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Data Science Certificate


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The data science certificate is an excellent first stop for students wanting to increase their data literacy, improve their marketability, and/or prepare for a career in a data science field. It is also suitable for those who wish to advance their professional careers by supplementing their work experience or an existing college or graduate degree with data science knowledge.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Assess different analysis and data management techniques and justify the selection of a particular model or technique for a given task.
  • Execute analyses of large and disparate datasets and construct models necessary for these analyses.

  • Demonstrate competency with programming languages and environments for data analysis.

  • Summarize findings of complex analyses in a concise way for a target audience using both graphics and statistical measures.

Program Advising

Available Fully Online
Complete this degree or certificate on your schedule, from anywhere with an internet connection, by taking all your classes online. Find out more about online learning.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the certificate requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Data science is now transforming industries beyond the technology industry, in areas such as health care, energy, and transportation. With benefits of data becoming more numerous and widespread, demand for data science and analytics talent is projected to grow by 15 percent by 2020 (US Bureau of Labor). 

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General Studies Degree

If you choose to pursue a general studies degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM Core), you can explore the Data Science Certificate plus A.A. Degree Option.

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