2021-2022 Pitzer Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Data Science Minor

Data is everywhere. It is in every field, behind every decision by politicians, scientists, economists, etc. Modern Data Science is being used to not only understand the plethora of data that has already been collected, but also to create new data in a myriad of forms, including visual (e.g. new art forms) and audible. Data Science now includes such varied techniques as sentiment analysis of text, image recognition, word prediction, and topic modeling. Applications of Data Science are now inescapable: they range from almost every smartphone app that we use, to policy decisions of our government. It is not an overstatement to say that an understanding of Data Science is necessary for a true understanding of the way our modern world works.

Requirements for Minor

 Please note: The courses listed below are a list of some, but not all, eligible courses to fulfill the Data Science minor as new courses are in development. Please consult with your Data Science advisor for questions or concerns pertaining to other eligible courses.


Introduction to Computer Science (In Python)

Completion of any one (1) of the following courses: 

  • CSCI 005 HM
  • CSCI 004 PZ
  • CSCI 051P PO
  • CSCI 040 CM
  • DS 001 SC

Introduction to Statistics

Completion of any one (1) of the following:

Introduction to Data Science

Completion of any one (1) of the following:

  • CSCI 036 CM/PZ
  • CSCI 035 HM
  • DS 002 SC

Data Science Ethics and Social Justice

  • PSYC 183 SC

Elective Courses:

Two (2), suitable elective classes must be chosen with the student’s Data Science advisor. Options include upper level statistics, GIS, Bioinformatics, Machine Learning, and relevant classes in computing.