Data Science (BSc)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a Data Science student, you can: 

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

  • Entrepreneurship core
  • Management option
  • Economics minor
  • Geomatics option

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

  • Develop a rigorous theoretical understanding of important techniques in statistical data analysis.
  • Develop the practical skills necessary to implement data analysis, data mining and visualization techniques using technology.
  • Become familiar with current data science technologies.
  • Build up an understanding of business practices and the economic environment.
  • Increase your digital literacy as you learn a variety of computer languages and software packages used in data science such as R, Python, Matlab, Java, C, SQL, Hadoop, Spark and others.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

11 Data Science respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • consultant, data & analytics
  • coordinator, development database
  • data engineer associate
  • data science developer
  • machine learning engineer
  • product owner
  • technology consultant

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master's Degree - Management Science

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • analytics
  • big data
  • data architecture
  • finance/banking
  • gaming
  • insurance
  • intelligence
  • machine learning
  • market analysis
  • marketing
  • privacy/security
  • research
  • risk assessment
  • software development
  • statistics
  • technology

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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