# Math for Data Science Courses

One of the most in-demand areas of study right now is**Data Science**, which requires someone who is half-programmer and half-mathematician/statistician.

When contemplating a degree or certificate program in Data Science, you first need to make sure your 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 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. 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: 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: Apr 10, 2020*

Review by: Benjamin T.

Courses Completed: Calculus I

Review: This course provided an excellent chance to learn about Calculus...again. I took calculus in high school, but I learned so much more with this course! It does take a good amount of time to do all the lessons, so definitely keep on top of them, but all the exercises helped me to really understand the material. And the nice thing is you can do it on your own time at home.

Transferred Credits to: Western University of Health Sciences: College of Optometry

*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!

## Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration

### 7.01 - Simulations

- Y1: 7.01 - Simulations: