Make sense of the mountain of data produced every day.

Today we’re inundated with information from sensors, digital images, streaming video, satellite and medical imagery, and more. In Data Science at Waterloo, you’ll learn to extract meaningful information from that tsunami of data and use it to predict future trends.

You’ll complement your core courses in statistics, mathematics, and computer science with a range of electives from many of Waterloo’s 100 subject areas. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to help governments and businesses make better decisions and smarter strategies.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready for a huge range of career options. Our grads are putting their skills to work in areas as diverse as medicine, business, advertising, entertainment, and public health.

Win prizes — and glory

Show off your data-taming skills, impress potential employers, and win prizes at Waterloo’s annual datathon.

Study in a high-tech hub

Waterloo Region is home to more than 1,000 technology companies, including Google, OpenText, Shopify, KiK, and a host of startups.


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In Data Science at Waterloo, you'll take courses in computing systems, data analytics, statistics, and machine learning as well as core mathematical subjects like algebra and calculus.

About the Data Science program

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Arrow pointing up and clickingApply to Computer Science or Mathematics and choose Data Science as your major 

Graduation cap Earn a Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Mathematics

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Data Science admission requirements 

We strongly encourage you to participate in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and/or the Euclid Mathematics Contest to enhance your admissions status.  

To be considered for entrance scholarships in the Faculty of Mathematics, you must write one or both of the contests. If you complete both contests, we'll use the results of the contest in which you performed best.

First-year courses

You may also choose advanced stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements.

September to December

MATH 135 - Algebra 
MATH 137 - Calculus 1
CS 135 - Designing Functional Programs
1 communication skills course
1 elective

January to April

MATH 136 - Linear Algebra 1 
MATH 138 - Calculus 2 
CS 136 - Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
STAT 230 - Probability
1 communication skills course


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
STAT 441 - Statistical Learning - Classification
STAT 442 - Data Visualization
STAT 444 - Statistical Learning - Function Estimation


Customize your Data Science degree

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree. 

Gain relevant work experience through co-op

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Data scientist
  • Risk management intern
  • Developer
  • Software engineering intern
  • Reporting analyst
  • Project manager
  • Enterprise analyst
  • QA analyst

Sample co-op employers

  • Scotiabank
  • OpenText Corporation
  • SAP Canada Inc.
  • IBM Canada
  • TD Bank Group
  • Equitable Bank
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited
  • Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc.

Learn more about Data Science