# How Much Math Do You Need for Data Science?

Answer: A lot!To be a real Data Scientist, you need to be 1/2-programmer and 1/2-mathematician/statistician. That means you need a very

**solid**foundation in university mathematics, which starts with the following undergraduate, lower-division courses:

- Calculus I
- Calculus II
- Multivariable Calculus
- Differential Equations
- Linear Algebra
- Probability Theory (Calculus-Based Statistics)

While there are TONS of free (and sometimes excellent) courses online via MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), 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". There are no short-cuts in building up your 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. We invite you to explore our Distance Calculus courses in more detail via the links above, or perhaps the movies below.

## Academic Credits from Distance Calculus

## Data Science & Distance Calculus

## Distance Calculus - Student Reviews

*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.

*Date Posted: Jan 13, 2020*

Review by: Joe

Courses Completed: Calculus II

Review: This is the most interactive and productive online course I have ever taken. I had taken calculus before but never understood some of the underlying concepts until I took this course. If you want to really learn calculus in a way that will stay with you for the rest of your life, take this course.

Transferred Credits to: The college of New Jersey

## Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration

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