Jun 21, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Data Science Foundations Graduate Certificate

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This graduate certificate program teaches students the foundations of data science from a computing perspective. This degree is designed for students with a wide range of backgrounds who have no formal computer science education but have strong math and science skills. 

Students who complete this certificate will be able to pursue professional careers in data science.  They will be eligible to be considered for admission to the following MSc programs in data science: Applied Data Science, Communications Data Science, Spatial Data Science, Healthcare Data Science, Public Policy Data Science, and Environmental Data Science.

Students will first learn the basics of data science, including data processing, algorithms, parallel computing, statistical methods, and machine learning. They will also learn how to write basic data processing programs in Python. These introductory classes will prepare them to tackle the complexity of real-world problems to build scalable data systems. Through class projects and homeworks, students will create a portfolio of their work to demonstrate their skills to potential employers.

Students will need to complete the three required courses with no possibility of substitutions or waivers.

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