Does Data Science Require Calculus?Answer: Absolutely!
In order to study Data Science, you need to become a mathematician/statistician, which means you need a very solid foundation in university mathematics, 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 3, 2018
Review by: James Holland
Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II
Review: I needed to finish the Business Calculus course very very very fast before my MBA degree at Wharton started. With the AWESOME help of Diane, I finished the course in about 3 weeks, allowing me to start Wharton on time. Thanks Diane!
Transferred Credits to: Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Date Posted: Feb 25, 2020
Review by: Jessica M.
Courses Completed: Applied Calculus
Review: I highly recommend this course. I started the Kennedy School at Harvard with a last-minute admission, but my application required the Liberal Arts calculus course, so I had to finish the course in 3 weeks. Diane was an awesome instructor! The class was surprisingly interesting. If you need to take calculus fast, this is the program to use.
Transferred Credits to: Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020
Review by: Mark Neiberg
Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus
Review: Curriculum was high quality and allowed student to experiment with concepts which resulted in an enjoyable experience. Assignment Feedback was timely and meaningful.
Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration
7.06 - Random Variables
- Y6: 7.06 - Random Variables:
- Y6.1: 7.06 - Basics
- Y6.2: 7.06 - Tutorials
- Y6.3: 7.06 - Give It a Try
- Y6.3.a: 7.06.G1
- Y6.3.b: 7.06.G2
- Y6.3.c: 7.06.G3
- Y6.3.d: 7.06.G4
- Y6.3.e: 7.06.G5
- Y6.3.f: 7.06.G6
- Y6.3.g: 7.06.G7
- Y6.3.h: 7.06.G8
- Y6.3.i: 7.06.G9
- Y6.3.j: 7.06.G10
- Y6.4: 7.06 - Literacy