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Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science: Approved Courses

The Graduate Certificate requires three 3-unit (or greater) courses.

All three courses must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a grade of B or higher.*

At least one of these courses must be an INFO course in the School of Information.

* Note: any courses taken towards the Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science in Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 may be taken on an S/U basis instead of a letter grade and must be completed with an S grade (an S grade is a B– or higher). This exception is only approved for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 due to COVID-19; courses taken in any other semester require a letter grade of B or higher.


1. Introductory Data Science Course

One required synthetic introduction to data science class.


2. Course in Analytical Methods and Techniques of Data Science

Students must take at least one course from this list.


3. Elective

A domain-specific data science course or a second methods course.

Students must take at least 3 units from this list or a second course from the list under (2), above.

All classes are 3 units except where noted otherwise.

  • A,RESEC 213 Applied Econometrics (4 units)
  • CIV ENG 263N Scalable Spatial Analytics
  • COMPSCI C267 Applications of Parallel Computers
  • COMPSCI 286A Introduction to Database Systems (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 281B Advanced Topics in Machine Learning and Decision Making
  • COMPSCI 288 Natural Language Processing (4 units)
  • CY PLAN 204C Introduction to GIS and City Planning (4 units)
  • CY PLAN 255 Urban Informatics and Visualization
  • CY PLAN 257 Data Science for Human Mobility and Socio-technical Systems (4 units)
  • DATASCI W209 Data Visualization (MIDS & MICS students only)
  • DATASCI W241 Experiments and Causal Inference (MIDS & MICS students only)
  • DATASCI W266 Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning (MIDS & MICS students only)
  • EDUC C260F Machine Learning in Education
  • EDUC 275B Data Analysis in Educational Research II (4 units)
  • EDUC 275G Hierarchical and Longitudinal Modeling
  • EDUC 276E Research Design and Methods for Program and Policy Eval
  • EECS 227AT Optimization Models in Engineering (4 units)
  • EL ENG 227BT Convex Optimization (4 units)
  • EL ENG C227C Convex Optimization and Approximation
  • EL ENG C227T Introduction to Convex Optimization (4 units)
  • ENGIN C233 Applications of Parallel Computers
  • ESPM 215 Hierarchical Statistical Modeling in Envir Science (2 units)
  • ESPM 288 Reproducible and Collaborative Data Science
  • GEOG 249 Spatiotemporal Data Analysis in the Climate Sciences
  • GEOG 279 Statistics and Multivariate Data Analysis for Research
  • GEOG 282 GIS: Applications in Geographical Research (4 units)
  • GEOG 285 Topics in Earth System Remote Sensing
  • INFO 247 Information Visualization and Presentation (4 units)
  • INFO 256 Applied Natural Language Processing
  • INFO 259 Natural Language Processing (4 units)
  • INFO 288 Big Data and Development
  • * INFO 241 Experiments and Causal Inference
  • INFO C260F Machine Learning in Education
  • IND ENG 242 Applications in Data Analysis
  • IND ENG C227A Introduction to Convex Optimization (4 units)
  • IND ENG C227B Convex Optimization and Approximation
  • JOURN 221 Introduction to Data Visualization
  • LD ARCH 289 Applied Remote Sensing
  • LINGUIS 252 Computational Linguistics
  • LINGUIS 290L Additional Seminar on Special Topics to Be Announced (Fall 2020 only)
  • EWMBA 263 Marketing Analytics
  • MAT SCI 215 Computational Materials Science
  • MBA 263 Marketing Analytics
  • MBA 296 Special Topics in Business Administration (2 units) (Fall 2019 & 2020, section 7B: “Data Science Applications in Finance and Accounting” only)
  • MEC ENG 249 Machine Learning Tools for Modeling Energy Transport and Conversion Processes
  • MFE 230P Financial Data Science (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 231A Analytic Methods for Health Policy and Management
  • PB HLTH C240A Intro to Modern Biostatistical Theory and Practice (4 units)
  • PB HLTH C240B Survival Analysis and Causality (4 units)
  • PB HLTH C240C Comp Statistics with Apps in Biology and Medicine (4 units)
  • PB HLTH C240D Comp Statistics with Apps in Biology and Medicine II (4 units)
  • PB HLTH 241 Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data (4 units)
  • PB HLTH C242C Longitudinal Data Analysis (4 units)
  • PB HLTH 244 Big Data: A Public Health Perspective (3-4 unit)
  • PB HLTH 251C Causal Inference and Meta-Analysis in Epidemiology (2 units)
  • POL SCI C236A The Statistics of Causal Inference in the Social Science (4 units)
  • POL SCI C236B Quantitative Methodology in the Social Sciences (4 units)
  • POL SCI 239T Intro to Computational Tools & Techniques for Soc Sci Research
  • PUB POL 249 Statistics for Program Evaluation (4 units)
  • PUB POL 275 Spatial Data and Analysis (4 units)
  • PUB POL 279 Research Design and Data Collection for Public Policy Analysis
  • PUB POL 288 Risk and Optimization Models for Policy (4 units)
  • PUB POL 290 Special Topics in Public Policy (“Data Science for Public Policy” topic only: Spring 2020, section 5; Fall 2020, section 11)
  • SOCIOL C271D Quantitative/Statistical Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • SOCIOL 273M Computational Social Science
  • SPANISH 209 Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics (4 units) (Spring 2019, “Quantitative Methods in (Spanish) (Socio)Linguistics” only)
  • STAT 215A Statistical Models: Theory and Application (4 units)
  • STAT 215B Statistical Models: Theory and Application (4 units)
  • STAT 238 Bayesian Statistics
  • STAT C239A The Statistics of Causal Inference in the Social Science (4 units)
  • STAT C239B Quantitative Methodology in the Social Sciences (4 units)
  • STAT 241B Advanced Topics in Machine Learning and Decision Making
  • STAT 243 Introduction to Statistical Computing (4 units)
  • STAT 244 Statistical Computing (4 units)
  • STAT C245A Intro to Modern Biostatistical Theory and Practice (4 units)
  • STAT C245B Survival Analysis and Causality (4 units)
  • STAT C245C Comp Statistics with Apps in Biology and Medicine (4 units)
  • STAT C245D Comp Statistics with Apps in Biology and Medicine II (4 units)
  • STAT C247C Longitudinal Data Analysis (4 units)
  • STAT 248 Analysis of Time Series (4 units)
  • STAT 259 Reproducible and Collaborative Statistical Data Science (4 units)
  • STAT C261 Quantitative/Statistical Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • VIS SCI 265 Neural Computation

* Course pending COCI approval

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Faculty Curriculum Committee

AnnaLee Saxenian, chair
School of Information

Ani Adhikari
Department of Statistics

Josh Blumenstock
School of Information

Karen Chapple
College of Environmental Design

Chris Hoofnagle
School of Information

Zsolt Katona
Haas School of Business

Lexin Li
School of Public Health

Deb Nolan
Department of Statistics
Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society

Valerie Shapiro
School of Social Welfare

Last updated:

March 12, 2021