This Data Science minor launches in Fall 2019 and is interdisciplinary in nature, accessible to all undergraduate students across campus. The Data Science (DS) minor will develop critical thinking skills and practical capabilities by teaching students to:
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There are six required courses for the DS minor: DSCI 301-305, 400
Students interested in the DS minor will be expected to have fulfilled prerequisite courses in calculus and have demonstrated proficiency in the programming language, Python.
Python proficiency is required for advanced courses (i.e. DSCI 302)
When will the Data Science minor start?
Does AP MATH count for the MATH requirements?
Yes, MATH 105 and MATH 106 can be used to fulfill these requirements
When should I be thinking about starting the minor?
It depends on your major. You should talk with both your major advisor and a DS minor advisor. In general, if you do not take DCSI 301 by the fall semesters of your sophomore year, it may be challenging to fit in the DS minor. We strongly recommend that you begin taking all Foundational Prerequisite Courses (see above) as soon your freshman year, so that you can take DSCI 301 the fall of your sophomore year.
Will course substitutions be accepted?
Some course substitutions have already been approved:
In certain instances, other advanced courses may be substituted, subject to approval of the DS minor’s academic advisor. Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier, so please contact the minor’s academic advisor as soon as possible if you have questions regarding course substitutions.
Whom should I contact for advising questions?
The DS minor advisor information will be posted in the OAA website at the beginning of the academic year (https://oaa.rice.edu/minor-advisors).
Will all the courses be offered every semester?
No. Although this might change over time, the anticipated course offerings for the 2019-2020 academic year is listed below:
How and when can I declare the DS minor?
Beginning Fall 2019 you can meet with a DS minor advisor (see 5 above) to declare the minor.
Can the DCSI courses be taken by students not taking the DS minor?
Yes, but please talk with your major advisor about how the DSCI courses might fit into your major.