Data Science

Major in Data Science

Note: The UBC Okanagan campus also offers a B.Sc. Minor in Data Science.

This program provides students with a thorough training in Data Science, which focuses on making decisions supported by data. It is grounded in Statistics (to formulate relevant questions and determine the answer based on data) and Computer Science (to manipulate and visualize data efficiently).

Data Science graduates have an impact on society by supporting evidence-based decisions grounded in our ever-growing collection of data. They are in very high demand and are called Statisticians, Quantitative Analysts, Decision Support Engineering Analysts, or Data Scientists.

 

First Year Credits
MATH 100, 101 6
Two of BIOL 116 or 117, 122 or 125, 131, 133; CHEM 111 or 121, 113 or 123; EESC 111, 121; PHYS 111 or 112, 121 or 122 6
COSC 111, 121 6
DATA 101 3
ENGL 109, or two of 1121, 113, 1141, 150, 151, 153, 154, 155,156, or CORH 203 6
Electives 3
Total Credits 30

 

Second Year  
MATH 200, 220, 2212, 222, 225 15
STAT 203, 205 6
COSC 222 3
Electives3 6
Total Credits 30

 

Third and Fourth Years

 

DATA 310, 311, 315

9

COSC 304

3

STAT 303

3

PHIL 331

3

24 credits from the following:

  • upper-level DATA electives;

 

  • a maximum of 6 credits from: STAT 400, 401, 403, 406;

 

  • a maximum of 6 credits from: COSC 322, 329, 344, 421; PHYS 420.

 

  • a maximum of 6 credits from: MATH 303, 307, 327, 409.

 

Electives3

18

Total Credits

60

Minimum credits for degree

120

1Credit will only be granted for one of ENGL 112 or 114.

2Math 221 may be taken in the second term of the first year.

3Students must complete at least 12 credits of non-science designated courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take 3 credits of an Indigenous content course to partially fulfill this requirement. Students entering the B.Sc. in 2024 and later will have to successfully complete an Indigenous content course.

Data Science Honours Program

Through coursework and research, the Honours in Data Science is an intensive program of study. Students who complete this program will have the ability to work independently and with a high level of competency. The course requirements are the same as in the Major in Data Science program, except the student must maintain a high grade level (a minimum of 76%) and the student must complete DATA 449 Honours Thesis (6 credits).

Admission Requirements

  • Fourth-year standing in the Data Science Major;
  • This program requires a research project with an undergraduate honours thesis. The thesis proposal and a research supervisor must be approved by the department head; and
  • Minimum grade average of 76% in all courses taken to date applicable to the Data Science Major.

In exceptional cases, such as transferees from another institution, a student may be admitted to the Honours program notwithstanding the criteria listed above.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of the course requirements for the Data Science Major;
  • Completion of DATA 449 Honours Thesis with a minimum grade of 76%. A written thesis is required, with a public presentation of the thesis in the form of a poster session or a seminar; and
  • A minimum 76% graduating grade average (GGA).

Any query related to the data science Major/Honours should be addressed to the data science Major/Honours program advisor at datascience.advisor@ubc.ca


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