The University of Arizona

Statistics & Data Science Major Course Requirements 2019


Both the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Statistics & Data Science require the same set of supporting and core coursework. A minor in any subject outside the math department is required with this major.

The information and requirements given here apply to the 2019–2020 catalog. For other catalog years, please consult the archive.

Catalog Requirements

The Academic Advising Report (ADVIP) gives complete degree requirements:

Note:  since this program was brand new for Fall 2018, the Advisement Reports may still have some issues to be worked out.  All SDS majors are expected to meet with an advisor in the Math Center at least once a semester.

Supporting Computer Science Requirement

All SDS majors are required to complete a computer programming course, regardless of the degree selected. Choose one course:(*)

(*)Either CSC 110 or ISTA 130 is recommended for most students. As an alternative, more advanced students may use CSC 120 to fill the requirement. Contact the Computer Science department for more information about placement into CSC 120.

prerequisite flowchart for applied emphasis

Core Courses


(1)MATH 122A and MATH 122B are a single-semester sequence of courses that cover Calculus I. They are equivalent to the old MATH 124 course, which is no longer offered.

(2) Either MATH 313 or MATH 310 may be used to fulfill this requirement in the SDS major. However, please note that 310 has a prerequisite of MATH 254. Students who completed MATH 215 prior to fall 2015 or who have transfer credit equivalent to MATH 215 will still fulfill this requirement, though they will not earn upper-division credit for the course.

(3) DATA 375 was offered for the first time in Spring 2019; hereafter it will be offered every fall and spring semester. 

(4) Students who have completed MATH 313 and MATH/DATA 363 AND are declared SDS majors or minors will receive assistance from the Math Center to enroll in MATH 464 for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years, bypassing the MATH 323 prerequisite. Once there are enough SDS majors to support independent courses, we will open new versions with the appropriate prerequisites.

(5) DATA 467 will be offered for the first time Fall 2019; hereafter it will be offered every fall semester. 

(6) DATA 469 will be offered for the first time in Spring 2020; thereafter it will be offered every spring semester.


Statistics & Data Science Major Elective Courses

The SDS major requires one upper-division elective course. The current courses that will be accepted toward this requirement are listed below. More course options will be added as the program grows; see your academic advisor for details.

Course options:

For an example of how to order your coursework to heed prerequisites and meet all degree requirements, please consult the sample 4-year plans. You will develop an individualized plan in consultation with your faculty advisor.  Students planning to enroll in three MATH/DATA courses in a single semester are advised to talk to their math faculty advisor before finalizing their schedule. The Math Department requires that students enrolling in four or more MATH/DATA courses for a single term obtain permission from their math faculty advisor.  Note that special courses like Supplemental Instruction, Workshops, Teaching Assistantship enrollment, and Pedagogy courses for the Secondary Math Education Program are not counted toward this limit.