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Data Science (BSc)


 waterloo

Note: This program is currently pending approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Developement.

New for 2018: Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Data Science is the first undergraduate degree its kind in Canada.

The information explosion of the modern age has resulted in extremely large data sets and a need to understand how to analyze and make sense of big data. Advances in hardware, software and statistical techniques are giving rise to automated methods to analyze patterns and models for all kinds of data, with applications ranging from scientific discovery to business intelligence and analytics.

As a result, data-driven decision making is quickly becoming the standard in almost every industry and has created an unprecedented demand for data-oriented professionals across a wide range of industries, organizations and disciplines. Given the volume of the data sets in question, it is nearly impossible to extract patterns, trends and behaviours without some degree of mathematical guidance and programming expertise.

Our Data Science program seeks to address the data-related needs of modern business and industry. As a graduate of this program, you'll be prepared for many and diverse career opportunities through your study of mathematics, statistics, data analytics and computing technologies and methods. You’ll also take courses in computer science, data analysis, business and economics.

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Program Highlights

  • Concentrate in Financial Risk Analysis or Big Data.
  • You can access experiential learning opportunities through co-op and labs.
  • There is a large demand for the skills learned in the program: IBM has indicated that 71% of financial institutions report that having Data Science as part of their business makes them more competitive.
  • Forbes indicated that demand for Data Science knowledge has increased by 89.9% in the last year.
  • Small class sizes, which means more personalized attention for students.
  • This is a multidisciplinary program that offers broad based knowledge and learning.

Sample Courses

  • Software Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Algorithm Design and Analysis
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Regression Analysis
  • Internet Programming
  • Programming for Big Data

Requirements

  • Admission range of low 80s.
  • English at 70%.
  • Advanced Functions at 80%.
  • Calculus and Vectors at 80%.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 4.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 5.
  • IB minimum score: 29.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities that allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Entrepreneurship Core
  • Management Option
  • Economics Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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