The Data Science minor consists of 25 credits, per the below.

  • One Data Skills course
  • One Data Studies course
  • CSE 491
  • Additional electives (from any of the course lists) to reach 25 credits


  • A minimum of 15 of the total 25 credits must be taken at the 300-400 level.
  • A maximum of 10 credits can overlap with your major requirements.
  • No more than 10 credits can be taken in any one course prefix (i.e. INFO) 
  • No more than 4 classes can be taken from one minor course list (i.e. Data Skills)

Planning Worksheet

Data Skills Coursework

Students will acquire basic knowledge of data science methods such as programming, data acquisition and management practices, software tools common to data science, statistics, machine learning, data visualization, and qualitative analysis. Students will be able to choose the methods they study and the depth of their study.

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Data Studies Coursework

Students will acquire foundational data literacies, understand the opportunities and limitations of data-intensive methods and epistemologies, and explore the broader implications of data science. Courses will lay the conceptual and theoretical foundations for understanding the role of data in knowledge production (either within specific domains or more generally), and promote critical reflection on the ethical, social, cultural, and political dimensions of data.

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Cross-Cutting: On Ramp Courses

These are courses that are designed to be taken at the beginning of the program, that convey the potential of this new field in various domains and have no prereqs.

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Cross-Cutting: Synthesis Courses

Designed to be taken towards the end of the program where students use theories, questions, and data that are relevant to the domain alongside data science knowledge and skills, often in the context of a project-based learning environment.

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CSE 491: Integrative Experience in Data Science
  • Taught yearly in Spring Quarter.
  • To request a space in the course for Spring 2022, please fill out this Google Form. We will inform you of your enrollment status by the beginning of March. Please don't reach out to us regarding your status, filling out the from is all you need to do. 
  • No prerequisites.
  • Direct questions about CSE 491 to Data Science Advising at dataminor@uw.edu. Do not contact Computer Science Advising. 
For Faculty

If you are an instructor and would like your course to count towards the Data Science Minor, please submit an application using this form: https://forms.gle/r9DEr5qnTqNnsZQw8 Applications are reviewed by the Executive Committee and Curriculum Committee. Please contact the director, Ben Marwick (bmarwick@uw.edu), with any questions


Course Petitions

Course substitutions are allowed, but must be approved by the curriculum committee. Students must petition a substitution with the Data Science adviser (via form below) who will relay the petition to the committee. The curriculum committee meets once a month to review petitions. Petitions are due by the 25th day of each month. Petitions submitted after the 25th will be reviewed with the following month's requests.

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Graduation Petitions

Check back for updates. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to complete this minor, please reach out to our advising team. 

Graduation certification

To ensure certification of your data science minor, please be sure to apply to graduate with your major adviser. Applications must be submitted no later than the third Friday of the quarter you plan to graduate. You can also submit them up to 3 quarters before you plan to graduate. When you meet with your major adviser, be sure that the data science minor is also included in your graduation application. Our staff will manually go through and certify your minor as complete during the quarter in which you plan to graduate. There is no additional steps or follow-up that needs to occur on your part. Once this process is completed, section 5 of the minor degree audit to appear as 'OK'.

Data Science Minor

Leverage familiarity with data science in fields outside of data science, and gain skills and fluency to work with data in your major domain of study.

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