Data Science (BSc)

Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Data Science is the first undergraduate degree of its kind in Canada. Technological advances have created unprecedented amounts of information (big data) about the world. Learn to extract insights from big data by gaining skills in mathematics, statistics and computer science. Tailor your degree by studying financial risk analysis, statistical analysis or focus specifically on big data. The rising demand for data-oriented professionals means you could work in insurance, marketing, finance, health care and other sectors.

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Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Data Science program:

Check out the Data Science Experience Guide.

 

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students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

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Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UDS
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 80s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: high 80s.
  • English at 70%.
  • Advanced Functions at 80%.
  • Calculus and Vectors at 80%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admissions average, including English.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Completed the first year of a college program:

  • Minimum admission average of 75% for part-time studies in a Bachelor of Science (BSc) program.
  • Minimum admission average of 80% for full-time studies in a BSc program.

Completed a two-year diploma or two years of a three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies in a BSc program.
  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies in a BSc program.

Completed a two to three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies in a BSc program.
Note: Possession of the minimum admission average does not guarantee admission. Unless otherwise noted, you are considered for admission into full-time studies.
Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Details

What is Data Science?

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.

Research Opportunities

Every year, a few top undergraduate students receive a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA).

A USRA enables you to work for one term, usually the summer, as a research assistant to a professor. It is meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering and to help you gain research experience.

Program Options and Courses

Concentrations

You can tailor your studies by choosing to concentrate in:

  • Big Data
  • Financial Risk Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis

You can also complement core courses with electives from natural and social sciences, arts, business and economics.

Options and Minors

In addition to adding a concentration to your Data Science degree, you can add one of our popular options or minors that allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Economics Minor
  • Entrepreneurship Core
  • Geomatics Option
  • Management Option
  • Minors in natural, physical and social sciences or humanities disciplines

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Calculus I
  • Data Structures I
  • Introduction to Business Principles for Entrepreneurs
  • Introduction to Data Analytics
  • Introduction to Discrete Structures or Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introductory Linear Algebra
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • 1.0 elective credits

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Probability I
  • Statistical Learning

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Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"Waterloo has been a fantastic place to spend my university years as not only is it a vibrant, young city with a lot of social activities available year-round, but it is also a hub of technological and entrepreneurial innovation. It’s a really exciting place to be as a young professional in Canada."

Hussain P., current student

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • big data architect
  • business data analyst
  • catastrophe risk analyst
  • data engineer
  • data project manager
  • data scientist
  • industry analyst
  • operational risk consultant
  • venture capital associate

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.