Every day, large amounts of data are generated by business, scientific and social activity taking place all around us. It comes from sensors, digital images, streaming video, satellite and medical imagery, as well as through interactions with cloud computing.
Data-driven approaches to decision-making are important in areas as diverse as medicine, business, advertising, and entertainment.
Data science is the study, application, and development of methods to learn from available data in order to understand, predict, and improve business strategy, products and services, marketing campaigns, medicine, as well as public health and safety. These methods include elements of computer science and statistics.
About the program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Computer Science or Mathematics
Faculty of Mathematics in North America
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Waterloo is an international leader in Mathematics
How to apply
- Apply to Computer Science or Mathematics and choose Data Science as your major at the end of first year.
Students may also select the advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus and computer science if they meet the requirements.
September to December
January to April
After first year
Customize your degree
With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo. You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
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.