Over the past decade, there has been an explosion in the amount of data available worldwide. Trillions of bytes are now captured daily from mobile devices, web logs, sensors, and instruments. Organising and making sense of this information requires distinctive new skills.

The Data Science major has an emphasis on statistics and computer science. It will support you in developing a strong foundation in the statistical aspects of data analysis (data collection, data mining, modelling and inference), as well as the principles of computer science (algorithms, data structures, data management and machine learning).

This major is designed to provide you with an intellectual understanding of how to integrate and apply statistical and computing principles to solve large scale, real-world data science problems.

The transformation of people into data allows data scientists to obtain many meaningful insights into a wide variety of problems that affect all areas of knowledge. It allows us to make inferences on which genes are associated to a particular disease; to understand customers better; to determine which areas of the city have a higher density of cars and require more trees or schools. The list of problems and insights is endless. Sabrina Rodrigues


  • Career Outcomes

    Through this major, you will develop skills in business, technology, mathematics and statistics, all of which are increasingly important in research and industry. This may lead to careers in:

    • Information technology and communications
    • Research and education
    • Health and medical industries
    • Business and financial services • Sales and marketing
    • Engineering and mining
    • Climate and weather forecasting • Government

  • Graduate Pathways

    Students with a major in Data Science will be excellently prepared for graduate study in the newly-launched Master of Data Science, as well as the Master of Science (Computer Science) and the Master of Science (Mathematics & Statistics). You might also pursue graduate study in fields such as software engineering.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Data Science

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective