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.
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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Courses for first-year and beyond
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
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the future of careers in business.
Student life, including women in mathematics
Math Society (MathSoc)
MathSoc is run by students for students and provides a wide range of clubs and services as well as social and academic events to make your experience as a Waterloo Mathematics student the best it can be. There are many ways to get involved and to meet students in other Faculty of Mathematics programs.
Outside of the Faculty of Mathematics, our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved, no matter how unique your interests. Between clubs supported by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, sports and recreation, student government, and an incredible range of events, there's something for everyone at Waterloo!
Women in Mathematics
The Women in Mathematics (WiM) community encourages and advocates for women of all ages who are interested in studying math and pursuing a career in a related area. WiM strives for all genders to be well-represented in mathematics and welcomes people with under-represented gender identities.
Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) promotes gender equity for students interested in studying computer science and pursuing career in computing. WiCS has a very active student-run committee and offers events such as the Big CSters mentoring program, workshops, a speaker series, and panels about diversity in computer science and STEM.
There's also Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that welcomes all students (regardless of gender) to promote equality in STEM. Opportunities include skills workshops, discussions, homework help, and guest speakers.
Waterloo is an international leader in mathematics
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Data Science website
- Email our Mathematics recruitment co-ordinator who can answer any questions about the program
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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.