Data Science Minor - University of Houston
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Data Science Minor

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on analyzing massive amounts of data to automatically identify inherent patterns, extract underlying models, and make relevant predictions. Data science is impacting virtually all areas of the economy, including science, engineering, medicine, banking, finance, sports and the arts. Exciting real-world applications include credit card fraud detection, speech recognition, predictive medical diagnosis, and self-driving cars.

The data science minor is designed to prepare students in different disciplines to employ computational thinking and data science tools to solve practical problems in their areas of expertise. The coursework spans introduction to computer programming and statistical data analysis, as well as hands on training in pattern recognition, data mining and machine learning.

This minor will be available starting Fall 2019. It is not available to computer science majors or computer science minors.


  • Coursework (15 hours total)
    • COSC 1306/1336 – Computer Science & Programming
    • COSC 2306 – Data Programming (prereq COSC 1306/1336)
    • COSC 3337 – Data Science I (prereq for declared DS minors [COSC 2306 or 2430/2436] + [MATH 3339 or MATH 3349 or MATH 2311/1342 or TMTH 3360])
    • COSC 4337 – Data Science II (prereq COSC 3337)
    • Three (3) hours of approved advanced level (3000- or 4000-) data science related course. A student must submit an Undergraduate General Petition to the NSM undergraduate advising center requesting to use a course towards this requirement. Questions about applicable courses can be directed to the COSC Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • All course prerequisites are strictly enforced
  • Minimum 2.0 minor GPA to graduate with the minor

Eligiblity to Declare the Data Science Minor

  • All minor requests that are submitted must be reviewed for approval by the NSM Undergraduate Advising Center
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at UH.
  • Minimum 2.5 combined MATH and COSC GPA at UH.
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