Data Science (Certificate)

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The data science certificate is intended for students interested in a variety of career fields, including statistics, business and network administration, or for those who intend to pursue graduate and professional schools. The strategic combination of computing and statistics will develop students' expertise in the design and analysis of data.

The data science certificate program combines the strengths of database skills with interdisciplinary computational statistics.

The program provides students with an understanding of the computational and statistical methods used to extract insights from complex datasets and provides hands-on experience with them. In particular, it includes courses that cover key techniques for the different stages of the data science process: data collection, data processing for small and big data, data cleaning, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, predictive modeling with machine learning techniques and statistical modeling.

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Data Science (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in data science consists of a minimum of 15 upper-division credit hours. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be completed through courses offered by the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the certificate must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Required Courses -- 9 credit hours
Electives (choose two courses) -- 6 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

Prerequisites for this certificate are:

ACO 201 Data Structures and Algorithms (3)
MAT 243 Discrete Mathematical Structures (3) or MAT 300 Mathematical Structures (3)
STP 226 Elements of Statistics (3)

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

A certificate in data science helps prepare students who have an interest in databases and statistics. Possible careers include data scientist, machine learning scientist or engineer, applications architect, data architect and data engineer.

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