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. And if you take the co-op stream, you'll have up to two years of work experience on top of that.
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, and a host of startups.
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Earn a Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Mathematics
Apply to Computer Science or Mathematics and choose Data Science as your major at the end of first year. Once you've applied, you'll need to complete the Admission Information Form as part of the application process.
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.
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You may choose advanced stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements.
September to December
January to April
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
Waterloo is an international leader in mathematics
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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
- Software engineering intern
- Reporting analyst
- Project manager
- Enterprise analyst
- QA analyst
Sample co-op employers
- OpenText Corporation
- SAP Canada Inc.
- IBM Canada
- TD Bank Group
- Equitable Bank
- Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited
- Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc.
Customize your Data Science degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
What can you do with a Data Science degree?
Every day, huge amounts of data are generated by business, scientific, and social activity taking place all around us. With data coming from sensors, digital images, streaming video, satellite and medical imagery, and from interactions with cloud computing, data-driven approaches to decision making are being applied in areas as diverse as medicine, business, advertising, and entertainment. These skills are in such high demand that the Harvard Business Review called data scientist the sexiest job of the 21st century!
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