Data Science Major UC Davis

Data Science

College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Science

As our economy, society and daily life become increasingly dependent on data, new college graduates entering the workforce need to have the skills to analyze data effectively and from multiple angles. Data scientists receive training in fields such as computer science, engineering, mathematics and statistics. They apply their methods in almost every industry.

Major Requirements

The data science program will start accepting majors Fall 2022. Data science combines computational, mathematical and statistical reasoning to draw conclusions based on data. Data science techniques and methods can be applied to problems from virtually any discipline, including agricultural and environmental sciences, biological sciences, engineering, medical sciences and social sciences.

Data science majors receive a Bachelor of Science degree. The program requires both theoretical and applied course work to underscore the strong interdependence of technical foundations in computer science, engineering, mathematics and statistics, and their applications to any field of inquiry relying on quantitative data analysis. The B.S. degree program has one track: the foundations track.

The B.S. in data science-foundations track emphasizes the underlying methodology and theory of computer science, engineering, mathematics and statistics. This program is especially recommended as preparation for graduate study in data science or related fields.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Data scientist
  • Statistician/Biostatistician
  • Business Analyst
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Statistical Consultant
  • Professor

Graduate Study

  • Data science
  • Machine Learning
  • Statistics
  • Computer science
  • Quantitative finance
  • Epidemiology and public health sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Analytics

Alumni Employers

  • The data science major is launching Fall 2022. We’ll have more information on alumni employers once the first class graduates!
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