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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar

Data Science minor

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General information and requirements

A minor consisting of 18 credit hours is available in Data Science. This Data Science minor focuses on developing computational and analytical skills needed to turn large volumes of data into insight. Our ability to produce and collect enormous quantities of heterogeneous data is rapidly growing. The term Big Data has been coined to address the incredible value of intelligent analysis of large volumes of data to support crucial business, financial and strategic decisions.  We urgently need individuals capable of turning vast quantities of data, in other words Big Data, into insight are required in today’s workplace. Individuals with this ability, often called data scientists, are highly sought after in a variety of industries, from healthcare to finance to business consultancy.

The Data Science minor will enable students enrolled in a diverse set of non-Computer Science STEM programs – applied mathematics, physics, etc. – to acquire the computational and data analytic skills needed to be competitive in tomorrow’s job market. The minor will focus on:

  • Developing a basic understanding of computational tools for data analytics.
  • Gaining working knowledge over a range of problems, methods and systems for performing data analysis for real – life data sets.
  • Attaining a good understanding of the applications of data science in a variety of domains.
  • Acquiring critical problem solving skills to extract knowledge and understanding from large volumes of data. 

If the current trends are any indicator, students with a Data Science minor will be highly sought after in whole array of industries.

Optional courses

Students who are interested in pursuing additional courses in this area are encouraged, but not required, to take the following courses:

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