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Declaring the Major in Data Science

If you are a student currently enrolled in courses at Northwestern University, please follow the Steps for Current Northwestern Students

If you are a student who is transferring to Northwestern University in Fall, please follow the Steps for Incoming Transfer Students

If you are a First-Year student who will be starting Northwestern University in Fall, please follow the Steps for Incoming First-Year Students

If you are an advisor with questions about the major declaration process, please contact Undergraduate Programs assistant, Deric Holloway, at deric.holloway@northwestern.edu

Steps for Current Northwestern Students

If you are a student currently enrolled in courses at Northwestern University, please follow the steps outlined below to declare the Major in Data Science

Step 1: Review the requirements for the Major in Data Science and the lists of approved related electives.

Step 2: Review your overall academic plan for your time at Northwestern. Determine the number of courses you still need to take in order to fulfill all Major requirements. Also consider any off-campus educational experiences that you are interested in pursuing or that are required for another major (such as study abroad or Chicago Field Studies) and that might restrict the number of quarters you have remaining to complete all courses for the Major. If you have already declared other majors or minors, please review Weinberg’s double counting rules so that you are aware of which requirements for your other majors/minors will and will not count towards a Major in Data Science: https://weinberg.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/degree/double-counting-faq.html

If you have questions about timeline or viability, we recommend you meet with your academic advisor to discuss options. Once you have reviewed the requirements and your academic plan for the remainder of your time at Northwestern, proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Complete the Major in Data Science Pre-Advising Survey

Major in Data Science Pre-Advising Survey

Step 4: Pre-advising appointment. 3-5 business days after you complete the Major in Data Science Pre-Advising Survey, Deric Holloway will contact you to schedule a pre-advising appointment. This is a required step in the process for declaring the major. During this appointment, Deric will discuss your plan for fulfilling the requirements for the major and assign the year and track (Python or R) in which you will take the core Data Science sequence courses. Please note that this sequence of courses is taken in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters within a single academic year and that you are only guaranteed a seat in these courses during your assigned year.

Step 5: Advising appointment with the Director of Data Science. After your pre-advising appointment, Deric will send you the information required to schedule your advising appointment with the Director of Data Science. In this meeting the Director will address any concerns or issues that arose in the pre-advising meeting and finalize your plan of study for the Major with you. Reminder: Pre-advising must be completed before you can schedule an advising appointment with the Director of Data Science.

Step 6: Submission of declaration. After your advising appointment with the Director of Data Science, Deric Holloway will submit your signed declaration form to Weinberg. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing. Once you show in CAESAR as having declared the Major, you will be able to register for STAT courses restricted to Data Science Majors, eligible for pre-registration for select STAT courses, and eligible to receive permission to register for STAT courses that are restricted to pre-scheduled students.

If you have questions or wish to petition to make changes to your plan of study for the Major, please contact Deric Holloway at deric.holloway@northwestern.edu

If you determine you need to drop the Major after declaration, please contact Deric Holloway for directions.

Steps for Incoming Transfer Students

 Step 1: Meet with your Academic Advisor. Before attempting to declare the Major in Data Science, all incoming transfer students should meet with their school Academic Advisor to make sure they understand the requirements for graduation and to discuss their desired majors, minors, and certificates with their Advisor to determine what is viable within their time at Northwestern.

Step 2: Resolve any needed transfer credit articulation changes (if applicable). Per the Northwestern Registrar, “Transfer credits may appear as a specific Northwestern course (i.e. PSYCHOLOGY 110), as an unspecified course at a particular level with a department (i.e. BIOL_SCI 1XX), or as general credit (i.e. GEN_CRED 1XX). The subject and level of the course is determined as closely as possible after reviewing publicly available materials, such as course descriptions, to compare the prior courses with the curriculum at Northwestern. A student can work with the relevant department to seek approval for a different articulation after the evaluation is complete, if that seems warranted.” https://www.registrar.northwestern.edu/registration-graduation/transfer-and-test-credit/incoming-transfer-students.html

If you have questions about whether an unspecified course or general credit might be considered as equivalent to a STAT course, please contact Deric Holloway with the course information. If there are any transfer credits that articulated as an unspecified course or general credit and that you would like to have considered for approval as equivalent to a non-STAT course, please contact the department which offers that course at Northwestern.

Step 3: Contact Undergraduate Program Assistant for next steps. Contact Undergraduate Program Assistant Deric Holloway at deric.holloway@northwestern.edu with the email subject “DS Major Pre-Advising for Incoming Transfer Student”. In your email, please include:

Remember, it is important that you meet with your Academic Advisor and that your transfer credits have been articulated prior to contacting Deric Holloway.

Advisors working with transfer students who have questions about the Data Science major requirements should contact Deric Holloway.

Steps for Incoming First-Year Students

Step 1: Review the requirements for the Major.

Step 2: Join the Incoming First-Year Student Data Science Major Interest List to receive information about the Wildcat Welcome information sessions for the major.

Join the Incoming First-Year Student Data Science Major Interest List

Step 3: Attend an information session for the Major during Wildcat Welcome to ask questions, decide which introductory courses for the major you might be interested in and eligible to take, and prepare for registration. Information on the dates, times, and how to register for these sessions will be emailed to students on the Incoming First-Year Student Data Science Major Interest in early September.

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