Data Science Minor - University of Houston
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Data Science Minor

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on analyzing massive amounts of data to automatically identify inherent patterns, extract underlying models, and make relevant predictions. Data science is impacting virtually all areas of the economy, including science, engineering, medicine, banking, finance, sports and the arts. Exciting real-world applications include credit card fraud detection, speech recognition, predictive medical diagnosis, and self-driving cars.

The data science minor is designed to prepare students in different disciplines to employ computational thinking and data science tools to solve practical problems in their areas of expertise. The coursework spans introduction to computer programming and statistical data analysis, as well as hands on training in pattern recognition, data mining and machine learning.

This minor will be available starting Fall 2019. It is not available to computer science majors or computer science minors.


  • Coursework (15 hours total)
    • COSC 1306 – Computer Science & Programming
    • COSC 2306 – Data Programming
    • COSC 3337 – Data Science I
    • COSC 4337 – Data Science II
    • Three (3) hours of approved advanced level (3000- or 4000-) data science related course. A student must submit an Undergraduate General Petition to the NSM undergraduate advising center requesting to use a course towards this requirement. Questions about applicable courses can be directed to the COSC Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • All course prerequisites are strictly enforced
  • Minimum 2.0 minor GPA to graduate with the minor

Eligiblity to Declare the Data Science Minor

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at UH.
  • Minimum 2.5 combined MATH and COSC GPA at UH.