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Data Science

Degree Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Science
Location UOIT, North Oshawa
Start dates September
Length Four or five years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DSM
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Data scientists who are capable of turning vast quantities of data into insight are highly sought after by a variety of industries. You will develop the necessary problem-solving, critical thinking, analytical, computational and communication skills to meet employers’ needs.

General information

The amount of data generated by, and available to, companies, governments, and individuals, is exploding. There is an urgent need for individuals who can grapple with massive amounts of data and extract key information. As a Computer Science student in the Data Science specialization, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and tools, to set you up for success in this desirable job market. You will also develop critical problem-solving, analytical, and computational skills that will enable you to turn vast quantities of data into insight.

Individuals interested in this specialization will apply directly to Data Science through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre using application code DSM.

Science and Management

If you are interested in managerial and leadership roles, consider applying for the five-year Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours) program in your upper years of study. Graduates gain a solid foundation in the key functional areas of business and management, including finance, accounting, operations, project management and marketing.

There is a wealth of opportunities for science graduates in industry, government, and in areas of applied science. The combination of a science degree and business and management education will give an added advantage to graduates in establishing careers within these practical fields.


Additional information

Faculty of Science website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and one of Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Physics (SPH4U) or Computer Science (ICS4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in prerequisite computer science, math and science courses is required. It is recommended that all three MCV4U, ICS4U and SPH4U be taken.   

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.


Last year's cut-off N/A - new for 2017
Expected cut-off Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates 
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants 
international applicants
mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants 
home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses:

  • Database Systems and Concepts 
  • Web Application Development
  • Big Data
  • Data Structures
  • Computer Vision
  • Scientific Data Analysis
  • Analysis and Design of Algorithms
  • Software Systems Development and Integration
  • Machine Learning
  • Programming Languages

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic CalendarCourses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

A five-year Co-operative Education option is available in all of our Science programs (except for Forensic Science, which already has an embedded experiential component), all of which satisfy the guidelines of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. These five-year programs combine an Honours Bachelor of Science program with embedded work terms. The co-op option gives you opportunities to apply your classroom and lab concepts to real-world situations and help you gain valuable, relevant work experience to promote networking and lifelong career success.

Co-op work terms give you the opportunity to earn a competitive salary that will help pay for your university degree and the work experience to help clarify your career objectives. More importantly, a co-op degree gives you a distinct advantage that will assist your prospects for full-time employment after graduation or for being readily accepted into graduate school to pursue further studies. Studies have shown that university students who graduate with a co-op degree have lower debt loads, are employed faster and have higher starting salaries.

We are committed to providing you with outstanding opportunities to work with today’s highest-quality employers in business and industry. Our university has developed strong partnerships with leading employers in Durham Region and beyond to allow you to connect with experts in the field and gain hands-on, real-world experience.

Career opportunities

Data scientists are highly sought after in a variety of industries, including health care, finance, and business consultancy. The university’s Computer Science graduates with Data Science specialization will be in high demand in both government and private sectors, including:

  • Engineering, automotive and mining companies
  • Financial institutions, such as banks and hedge funds
  • Health care
  • Medical research labs
  • Robotics and aeronautical companies
  • Software houses

An undergraduate Computer Science degree specializing in Data Science will also allow you to pursue graduate studies, including the university’s Master of Science program in Computer Science. 

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