# How Much Math Is Needed for Data Science?

Answer: A lot!To be a Data Scientist, you need to be half-programmer and half-mathematician/statistician. That means you need a very solid foundation in mathematics, that 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: Jul 25, 2020*

Review by: Michael Linton

Student Email: mdl264@cornell.edu

Courses Completed: Calculus I

Review: Amazing professor, extremely helpful and graded assignments quickly. To any Cornellians out there, this is the Calculus Course to take in Summer to fulfill your reqs! I would definitely take more Calculus Classes this way in the future!

Transferred Credits to: Cornell University

*Date Posted: Dec 9, 2019*

Review by: Louisa A.

Courses Completed: Calculus I

Review: My microeconomics class required college-level calculus as a prerequisite, and I didn't want to wait until next year to take the class. So, I took DC's Calculus I class over the summer, so I could register for econ when I got back to school this fall. I actually think I got more help taking the class online than I would have in the huge lecture classes here. Prof. Curtis was really clear in explaining concepts and talking me through the topics that I was having trouble with. It took me about 10 weeks to finish the class, which didn't seem too long and didn't feel rushed. My friends who are in calculus now, trying to finish the prereq, are pretty jealous!

*Date Posted: May 3, 2020*

Review by: Andris H.

Courses Completed: Applied Calculus

Review: I found out from my MBA program that I needed to finish calculus before starting the MBA. They told me 3 weeks before term started! I was able to finish Applied Calculus from Distance Calculus. Definitely a great class. Thanks Distance Calculus!

Transferred Credits to: SUNY Stony Brook

## Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration

### Getting Started

- Y0: Getting Started: