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Data Science

Associate in Science Degree

The Data Science, Associate of Science degree provides students with the mathematical foundation, technical knowledge, and expertise to understand how data are collected, analyzed, and used. Through the study of data science, the student develops the ability to think logically and to gain the problem-solving and computational skills necessary for success in upper-division data science courses. A major in Data Science transfers to a four-year university where students have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Data Science, Statistics, or Mathematics. Career Options: Computer Programmer, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Mathematician, Operations Researcher, Statistician, and Teacher.

Major Core Requirements (22 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
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Calculus and Analytical Geometry
Honors Calculus and Analytical Geometry

5 units
5 units
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Calculus and Analytical Geometry
Honors Calculus and Analytical Geometry

5 units
5 units
MATH004CLinear Algebra4 units
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Elementary Statistics
Honors Elementary Statistics

4 units
4 units
MATH080Foundations of Data Science4 units

Major Electives. At least one course must be in Computer Science. (8-9 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CIST004AComputer Programming I (C++ Programming)4 units
CIST004A1Computer Programming I (Java)4 units
CIST004BData Structures using Advanced C++4 units
CIST004B1Data Structures using Advanced Java4 units
CIST005AIntroduction to Python4 units
CIST005BAdvanced Python4 units
CIST037C Programming4 units
MATH004AIntermediate Calculus5 units
MATH019Discrete Mathematics4 units

Total Major Units: 30-31 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate technology and computer programming techniques to the analysis of data.
  • Demonstrate computational, estimation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Construct mathematical models, draw conclusions from these models, and communicate their conclusions.
  • Formulate and test mathematical conjectures.
  • Adapt general data science techniques to course-specific problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze problems involving data, using techniques appropriate to the course content and level of study.
Last Updated 7/19/23