Essential Mathematics for Data Science, Undergraduate Certificate

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Data Scientists is projected to grow by 36% from 2021 to 2031, placing this career in the top 10 nationally for growth. While most Data Scientists start out studying mathematics or computer science, there is high demand for employees in the field from a wide range of disciplines, as long as they have acquired the essential math skills in addition to their major. This certificate is designed to provide the essential math skills as well as Python programming skills needed for someone to pursue a career as a data scientist.

Students pursuing this certificate should have strong mathematics skills and may need to take some additional lower-level courses if not yet ready for Calculus III. Current matriculated WP students as well as non-degree students seeking to prepare themselves for a career in Data Analytics may enroll in this certificate.

Courses taken for this certificate may also count towards the Mathematics, Computer Science or Information Technology majors and minor.

View course descriptions in the University Course Catalog:

Program Details

  • Level: Undergraduate; Intermediate to Advanced
  • Eligibility: Current WP Students; Non-WP Students
  • Credit or Non-Credit: 14 college credits (4 courses)
  • Instruction Method: Traditional and online courses available
  • Average Time to Completion: Three semesters; summers optional

Skills Developed*

  • Critical Thinking
  • Technology

*Categories based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) key competencies

Noteworthy Careers Supported by this Certificate

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Machine Learning Specialist
  • Statistician
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Senior Analyst

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