The Faculty of Mathematics
is one of six faculties of the University of Waterloo
in Waterloo, Ontario
. As of Fall 2010, it has 5,741 undergraduate students and 629 graduate students, 200 full-time professors, and offers over 500 courses in mathematics
and computer science
The Faculty also houses the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
, which was formerly the faculty's computer science department.
The faculty was founded on January 1, 1967, a successor to the mathematics department in the Faculty of Arts
. Initially located in the Physics building, it was moved in May 1968 into the newly-constructed Mathematics and Computer (MC) building.
One of the professors at this school at this time, Ralph Stanton, became legendary among students for wearing gaudy ties. This inspired the students to drape a gigantic pink tie over the MC building on the occasion of its opening, which later became an official mascot of the Faculty.
At the time of its founding, the faculty included five departments: Applied Analysis and Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Pure Mathematics, and Statistics. In 1975 the Department of Applied Analysis and Computer Science became simply the Department of Computer Science; in 2002 it became a semiautonomous School, now the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
. The Statistics department also was later renamed to Statistics and Actuarial Science.