Data Science

Data Science (DS) is an interdisciplinary program of study, housed in the Rutgers-New Brunswick (RU-NB) School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). It is offered jointly by the Departments of Computer Science (CS) and Department of Statistics (Stat) in partnership with the School of Communication and Information (SC&I), School of Engineering (SOE), and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS).


The Bachelor of Arts (BA) program will provide a comprehensive education and equip students to be proficient in the principles of computation, statistical inference, and data management.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) program will equip students with knowledge and skills in scientific, technical, critical thinking, communication, and ethical modes of inquiry.

The Data Science Minor and Certificate are designed to equip students to understand the basic principles of computation, statistical inference, and data management, and their applications in a specific domain/field. Data Science programs are open to ALL students in any RU-NB program.


First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this: 

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16


Additional information Beyond the Classroom

At a Glance

Computer Science DataSQ

Program Advisors
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Programs Offered:

Major in Data Science (B.A.)
Major in Data Science (B.S.)
Minor in Data Science
Certificate in Data Science

 Busch Campus

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