Courses for your Data Science degree

First-year courses

You may also select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements. Details will be sent during course selection in June.

September to December

  • MATH 135 – Algebra for Honours Mathematics
  • MATH 137 – Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics
  • CS 135 – Designing Functional Programs
  • One communication skills course
  • One elective

January to April

  • MATH 136 – Linear Algebra 1 for Honours Mathematics
  • MATH 138 – Calculus 2 for Honours Mathematics
  • CS 136 – Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
  • Elective or STAT 230 – Probability
  • One elective

This is a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability.

After first year

Most of your required courses will be in Statistics and Computer Science, along with additional foundational courses in Mathematics. You can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View a list of courses required for your degree

Sample upper-year courses

STAT 341 – Computational Statistics and Data Analysis
CS 341 – Algorithms
STAT 441 – Statistical Learning - Classification
CS 431 – Data-Intensive Distributed Analytics
STAT 444 – Statistical Learning - Advanced Regression


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Math recruitment co-ordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Learn more

Overview of Waterloo's Data Science degree program.