Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Data Science

Use computer science and statistics to quantify information and make informed decisions.


What You Need to Know

Why study data science at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree in data science. Develop the skills and knowledge needed to work in career positions such as data analyst, data architect or statistician.

Access to professors
Assist with research projects on predictive modelling, graphics and visualization, machine learning, system architecture, databases, computational statistics or optimization—just some of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring.

State-of-art lab space
Contribute to the solution of modern data problems in the Statistical Machine Learning Laboratory or the Laboratory for Data Visualization. UBC Okanagan is also home to one of Canada's foremost optimization research groups: Centre for Optimization, Convex Analysis & Nonsmooth Analysis.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

In data science undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in data science, a BSc data science honours, or a 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 Statistician, Quantitative Analyst, Decision Support Engineering Analyst, or Data Scientist.


UBC Okanagan’s data science program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare students for graduate studies, as well as for careers in e-commerce, finance, government, genomics, entertainment and sports, management, and other areas that increasingly rely on data sets.

Sample courses:

  • DATA 301 – Introduction to Data Analytics
  • DATA 311 – Machine Learning
  • DATA 421 – Network Science

Browse data science courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The following links takes you to Data Science program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academics policies at the University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Graduate Studies
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences offers MA, MSc and PhD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program in which students may build an individualized program.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • Chemistry 11
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Pre-calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at – there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world’s top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate studies in Data Science. Career options range from marketing analyst and financial manager to data engineer.



  • Business continuity planner
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Business teacher
  • Commercial intelligence manager
  • Competitive intelligence analyst
  • Computer network support specialist
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Consultant
  • Customer insight lead
  • Data analyst
  • Data architect
  • Data engineer
  • Data mining engineer
  • Data programmer
  • Data scientist
  • Data warehouse architect
  • Financial managers
  • Geospatial information scientist
  • Human resource specialist
  • Knowledge engineer
  • Information technology project manager
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Marketing analyst
  • Marketing manager
  • Marketing specialist
  • Online merchant
  • Risk analyst
  • Sales engineer
  • Statistician

Potential Employers

  • National security such as law enforcement, disaster preparedness, defence and counterterrorism sectors
  • Business intelligence, including financial analysis, risk management, finance and insurance firms
  • Marketing and online commerce such as technology and gaming, Internet and online, and information technology companies

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan offers Master of Science (MSc) and Doctorate (PhD) degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may build an individualized program and have a data science department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

UBC Okanagan also offers an MSc in Computer Science with clusters in Data Science and Optimization.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC:

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with fellow students.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and jump-start your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience. Pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look impressive on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project — a life-changing experience.
  • Acquire real-world job skills and strong connections at a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Data Science program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.

Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an Aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

Clubs and Associations

  • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options in one of many clubs and associations including the Quantitative Sciences Course Union.
  • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.

Living in Residence

Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

Find out more about living in residence.

The Okanagan Valley: What to Expect

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


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