Data Science 203

Statistics for Data Science

3 units

Course Description

The goal of this course is to provide students with an introduction to many different types of quantitative research methods and statistical techniques for analyzing data. We begin with a focus on measurement, inferential statistics and causal inference using the open-source statistics language, R. Topics in quantitative techniques include: descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling, experimental design, tests of difference, ordinary least squares regression, general linear models.

Skill Sets

Research design / Statistical analysis



Current Course Designers

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Paul Laskowski
Associate Adjunct Professor Alumni (PhD 2009)

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D. Alex Hughes
D. Alex Hughes
Assistant Adjunct Professor
305B South Hall

Original Course Designer

Course must be taken for a letter grade to fulfill degree requirements.

Previously listed as DATASCI W203. Prior to Fall 2016, the course was titled “Exploring and Analyzing Data.”


Master of Information and Data Science students only. Intermediate competency in calculus is required. A college-level linear algebra course is recommended.

Last updated:

October 6, 2022