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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

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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If you have questions regarding a program’s admission requirements, please contact an admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

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
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
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
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH225Calculus3
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
MATH302Statistics3
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