The Data Science minor has been designed for majors in the humanities and social sciences who want to gain practical know-how of statistical data analytic methods as it relates to their field of interest. The minor will provide students with the knowledge of exploratory and confirmatory data analyses of diverse data types (e.g. text, numbers, images, graphs, trees, binary input); strengthen social research by teaching students how to correctly apply data analysis tools and the techniques of data visualization to convey their conclusions. No previous programming or statistical background is assumed.
Students are expected to:
All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of the Data Mining requirement. Seven courses are required, equal to at least 22 units. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required for courses fulfilling the minor.
After declaring the minor in Axess, students must submit the Data Science minor form to Susie Ementon, Sequoia Hall, Room 222, before they can be approved.
Minor course requirements
Linear Algebra (5 units) select one course
Programming (3 units)
Programming in R select one course
Statistics (3 units) select one course
Data Mining and Analysis (3 units)
Data Science Methodology from the cognate field of interest (2-3 units) select at least one course
Suggested courses include, but are not limited to:
To request consideration for a course not listed here, email the course syllabus to Susie Ementon, email@example.com.
Typical paths to the minor:
Freshman: STATS 48N, Math 21, CS 106A
Sophomore: STATS 101, Math 51
Junior: Phil 167, English 184E
Senior: STATS 202
Freshman: (AP Calculus), Think3, CS 106A
Sophomore: STATS 101, CME 100
Junior: Econ 102A, PoliSci 350A
Senior: STATS 202
Any changes to the initial course of study should be approved in advance by the department.
*A note about double counting: For majors & minors with overlapping requirements, the courses that may be double counted are those from the MATH 50 series and CS 106A. Beyond these, students would need to find another suitable course to satisfy the requirements for the minor.
Data Science minor inquiries should be addressed to Susie Ementon, firstname.lastname@example.org.