Calculus for Data Science?Question: How much Calculus-level math do you need to study Data Science?
Answer: A lot!
To even study Data Science, you need start off being a mathematician/statistician, which means you need a very solid foundation in university calculus, starting with the following undergraduate, lower-division courses:
- Calculus I
- Calculus II
- Multivariable Calculus
- Differential Equations
- Linear Algebra
- Probability Theory (Calculus-Based Statistics)
You may have searched around the internet looking for math/calculus-level courses to build up your math skills in preparation for Data Science. There certainly are excellent (free!) courses online via MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). However, you will want to have all of the above courses on real, transferable Academic transcripts to prove you have completed these courses, with letter grades, not just say "I took these courses from a MOOC". You need real credentials as a mathematician for data science.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are awesome, but they do not provide real academic course credit for their courses. If you plan to go for a B.A. or M.A. with a Data Science concentration, you will not be able to say "Oh, I took all my calculus courses from a MOOC" - you need these courses in your academic portfolio.
Data Science & Distance Calculus
Academic Credits from Distance Calculus
Distance Calculus - Student Reviews
Date Posted: May 21, 2020
Review by: Chester F.
Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II
Review: I did not enjoy Calculus I at my school. I retook Calculus I, and then Calculus II, over the summer via Distance Calculus and it was awesome. I started my sophomore year back on track and ready for my physics classes. I struggled with the MathLive software but I guess it was alright.
Transferred Credits to: University of North Carolina
Date Posted: Jun 6, 2020
Review by: Douglas Z.
Courses Completed: Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Probability Theory
Review: I loved these courses. So in depth and comprehensive. The mix of software and math curriculum was tremendously helpful to my future studies and career in engineering. I highly recommend these courses if you are bored of textbook courses.
Transferred Credits to: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Date Posted: Feb 23, 2020
Review by: Carl Conners
Courses Completed: Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra
Review: After a really rough first year of calculus, I completed all of the second year calculus courses with Distance Calculus. It was like night and day the difference. My first year was so boring and monotonous. Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra through Distance Calculus were just so much different - so not boring at all. I thoroughly enjoyed these courses. So engaging.
Transferred Credits to: Michigan State University