Data Science (BSc)
- Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo Campus
- Bachelor of Science, BSc
- OUAC Program Code
- Grade Range
- Low 80s
- Experiential Learning
- Co-op or internship application available at the university after registration
- 1,443 (all Faculty of Science programs combined)
- Instruction Language
- 1 of ENG4U, ETS4U, EWC4U or EAE4U at 70%
- MHF4U and MCV4U, each at 80%
Note: Prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
Students whose first language is not English are required to submit acceptable evidence of their English proficiency. Applicants who have studied in an English instructional education system on a full-time basis for a minimum of 3 years and who have acceptable grades in English and other humanities/social sciences may not be required to submit a test score. Please visit wlu.ca/admissions for further information.
LEAF - Laurier English and Academic Foundation
The LEAF program, which is offered at our Brantford campus, allows academically qualified students who do not meet our English proficiency requirements the opportunity to receive a conditional offer of admission to Laurier pending their completion of Level 5 of the LEAF program.
How Does the Program Work?
LEAF courses focus on academic English and they are designed to prepare you for success in university. LEAF is a 5-level program and it typically takes 1 term to complete 1 level. In each calendar year, there are two 14-week regular terms and two 8-week intensive summer terms. Our regular terms are the same length as our fall and winter undergraduate terms, giving you the opportunity to interact with both domestic and international students during the busiest times of the year.
In Level 5 of the LEAF program, you will be required to complete a course for credit. This will help you get a head start towards completing your degree while you complete your LEAF program requirements.
To successfully complete the LEAF program, students will need to achieve a minimum grade of 70% in each LEAF course, complete a course for credit and obtain a minimum overall average of 70% in Level 5.
What Level Will I Start In?
Check the table below to determine your starting level of the LEAF program.
If you don’t have an English proficiency test score, you will be given a placement test to determine which of the 5 levels is best suited for you.
Will I Receive a Conditional Offer of Admission?
Conditional offers of admission to undergraduate studies at Laurier will be awarded to academically qualified students for September 2018 entry. This means that a conditional offer of admission to Laurier can be awarded at the same time as an offer of admission is made to LEAF.
- January 3 – April 20, 2018
- April 23 – June 15, 2018
- June 25 – August 17, 2018
- September 4 – December 21, 2018
For more information about the LEAF program, visit the LEAF website.
Offers of Admission for Ontario High School Students
Multiple Offers of Admission
Applicants will receive an admission decision on all applications they submit to Laurier (up to a maximum of 3). You will be sent information after you apply about how to submit additional information to support your application for admission.
Basic Requirements for Admission
To calculate your admission average, we will consider your top six 4U/M courses.
All 4U prerequisite courses are calculated in your admission average, regardless of whether or not they are part of your top 6 courses, for the following programs:
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
- BBA Double-degree programs
- Faculty of Science programs
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) in Public Health
- Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography
The exceptions for the Faculty of Science programs are the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) programs, as well as the BA in Psychology & Policing combination program, which do not include the required math course when calculating the admission average.
For all other programs, we will look at your top 6 marks, regardless of whether or not your prerequisites are included in that average.
4U English must be at a minimum of 60% for all programs unless otherwise specified. You must also meet program-specific requirements. All required courses must be at a minimum of 60%, unless otherwise specified.
Failed and Repeated Courses
If you repeat a course, the highest grade will be used in calculating your average with no penalty. Courses taken at night school/summer school are considered equivalent to regular daytime courses.
Timing and Process for Admission Decisions
We begin to send out offers of admission in December and continue to do so until the deadline to accept your offer on June 1. Offers are sent out in what we call “phases”, with each phase based on different academic criteria. All offers of admission are conditional until your final grades are received by our office in July.
Phase 1: Early Offers of Admission
- This phase takes place during December and January.
- Admissions during this phase are based on your best five 3U/M courses.
- We must also be able to see from your application that you are enrolled in all 4U prerequisite courses for admission.
Phase 2: Second Round of Offers
- This phase takes place during February and March.
- Admissions during this phase are based on your best six 3U/M and 4U/M courses. You must have a minimum of three 4U/M courses calculated as part of that best 6.
- You must be enrolled in all 4U/M prerequisite courses for admission.
Phase 3: Final Round of Offers
- This phase takes place during April and May.
- Admissions during this phase are based on your best six 4U/M courses.
- Your best 6 can/will include prerequisite courses (for some programs) and your second semester midterm grades, if you are still completing your Grade 12 year.
Note: If you do not receive an offer of admission during the first 2 phases, it will either be due to insufficient grade information being available to us or because you do not meet the elevated prerequisite requirements we are looking for during that specific phase. Your application will not be negatively impacted in any way and we will continue to consider you for admission as we receive new grade information, until the end of May.
For more information and updates, visit our Undergraduate Admission Toolkit.
If you are not eligible for your program(s) of choice, you will automatically be considered for admission to an alternative program. To learn how we make decisions about alternative offers, see our website on alternate offers of admission.
Residence applications are completed online. You will receive details and deadlines in Laurier's First-Year Student Welcome Book that will be mailed to you with your first offer of admission. Residence is guaranteed to studenters entering first-year studies who have never attended a postsecondary institution and whose application form and deposit are received by the posted deadline. Find more information about residence at Laurier.