Data Science Core Requirements

Students are required to complete the following courses:

Data Science/Information Systems

  • DS241 Introduction to Data Science
  • DS392 Ethics in Data Science and Applied Mathematics
  • IS314 Database Design & Management
  • IS415 Data Warehousing for Analytics
  • IS426 Big Data Architecture

Professional Experience

Students are required to complete the following Professional Experience:
MA499 Professional Experience (0 credits)

Mathematics Courses for Data Science

Students must complete the following 12 courses:

  • MA131 Calculus I
  • MA132 Calculus II
  • MA200 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling & Software 
  • MA211 Discrete Mathematics and Proof 
  • MA231 Calculus III 
  • MA339 Applied Linear Algebra
  • STAT 381 Probability
  • STAT 382 Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 383 Probability and Statistics
  • STAT 384 Advanced Applied Statistics
  • STAT 385 Bayesian Data Analysis
  • STAT 488 Statistics Projects (1-3 credits)

Science Courses for Data Science

Computer Science

Students must complete the following four courses:

  • CS141 Introduction to Computer Science I (4 credits)
  • CS142 Introduction to Computer Science II
  • CS344 Algorithms and Data Structures
  • CS449 Computational Learning


Students must complete two of following courses:

  • Biology (BY) 4-credit course with lab
  • Chemistry (CM) 4-credit course with lab
  • Physics (PH) 4-credit course with lab

Data Science Core Electives

Application Electives

Application Electives are courses from outside the MA, STAT, CS, and IS course designations that provide depth of knowledge in some domain. Students must take two 3-credit courses at the 200 level or higher, both from the same subject area, with the particular pairing approved by the Mathematics Department.

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives

Students will have at least 18 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives to satisfy the Clarkson Common Experience requirements.

Free Electives*

Students will have approximately 24 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.

*Up to 12 credit hours of advanced (300- or 400- level) coursework in Aerospace Studies or Military Science may count toward graduation requirements. Aerospace Studies or Military Science credits at the 100 and 200 levels do not count toward the required 120 hours. Other restrictions may apply; check with the Mathematics Department for details.