Based on changes to L&S policy, courses completed at UC Berkeley with a grade of Pass in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 will count toward Data Science major requirements, including prerequisites to declare the major. Please see the L&S P/NP policy modifications for more information.

Eligibility to Declare

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  • The prerequisites to declare the L&S Data Science major are: Foundations of Data Science, Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, Program Structures, and Data Structures. The lower-division domain emphasis course is not required in order to declare.
  • All prerequisites to declare must be completed for a letter grade and passed with a 'C-' or higher.
  • Students must achieve a 2.0 Grade Point Average in Data 8, Linear Algebra, and Data Structures to be eligible to declare. The grades earned in Calculus I & II and Program Structures will not be factored into this GPA requirement.
  • If a student chooses to take more than one upper-division course toward the major prior to declaring, they must have a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average in all upper-division courses completed toward the major at the time of declaration.
  • The Data Science major follows UC Berkeley policy on repeating courses; you may repeat a course only if you received a grade of D+, D, D-, F, or no pass (NP), and if you have taken the course only once before. You must repeat the course for a letter grade. Both grades will show on your transcript, but only your most recent grade will be calculated into your GPA for declaration of the major.
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Prerequisites to Declare

Requirement Preferred Course Alternate Course Options

*Foundations of Data Science

Data C8 (also listed as CompSci/Stat/Info C8)

See note regarding Data C8 substitutions.

Calculus I

MATH 1A or N1A or approved high school exam credit

MATH 10A or MATH 16A

Calculus II

MATH 1B or N1B or approved high school exam credit

 

*Linear Algebra

MATH 54/W54/N54 or

STAT 89A or

MATH 91 - Linear Algebra (offered in Fall 22 only)

PHYSICS 89 or

EE/EECS 16A+16B (both required)

Program Structures

COMPSCI/DATA C88C (formerly COMPSCI 88) or 

COMPSCI 61A

ENGIN 7

*Data Structures

COMPSCI 61B or 61BL

 

*Data 8, Linear Algebra, and Data Structures must be completed with an average GPA of 2.0 to declare the major.

The Data Science BA accepts Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and A-Level exam credit for the calculus requirements only, per the UC Berkeley Math department guidelines. Exam credit is not accepted for the Domain Emphasis or other major requirements.

When can I apply?

The application for the Data Science major is open from the 4th week of each term through the week after Finals, including during the Summer.

Please submit your application no earlier than the last 3 weeks of the term in which you will complete your prerequisites. 

Major Declaration Form Availability

    Fall 2022: Sept 12, 2022 - Jan 2, 2023

    • First day to apply with prerequisites in progress in Fall 2022: November 28, 2022. Applications will be reviewed after final grades are available.

    Spring 2023: Feb 6 - May 19, 2023

    • First day to apply with prerequisites in progress in Spring 2023: April 24, 2023. Applications will be reviewed after final grades are available.

    Summer 2022: June 12 - August 18, 2023

    • First day to apply with prerequisites in progress in Summer 2023: July 24, 2023. Applications will be reviewed after final grades are available.

    How do I apply?

    Apply Here

    You do not need to meet with an advisor or obtain any advisor signatures on your forms PRIOR to submitting them.

    *If you are declared in the Data Science minor, you will be dropped from the minor when you declare or add the Data Science major, as students may not earn a major and minor in the same field.

    Any student taking one or more declaration courses in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 may declare the Data Science major at the end of any of these terms if they have completed all required courses to declare, received letter grades of C- or higher for the courses taken prior to Spring 2020, and receive grades of Pass or C- or higher for the courses taken in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021. The 2.0 GPA requirement to declare will be waived for students meeting these criteria and declaring in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021.

    For example, a student who completed Data 8 with a C and Math 54 with a C- prior to Spring 2020, and completes CS 61B with a Pass in Fall 2020 will be eligible to declare the Data Science major at the end of Fall 2020.