Bachelor of Science in Data Science

The McKelvey School of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences developed a new major that efficiently captures the intersection of mathematics and statistics with computer science for data science. The Bachelor of Science in Data Science (BSDS) will give students the formal foundation needed to understand the applicability and consequences of the various approaches to analyzing data with a focus on statistical modeling and machine learning. 

McKelvey Engineering students who declare this major must fulfill the core course requirements listed below and all other requirements for the Applied Science degree in the McKelvey School of Engineering. They must also complete Engr 310 Technical Writing and 8 units of courses designated as NSM (Natural Sciences & Math) from Anthropology (L48 Anthro), Biology and Biomedical Sciences (L41 Biol), Chemistry (L07 Chem), Earth and Planetary Sciences (L19 EPSc), Physics (L31 Physics) or Environmental Studies (L82 EnSt).

Arts & Sciences students who declare this major must fulfill the distribution requirements and all other requirements for an AB degree in addition to the specific requirements listed below.

Data Science Core Requirements

Math 131Calculus I3
Math 132Calculus II3
Math 233Calculus III3
CSE 131Introduction to Computer Science3
CSE 247Data Structures and Algorithms3
CSE 217AIntroduction to Data Science3
CSE 314AData Manipulation and Management3
Math 309Matrix Algebra3
Math 3211Statistics for Data Science I3
Math 4211Statistics for Data Science II3
Math 439Linear Statistical Models3
CSE 417TIntroduction to Machine Learning (or Math 4601)3

Data Science Technical Electives

Four courses from Mathematics & Statistics or Computer Science & Engineering can be chosen from an approved list, with the following caveats:

  • At least one course from Mathematics & Statistics (at the 400 level or above)
  • At least one course from CSE (ending in S, T, M, or A)

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Requirement

Practicum Requirement

  • 3 units of CSE 400E Independent Study taken at the same time the student is embedded in a research group (on campus or in a company) or industry, with a sponsor or adviser serving as the student's mentor