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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Data Science and Computing, Custom Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements for the Data Science and Computing Major

To receive the B.S. in Data Science and Computing students must adhere to General Education  and School of Natural Sciences Requirements . The Data Science and Computing program consists of 64-71 units, with a minimum of 10 courses designed to give all students a common foundation of core knowledge specific to the discipline plus breadth in an application area.

Lower Division Core Courses [24 Units]

Mathematics and Statistics [16 units]

Calculus Requirement [8 units]

Complete one of the following calculus sequences: 

Data Science [4 units]

Complete the following course:

Computing and Programming [4 units]

Complete the following course:

Upper Division Core Courses [16 Units]

Computing and Programming [4 units]

Complete the following course:

  • DSC 111: Intermediate Computing & Statistical Programming

Data Science [8 units]

Complete the following courses:

  • DSC 100: Advanced Data Science
  • DSC 104: Ethics in Data Science

Machine Learning [4 units]

Complete one of the following courses

Student-Designed Custom Emphasis [12-18 Units]

Students must complete between 12 and 18 units of approved course work toward the completion of a Custom Emphasis track. At least 8 of these units must be upper division courses one of which must have a significant computing or data analysis component. Students may design their own emphasis track with approval from the Data Sciences Executive Committee for the program.

Transfer Students

To be admitted to the Applied Mathematical Sciences major transfer students must meet the following requirements:

Applicants will, at the time of admission have completed at minimum each of the following courses (or their equivalent) with a “C-” or better:


Additional Information

Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 in transferable courses. Any outstanding General Education and Major preparation coursework will be completed at UC Merced. Students should also consult the Information for Prospective Students link on the School of Natural Sciences website naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu for more information.