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Computer Science focuses on the study of software, algorithms, programming, and the limits of computation. Using a combination of theory and application, you will learn how to describe problems in a formal, precise way so that machines can solve them. You will also learn about managing large scale programs, and about understanding the power, limitations, and organization of computer software and hardware.


With our program, you have the choice to study one of two degrees:

  • The Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS) will allow you to develop a solid understanding of computer science with the flexibility to choose from a wide range courses in this area. If you are admitted to the BCS, you'll start off in this program right away.
  • The Bachelor of Mathematics - Major in Computer Science (BMath/CS) will allow you to study computer science with a larger combination of math courses to satisfy your degree. If you are admitted to the BMath program, you will need to declare a major in Computer Science starting in second year. You'll need to speak with an advisor to modify your plan as well as satisfy our requirements.

Both degrees are accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Council of the Canadian Information Processing Society.

Co-op and regular

Computer Science is available as a co-op or regular program.

As a co-op student, you will have the choice to choose between four co-op sequences before your first year.

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
  F W S F W S F W S F W S F W S
A 1A 1B * 2A * 2B * 3A * 3B * 4A * 4B  
B 1A 1B * 2A 2B * 3A * 3B * 4A * * 4B  
C 1A 1B Off 2A * 2B * 3A * 3B * 4A * * 4B
D 1A 1B 2A * 2B * 3A * 3B * 4A * * 4B  
Reg 1A 1B Off 2A 2B Off 3A 3B Off 4A 4B Off      

F = Fall | W = Winter | S = Spring | * = Work term | Reg = Regular


You can explore additional areas of interest with your Computer Science studies by adding an option in second year to customize your degree.


Courses (available on our undergraduate calendar)


Undergraduate calendar
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Digital Hardware Undergraduate calendar
Health Informatics Undergraduate calendar
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First year courses

Course Course code
Introduction to Computer Science/Designing Functional Programs CS115, CS135 or CS145
Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction CS136 or CS146
Calculus 1 Math127, Math137 or Math147
Calculus 2 MATH128, MATH138 or MATH 148
Algebra MATH135 or MATH145
Linear Algebra MATH136 or MATH146

Course descriptions are available on our undergraduate calendar.

For more information on upper year classes, take a look at our suggested academic plans under our "current students" section.

Graduate studies

Following your undergraduate degree, you can continue your studies in Computer Science through our graduate studies program. At Waterloo, you can pursue a Master of Mathematics (MMath) with a specialization in Computer Science.

Our third year students can apply for our accelerated master's option to fast track their program.

Try your hand at research by enrolling in one of our Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) positions as a current student. You can work with a professor during your academic or co-op term.