorporates elements of applied physics and chemistry. Material science investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their properties.
Additionally, Environmental Sciences ranked in the top five after the Universities of British Columbia, Toronto and McGill, and Earth and Marine Sciences was in the top ten.
This builds upon the most recent QS World University Rankings by Faculty, where the University of Waterloo ranked fourth in Canada for Natural Sciences after the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia and McGill.
The QS rankings are international rankings of the world's top universities in the areas of natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, engineering and technology, social sciences as well as the arts and humanities. Using data from academic and employer reputation as well as H-index and research citations, the QS World University Subject Rankings highlight the top 200 universities in the world for 30 individual subjects.
The University of Waterloo ranked within the top 200 worldwide and top ten in Canada, after the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia, McGill, Montreal and Alberta.