May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Data Science, BS


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The BS Data Science, offered by the Department of Computer Science , prepares students with foundational knowledge and skills for data science careers. It features a computing-based curriculum and instructs students in the theory and practice of data management, machine learning, and computing analysis of data-centered problems. Its balanced coursework provides students with strong analytical, computing, and data-focused skills to understand and solve problems for business and research, with societal, cultural impacts. Graduates of this program will have the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills for solving complex real-world problems, drawing conclusions from data-driven methodologies. Students will meet the qualifications for data scientist positions in industry and government and will apply a sound understanding of the social and ethical implications of data analytics in their work as data scientists.

Summary of Degree Units  
University Graduation Requirements   44
Major Preparation   25
Major Requirements   44
University Electives    7
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

A grade of “C-” or better is required for courses being used to meet any requirement in any minor or major offered by the Department of Computer Science, including Major Preparation courses.

University Requirements


Core Lower Division General Education (30 units)


Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3, B4, or F must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with a major advisor for details. 

Upper Division General Education (6 units)


Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details. 

American Institutions (6 units)


Complete one 6-unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement  with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.

The American Studies sequence (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ; 12 units) or Humanities Honors course (HUM 2B ; 6 units) satisfies the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see course descriptions for details).

Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.

Physical Education (2 units)


All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses .

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement


At SJSU, students must pass a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course with a  grade of C or better (C- not accepted) to meet graduation requirements. For this major, the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  is satisfied by a course in the major.

Major Preparation (25 units)


Major Requirements (44 units)


Major Electives (12 units)


Complete 12 units from the following courses:

University Electives (7 units)


Total Units Required (120 units)


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