University of Waterloo

Combinatorics and Optimization

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Program Information

School:University of Waterloo
Faculty:Faculty of Mathematics
Degree:Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Field of Study:Applied Mathematics, Other
Description:Combinatorics is the study of discrete structures and their properties. It includes coding theory, combinatorial design, enumeration theory, graph theory and polyhedral theory. Many modern scientific advances have employed combinatorial structures to model the physical world, and recent advances in computational technology have made such investigations feasible. In particular, since computers process discrete data, Combinatorics has become indispensable to Computer Science.

Optimization, or mathematical programming, is the study of maximizing and minimizing functions subject to specified boundary conditions or constraints. The functions to be optimized arise in engineering, the physical and management sciences, and in various branches of mathematics. With the emergence of computers, Optimization experienced a dramatic growth as a mathematical theory, enhancing both Combinatorics and classical analysis. In its applications to engineering and management sciences, Optimization forms an important part of the discipline of Operations Research.
URL:Combinatorics and Optimization at University of Waterloo
Length:5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $9,435
International: $35,103

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 

6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including: - Advanced Functions - Calculus and Vectors - Any Grade 12 U English - One other 4U course - Recommended course: Grade 11 U Introduction to Computer Science

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 80] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 75]

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 12, 2018

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