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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Data Science Associate of Science Degree

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: 389S

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

Data Science uses the techniques and theories from many different fields of study including mathematics, statistics, computer science, and information theory. Data scientists sort through great amounts of unstructured data such as emails, videos, social media, and other user-generated content and write algorithms to extract insights from the data. In essence, they turn data into knowledge

Students entering into this program of study will learn to collect, manage, interpret and analyze data in order to assist in making data-informed decisions for the benefit of a company or organization.

Career Opportunities

There is a growing need for individuals who have the skills to effectively collect and analyze data to make informed, data-driven decisions. Jobs for data scientists, business intelligence analysts, data mining analysts and other data science professions have emerged across all industries that use data extensively, including government, business, healthcare, online commerce and more.

Program Outcomes

  1. Gather, cleanse and store large data sets for future analysis.
  2. Manage large scale databases in specialized data management systems.
  3. Analyze large data sets using specialized software.
  4. Utilize sound mathematical and statistical principles to give meaning to data found in large data sets.
  5. Apply effective technical communication skills.
  6. Develop database applications using an industry standard database management system.
  7. Design and code computer programs in a variety of computer-programming languages.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to

Program Faculty

Mary Anderson

Warren Sheaffer

Program Requirements

Subtotal: 30 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

General Education Requirements: 30 Credits

Course Sequence

This course sequence is recommended for a full-time student; however, this sequence is not required. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term. Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.

First Semester

Total Semester Credits: 14

Total Semester Credits: 15

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Program Credits: 60

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Quant. Reasoning, Algebra & Stats: Score of 270+ or Adv. Algebra & Functions: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in MATH 0920  

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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