Data Science (BS)
The Data Science BS is jointly offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Data Science is an emerging discipline that lies at the intersection of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. The curriculum for the program provides a solid foundation in all the three disciplines. It prepares students for Data Scientist or related positions in industry, business, and government that are currently in high demand and also for graduate study in either of the three disciplines. The curriculum also includes a capstone project course.
Bachelor of Science in Data Science
Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)1
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Professors: Zalman I. Balanov @zxb105020, Min Chen @mxc136030, Pankaj K. Choudhary @pkc022000, Mieczyslaw K. Dabkowski @mkd034000, Vladimir Dragovic @vxd123630, Sam Efromovich @sxe062000, Yulia Gel @yxg142030, M. Ali Hooshyar @ali, Wieslaw Krawcewicz @wzk091000, Susan E. Minkoff @sem120030, L. Felipe Pereira @lfp140030, Dmitry Rachinskiy @dxr124030, Viswanath Ramakrishna @vish, Janos Turi @turi, John Zweck @jwz120030
Associate Professors: Swati Biswas @sxb125731, Yan Cao @yxc069200
Assistant Professors: Maxim Arnold @mxa149530, Carlos Arreche @cxa171230, Bhargab Chattopadhyay @bxc126030, Sy Han (Steven) Chiou @sxc172931, Qingwen Hu @qxh102020, Frank Konietschke @fxk141230, Yifei Lou @yxl145331, Oleg Makarenkov @oxm130230, Tomoki Ohsawa @txo140730, Sunyoung Shin @sxs177233, Anh Tran @att140830, Nathan Williams @nxw170830
Professors Emeriti: Larry P. Ammann @ammann, Patrick Odell @pxo062000, John W. Van Ness @ness
Clinical Professor: Natalia Humphreys @nah103020
Clinical Associate Professor: Mohammad Akbar @mma110020
Clinical Assistant Professor: Wenyi (Roy) Lu @wxl153330
Professor of Instuction: Anatoly Eydelzon @axe031000
Associate Professors of Instruction: Malgorzata Dabkowska @mxd066000, Rabin Dahal @rxd153030, Changsong Li @cxl109120, My Linh Nguyen @mln018200, Tristan Whalen @tgw100020
Senior Lecturers: Mohammad Ahsan @mka120030, Kelly Aman @kxa143530, Manjula Foley @mxf091000, Bentley T. Garrett @btg032000, Yuly Koshevnik @yxk055000, Brady McCary @bcm052000, Derege Mussa @dxm146130, Paul Stanford @phs031000, Julie Sutton @jxs158030
UT Dallas Affiliated Faculty: Hervé Abdi @herve, Titu Andreescu @txa051000, Alain Bensoussan @axb046100, Stefano Leonardi @sxl139330, Faruck Morcos @afg150230, Zhenyu Xuan @zxx091000, Hyuntae Yoo @hxy103120, Michael Qiwei Zhang @mqz091000
Professor: Latifur Khan @lkhan, Yu-Chung (Vincent) Ng @ycn041000
Associate Professors: Vibhav Gogate @vxg112130, Nicholas Ruozzi @nrr150130
Associate Professors of Instruction: Anjum Chida @axc157030, Chris I. Davis @cid021000
Assistant Professor of Instruction: Anarag Nagar @axn112530
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2
Communication: 6 semester credit hours
RHET 1302 Rhetoric
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Communication Core courses (see advisor)
Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours
Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Mathematics Core courses (see advisor)
Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours3, 5
PHYS 2325 Mechanics
or PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I - Mechanics and Heat
PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves
or PHYS 2422 Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism and Waves
Or select any 6 semester credit hours from Life and Physical Sciences Core courses (see advisor)
Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Language, Philosophy and Culture Core courses (see advisor)
Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Creative Arts Core courses (see advisor)
American History: 6 semester credit hours
Select any 6 semester credit hours from American History Core courses (see advisor)
Government/Political Science: 6 semester credit hours
GOVT 2305 American National Government
GOVT 2306 State and Local Government
Or select any 6 semester credit hours from Government/Political Science Core courses (see advisor)
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences Core courses(see advisor)
Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours
PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I3, 5
or PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I - Mechanics and Heat6, 7
Or select any 6 semester credit hours from Component Area Option courses (see advisor)
II. Major Requirements: 64-65 semester credit hours
Major Preparatory Courses: 18-19 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum
CS 1136 Computer Science Laboratory
CS 1336 Programming Fundamentals
CS 1337 Computer Science I
CS 2336 Computer Science II
MATH 3315 Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
or CS 2305 Discrete Mathematics for Computing I8
MATH 2418 Linear Algebra
PHYS 2325 Mechanics3, 5 and PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I3, 5
or PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I - Mechanics and Heat3, 5, 10
PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves3, 5
or PHYS 2422 Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism and Waves3, 5
PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II
Major Core Courses: 46 semester credit hours
CS 3345 Data Structures and Introduction to Algorithmic Analysis
CS 4347 Database Systems
CS 4371 Introduction to Big Data Management and Analytics
CS 4372 Computational Methods for Data Scientists
CS 4375 Introduction to Machine Learning
MATH 3310 Theoretical Concepts of Calculus
MATH 3351 Advanced Calculus
MATH 4301 Mathematical Analysis I
STAT 3355 Data Analysis for Statisticians and Actuaries
STAT 4351 Probability
STAT 4352 Mathematical Statistics
STAT 4354 Numerical and Statistical Computing
STAT 4355 Applied Linear Models
STAT 4360 Introduction to Statistical Learning
STAT 4475 Capstone Project
or CS 4475 Capstone Project
or MATH 4475 Capstone Project
III. Elective Requirements: 13-14 semester credit hours
Guided Electives: 13-14 semester credit hours
Although both lower- and upper-division courses may count as guided electives, they must be approved by the advisor and the student must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation.
NOTE: Students transferring into this program at the upper-division level are expected to have completed all of the 1000- and 2000- level Mathematics and Computer Science core course requirements.
1. Incoming freshmen must enroll and complete requirements of UNIV 1010 and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.
2. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from institutions of higher education. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
3. A required Major course that also fulfills Core Curriculum requirements. If semester credit hours are counted in the Core Curriculum, students must complete additional coursework to meet the minimum requirement for graduation. Course selection assistance is available from the undergraduate advisor.
4. Three semester credit hours of Calculus are counted to fulfill the Mathematics Core Requirement with the remaining one semester credit hour to be counted under Component Area Option Core.
5. Six semester credit hours of Physics are counted under Science core, and one semester credit hour of Physics (PHYS 2125) is counted under Component Area Core.
6. Please consult your advisor if selecting Honors Physics.
7. Students may use three semester credit hours of PHYS 2421 to count under Science core, and one semester credit hour of PHYS 2421 under Component Area Option core.
8. BS in Data Science students can substitute MATH 2312 with MATH 2413.
9. MATH 2417 and MATH 2419 requirements can be fulfilled by completing MATH 2413, MATH 2414, and MATH 2415.
10. Students who complete PHYS 2421 do not need to complete PHYS 2125.