Data Science, Bachelor of Science College of Letters & Science

The Data Science program will not accept majors until Fall 2022.

Department Office

4118B Mathematical Sciences; 530- 752-1053; Statistics

The B.S. Major

Data Science combines computational, mathematical and statistical reasoning to draw conclusions based on data. Data science techniques and methods can be applied to problems from virtually any discipline; for example, in agricultural and environmental sciences, biological sciences, engineering, medical sciences and social sciences.

The Program

Data Science majors receive a Bachelor of Science degree. The program requires both theoretical and applied course work to underscore the strong interdependence of technical foundations in computer science, engineering, mathematics and statistics, and their applications to any field of inquiry relying on quantitative data analysis. The B.S. degree program has one track, the Foundations track.

B.S. in Data Science-Foundations Track emphasizes the underlying computer science, engineering, mathematics and statistics methodology and theory, and is especially recommended as preparation for graduate study in data science or related fields.

Career Opportunities

Inferential and computational techniques are used in many fields, including the agricultural and environmental sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, and health sciences, business, and engineering. The wide applicability of data science is reflected in the strong demand for graduates with data science training in both the public and private sectors. Employment opportunities include careers in data & policy analysis in government & industry, tech industry, insurance & healthcare industry, engineering, public health, biological & pharmaceutical research, law, and education. Students with an undergraduate degree in data science may enter advanced studies in data science, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, economics, finance, psychology, medicine, business management & analytics, and other professional school programs.

Major Advisor

The Data Science major will not accept majors until Fall 2022. To learn more about other majors in the Department of Statistics that are currently accepting students, please consult Statistics Undergraduate Advising.

Foundations Track

Preparatory Subject Matter
Computer Science Engineering
ECS 017Data, Logic, & Computing4
ECS 032AIntroduction to Programming4
ECS 032BIntroduction to Data Structures4
MAT 021ACalculus4
MAT 021BCalculus4
MAT 021CCalculus4
MAT 022ALinear Algebra3
STA 035AStatistical Data Science I4
STA 035BStatistical Data Science II4
STA 035CStatistical Data Science III4
All prerequisites for preparatory material are themselves part of the preparatory material.
Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal39
Depth Subject Matter
Computer Science Engineering
ECS 116Databases for Non-Majors4
ECS 117 (Pending Approval)4
ECS 119 (Pending Approval)4
ECS 130Scientific Computation4
or MAT 167 Applied Linear Algebra
Choose one:4
ECS 111
(Pending Approval)
Mathematics for Data Analytics & Decision Making
Statistical Learning I
MAT 168Optimization4
MAT 135AProbability4
or STA 131A Introduction to Probability Theory
STA 108Applied Statistical Methods: Regression Analysis4
STA 141AFundamentals of Statistical Data Science4
Science & Technology Studies
STS 101Data & Society4
Three elective courses in a related discipline.12
Depth Subject Matter Subtotal52
Total Units91