Data Science

Data Science is the emerging interdisciplinary study and application of how we capture, organize, archive, access, and use large-scale data.


Data Science is the emerging interdisciplinary study and application of how we capture, organize, archive, access, and use large-scale data.

Data Science is a burgeoning field at the intersection of mathematics, statistics, computer coding, and critical thinking. It aims to draw insights from large databases available in the modern era through various processing techniques, statistical analysis, mathematical modelling, and data visualization.

Only available as a minor or undergraduate certificate.

At a Glance

Degree options
Undergraduate certificate


At Mount Allison, students in the Data Science program will learn concepts and practices for effective management, distribution, and presentation of data, enabling them to successfully engage with the scope and scale of data resources.

The program is designed to engage and serve the interests of a wide range of students with emphasis on interdisciplinary opportunities and challenges of data science, including ethics and privacy.

Skills in data science are highly transferable across many areas of practice and professions, from physics to health care to social policy.

Course areas in data science include:

  • linear algebra
  • econometrics
  • statistics
  • data analysis
  • advanced design and statistical analysis
  • data visualization and communication
  • data acquisition and organization
  • experiential data science

Program options:

A certificate in Data Management (12 credits)
Covers the theory, ethics, and practice of managing and presenting data resources. The certificate will empower students with tools to advance their work in their own discipline, and to progress to graduate or professional practice.

A certificate in Data Analytics (18 credits)
Covers conceptual approaches to analyses of large-scale data, which presents both challenges and opportunities.

A minor in Data Science (24 credits)
Combines both certificates, along with advanced statistics.

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?


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Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths in data science include:

  • health sciences
  • environmental management
  • banking and finance
  • business analytics
  • economist
  • biologist
  • journalism



Bachelor of Science

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menus below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Science; however, a minor in Data Science can be combined with any degree.

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