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Data Science at Waterloo

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, Thalmic Labs, 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 program

briefcase Available as a co-op and regular program

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

#11st faculty of mathematics in North America

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How to apply

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.

Customize your degree

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.


Sample upper-year courses

STAT 332 – Sampling and Experimental Design
STAT 430 – Experimental Design

STAT 436 – Introduction to the Analysis of Spatial Data in Health Research
STAT 443 – Forecasting



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.

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