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Minor in Data Science

minor in Data Science cohort declaration system

Students minoring in Data Science will receive exposure to computational and applied statistical techniques that offer comprehensive foundations in aspects of data science, preparing students for employment, graduate study in data science or (when combined with appropriate disciplinary training) graduate study in data- or computation-intensive programs in science or social science.

6 courses are required to complete the minor: 1 introductory statistics course, 4 core Data Science courses (STAT 301-1,2,3 or STAT 303-1,2,3 and STAT 302), and 1 approved elective course relevant to the minor. Two different tracks of the Data Science sequence are offered, one taught using R (STAT 301-1,2,3) and one using Python (STAT 303-1,2,3). Python experience recommended for the STAT 303-1,2,3 Data Science with Python.

Minor in Data Science Cohort System

Space in the core courses for the minor in Data Science (STAT 301-1,2,3 or STAT 303-1,2,3 and STAT 302), is limited and students who declare are assigned to a Data Science Minor Cohort. Students who are interested in pursuing the minor should add themselves to the Data Science Minor Declaration Interest List as early as possible.

The Data Science Minor Cohorts reflect the academic year the students in the cohort are assigned to take the core Data Science courses. For example, students in the 2022-23 Data Science Minor Cohort would take their 4 core STAT data science minor courses in academic year 2022-2023. Students are only guaranteed seats in the 4 core courses in their assigned Cohort year.

Additionally, cohorts are broken into two tracks, the R track and the Python track. Students wishing to declare indicate if they have a track preference. Python experience is recommended for the Python track.

How the Data Science Minor Cohorts are Assigned

The assignment of students to a Data Science Minor Cohort and declaration of the minor happens annually in spring quarter.

Assignment to a cohort is based on availability, track preference, and other factors. The date students sign up for the Data Science Minor Declaration Interest List is taken into consideration when making assignments to cohorts and tracks, so we encourage you to sign up as early as possible. We begin filling cohorts up to three years in advance.

The cohorts that we will be assigning students to in Spring 2022 are: 2022-2023, 2023-2024, 2024-2025

Process for Declaring the Minor

Students who wish to declare the minor should follow these steps.

Step 1: Add yourself to The Data Science Minor Declaration Interest List as early as possible.

All students are encouraged to join the list as early as possible as the date a student signs up is taken into consideration when making assignments to cohorts and track. Incoming first year students interested in the minor should join the Data Science Minor Declaration Interest List in Fall quarter of their first year.

The 2022 Data Science Minor Declaration Interest List is now closed. Information Sessions will be held the week of April 4. If you have questions please contact stats@northwestern.edu

The 2023 Data Science Minor Declaration Interest List will open on September 1, 2022 with Minor in Data Science Information Sessions held in early April 2023. The link to the interest list will be added here on September 1, 2022.

Step 2: Attend a Required Minor in Data Science Information Session in Spring Quarter.

Held in spring quarter, typically in April, these sessions prepare students for all the aspects of declaring the minor. Assignments to cohorts, tracks, and an individual advising session to declare the minor happen after these sessions in spring.

Students must add themselves to the Data Science Minor Declaration Interest List to receive information about registering for a Minor in Data Science Information Session. Again, we encourage students to add themselves to the Data Science Minor Declaration Interest List as early as possible.

Step 3: Receive and accept your Data Science Minor Cohort Year and Track assignment.

After information sessions conclude, students who attended will be assigned to cohorts and tracks and emailed information on how to set up their individual advising session to declare the minor.

 

Read more about the minor requirements

If you are a Statistics major or are considering becoming one, please see the Data Science Minor for Statistics Majors page for the full list of requirements.

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