The Associate of Science in Data Science will cover foundational aspects of data science. Courses will cover functional coding and methods; analytical methods; descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics; and machine learning. Graduates will be able to deliver reproducible data analyses and solutions. Graduates will understand ethical, privacy, and security considerations in the conduct of data analyses. Graduates will be able to communicate the story in the data through the use of data visualization techniques.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Degree Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program of study, students will be able to:

  • In response to a specific challenge or problem, gather appropriate data. 
  • Pre-process data, as appropriate, for anticipated final processing and analyses. 
  • Evaluate a variety of methods used to conduct a data analysis for a specified situation and given data then generate and effectively communicate a comprehensive report on this evaluation including all aspects of the results.
  • Deliver reproducible analyses and results.
  • Effectively communicate technical results to both or either a technical or non-technical audience. 
  • Explain the ethical, privacy, and security issues related to data science analyses and communication.
  • Obtain real-world experience through project-based coursework and the associate-level seminar.

Programmatic Admission Requirements

For admission to the AS of Data Science, applicants must have completed preparation in mathematics equivalent to pre-calculus or higher. A review of high school or college transcripts showing completion of this requirement will be conducted during the admission process.

Please visit our AMU or APU undergraduate admission page for more information on institutional admission requirements.

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Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required27
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Survey of Photography
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop®
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
Jazz and Rock
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
World Archaeology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Death and Dying
Race & Religion
Hope and Resilience
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (27 semester hours)

MATH220Linear Algebra3
MATH226Calculus II3
MATH227Calculus III3
DATS200Functional Methods and Coding3
DATS201Analytical Methods I3
DATS211Introduction to Data Science3
DATS221Exploratory Data Analysis3
DATS225Data Visualization3
Total Semester Hours27

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

DATS298Associate Seminar3
Total Semester Hours3