# Data Science Mathematics Background

Data Science is a combination of disciplines: 1/2 programmer, 1/2 mathematician/statistician.To start a study of Data Science, you need to make sure you math background is solid in the following courses:

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

There are no short-cuts in building up your creds as a mathematician for data science. There are TONS of free courses online (some of which are really excellent), but if you plan to formalize your student of Data Science with a degree or certificate, 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.

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.

## Data Science & Distance Calculus

## Academic Credits from Distance Calculus

## Distance Calculus - Student Reviews

*Date Posted: Apr 30, 2020*

Review by: Hannah J.

Courses Completed: Probability Theory

Review: Probability Theory was a great course. Very very thorough. I thought it would never end :). I was very prepared for my coursework in economics. Excellent refereshher of derivatives and integrals - really forced me to remember that stuff from freshman cal.

Transferred Credits to: Boston University

*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

*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

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