# 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: 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 21, 2020*

Review by: Abdul J.

Courses Completed: Applied Calculus

Review: This was the best class! So much more interesting doing the computer math than a boring lecture class. Diane was so responsive and helpful. I recommend this course.

Transferred Credits to: Villanova University

*Date Posted: Feb 28, 2020*

Review by: Karen N.

Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II

Review: Awesome classes! I was really weak with Calculus, so I retook Calc 1 and kept going into Calc 2. I feel like I finally understood Calculus. The finals were pretty thorough, but not nearly as stressful as the blue book exams. I highly recommend these courses!

Transferred Credits to: Various

## Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration

### 7.04 - More Data Analysis

- Y4: 7.04 - More Data Analysis: