Data Science and Decisions - 3959

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Science


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 144

UAC Code: 429150

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements

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Program Description

The three-year Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions has been developed to train scientists to meet the current, and future, strong demand for Data Scientists and Data Analysts.

Graduates will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills in Data Science across the three areas of mathematics and statistics, computer science, and economics, and they will gain deeper knowledge of Data Science in one of these three areas by pursuing studies in one of three streams.

Students will also have the opportunity to increase their breadth of experience using electives.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions has been designed to:
  1. Develop graduates who have a working knowledge of scientific criteria and methods of investigation, and a concern for objectivity and precision.
  2. Enable students to understand the significance of science, technology, economics and social factors in modern society, and of the contributions they can make in improving material conditions.
  3. Produce graduates able to read critically and with understanding, to think logically, and to communicate clearly by written and oral means.
  4. Create graduates able to analyse information critically in a mathematical setting.
  5. Allow students to understand the role of speculation in the selection and solution of problems, the construction of hypotheses, and the design of experiments.
  6. Train graduates to work successfully as part of a team.
  7. Train students to demonstrate knowledge and skills in formulating problems involving both qualitative and quantitative data.
  8. Produce graduates able to prepare, process, interpret and present data using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  9. Enable students to apply mathematical and computational techniques and business sensibilities to real-world problems involving complex data sets.
  10. Encourage graduates to apply the highest ethical standards to their professional and personal lives
  11. Provide opportunities for the development of students' motivations and social maturity, and an awareness of their capabilities in relation to a choice of career which will be fruitful to themselves and to society.

Program Structure

120 UOC
72 UOC core courses and
An approved major*
12 UOC
Free electives: these courses can be taken from any Faculty at UNSW.**  
12 UOC
General Education courses: these courses cannot be Science, Engineering or Business courses.

*An approved major is 66 UoC. 18 UoC of program core courses are double-counted towards your major and the remaining 48 UoC are specific to your major.

The three majors available in the Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions are:

Quantitative Data Science

Business Data Science.

and Computational Data Science

**Students are encouraged to consider SCIF2199 (Science Work Placement) or an equivalent course as free elective.

Sample Program Guides

The Faculty of Science has created undergraduate program guides to help students choose courses based on the requirements of their chosen major/s. The documents should be used as a guide only and in conjunction with the program rules outlined below.

To access the program guide for your major, visit Undergraduate Program Guides.

Students are required to take the following core courses:

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3

General Education Requirements

Students must complete 12 UoC of General Education at any stage in their program and must follow the UNSW rules for General Education. Any course taught by the Business School, or the Faculty of Science, or the Faculty of Engineering cannot be taken as General Education for this program.

Additionally, GENS, GENC and GENE courses cannot count as General Education for students enrolled in this program. Any exceptions to these rules must be approved by the Associate Dean (Academic Programs) in the Faculty of Science, or nominee.


Students interested in a separate Honours year may be eligible for admission into one of the following Honours programs:-
For more information, please refer to the entries for these programs in this Handbook, otherwise contact either the School of Mathematics and Statistics, the School of Computer Science and Engineering or the UNSW Business School.

Academic Rules

The Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions are as follows:
  1. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions must complete a minimum of 144 units of credit (UoC).
  2. Students must complete exactly one approved Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions stream. Students need to declare their chosen stream before commencement of Stage 2 of the program. Information on how to declare a Science major can be found on the Science Student Centre website.
  3. Students may not enrol into non-core Level II courses until at least 30 UoC of Level I courses have been successfully completed.
  4. Students may not enrol into Level III courses until at least 72 UoC of courses have been successfully completed.
  5. A maximum of 72 units of credit of Level I courses can be taken, including any GEN#### course.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Award With Distinction

The Faculty of Science will award a Pass degree with Distinction to students who obtain a minimum WAM of 75 across their program and complete a minimum of 72 units of credit at UNSW.

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