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Data Science

Data Science is an interdisciplinary program jointly operated by the Departments of Physics and Computer Science and Mathematics. The central objective of data science is to extract useful insights from complex, large, and often unstructured data through the process of inspecting, cleansing, managing, transforming, visualizing and modelling. Skills required to carry out this multi-stage process are gained in computer science and statistics.

The program is structured in a balanced way so you will be taking courses concurrently in four areas:

  • Statistics and data analysis;
  • Computer science;
  • Mathematics; and
  • Business and financial modelling.

The program has a hub-and-spoke design, consisting of a set of core courses that focus on fundamental data science and data analytics skills, and concentration courses that allow for leveraging the program toward applications in finance or big data. The concentration in Financial Risk Analysis prepares you for a diverse set of careers, particularly in the financial and insurance industries. The concentration in Big Data prepares you to be a data architect who applies a deep knowledge of computer science to create new tools that find value in the vast amounts of information generated today.

Contact Us:

Lynda Clarke, Administrative Assistant

E: lclarke@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2809
Office Location: Lazaridis Hall, LH3054A, Waterloo campus

Info for Future Students

BSc in Data Science